Answered general questions about movies, TV and more

This page is for general questions - if you've got a question about a specific title, please check the title-specific questions page first. Click the button below a question to answer it or click "edit" to correct a spelling mistake. Ask your questions here, and hopefully someone will answer soon. Members get e-mailed when any of their questions are answered.

Question: This is a western type movie from the 70s: a group of guys take apart a boat and drag it across deserts and mountains to get to a river or lake. When they do get there, they find that there is no water.

Chosen answer: This sounds like the 1982 film, "Fitzcarraldo," directed by Werner Herzog and starring Klaus Kinski.


Question: A TV series during the 70's and 80's. I think it's about two brothers. One is a dwarf, very smart and thinks like MacGuyver. In one episode he's driving a car from the back seat and the driver in front doesn't know how the car is driving itself. Another involves them climbing walls. Anyone recognise this show?

gillian ahern

Chosen answer: Sounds like "The Wizard".

Grumpy Scot

Question: This film is about ants. It was made around the mid 80's/very early 90's. In one scene, there is construction going on around a few houses. One of the men thinks he knows where the ants are coming from. He gets a diggers and starts digging into the ground. As soon as he is into the ground, the ants start coming out from the ground. Towards the end of the film two of the men get trapped in a room by the ants; they roll up paper to use as an oxygen pipe and are told not to move.What is the name of this film?

gillian ahern

Chosen answer: You're thinking of the 1977 made-for-TV movie called 'It Happened at Lakewood Manor'. The film also goes by the titles 'Ants' and 'Panic at Lakewood Manor'.


Question: Do you know the name of an old German film that has "007" in the title? Not sure what year but it was one of my mum's favourites as a child and she was born in 1952.

Chosen answer: It might be the 1966 movie 'Eispraktor 007'.


Question: This film in set in a house. It was made during the late 70's early 80's. Throughout scenes, there is green liquid coming down the chimney and into the room. The family feels the high temperture of the house and when they try to get out, they discover that there are walls around the house. In the last few scenes of the film, it shows that it is a doll's house. What is the name of this film?

gillian ahern

Chosen answer: It is an episode of the 1984 TV show 'Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense'. The episode is called 'Child's Play' and is the 12th episode of the show's first season.


Question: I am trying to remember the name of a movie. I think it was out in the 90s. It was a mystery about a woman who,I believe, witnessed a murder. She was a member of a band (Irish, maybe)and played the electric violin. She might have been blind. I loved the music that the band in the movie played and want to buy the soundtrack, if I can remember the name.

Chosen answer: Sounds like "Blink", a 1994 film starring Madeleine Stowe and Aidan Quinn.


Question: I'm trying to find a movie title - it was an 80's movie about a high school couple. They find out that the boy's mother killed the girl's sister several years ago when she was driving drunk on a rainy night. She hit her on her bicycle. Each year, the girl's mom sends her a black rose on the anniversary of her death. When the girl finds out who the boy's mom is, she refuses to see him. I can't remember the ending. Any help on a title is appreciated.

Chosen answer: When We First Met

Andrea Hartley

Question: There was a cartoon movie on TV back in the late 60s or early 70s. I THINK it was a Christmas cartoon, but it was definitely Christian in nature. I remember there was a child, and a giant in a castle with a swing in the courtyard. The child would show up uninvited to the castle and irritate the giant (not Dennis the menace style, just his presence irritated the giant). The child stopped showing up for some time and the giant was visited by (for lack of a better word) spirits. The one I recall for sure was Hail: A knight in a full suit of armor dancing on the giant's roof. At the end, when the child returns, the giant is no longer mean-spirited and glad to see the child. The child explains that he was taken away as the reason why he no longer visited. The giant flies into a rage promising to find the kidnapper and promises to harm him. The child explains there is no reason to. He was taken to a wonderful, magical, etc., place and he can take the giant there too. He offers his hand to the giant and instantly it is obvious the child has died and was talking about heaven because the child has stigmata (wounds in the hands and feet as if he were nailed to the cross like Christ). The title has been eluding me for years and is driving me nuts.


Chosen answer: This sounds like "The Selfish Giant", a short story by Oscar Wilde from a collection called The Happy Prince and Other Tales. It has been adapted for film and television many times, but there was an animated version in 1971 which may be the one you are thinking of.


Question: I am looking for the name of a movie that would have been made between the 70's and early 80's. It about 3 guys making an escape from prison onto a train. In one scene, the guys hide behind a false wall to conceal themselves when the carriage is investigated by a prison officer. In another scene, one of the prisoners gets his leg caught and badly injured in a bear trap. His friends try to save him, helping him walk through the snow, however he later dies and because they are starving they decide to eat him.

gillian ahern

Chosen answer: Gulag (1985).

Grumpy Scot

Question: I watched a movie with my dad many years ago. It was a post nuclear war film, 1950 or 1960 time frame, and it was about a black man who was underground when it happened and when he came up no one was there. Later he found a white woman. He stole a car from a dealership. I can't remember much more. I need to find out the name of the movie. Can you help?

Chosen answer: Sounds like "Night Of The Living Dead" (1968).

