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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.

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.

Question: I remember this quote from a movie or TV show I once saw, but I can't remember the name of it. It went something like this: One or two men (I forget how many), possibly spies, try to escape from the villain(s) by jumping through a window. But the glass doesn't smash. One of them comments on how strong the glass is and asks if it's an American invention. A woman (possibly the villain) then says "Actually we stole it off the Russians."

Chosen answer: It was from the 1980 TV movie Wild Wild West Revisited. A reunion movie of the old 60's TV series, starring Robert Conrad as James West and Ross Martin as Artemis Gordon. The duo are called back into government service, when the son of their arch enemy Dr. Loveless, threatens the world with atomic bombs and replacing world leaders with duplicates. Two British agents capture the duo and demand to know what they know about the fake Queen Victoria, when they refuse, they try to escape by crashing through some windows.

Question: There was a TV movie (think it aired on CBS in early or mid '90s) about a deranged person storming into his ex wife's office, and shoots her and anyone else who crosses his path. During the movie, the ex manages to fight for survival until police arrive, and ultimately survives. Would really like to know the title of this movie. Any guesses?

Chosen answer: There is a TV movie with that plot starring Richard Thomas and Brooke Shields. He plays a co-worker who is obsessed with Shields to the point of stalking. No one believes her until his boss confronts him and threatens to kill everyone with weapons in his possession. Which he does, even though Shields is injured, she manages to call 911.

Question: I was talking to someone recently about drone technology and where it's headed - I was trying to give a movie reference to this friend about a movie I saw 10, 15, maybe 20 years ago? In this movie, there are a few gentlemen walking around a lab and one of them spots a fly and I believes tries to swat it with a newspaper. The other guy tells him, no, that it's actually a machine that looks like a fly, I can't remember if it is remote controlled or who the actors were.

Matthew Sellers

Chosen answer: There are two scenes like that. One is from an episode of Get Smart, where smashes a robot fly with newspaper. The other from the 1994 movie Richie Rich, where a scientist shows Richie a robot fly, but Cadbury the butler smashes it.

Question: A native American couple escaping the Army, a woman gets off her horse, has a baby, gets back on her horse. What's the movie?

Chosen answer: There is a scene like that in the the 1970 movie Little Big Man with Dustin Hoffman, who observes this while hiding from the army also. Alternatively Man in the Wilderness with Richard Harris. Made in the mid seventies. He plays trapper abandoned by his comrades, after being mauled by a grizzly bear. He survives and tries to catch up with his friends and has several small adventures along the way, including watching an Indian woman give birth to a child.

Question: There was a movie with Dabney Coleman. In this movie, he plays a man who had no knowledge that he was switched at birth. Because of this, he grows up and becomes a cop who is told one day, that he's only got 48 hours to live so he tries getting himself killed to make it quicker.

Chosen answer: He wasn't switched at birth. He's a cop and he's about to retire when his test results get mixed up with someone else's and he's told he's got two weeks to live, but his insurance only pays if he gets killed in the line of duty, so he's trying to get killed on the job to pay for his son to go to Harvard. It's called "Short Time." (

Captain Defenestrator

Question: Looking for a movie about a guy who is traveling and stops at a diner in the middle of the desert, He starts to go out with someone he saw at the diner, And when trying to leave he sees a bright light from the road, others start to see it too and stuff happens to them like they forget a part of their memory. This was a B movie that I saw in the 90's.


Chosen answer: Fire in the sky?

Question: There was a movie starring John Cusack. In the movie, John is driving home when a black bag from an armored truck falls into the backseat of his car. When he gets home and opens it, he discovers that there is a lot of money in it. Later in the movie, he is reading a newspaper and is shocked to discover the front page news is about how the money was stolen from the armored truck.

Chosen answer: That film is titled "Money for Nothing" (1993).

Michael Albert

Question: There was a movie that I believe starred the late Bill Bixby. The movie was about a man who had son and the man married a woman who had a daughter. His son and his new wife's daughter fall in love with each other and one night after coming home he catches them both asleep in his son's bedroom.

Chosen answer: The film you are referring to is a 1986 TV movie called "Sin of Innocence".

Casual Person

Question: Looking for a movie about two kids and the smaller kid dreams that he was flying with fireworks or fire crackers, I think their dad ran out on his family and they get a new step dad. At the end the younger kid sees himself flying while fireworks are going on...this was a movie I watched in the 90's.


Chosen answer: Sounds like the movie Three Wishes.

Question: A comedy movie with Peter Lorre as a sheriff. He says "contractum, sactum, pactum" which he defines as "done and dished out." What is the name of the movie?

Chosen answer: The boogie man will get you (1942).

Gavin Jackson

Question: Looking for a 90's movie about a evil clown, not the movie IT. I just remember it was the scariest thing I had ever seen on television when I was a kid, and It also had to do with the clown appearing in different places to scare people.


Chosen answer: Might be Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I am looking for the name of a movie from I think the 90s, about a couple that have a son and he abuses her a lot - one day she tries to call the cops but he stabs her repeatedly outside of their home, but she does not die. I saw it when I was younger and have been wondering about it since.

Samantha Arnold

Chosen answer: It's called "A cry for help: The Tracey Thurman Story".

Question: This movie is not Forever Young with Mel Gibson but the plot is pretty much the same. Two guys some time in maybe the 40's or 50's end up inside of Cryopods. When they wake up they go to their lockers and one of the guys who needs to take medication realizes that his yellow pills are now moldy and ineffective. They leave the facility where their Cryopods were at and go to a McDonalds to try to get something to eat but don't have any money. They eventually realize that they are now living in the 80's and have to find way to adjust to their new home.

Chosen answer: Sounds like "Late for Dinner" (1991).




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