Answered general questions about movies, TV and more

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Question: In the answer to another question, someone (with screen name Tailkinker) wrote, "filmmakers aren't going to inflict actual harm on human beings during the making of their films (intentionally, anyway - James Cameron notwithstanding)". What's this about? I know who James Cameron is, but is he renowned for injuring his actors or something? Thanks.

Chosen answer: Cool, a question about an answer to another question. Like it. While intended humorously, Cameron has achieved a degree of notoriety for putting his actors through hell in the course of making a film. This is principally due to making "The Abyss" (also known on-set by various nicknames, including "The Abuse" or "Son of A Byss"), where actors and crew alike were expected to spend a considerable period of time underwater, to the extent that they sometimes needed to decompress at the end of the day's shoot. Ever since, Cameron has had a reputation as being a hard taskmaster while making films.


Question: About ten years ago, I was watching a movie or show while trying to fall asleep. I was only 6 years old, so it is no wonder why I cannot remember anything about it other than this:A female was tied to a tree and she was being tortured. She at one point, she had twigs replaced for her hands, in her head, and her feet. This was not a cartoon so it scared me alot. Then there was a dinner scene, and a large group of people were sitting and a fight broke out and someone stabbed the other person with a fork in the throat. Then large white laundry looking bags were put over all the dead bodies. I could have sworn that I saw Alan Cummings but I was very young at the time so who knows.

Chosen answer: It sounds a lot like "Titus", starring Anthony Hopkins. It's a somewhat different take (visually, at least) on Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus".


Question: I'm looking for the name of a movie with a man called Ernie. It's a comedy and Ernie is gonna defeat some kind of monster. He gets a clue on how to defeat it and I think the clue is mlk, but he doesn't understand that it's supposed to be milk. I also have a little memory saying that the monster thought that Ernie was his mom or something in the end (after he got the milk) but I might be wrong on that. The movie is probably from late 80's or 90's.

Chosen answer: The is "Ernest Scared Stupid" - he actually thinks the clue is MIAK instead of MILK.


Question: I remember seeing a movie and I think it was by Stephen King, I'm not sure though. It was about these aliens and things turned green randomly in the movie. I remember this kid doing a magic show and under his table was a foot peddle that turned green. I also remember some kind of barn thing in some ones back yard where the aliens captured people and held them there and there was a green glow in and out of it. I think I remember these people at a store and one goes up to a vending machine and vaporizes. Please tell me what movie this is.

Chosen answer: The Tommyknockers.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I saw the very end of this movie on TV, but, alas, didn't catch the title. There was a man in a desert, talking to a leopard, who is tied up. The man says something and walks away. The leopard squeezes out of it's leash and attacks him. There's a struggle and the man stabs the leopard and it dies. He starts crying and cradles the leopard, which he then carries away. The film ends with a wide shot of him carrying the leopard through the desert. Any ideas?

Chosen answer: Passion in the Desert (1997).


Question: There was a John Travolta movie where he said, "I'm so cool, the sheep count me". Do you know what movie this line was from?

Chosen answer: The line "My motherf***er is so cool, when he goes to bed, sheep count him" is from the movie 'Heist', which does not star John Travolta.


Question: Is there some kind of horror film where a baby crawls along a ceiling and its head turns all the way around? It seems to have been parodied by Family Guy and The Simpsons. What is the film called?

Chosen answer: The baby crawling on the ceiling is a reference to Renton's hallucinations while going cold-turkey in Trainspotting.


Question: I am trying to figure out the name of a movie I watched. It started with a scene in a hotel, where a girl/hooker was killed in the bathroom. She was cut up in the bathtub. It was released around the same time as "Wild Things", as that is what I thought it was, but that wasn't it.

Chosen answer: That would be "Very Bad Things", starring Christian Slater.


Question: When I was a kid, I remember seeing a movie in the early 80's, and all I can remember is at the end, a ghost train comes crashing through the house in the living room. Prior to this, you can see the light approaching, and I think there was a kid that yelled that the train was coming towards the house. Anyone know what film this was?


Chosen answer: It wasn't a movie. It was the first episode of "Amazing Stories," an anthology program produced by Steven Spielberg. IMDB has a description here:

K.C. Sierra

Question: I remember a trailer for a movie (or possibly tv show preview) in which a woman threatens to stab herself in the aorta, raising a pen to her throat, and a man informs her that the aorta is in the heart. Any idea what this is from?

