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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.

ChiChi Premium member

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).

Boobra

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 IMDb.com reveals Rose Petal Place is the title you're looking for.

JC Fernandez

I remember a movie from almost 10 years ago, give or take e few, where a boy and a girl, (they might tbe siblings) are in a house where an old(er?) man lives. They are trying to kill him, so the boy takes a picture of him and rips the head off, places it in a bowl and pours some kind of liquid over it. It didn't work. Can anyone help me with this one?

Chosen answer: It sounds like the "Amazing Stories" episode from 1986 called "Go To The Head Of The Class". Christopher Lloyd is an A-hole teacher who treats a boy and girl like garbage so they break into his house, rip the head off of a yearbook picture of him, and do some voodoo. The teacher's real head falls off and he chases them around the house. The girl was Mary Stuart Masterson.

John Cyr

There was a movie I saw in the nineties but I don't know if it was made in the nineties. I believe it was about a group of friendly monsters, including Frankenstein and Dracula, who move in with a family, or something. All I really remember is the ending where the monsters are getting sucked through a portal, and the family members are trying to hold on to them, but its no good. I also remember the song December 1963 (Oh what a night) played during the credits. Does anyone know what movie I am talking about? It's not "Monster Squad".

Chosen answer: It's "Saturday The 14" (1981) starring Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss.

John Cyr

Has there ever been a time that a movie remake has been nominated (or won) for the same Academy Awards as the original?

Chosen answer: I am afraid I can only give you a partial answer. While searching for Academy Awards involving movies that are remakes I found that only two movies that were remakes have ever won the Oscar for Best Picture "Ben Hur" (1959) and "The Departed" (2006).

OneHappyHusky

Anyone remember a series of psychological thriller/horrors on Friday nights (I think) on ITV early 80's? Very scary, I think they were called American Thrillers or something like that. They were parodied in a memorable French & Saunders sketch where Celia Imrie was screaming on the telephone ("Have you got the credit card? I thought it was in the suitcase!"). It wasn't Armchair Thriller, which was on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Help.

Chosen answer: There was a series called "Thriller" in the late 70s that aired on British Televion. Details can be found on Wikipedia "Thriller (UK TV Series)"

OneHappyHusky

I've seen a few TV shows make jokes about Jenny McCarthy not being famous, or a character (such as Hank Hill on King Of The Hill) not knowing who she is. What is the source of these jokes?

Chosen answer: Jenny McCarthy started her career as a Playboy Bunny and 1994 Playmate of the Year, she followed this with hosting MTVs "Singled Out" and "The Jenny McCarthy Show" a sketch-comedy show that contained a great deal of adolescent crude or "toilet" humor. While she went on the write a number of books and is the 2007 Spokesperson for the "Talk About Curing Autism" campaign she has never really been able to shake the public perseption of her as a talentless bimbo made famous by an exploited sexual image.

OneHappyHusky

I'm looking for a movie that isn't too old or too new. It starts off with a couple and another man(there may be more people) who eventually become shipwrecked and then those 3 end up on the island. The husband is injured and the the wife and the other man soon become closer. There is nudity in this movie. I'm sorry but I don't remember the ending.

Chosen answer: Sounds like Swept Away, starring Madonna.

Jon Sandys Premium member

In the mid-80s, there was a mini-series that I believe was made in Australia. A plain, rich woman was forced off a small boat by her husband. He hit her with an oar and she was attacked by alligators, but she survived. After undergoing plastic surgery and becoming quite beautiful, she re-integrated herself into her husband's life and he didn't know who she was. Anybody remember the name or anybody who starred in it?

Chosen answer: Return to Eden (1983) starring Rebecca Gilling and James Reyne.

Sierra1 Premium member

Why are there no images of the french film actress Cecil Aubrey available anywhere?

Chosen answer: It's because her name is spelled C├ęcile Aubry. Plenty available if you search by that name.

Sereenie

I saw a movie about a year or 2 ago and can't remember the name. I do however remember a bit of the plot if you can help me out that would be fabulous. There is a man who has been living on a cruise ship or ocean liner for his entire life. He plays piano by ear and 'duels' someone while on the ship. Years go by and he tries to bring himself to leave the ship, but he doesn't. Finally the ship is going to be destroyed and he still refuses to leave and the ship blows up with him still on it. Help.

