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There was a movie that had Keanu Reeves in it. In the movie, he plays a teenager who discovers that he accidentally gave his girlfriend to a pimp and intends on making her into a prostitute. When Keanu finally manages to rescue her, he takes her home and tells her and her dad what he thinks of her, breaks up with her and then walks home.

Answer: That's the 1988 film, "The Night Before," a comedy that is mostly told in flashbacks as Keanu Reeves tries to remember how he lost his dad's car and sold his date to a pimp on prom night.

Charles Austin Miller

That's the one.

There was a movie with Jim Carrey in it although he was not the lead. The only scene I remember is that he walks home and knocks on the door, his dad and sister are surprised to see him because they were told he was dead. His sister believes that he's actually a zombie and wants to know what it's like to be one.

Answer: That's the 1984 comedy "Finders Keepers," in which a con-man pretends to be a soldier who is escorting another soldier's body home in a coffin (but the coffin actually contains several million dollars). The con-man claims that the deceased soldier's name is "Lane Biddlecoff," so word quickly spreads that Biddlecoff is dead. However, the real Lane Biddlecoff (played by Jim Carrey) is an immature goofball who was never a soldier, and he is still very much alive. The scene you're describing features Lane Biddlecoff, his uncle and his bubble-headed cousin (not his father and sister), as the cousin repeatedly asks Lane what it's like to be dead and come back to life.

Charles Austin Miller

That's it.

What is the name of the movie where a man's son dies in service and his spirit comes back to visit his dad? It shows the dad standing by a wall with the names of soldiers that died and he's looking at his son's name on the wall. At the end of the movie his dad drops him off on the road, and the son starts walking off carrying a duffel bag, waving goodbye. Only his dad could see him and I believe it aired around Christmas.

What is the title of this movie? A woman meets a vampire. I remember one conversation where he tells her about a woman who he used to be in love with; he says that they were together for 100 years. The movie had an adult comedy feel. Made in the '80s or early '90s.

Answer: The "adult comedy" is a throw-off, but it seems like the movie you are describing is "The Hunger" with David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve, which was released in 1983.

Scott215

When I was younger I watched an old black and white film, it had 3 firemen in a old fire house and there was a headless horseman in it as well. I would love to see the film again if I can find it but I don't know the title, does anyone know it?

Answer: It might be "Ask A Policeman."

Looking for where the following TV commercial came from (product or sponsor). It was from the 1970s. It started with a burglar shown outside a house at night by a door. He was about to break in, but then was frozen solid while a voice on a speaker warned him he was in a forcefield (or something) and if he tried to move, he would be vaporized and then the burglar tried moving and did get vaporized into thin air. Anyone remember this or know where it came from?

I watched a movie after 2010 about Watergate and the two journalists but I don't remember the name.

i_harfoush

Answer: The two journalists who broke the Watergate story are general considered to be Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. The only 2 movies with both reporters, that I can think of is "Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House" (2017) and "All the President's Men" (1976).

Bishop73

I am looking for the name of a movie that came out in the late 1960's or 1970-71. The only thing I can remember about this movie is a scene that occurs in an underground cavern with a natural pool of water with a woman (Ursula Andress?) wearing a long flowing gown appearing to walk on water. There is also a man (actor unknown) there with her. She may be an apparition that suddenly appears to him.

Clockman

Answer: This sounds like 'She' from 1965. It stars Ursula Andress, John Richardson, Peter Cushing and Bernard Cribbins. A band of ex-military men go looking for and find a lost city, and Ursula Andress is ruler of the city. I don't recall the walking on water, but she did wear a beautiful flowing dress and there were several scenes in a stone cavern.

Purple_Girl

Thanks for your answer. I bought this movie after seeing your answer and it turns out that this is the movie I was looking for. Thanks again.

I saw a show or movie in the mid-80's that was a horror. A spotlight shone on a large chair in the middle of the room where a woman sat, looking at a child playing in front of her. She calls to the child "come to me, come to mother," and the child gets up to go towards her. As she approaches, the camera pans behind the chair and all we hear is an animal noise and the woman's arm fall limp off the side of the chair. What is this from?

I remember a poignant scene in a (new-ish) movie where a dead person communicates with their living loved one by dropping all the blossoms off a tree all at once. I think pink blossoms, and it was perhaps as an answer to a question. What is the movie?

Answer: Sounds like a scene from "What Dreams May Come" with Robin Williams and Annabella Sciorra.

Greg Dwyer

When sitcom TV shows have restaurant scenes, are these typically filmed in a real restaurant or is a set created?

