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Question: What does it mean when the credits in TV shows list someone as a "special" guest star? I have seen some shows do this whether or not that they are only appearing on one episode.

Chosen answer: Often it's a matter of that star's higher status in the industry (like getting Brad Pitt to guest on ER) or getting a non-actor of similar prominence to appear (Barack Obama on The Hills). A guest star is just a temp, and can be an unknown or well-known actor of medium appeal. When it's a 'big deal', it's a "Special".

johnrosa

Question: I'm looking for the title of a movie where some kids go into a movie with dinosaurs. They do this using their parents invention of a remote control to go into the television. Once in this world they have to help the hero dinosaur become a hero. The movie was live action, not a cartoon.

Lori Kaminsky

Chosen answer: Adventures in Dinosaur City.

Question: A film called The Lion and the Horse was made in 1952. Want to know where to get one please.

gillian ahern

Chosen answer: Yes! You can find this movie on DVD at www.ioffer.com. goto: www.ioffer.com/i/The-Lion-and-the-Horse-82534721.

CCARNI Premium member

Question: Does anyone know the title, or the star, of an old movie (probably '30s or '40s) about a bum finding a check for $1,000,000 on a sidewalk? As I remember it, it was a worthless check put there as an experiment by several men who then watched the bum use the check. I remember the bum as being a Gary Cooper type but I could not find a Cooper movie with this plot. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Chosen answer: The story sounds a lot like in the movie "The million pound note" with Gregory Peck from 1954. A bum gets the bill (from the title) by two rich men (as a bet). From that on he gets everything he wants (even without cashing in the bill).Sounds familiar enough ?

Question: I am looking for a WWII film made in the 80's or 90's. It was about a bomber crew that was stranded in a desert with their crashed plane. Towards the end of the film it was revealed that they were all really ghosts and one crew member's remains are never discovered, leaving him in the desert alone. Thank you in advance.

Chosen answer: This sounds like the TV movie Sole Survivor (1970) featuring William Shatner.

Madstunts

Question: I am looking for the name of a movie about a Cambodian family that came to the States with an American family. The Cambodian family consisted of a mom and a few kids who did not know anything about American life. There was one scene where one of the kids was using the toilet by standing up on the rim. Another scene was one of the younger kids who freaked out at school and would not come out from under the table. And the last scene I remember is one of the older girls trying to come on to the American husband. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Chosen answer: The Girl Who Spelled Freedom

Question: I'm looking for a Snow White film, possibly made for TV. All I can remember is a montage of the very young Snow White being in the Dwarves' cottage, then growing older. She's still wearing the same dress, but she adds on fabric to make the sleeves and the skirt longer. Someone remarks on the several hem lines and added cuffs. It's not "Snow White: Fairest of Them All" or "Snow White: A Tale of Terror". Please help.

Chosen answer: It sounds like the version of Snow White made in 1987, starring Sarah Patterson and Diana Rigg. It's a musical version, and you can find the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olHCCSzTcT8.

littlestar

Question: I am looking for the name of a movie. It was some sort of fighting movie and the only thing I can remember is a little boy that was tied up and hanging over some sort of well. It was a lady standing there, and the bad guy holding the rope. The little boy slips off his shoe so that the lady can see how much time she has to fight all the bad guys before she has to grab the end of the rope before the little boy hits the bottom. She then fights all the bad guys and catches the rope in the nick of time.

Chosen answer: That's "Ultraviolet", starring Milla Jovovich. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0370032/.

Twotall

Question: I watched this movie in a history class in high school, I believe in 2002. The movie probably came out in the 90's. The only scene I remember is a group of men escaping from a Native American camp or village on their horses. One man turns back toward the village and shoots a man who is being burned alive on a stake (he does this so the man can die quickly and painlessly). I think the story took place in the 1600's to 1800's. I can't remember if any characters were real-life famous people from history. Thank you if you can help.

Chosen answer: You're thinking of the 1992 film, The Last of the Mohicans starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe.

raywest Premium member

Question: Despite the creation of the PG-13 rating, certain films of the late 1980s such as Spaceballs, Big, Beetlejuice and Eight Men Out received PG ratings despite one use of the f-word. What was the first film to be rated PG-13 just for one use of the f-word?