Chosen answer: You're thinking of Girl Interrupted. In the movie, Lisa (played by Angelina Jolie) threatens to stab herself in the aorta, but Valerie (played by Whoopie Goldberg) informs her that the aorta is in the chest.


Question: I remember watching a movie, I don't quite remember when that was but it was about a little boy who wishes he would become older really fast. So he wakes up in the morning as an adult. His mum kicks him out for thinking he was someone else and he does this secret handshake with his friend so the friend will believe him. He and his friend do lots of fun things together. Could anyone tell me which movie this was? Thanks.

Chosen answer: "Big" starring Tom Hanks.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I am looking for the title of a film that I remember only the first scene of: it is not a porn film, but rather, if I recall, it is a fairly good, independent, offbeat drama. It starts with a sudden jolt - a couple are passionately having sex, the girl is on top and she is enjoying herself in an intense way. If anyone can tell me the name of this film (probably American, made in the past 10 years) I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

Chosen answer: Sounds like Basic Instinct.


Question: I remember seeing this movie in the early-to-mid 90s. I can't remember too much, but I will do my best. I remember a young teenage boy and a blue and white ancient stamp of something nautical - either a boat or a sailor-type boy with a spy glass or something along those lines. The stamp was very important and worth a lot of money, and, I believe, had something to do with this boy's dead grandfather. I also think if there was a boy in the stamp it may have looked like the boy in the movie. Maybe that was what the big adventure (aka the plot) was over? This is where I may just be speculating: The boy also had an older brother and his friends who, I think, got involved with the boy in some search for the stamp. I remember images of the end pretty well - the boy pastes or find the stamp in a "stamp book". Then someone from the beginning of the film steals something or runs off and everyone has to chase him. I just remember the line "He's had a relapse." and someone answers "What's a relapse?" And that's how it ends.This is so far fetched, but it would make my existence if someone knew what in the hell I was talking about. THANKS.

Chosen answer: Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Travellers, with Lucas Evans and Anthony Rogers. There is also a sequel, The Return of Tommy Tricker.


Question: My boyfriend wants to see this movie again, but can't remember the title. A group of people, traveling on a bus, find out they are all dead. Apparently each has a loose end s/he needs to tie up before heading to the hereafter. Thanks.

Chosen answer: That would be "Heart and Souls" starring Charles Grodin, Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Sizemore, and David Paymer as the people "on the bus," and Robert Downey Jr. as their "corporeal being."


Question: I am looking for a movie I watched in the 80's or 90's. It was about a group of children and maybe a teacher, getting kidnapped by a group of men. It was well-planned and I think they may have been housed underground. They were given mattresses and water, and I vaguely remember pig masks but I could be adding that from some other movie. Can anyone help me with this?

Chosen answer: This sounds a lot like the movie "Fortress", with Rachel Ward as the teacher kidnapped along with the children.


Question: I was watching the public access channel and they were showing random clips from horror movies, one of them, they introduced it as having "the most messed up twist ending", had a little girl with wild hair holding someone who's dead, while other people walk towards her cautiously, then it switches to a woman talking to a kid with a bandage around their head, the woman said something like "I always wanted to have a little girl, you will be so happy here. Angela. What a pretty name. Like Angel." Then the kid looks up and we can see it's a boy, then it goes back to the girl with the dead body, and (I think) the people coming towards her say "Angela? Angela?" suddenly the "girl" stands up, holding a knife, and for some reason "she's" naked and we see she's really a boy. Naturally, the other people are shocked. Any ideas? It's driving me crazy.

Chosen answer: It is called "Sleepaway Camp."


Question: What is 'sweeps'? I've heard it mentioned in so many American films and TV programs, but I've never known what it is.

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Grumpy Scot

Question: I am trying to find out the name of a movie (made for TV, I think), possibly black and white, where a little girl has her legs run over by a train while she is sitting playing on the tracks. Does anyone know this movie?

Chosen answer: This sounds like "The Dollmaker," a made-for-TV movie starring Jane Fonda.


Question: Does anybody know what the first movie to have a product placement was? I am losing sleep over this, please help.

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Question: If an actor does not want to smoke a real cigarette in a film, is there an alternative on offer (a prop cigarette for eg), or would it be more likely that that particular part would just be recast with someone who had no problem smoking?

Chosen answer: There are non-tobacco cigarettes available for this. They contain an herb that has no nicotine or any other chemical/toxin which may affect the lungs or state of mind. They are, however, purported to smell and taste quite terrible. These are what Eva Amurri smoked in the movie "Saved!".




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