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Question: There is a very old movie I saw as a kid. It is about a robotic grandmother who is delivered to this family to help them out. The biggest scene I remember is her shooting milk from her fingers. Anyone know what movie this is?

Chosen answer: Probably "The Electric Grandmother" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083876/ or some other movie or TV episode based on Ray Bradbury's short story "I Sing the Body Electric". A Twilight Zone episode was called that.

Myridon

Question: In a couple of films and TV shows I've watched, the saying "Heeeeeeeeeere's Johnny" has sprouted up a couple of times. What film was this first mentioned in?

Chosen answer: It's actually originally from "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. The announcer would say "Heeeeeeere's Johnny!" at the beginning of the show. It was most famously made use of in The Shining.

Nick N.

Question: I recall seeing a movie as a child that scared the Dickens out of me. It was probably the early seventies, and it involved a lot of scenes where people were walking in grassy fields and every few hundred yards were large holes in the ground leading down to a network of tunnels where monsters lurked. It was supposedly set in the future. The premise was similar to the Sleestacks (?) from Land of the Lost, however, it was a theatrical release originally and was fairly well done. Does anyone have a clue as to what movie this is?

Chosen answer: Sounds like the original Time Machine. The holes led to the realm of the Morlocks.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I'm looking for the name of a film about a couple who agree to meet in one year at the Eiffel Tower, and the woman is hit by a car on her way there.

Chosen answer: Are you sure it is the Eiffel Tower? Your description sounds very like 'An Affair to Remember' with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. They agree to meet at the top of the Empire State Building and on her way there she gets hit by a car.

Tallicame

Question: I remember a show I used to watch on the Disney Channel when I was a kid - about 10 or 12 years ago. It took place in a school/classroom, and I think all the characters were animals. I think that one of the students was named Skeleton, and I remember that the principal (who often visited the classroom) was female and kind of weird. Any help with the title?

Chosen answer: Not a perfect fit, but might it have been "Gravesdale High"? That's the right setting and time frame, but the kids were all monsters (young frankenstein's monsters, werewolves, etc.) instead of animals.

Question: I remember seeing a film set in a middle eastern or possibly Asian country, about a poor family who's father earns money by driving a rickshaw. There's a part where he and his kids build a really beautiful one in a bid to earn him more customers, but the competition come along and destroy it. Anyone know what movie that was?

Chosen answer: Do Bigha Zamin (1953).

Boobra

Question: How many Oscar-winning actors/actresses have reprised their roles in sequels to the winning film (for example, Anthony Hopkins, who won for Silence of the Lambs, and later played Hannibal Lecter again in Hannibal and Red Dragon, or Gene Hackman, who won for The French Connection and played Popeye Doyle again in French Connection II)?

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: Paul Newman in The Hustler/The Color of Money, Al Pacino in The Godfather/The Godfather II and Bing Crosby in Going My Way/The Bells of St. Mary's.

Ariane Schultheis

Question: What was the first film to be released in cinemas in stereo sound, and which was the first to be released in surround sound?

Chimera Premium member

Chosen answer: Fantasia, released in 1941, became the very first film to incorporate surround sound. During the '70s, Dolby experimented with placing two separate sound signals on the film. Because of the reduction in the detail that could be incorporated when reducing the area available for the analog signal, Dolby also incorporated noise reduction with a resultant change in the playback response from the Academy Curve. The first film to use this purely stereo sound was "Lisztomania" in 1975.

Ariane Schultheis

Question: I remember a futuristic TV-show from approximately 15 years ago. It was about a battle between the good guys and the bad guys and they all used some kind of light guns to fight each other. All of them wore some form of (plastic-looking) armour with one important weak spot: a glass-like orb, which if hit resulted in the character being completely disintegrated. The good guys never seemed to get hit, the bad guys always were but had clones of themselves to allow them to come back again and again. The battle was about either dimensions or planets and it basically came down on whose side managed to find and hit the key glass-like orbs of that dimension/planet with their light guns first. All of the main characters appeared to be teens/young adults, for as far as I can remember. Does anybody know what I'm talking about and can give me the name of this show?

Chosen answer: Sounds like the short-lived 1986 cartoon "LazerTag Academy."

Question: I'm looking for the title of a film I once saw, a few years ago. I can only remember a couple of scenes/details from it though. All I remember is that the main character is on the run from the police. In one scene, he is racing down a street in a truck and he crashes into a baby's pram. He is mortified, thinking he's killed a baby, but in fact it turns out that all that was in the pram was cans of beer. The only other scene I can remember is a scene where he goes into a shop, and the shopkeeper agrees to hide him from the police. When a female officer enters the shop and asks the shopkeeper if he has seen the main guy, the shopkeeper says no and then makes some comment about why female police officers aren't called 'officeresses' (the shopkeeper guy is quite a creepy character). That's all I can remember of the film I'm afraid, other than the fact the main guy ends up pretty badly battered at the end of the film. It's not much to go on I know, but if anyone could tell me what film this is I'd be really grateful. Thanks.