Chosen answer: From the IMDb: Flamingo Kid, The (1984): The first film to be given a PG-13 rating. It was shelved for five months, however, making Red Dawn (1984) the first film to be *released* with a PG-13 rating.

Question: I am looking for the name of a movie that I believe was in the late 80's early 90's. It is about a high school boy who is going to a dance with a girl named Tara and all this crazy stuff happens. I remember one scene involved where she is tied to a bed.

Chosen answer: This is what you are looking for: "The Night Before". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095730.

Question: The only thing I can remember about this movie is that it was about an army drill sergeant that made everyone run without shirts if they didn't all wear the same exact shirt, including his.

Chosen answer: That's "Heartbreak Ridge", starring Clint Eastwood. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091187/.

Twotall

Question: This movie is possibly from the 1970s. The only thing that I really remember about the movie is a scene where people are around a piano, which I think is playing "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and there are lions outside. I believe the lions are stalking the people inside the building. Does anyone have any ideas about the name of this movie?

Chosen answer: Yes, it's Savage Harvest (1981).

Madstunts

Question: There was a movie that came out five to ten years ago that I had always wanted to see but, when I looked for it, could never find it. The starring man was a retired thief who was hiding out in a nursing home as a resident. One of the woman care takers finds out who he is and threatens to give him up unless he helps her with her own robbery. I'm quite sure it was a comedy. That's it, all I know.

Chosen answer: It was called 'Where the money is' and stars Paul Newman.

Question: Don't know title or cast; only that there was a runaway train, not Jon Voight, a chain gang laying track to divert said train, and at the end, one convict, daringly cooly, steps across the tracks in front of the oncoming train, and the train hurtles past behind him.

Chosen answer: This is very possibly "Disaster on the Coastliner" starring Lloyd Bridges, William Shatner, with Robert Fuller and Raymond Burr. A disgruntled ex-employee sabotages the signal control system, putting two passenger trains on a collision course in southern California.

Question: Which British Second World War film, set in a desert, featured a girl singing a song to soldiers which included the following lyrics: "Till the right time comes, it's all just a snare and delusion, it's just a romantic illusion, till the right time comes." Also, who was the girl? (I thought it was Jean Simmons, but her filmography doesn't seem to include any war films).

Chosen answer: Sounds like Ice Cold in Alex to me.

GalahadFairlight

Question: I wonder if anyone out there can help me. I am trying to find out which film star was once awarded the freedom of every toy shop in Tokyo? Any ideas gratefully received.

Chosen answer: This was one of the questions in the Northern Echo's Superbrain 2008 quiz. Their answer was Ricky Schroder.

Question: There is only one scene I remember from this movie. An African American girl was, I think, trying to get home to her dying grandmother. For some reason she was in a subway station, on a pay phone calling home, and the family told her that she probably wasn't going to get home in time to see her grandmother alive. So she told them to put the phone to the grandmother's ear, and she sang a song. A group of young people overheard and were laughing until they realized something was wrong. Hopefully someone will know the name of this movie.

Chosen answer: This was a HBO series called "Subway Stories".

mrsjaybubba

Question: I am trying to track down an Italian (?) movie that depicts a small group of people going to the cinema in the afternoon to watch a western and when the western reaches a certain point the bad cowboy turns and shoots someone in the audience. The police are called and when the film is re-run it happens again. Can't remember how it ends, but would like to track it down and see it again. Can you help with the title?

Chosen answer: Circuito chiuso - aka Closed Circuit.

Question: I believe this was a made for TV movie in the 70s or 80s. From memory, it was about two young boys that meet at a camp for bad boys. One boy wets the bed and runs away when the other kids find out. The older boy follows him and they begin a road trip. I also remember a scene with a herd of buffalo. Does anybody know the title of this movie?

Chosen answer: This sounds like "Bless the Beasts and the Children" with Billy Mumy.

JC Fernandez

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