John Cyr

Question: I'm trying to find the name of a movie, possibly made for TV in the mid-to-late 90s. In 1850s Canada, a black man married to a white woman has a beautiful daughter, educated in Paris. He advertises for a white husband for her, who turns out to be a cruel, abusive man. He rapes her on their wedding night and then sells her into slavery in the U.S. In one scene, the mother is served tea by her own daughter, now a slave, on a plantation. They manage to get her away, but who was in it? IMDB doesn't show anything for the actors I think might have been in it, Lou Gossett, Jr., Eva Marie Saint, and Halle Berry.

Chosen answer: Sounds exactly like: Captive Heart: The James Mink Story.


Question: Hey, I'm looking for an animated movie I saw approximately between 1995-2000 (possibly on the Sci-Fi Channel?), though I am not certain that is actually when the movie was made. It had a "Hobbit-like" creature in it as the main character with goblins as the enemies. This movie is a fantasy where there are swords and magic, however, the goblins have machine guns OR the main character flips out and goes on a killing rampage, in a scene that features crazy colors and blood everywhere. I would appreciate help I can get witht this. I will try to check back, however, welcome your email thoughts at

Chosen answer: Sounds like Wizards.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I don't remember where I saw this but I'm thinking 80's or 90's. All I remember is these guys (who are brothers) stole a lot of money. At one point one brother states he does not want to go through it anymore and tells his brother to kill him. I remember it being a winter movie due to a lot of snow and also I think at some point it involves a lady who is shot in her kitchen with a shotgun.

Chosen answer: A Simple Plan.

Grumpy Scot

Question: The details I have on this are sketchy and may not be entirely accurate, but would appreciate any ideas anyone can offer about this movie. It is about a womanizing man who drowns and is sent back to live as a woman as a punishment for his past behavior (not a simple switch with some other woman) The woman could possibly be portrayed by Doris Day, but is someone of her era. Any ideas? Thanks.

Chosen answer: It's the 1964 film, "Goodbye, Charlie," starring Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis. When womanizer Charlie is shot at by a jealous husband, he falls out a ship porthole and drowns. He somehow returns to the living world as a woman (Reynolds). Curtis plays his friend who, after being convinced that it really is Charlie in a woman's body, helps his old buddy.


Question: I am looking for the title of a British heist/gadget movie that I saw some time ago. The film is likely 1960-1980 and included in the robbery sequence are remote control trash cans and a car which splits in two lengthwise to allow them to throw off the police. My meager recollection would suggest that the title of the movie was the name of the boy genius character who invented the gadgets.

Chosen answer: This is "Malcolm" (1986), and the film was Australian, not British.


Question: I remember seeing a movie when I was quite little. It was a b-grade scary flick, where two teens (girl and a boy, I think, and they might be related) are in a spooky old mansion. They are trying to kill the man who owns (haunts?) the house, because he's evil. They get a picture of him, tear it across the neck, and then set it on fire. Does anyone know what this is?

Chosen answer: It's an episode of "Amazing Stories" called "Go To The Head Of The Class" starring Christopher Lloyd.

John Cyr

Question: I am looking for a film I saw back in late 80's early 90's where this man rents out his apartment to some woman, however, unbeknownst to her he had previously moved the walls creating a living space where he can spy on her. In the end loads of steel shutters trap her in a room. Any ideas?

Chosen answer: That sounds a bit like Hider In The House, staring Gary Busey and Mimi Rogers. From IMDb: A deranged man, Tom Sykes, hides out in the attic while an unsuspecting couple (and their family carry on their life in the house below. Once Tom stops just hiding out and becomes involved with the family and, in particular, the wife, the problems begin.

Joe Hiles

Question: I'm looking for the name of a film possibly from the 50's or 60's. The film is in black and white and there is a little girl in it. Another child in the movie died and I believe in the end you find out it is the little girl who killed the child. I think the other child was a boy but I'm not sure. I think the little girl pushed him in a body of water and he drowned. This is all I can remember.

Chosen answer: This is 'The Bad Seed'. The little girl kills the boy to get his penmanship medal.


Question: I'm looking for the name of a film I saw many years ago, late 80's or early 90's. It involved 2 cops, both martial arts experts, going undercover to infiltrate a bad guy's underworld. The underworld involves cage fighting with illegal betting. Once in the while there is a 'Fatal fight' where the loser dies. The bad guy realises they are cops and one of them has to fight the 'champion' in a fatal fight, and dies. In the fatal fight, there is a circle on the wall holding many weapons and one is selected randomly by a computer for the fighters to use. The rest of the film involves the other cop avenging his partners death and killing all the bad guys. Please help.

Chosen answer: This sounds like Kickboxer (1989).


Question: Am I crazy or was there a movie or series named Rose Petal something or other? I think there was this little girl (or boy) who was moving away and cried on a rose and suddenly we, the viewer, were whisked away to a land where these people lived amongst the roses and various other flowers? Does anyone remember it and remember the name? I remember seeing a trailer for it on a strawberry shortcake VHS i rented one day with my mom as a young child.

Chosen answer: A quick check on reveals Rose Petal Place is the title you're looking for.

JC Fernandez



Join the mailing list