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Question: I need help with the name of a movie I saw in the 80's, it might be older. It was about a group of people who were lost and ended up in a crazy family's house looking for help. The family was old and their kids were old also, but they still thought they were young, and the daughter had a doll in a bassinet that they believed was alive. The group of lost teenagers spent the night at their house and the family began to try and kill them.

Chosen answer: "American Gothic" (1988) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094642/.

Question: Does anyone know the title of this movie? When I was a kid, I watched the movie and in one scene, a man said to the other man something like "Your second toe is longer than your first one. So, you must be an intelligent one." I can't give you more details because that's all I can remember.

monu

Chosen answer: "Shallow Hal" (2001) makes a reference to this condition (called 'Morton's Toe').

David R Turner

Question: I recall a few scenes from a movie or TV special about a young adult (maybe teen, but I think she was a young adult) who goes into therapy and ends up "uncovering" repressed memories of her father molesting her. If I remember correctly the abuse was said to have started/occurred in infancy. The veracity of the story is questioned and the therapist seems to herself have an overly close relationship to the girl. They choose to prosecute the father and it rips the family apart. I remember one of the final scenes where the girl's family is standing on one side and therapist on the other and the girl walks out with her therapist. The movie addresses issues about statute of limitations and the veracity if repressed memory. That's all I can remember.

Kali

Chosen answer: There is a 1993 TV movie with two titles. Not in my Family and Shattering the Silence. Joanne Kerns plays the woman with the repressed memories of abuse. She later takes her father to court.

Question: I'm trying to find a movie and I cannot think of the name - I know it starts with a guy out running. When he gets home he finds his wife/girlfriend dead in the tub. He rents a room he shares with a woman. He locks her in her room and she poisons him with bacteria she was growing in a petri dish.

sccwalker

Chosen answer: It could be the 1992 TV movie, Deadbolt. Starring Justine Bateman as the girl held prisoner by Adam Baldwin. She put some sort of bacteria in his dessert.

Question: I can't remember the name of this movie. I only remember the very end. I believe this family was trying to escape from this town in their car at night. Then a strange animal or creature runs into their car. It looked like it ran into their car on purpose to prevent them from leaving town. The strange animal was never shown. The next day, the family was back at their home like nothing ever happened. A boy was playing basketball while the other family members were doing chores. It was like they were in a trance.

Bkmm

Chosen answer: Sounds like a 2002 TV movie called Disappearances. Harry Hamlin and Susan Dey play a couple with kids, who stop in a desert ghost town. A mysterious force prevents them from leaving and they end up becoming part of the town's other trapped inhabitants.

Question: Which series had a scene where a man had come up with a supercar which could change color, completely camouflage and could talk. The man was killed and the daughter, a lecturer, was being chased by unknown people who wanted to kill her. She was joined by a handsome guy and they were being chased down by I think FBI, and were wanted dead. I watched it in 2010.

Chosen answer: In 2008 they made a TV movie/pilot of "Knight Rider" which turned into just 1 season. This series was a sequel of sorts to the 80's Knight Rider. Charles Graiman built K.I.T.T. 3000, a Mustang Cobra car that could talk. It was reported he was killed, and his daughter did come to identify the body, but it turns out he had actually survived. She and Mike Traucer search for answers and it turns out Traucer is Michael Knight's (David Hasselhoff) son.

Bishop73

Question: There was a movie that starred Fred Ward and Alec Baldwin. The movie has Alec Baldwin going down an escalator in an airport who is greeted by a Buddhist monk. Alec breaks the man's finger, causing the monk to die from shock. Fred Ward plays a detective hired to find Alec and arrest him.

Chosen answer: "Miami Blues" (1990).

The_Iceman Premium member

Question: I'm trying to find the name of a movie I saw maybe 15 years ago. It was a comedy about a cop who got told he had a disease meaning he had x amount of time to live. He found out his work insurance only paid out if he got killed on the job so he spent ages trying to get shot by bad guys but kept failing. At the end it is found out that his records were mixed up with a bus driver's.

The_Iceman Premium member

Chosen answer: Short Time (1990) with Dabney Coleman.

Bishop73

Question: Looking for the title and actors in a 50's something TV show / movie about a guy in advertising or marketing who had to deliver a marketing plan, but had nothing. A word in a newspaper caught his eye and he started building upon it, without any idea of what product he could market on that lead. The strict, blue-eyed, blond iceberg of a career woman who had to work with him, despised him because, knowing he was a big player, she guessed that he had nothing. In the end he worked towards a secretive product that he revealed to the company as sweets filled with liquor. After tasting too much, the woman ended up in his apartment, wearing only his light blue pajama jacket the next morning, furious with him. In the end he and a hastily commandeered preacher caught up with her while she was rushed towards a hospital labor room on a trolley; the preacher sputtered the holy matrimony questions and the woman, still furious, screamed a pain filled "Y-e- s!" before disappearing into the labor room with the doors closing behind the trolley and nurses and doctor. So funny! I need a good laugh so I need to lay my hands on this movie. Title please?

maybecillie

Chosen answer: This is "Lover Come Back" from 1961, starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day.