Chosen answer: The film is by Guiseppe Tornatore and is called "La leggenda del pianisto sull'oceano", the English title was "The Legend of 1900".

Ioreth

What movie did I just see a few minutes of? Robin Williams seemed to be playing an autistic or mildly retarded man, and he was at an airport with his son named Tommy, who was also a bit unusual but was looking after him. I believe this was all in flashback.

Chosen answer: The movie was called House Of D.

SAZOO1975

I watched a movie on TV sometime in the mid 80's. The scene that I remember was a young girl in a foyer of what looks like a mansion. The power was out, or the lights were off. There was a large mirror on the wall. The girl looked into it and a large black dragon started coming out of the mirror. For some reason I always thought it was some version of Alice in Wonderland, but I am really not sure. It may have been a Disney movie. Can anyone help?

Chosen answer: It sounds like the start of the second half of a made for TV version of Alice in Wonderland. They did both Alice in wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. The looking glass section starts with her running into the Jabberwocky. More info here.

Garlonuss Premium member

There was a little girl who had a doll and she pushed it around in a stroller. A little boy helped her with the doll and other little boys made fun of him for it. They had a tree house and the kids talked weird [at least I thought so] and then there was a bum who I thought followed them around but I'm not sure. He ate an apple with a knife It was weird but, it's been bothering me and I need an answer.

Chosen answer: Sounds exactly like Dennis The Menace, the 1993 version.

SAZOO1975

I appreciate any help with this movie that anyone has. I don't remember the plot but here are some things that I remember. A woman starts killing men. One she kills by locking the door while he is in the shower and he drowns. Another she kills by making a pool ball explode after he hits it. I think at the end of the movie she ends up marrying the detective that is trying to catch her. I have searched many times and sites and can't find it, so I would be extremely grateful to anyone that can help. Thanks.

Chosen answer: I think this might be "The Girl Most Likely to..." (1973) starring Stockard Channing as the killer and Ed Asner as the detective. Channing has plastic surgery and proceeds to kill the people who mistreated her when she was ugly. I believe she used an exploding 8-ball at one point.

Sierra1 Premium member

Why are individual years of a TV show referred to as a series on the site? Is it a European expression? The reason I'm asking is because in America series refers to the whole show (the series Lost, the series finale) and each individual year is called a season (Season 1, the season finale). If it is a European expression, what is the entire run of the show called?

Guy

Chosen answer: That's the English expression, yes. We use "series" to refer to both the overall run of the show and, with the appropriate number or year added, to what the US would refer to as a "season". As complete conjecture, it may have come about because in the UK we don't really have a TV "season" as such - while some shows start in September, our shows are shorter, and as such start and stop randomly throughout the year, meaning the word "season" wouldn't really be appropriate.

Tailkinker Premium member

I once saw a movie about a man who seemed to be able to burn things by starting at them, or was at least able to do it once. I remember that he glared at a cat, I think because it was trying to hurt some birds, and then the cat was shown burning on the ground.

Chosen answer: There was a movie called Firestarter based on a Steven King novel but this was a little girl that could that had pyrokenesis (starts fires with her mind). There was also a sequel.

Simpsonholic

I am looking for the title of a movie I saw in the late 70s/early 80s. It was a swords and sorcery type of film. The only scene I have clear memory of is that one of the main characters is an archer. There is a bird that helps the main characters out and when a feather falls from the bird, it turns into a bundle of magic arrows for the archer. Anyone have any idea about this movie?

Guy

Chosen answer: Sounds like "The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire". It was a made-for-tv movie/pilot from 1981.

Jason Hoffman

I saw a movie a while ago where a strict couple has children living with them. I remember one scene where a woman is telling a girl to get into a bathtub and scrub herself, but the girl doesn't want to because the water is too hot. There is also a boy who hides in the house, but can't talk because the man in the house cut out his tongue or something. Does anyone know the title?

Chosen answer: Sounds like The People Under the Stairs.

Grumpy Scot

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