The Doctor

Chosen answer: That is Falling Down with Micheal Douglas and Robert Duvall.

Grumpy Scot

Question: There is a Mary Chapin Carpenter song called "10,000 miles" that was used in a movie, maybe as the theme song? It has been driving me nuts, as I keep hearing the song on a CD we have at the office and I can't place the movie. It is a very plaintive song that starts off "Fare thee well, my own true love."

Chosen answer: MCC's song "10,000 Miles" appears in the soundtrack of the movie "Fly Away Home".

Myridon

Question: I'm looking for the name of a TV-show, which I saw about 15-20 years ago on IIRC a British channel. It was a futuristic puppet series in outer space, and there were three pilots in three mainly red ships who could combine into one big red Megazord-ish robot (one ship became the head, the second became arms plus torso and the third was the legs). The three ships belonged to one mothership which could lift its cockpit to fire a giant laser. I have no idea about plot or stories as I was too young to understand English back then and there were no subtitles. Does this sound familiar to anybody?

Chosen answer: Oh yes, that's very familiar. It was the fantastic Star Fleet and was a Japanese show dubbed into English. Check out The Star Fleet Homepage for a blast from the past.

umathegreatstationarybear

Question: What is the movie where Sandra Bullock is a country music fan? The only scene I remember is her joining some people who are line dancing and she's telling her friend to come on and join her.

Chosen answer: The movie you are thinking of is called Hope Floats. Check out http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119313/ for more information.

moviemogul

Question: What movie originally had the following quote in their advertising: "This time it's personal"?

Chosen answer: 'This time it's personal' was the tagline for the 1987 movie, Jaws 4.

Ariane Schultheis

Question: Why is the pavement in movies always soaked with water?

Chosen answer: Pavements and roads are often made wet before filming (generally at night) as it makes them look 'nicer' once lit. If they are not made wet then they often just disappear and can appear totally black on the film.

Soylent Purple

Question: I've noticed that in pretty much every movie that's set in the United States, if a phone number is mentioned, the first three digits are always 555. Why is this?

Chosen answer: Because people end up dialing the phone numbers they hear in songs, television and movies. It becomes a major problem for the people with that phone number and results in lawsuits. 555 is the only prefix that will never be used as a phone number. There is only one 555 phone number, 555-1212, in every single area code and that is a number for information.

Rlvlk

Question: I am trying to remember a film I saw about 10 years ago about a high school kid on his way to France on a senior trip who gets mixed up with a secret agent at an airport and accidentally takes over the secret mission. Does anyone know this film?

Chosen answer: "If Looks Could Kill", from 1991 starring Richard Grieco.

pross79

Question: I remember seeing part of a movie where William Daniels (Mr. Braddock from The Graduate) is on a boat out in the ocean. What's the name of the movie?

Chosen answer: In "Killer on Board" Daniels plays Marshall, a passenger on a cruise ship, on which a deadly virus begins killing off the passengers and crew. He was also in "The Blue Lagoon" in which he had a few scenes where he was drifting on the ocean.

Hamster Premium member

Question: I am trying to find out the name of a cartoon that used to come on back in the 80's about a guy who had the powers of animals. I think he was a sheriff in the show and his rival was a old skeleton looking dude in all black. I think it took place like in the desert although I could be wrong about that but his power as far as I can remember came from a bear, a hawk, and I think a cheetah or something?

Rollin Garcia Jr

Chosen answer: You are probably thinking of "BraveStarr". It was a sci-fi cartoon where he was the marshal of an outlaw planet called New Texas during a "goldrush" (although what they were searching for was a stuff called kerium, not gold). Bravestarr could call upon different animal totems to get the eyesight of a hawk, the strength of a bear, speed of a puma or hearing of a wolf. Check out http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Set/2077/contents.html.

Twotall

Question: If you ever aim a video camera at a TV screen or a computer monitor, you can easily notice how the screen is refreshing itself. But in almost any show or movie I watch, you don't see this effect. My question is: how are TVs/monitors filmed so that the refresh rates don't show up?

Chosen answer: You have to use some way of synching the camera to the monitor's refresh rate. See: http://www.filmmaking.net/faq/answers/faq107.asp?catid=2.

Myridon

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