Answer: Due to the logistics involved in filming, in most cases, a set would be created. In some cases, a real restaurant might be used, but it would involve compensating a business for lost revenue during the filming, obtaining special city permits, hiring police to monitor crowd control, etc. It is simpler and more economic to build a confined set.

raywest Premium member

The above is certainly true but a rare third option is filming in an old, closed business. The place is refurbished by the crew, it looks realistic and it is simple to move the action in and out of the venue. An example is the bar at the beginning of The Wolverine, set in the USA but filmed in an old, closed pub in rural Australia.

There was a movie that I believe had Margot Kidder in it. In the movie she is a cop and her and her partner go to a woman's house. When Margot opens the door she is immediately shot at so she ducks to avoid being hit. When she looks up, she sees a boy about four years old holding the gun. After she takes the gun from him, the little boy tells her that his mom gave him the gun and told him how to shoot the gun. He also tells her that his mom told him to shoot whoever came into the house while she was gone.

There's a movie I have been searching for, I thought it starred John Stamps. When I search for his movies I don't see it. He played a dark character, and the only scene I remember is him taking his cousin or some other family member's pregnant wife on a drive, he got her in the car by acting nice to her, During the drive, he turned on her and eventually killed her, stole her baby, and gave it to his wife. Can anybody please help me?

movielover1

Saw a black and white movie on TBS in early morning hours in 1981. Guy with an eye patch holding a woman hostage in an apt that was sub ground. Looking out of the window she saw people's legs walking by. Anybody ever see it?

Codymuck

What was the name of the movie about a young boy named Matt and his neighbor who was an old woman recluse? He broke her fence and she made him repair it, and little by little they became friends - she taught him many things. She dies at the end of the movie.

Saw some of this movie sometime in the ‘90s. A man is released from prison and goes to live in a small community. It's known by everyone who lives in the community that the man was a rapist, so they let him know they don't approve of him living among them. One day, he comes home and finds his dog was murdered. The end of the movie had him taken someplace else where he'll be safe and is told he can come and go freely from his new home when he wants.

Several times I've only seen the ending of this movie. A man goes to an abandoned construction site at night to rescue a woman and her son who have been abducted. When he gets there, he sees little robotic machines. The kidnapper tells him that the machines won't attack him and he goes to the top of the site. When he gets up there and confronts the kidnapper, he's told that the machines will attack and kill the first person that appears on the ground floor. A fight ensues and the kidnapper gets knocked to ground level and is killed by his own machines.

Answer: Sounds like the ending of "Runaway", 1984 with Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons. Http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088024/?ref_=nv_sr_3.

David George

Why do cartoon shows often portray characters with three fingers (and a thumb) instead of four? For example, The Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park.

Answer: This is done because according to animators, it's easier to draw hands with three fingers instead of four. This is a practice that dates back to the early days of animation; characters such as Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny. And Popeye were usually drawn with three fingers, thus setting the precedent still in use today.

zendaddy621

Answer: The answer is pretty complex and there's YouTube videos delving into the many reasons. It started in the 1920's and the idea behind Mickey Mouse, in 1928, having 4 fingers is the style he was drawn in, with rounded shapes, making 5 fingers too crowded. Walt Disney allegedly said with 5 fingers Mickey's hands would look like a "bunch of bananas." Additionally, there's a theory called the "uncanny valley", which basically states that humanoid objects that look almost, but not exactly, human tend to make people have uncanny feelings of eeriness (think of life-like dolls or why some CGI looks strange to us). For some reason, 4 finger characters make us recognize they're human-like, without that eerie feeling. There are several other theories and ideas behind the 4 fingers (such as many characters being anthropomorphized animals.) Although Japanese anime often have 5-fingered characters for cultural reasons (in fact some 4-fingered characters have been edited with 5 fingers when released in Japan), so it's not always based on saving time or money, but tradition. With the aid of computer generated animation and people breaking from tradition, the future of cartoons may include more and more 5-fingered characters being the norm.

Bishop73

I once saw a film where, in one scene, a girl tastes a bit of a cake, a man sees her do it, and the girl says she was "just looking at it." The girl also gets taken in to the home she stays in. Any idea what movie that was?

I am looking for an action movie set in either the 20's, 30's or 40's that came out within the last three years.

Answer: Finding movies released in the last 3 years is difficult, but some films set in the 20s-40s are: Allied - 2016 Public Enemies - 2009 Cinderella Man - 2005 Hugo - 2011.

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