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Question: I saw a movie, probably in the 80s, that I thought starred Christopher Reeve and Sissy Spacek. He returned from the civil war as her husband, but it was questionable whether it really was - his shoe size was different, etc. In the end he was hanged. Can't find a movie with both Reeve and Spacek so maybe it was somebody else, esp. In the female role. Any ideas what movie this might be?

Chosen answer: The film is "Sommersby". It starred Richard Gere and Jodie Foster. It was a remake of "The Return of Martin Guerre" which starred Gerard Depardieu.

Question: Don't know if this movie had Steve Martin in it, but, it was about a man who traveled to a city who I think was going to con its citizens out of their money. Eventually, he changes his mind and decides to collect money for a good cause. While doing this, the people of the community he's in find out what he really does and has him put in jail. The end of the movie shows that the money he collected he used to create a Little League baseball field for the kids to play at.

Chosen answer: My Blue Heaven stars Steve Martin. Martin plays a mob informant living in a suburban town under witness protection. There he commits petty crimes as well as a scam to raise money for a new ballpark. When his scam is found out, he acts quickly to actually have a ballpark built. In the end, he decides to go straight.

Bishop73

Question: I remember a movie where this girl ran away from her mother. Before she ran away, her best friend was in the car with her and her mom. They were parked in the woods and then they ran away together. Then I remember them in an 18-wheeler smoking weed. The girl meets the leader of a cult and wants her. She runs away and her mom comes to save her. In the end they're at a gas station and the girl sees the cult symbol hanging in the car.

Chosen answer: The movie is Octane (2003). Madeleine Stowe plays the mother and Mischa Barton, the daughter.

Question: I'm looking for a movie I saw on TV around the late 1990s. I am not sure if it was a made for TV movie. I remember a scene where a town was surrounded by a forcefield and the townspeople could not leave. The setting was kind of old timey. There was a little girl playing on a swing set in the forcefield and she convinced another little girl to come into the forcefield and play with her. When she did, the first girl attacked and killed or ate her. I can't remember exactly. Does anyone know the name of this movie? Thank you.

Chosen answer: There was a TV episode ("A View Through the Window") similar to what you described in the series Night Visions. The army calls upon Bill Pullman to explain an open portal, which shows a Pioneer family. They can not enter, only observe. As time goes on, he begins to appreciate their simple lifestyle, but when the army wants to invade, he figures a way to enter the portal, to warn them. Once inside they attack and eat him.

Question: I'm trying to find this movie from the 70's. Might even be a made for TV movie. From what I remember it was about a happily married couple that lived in their car or they were poor with little money. The car was this tiny sports car. Maybe in NY city. One scene I remember they were parked on a main street in front of a big building sleeping. It was the morning and lots of people were standing around laughing at them. They get into a car accident and the husband dies, but he is able to communicate with his boss or older uncle or friend.Any help would be great - thanks.

Chosen answer: I believe what you're describing is a TV remake of the movie Topper. Andrew Stevens and Kate Jackson play a rich couple, who party all night and wake up in their car the next morning. On the way home, their car crashes and both are killed. To get into heaven, they must convince his lawyer boss to embrace life and not hide from it.

Question: What is the movie when there is a white woman and a black man who own a very superpower hotel and have a child. They get a babysitter - the wife traps her in the hotel and has her set up to be killed, then they kill her friend instead, so the lady tries to kill her. In the end the babysitter ends up with the man.

Chosen answer: Murder on the 13th Floor. Starring Jordan Ladd as the babysitter. It airs on the LMN, at least twice a month.

Question: Need help knowing the name of a book. According to the plot summary on the back, there is a kid from the very distant future with the last name of Pineapplefour. In his timeline, time travel is possible and his classmates can use a time machine to travel into the past. However, they remain invisible when in the past and must obey one simple rule. While in the past, they are not permitted to touch anything out of fear that it could seriously alter the future. Instead of being sent to some historical era like Ancient Rome, he ends up in a girls bathroom of a high school in the eighties and can even be seen. Now his people from the future have to find a way to return him home or risk possible destruction of the future.

Chosen answer: Jumpman, by James Valentine. The character's name is Theodore Pine Four, and the book's tag line is, "Rule #1: Don't Touch Anything."

Question: There is a scene in a movie, possibly a Martin Scorsese movie, where there is a stage. On that stage is a magic show, with what looks like belly dancers or just his assistants. I think it takes place in a casino, but I'm unsure if it is the movie "Casino".

Rydersriot87

Chosen answer: It is Casino.