Sierra1 Premium member

Question: This is about a TV commercial and I can't figure out who the actor is. I feel like he's a comedian I've seen before, so he may not be in any films. It's a Brookside chocolates commercial. He's by a field, dressed in a blue shirt, next to a table with the chocolates. He's holding a phone reading online comments. Then someone brings a 100-pound bag and breaks the table.

Bishop73

Chosen answer: His name is Jon Dore. He has several stand up specials on TV.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I remember playing a PC game in the early 90s - 2D cartoony thing with a detective character who wore a top hat with spindly legs and floppy yellow hair, photographing things in a school. Can't remember the name - ring a bell for anyone?

Jon Sandys Premium member

Chosen answer: Midnight Rescue! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_Rescue.

Grumpy Scot

Question: There was a movie that had Stephen Baldwin in it. In the movie, Stephen has a job as an actor who helps recreate crime scenes for a television show to help catch criminals. Eventually, Stephen himself kills a woman and while reenacting the crime for the show, he starts walking up some stairs. He then turns to the director and says that he can't go upstairs. When the director asks why, Stephen responds, "Because that's not how I killed her."

Chosen answer: There is a British film starring Stephen Baldwin called "Crimetime" in which he plays an actor hired to reenact crimes of a serial killer. To prepare for the role, Baldwin gets all the grisly details from the cops, etc. However, due to the popularity of the show, it's the real life serial killer that begins killing again, to gain headline news, and so that the reenactment show can continue showing his crimes.

Bishop73

Question: Back in the 80's I watched a film on video and I can't remember the title. Set in Italy (I think), its about an bearded inventor who builds a yellow Volkswagen which can do many things like fly, clean up messes, drive sideways, etc., and naturally it can talk. At the end he enters a race pitting him against many people including a pair of nuns. For some reason the Volkswagen continuously betrays him, dropping him from a high distance, leaving him in the middle of nowhere and eventually deciding to let the nuns win. Any help would be much appreciated.

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: What you're referring to is SuperBug. A five to seven film series that came out in the 70's. Two or three made it to U.S. theaters. They were made in Germany.

Question: I'm looking for an episode of a show, maybe "Tales from the Crypt" or "The Hitchhiker" but I'm not sure. It's about a teenage girl who ends up at the house of a kindly elderly couple. They offer her lodging and I remember at the end of the episode she's in the hot tub and they drug her so she drowns and it ends up that she's really being cooked in the hot tub like soup. Can anyone tell me what show this was?

Chosen answer: It's from Tales from the Darkside. The episode is titled Anniversary Dinner. Starring Alice Ghostly (Bewitched, Designing Women) as the woman who cooks the girl, for her husband.

Question: I remember watching a movie where a man comes to a village and saves it from an oncoming army by teaching the villagers and setting traps. There are two scenes I remember from the movie: 1) The woman offers the man a gift, but he never accepts gifts because it is against his teaching. However, he accepts her gift because he loves her. I think it was shoes. 2) The woman who gave the gift is in a cell underground and the man is trying to find her to save her. She ends up drowning just as he arrives. If this sounds familiar, please answer!

Chosen answer: It sounds like the Last Valley. 1970. A group of mercenaries fight in the religious wars of the 1600's, come across a village of people uninfected by the wars. When that peace is threatened they decided to protect it.

Question: I would like to know the title of a movie, probably from the 70s or early 80s, in which a car crashes into a tanker truck and becomes covered in a molten cheese-like substance. There may also have been a scene with a room full of balloons. Thanks for the help.

Chosen answer: It's called Murder Can Hurt You. A TV movie spoof of TV detectives. All star cast of TV actors from the 70's.

Question: There was a movie starring James Earl Jones. The movie takes place sometime in the '50s and he plays a man who shows another black man about racism by taking him to a corner market and when they both look inside, they watch a black woman buying something and the white store owner placing her change on the counter rather then giving it to her.

Chosen answer: This might be the 1994 movie, "The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story.

raywest Premium member

Question: I saw a film not long ago but can't remember the title. It features a bumbling spy, and in one scene when he is trying to break into a place, he pulls out a credit card, types some numbers on the side and it emits a laser beam. When he is finished, he can't turn the laser off properly and it burns a hole in his pants. Does anyone know this film?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: I haven't seen the film in a few years, but I believe it's from the movie Johnny English. Starring Rowan Atkinson.

Question: Not sure why the name of this movie is so elusive. It was a 90s family film about a kid who is able to test out different moms to find one better than the one he has. I remember that they each go by a different name: "Mother," "Mom," etc., and that one is too outdoors-y for him. Of course, at the end he picks his real mother. Anyone remember this one? Thanks.

Chosen answer: I think the movie is Trading Mom. (1994) A trio of kids are tried of their no nonsense, workaholic mom (Sissy Spacek). So they go to the Mom Market. All the other Moms have different personalities. All played by Spacek.

Question: I remember watching a film in which a girl, another girl, and the father of one of them get into a car accident. One girl survives and she has to have her face reconstructed. The doctors end up making her look like the other girl that was in the car. I've searched Google and IMDB with no luck.

aml2546

Chosen answer: A movie called Scalpel (aka False Face) 1977. Robert Lansing plays a surgeon, who finds a topless dancer beaten, her face damaged, on the street. He operates her, giving her the face of his long lost daughter. He hopes to use her to get at an inheritance, but the real daughter returns.

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