Dra9onBorn117

Question: I'm trying to find a movie I saw on hulu about 3 years ago. Ill try to describe it as best as I can . It wasn't a high budget looking film, possibly made for TV or straight to VHS kind of thing . Timeline 80's to early 90's. in the movie a young girl about 17 runs away from her stepfather and follows a letter to LA I believe to find her older sister who claimed to be a singer living well . She gets off a bus in the beginning with some money and luggage and tracks down the last know address on the letter. When she gets there there's no answer and and she ends up staying in the hallway of the apt overnight where she see some strange things (explicit) in the stairwell. Next morning she is awoken to a guy shooting a gun, and runs out leaving her stuff in the hallway. When she comes back she finds she was robbed. Without anything she leaves again. Later she bumps into a guy who questions her, not knowing he is a cop she kicks him and runs away. He chases her and both fall into a fountain or pool. Meanwhile we find out the sister is a prostitute in hiding? One scene has her setting a man up and tying him to a bed, he is later murdered. The cop takes the sister to the station and finds out she is a runaway. Skip some and he has let her stay with him for a while, meanwhile agreeing to help look for her sister if she stays put. She doesn't and goes to the club where her sister supposedly worked. The guy who runs it is a criminal that the cop is familiar with, he drags her from the club and they fight. Later they make love and begin to fall for each other. The cop and criminal continue to be confrontational and at the end the criminal kidnaps the girl, the cop says not her and fights him and saves her. sorry for the long description it's everything I remember but can't find on Google or hulu. Any suggestions?

Chosen answer: It's been a long time since I saw it, but the plot is similar to Jailbait. Mid 80's. Renee Humphrey plays the girl, who comes to L.A., for some reason, and gets involved with a criminal who runs a club. C. Thomas Howell plays the cop trying to save her. I think.

Question: I watched this movie on cable around 1996-97. The only scenes and characters I remember were that there were two young males and a female around their late teens. The girl was attractive and blonde-haired. One guy was a studly looking bloke whereas the other guy was your typical nerd type, like Stewart from revenge of the nerds. Both of the boys daydream and have sexual fantasies about the blonde. The nerd fantasizes about having sex with her in a bed in the middle of the desert, she is on top, whereas the stud imagines making out with her on the hood of a car. The only other scene I remember is that as they think they may die from starvation, because they are in the middle of nowhere in one of the hotter American states like Arizona maybe, so they take photos on a disposable camera. Anyone know a movie like this?

hearsz

Chosen answer: Except for the character descriptions, everything that happened was in a movie called Never on Tuesday. Two guys and a sexy babe, Claudia Christian have a collision in the middle of the desert. While waiting for help, the guys fantasize about her, but she's gay.

Question: I'm trying to remember the titles of two films. I can only remember brief fragments of each, but maybe someone will recognize them. 1: a scene where a man is watching t.v. in his living room and a thick, red/green slime begins to develop and invade the room, eventually (somehow) killing him. I think this film might have been done in the 80's. 2: a man finds a clock that allows him to travel back in time. He boards a train with the clock and ends up in the 1800's. He meets a woman who runs a newspaper printing shop and gradually falls in love with her. He eventually decides to stay "back in time" and marry her.

Chosen answer: The first one you describe, is I believe is from the movie, Son of the Blob. A man is adjusting his TV, when the Blob oozes behind him onto his chair. Later, a friend arrives and sees the Blob consuming him. The second is a TV movie, For All Time. (2000) Mark Harmon plays a man seeking purpose in his life. After buying a pocket watch, he boards a train and is transported to the turn of the century.

Question: I am looking for the title of a movie. I only saw the ending, I think. I saw it in the early-mid '80s, though the movie may be older. I remember people were trapped in a partially submerged plane (?) in the ocean. They were all escaping and I remember a young woman with long hair and an older gentleman. The woman had swam from the plane to a safety place where she was helped up. Then she turned and all the survivors were yelling at the older man to hurry up. He doesn't make it. He ends up drowning, being shot, or eaten by fish. I can't remember exactly. I thought it was The Poseiden Adventure, but the ending didn't match with what I remember. Can anyone help me?

Dedderbot

Chosen answer: It was a sequel to the Poseidon Adventure, with Michael Caine and Sally Field. They are treasure hunters, claiming salvage rights. They encounter more survivors, including Mark Harmon and Slim Pickens. Another crew of hunters show up, led by Telly Savales, try to kill them. They escape from the ship by swimming to Caine's boat, Pickens is shot.

Question: I am looking for a film, it is about a woman who is working in a cafe when it is robbed and everyone else is shot, she runs away to hide out in a small town where she begins to have what appears to be delusions of a murderer in that town. She falls in love with a man who tries to help her. This is all I can remember, any ideas?

Chosen answer: That's Nora Roberts' Angel Falls. Starring Heather Locklear as the chef. It airs on the LMN, every few months.

Question: I've been wondering the name of this movie for years now and cannot figure it out, seeking help. A movie in the late 80's maybe early 90's about a young couple that get married and the mother in law hates his son's wife, I think they live next door or really close. They have a little kid and I think she worked at a school - the mother in law and brother in law drives to shoot and kill the daughter in law. Please help, I want to say a lifetime movie, but I searched and didn't find it.

Chosen answer: That might be "Too Close to Home" with Judith Light as the murderous mother-in-law, a TV movie from 1997. Alternatively there is TV movie with that plot. The Perfect Mother. Tyne Daly is a controlling mother, convinces her son's to murder her daughter in law. Based on a true story.

Jodi Hendon

Question: What's the name of the film classic where the two leads meet in a blazing hotel when she had no clothes on?

Chosen answer: The movie is I married a witch. Made in the mid 40's. Fredric March plays a man doomed to miserable marriages. A family curse his ancestor caused by hanging a witch. Veronica Lake plays the witch, who returns to earth, but needs a body for her spirit. She starts a fire at a hotel and possesses a guest. When he plays hero to save her, he finds her naked. Off camera, of course.

Question: I"m trying to find the title of a series I remember watching in the '80s. It seemed to be set in the mid-21st century, and was an old man recounting stories from his "past" (the 1990s-early 21st century) to his grandchildren. The episodes were all flashbacks to different times in his past, through energy crises, riots, and other significant events. I thought it was called "Golden Years" but that appears to only be the title of a Stephen King mini-series. Thanks!

Chosen answer: "My Life and Times". Helen Hunt played the wife who guest starred in some episodes. It came out mid 90's before Mad about You.

Question: I watched a movie about a man who had an affair with a married woman, and one day he is arrested and charged with the husband's murder. During the trial, the woman that he slept with is called to the stand to testify, but when the man looks at her, he realizes it is not the same woman he slept with but someone else entirely. He tries telling the judge that he doesn't know the woman and demands to know who she is, but is removed from the courtroom shouting the entire time that she isn't the right woman.

Chosen answer: "Back Stab", starring James Brolin as the innocent man and June Chadwick (of the original V series) as the real wife, who framed him for her husband's murder. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099085/.

Question: I'd like to find the title of a made-for-TV movie from, I think, the early 80s. A group of high school buddies has gathered at a remote cabin, possibly to celebrate graduation, when a girl who has been date-raped and escaped from her rapist, comes to them for help. One or more of them rapes her, too. Years later, one of them has a successful career and plans to run for public office, so he doesn't want his past to come to light. Another one is in prison, and one day he is drawing a picture of himself on his cell wall. For some reason, maybe fire or something in his eyes, his cellmate throws a bucket of water which causes the picture to look like Jesus. He "gets religion" and becomes a jailhouse preacher. Their youthful misdeeds come to light somehow, and they have to deal with it. The girl becomes a follower of the jailhouse "preacher" who has formed a cult, without realizing who he is.

Jodi Hendon

Chosen answer: It was a TV Mini-Series called Celebrity. Starring Michael Beck, Joseph Bottoms and Hal Holbrook.

Question: What is the name of a movie where a young bride, about 18 or maybe younger, is married to a 30 something businessman? The young bride loves to ride her bike most of the movie even inside her house. This movie might be 20 years old or so but can't seem to find the title of it.

Chosen answer: An early 70's movie called Lola. Starring Susan George as the flaky girl and Charles Bronson as the older man.

Question: I need help finding a movie that I saw about 15 years ago. It was I believe set in Japan, with a group of fighters (maybe samurai) battling it out in a windmill or something of the sort. One of the fighters, a white man, is injured, then is taken care of a man and his daughter. The man is eventually nursed back to life, and there is a scene where she daughter just lies with the injured fighter. Then he's healthy again and I don't remember the rest. Does anyone know this movie?

Chosen answer: That is from the Bushido Blade. It starred Richard Boone, Frank Converse and Laura Gemser. Admiral Perry arrives in Japan to sign a treaty. A rare Samurai sword is given as present for the US president. It's stolen by Renegade Shogun who opposes the treaty. A trio of US soldiers are sent into Japan to retrieve it. They get ambushed by Ninjas and get separated. The young officer is injured and nursed by a farmer and his daughter. They fall in love. When the soldiers are reunited and retrieved the sword, the final battle takes place at a windmill. Which they set fire to and topple into their enemies.

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