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Question: I saw a movie at school in the 1980's in which the main character is a bank robber. There is a cop or fed on his trail for years. This man finally turns his life around and settles down in a small town. But, the cop shows up on the same day a child gets trapped in an airtight bank vault, that will be unopenable for days. If he saves her the cop will know who he is, but he cracks it open and saves the girl anyway. What is the name of this movie?

Lori Kaminsky

Chosen answer: That sounds like "No Deposit, No Return" with Don Knotts and Darren McGavin. McGavin plays a former safe cracker who has been off the grid for a few years. He and Knotts get caught up in a fake kidnapping (actually devised by the "kidnapped" girl). The kids end up trapped in their Grandfather's safe and McGavin has to get them out in front of the policeman that has been on his tail for years.I personally love the movie.

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Question: This movie is quite old, I saw it about 25+ years ago in 3rd grade. It was about a young boy who lost his hair, because he got spooked after peeping in an abandoned building. Two homeless ghosts (I think they were ghosts) gave him a recipe to mix up and put on his head to make the hair grow, but the hair would not stop growing, it grew by the second. Then the boy was kidnapped by an artist who wanted his hair to make paintbrushes. That is how they found the boy at the end, because his sister saw some of the brushes in a store and knew it was made from her brother's hair. Can anyone help me out?

Chosen answer: It is called The Peanut Butter Solution. Check out http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089789/

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Question: There was a movie out a while ago that is similar to Death Race, but it featured Ice T., and it was about all the criminals that got locked in a building and they had to kill each other to be the last one out the building. I remember one scene well. They had just gotten there and all these guns fell from the ceiling onto a table and that was the beginning of the movie. Does anyone know this movie?

Chosen answer: The movie is called 'Mean Guns', released in 1997.

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Question: This was a movie that I saw on TV (not sure if it was made-for-TV) sometime in the mid-'90's to early 2000's. A record label found a woman who had a great voice, but was not attractive, so they made a music video with a younger girl (I think she had dark hair), and put the other woman's voice in the video. I think the other woman was cleaning a house when she suddenly saw the video on TV, with the younger woman singing the song she recorded. Does anyone know the title?

Chosen answer: I believe this is the made-for-TV movie "Out of Sync," starring Gail O'Grady and Kari Wuhrer, and aired in 2000.

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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: Does anyone know the name of the Abbott & Costello movie that had the "Who's on First?" routine? Thanks.

Chosen answer: Per Wikipedia: "The routine was featured in the team's 1940 film debut, "One Night in the Tropics". The duo reprised the bit in their 1945 film "The Naughty Nineties", and it is that version which is considered their finest recorded rendition. They also performed the routine numerous times on radio and television (notably in the Abbott and Costello Show episode "The Actor's Home")."

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Question: It seems that whenever they try to make a TV show from a movie the show never lasts. I can think of two shows that were successful (M*A*S*H and Buffy The Vampire Slayer). Does anyone know if there are any other shows that have lasted more than one year? Thanks.

Chosen answer: There were/are many successful TV shows, both live-action and animated, that were/are adapted from or inspired by films. To start with, two spin-offs of TV's M*A*S*H and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are Trapper John and Angel. A few others that that come to mind are: The Odd Couple, In the Heat of the Night, Highlander, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which just started its second season. For a more concise list see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_movies_made_into_TV_shows

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Question: What is the title of the fairly recent movie which portrays one black and one white man as brothers?

Chosen answer: It's the 1996 movie, "A Family Thing," starring Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones. After discovering they are half-brothers, two middle-aged men, one white, one black, struggle to bond with one another.

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Question: There was a cable TV show, during the mid-1980's on Sunday evenings (I think), that was about a woman veterinarian who flew a helicopter. It was set on a island. For the life of me I can't remember the name of that show. Can you possibly help me? Thank you.

Chosen answer: It sounds like the Canadian series Danger Bay.

Jeff Swanson

Question: I am looking for either an episode or a movie- possibly of the show "Jem" that was on in the 1980's. I saw this in the 1980's. In it the main girl who had a secret identity was worried because her boyfriend liked both her and her alter ego. She got advice from someone who told her to become a third identity to test him. She did, and he fell for her too. She was upset until her friend then said that this actually meant that he really loved her because he must love her soul, because he loved her in any form. I remember that she wasn't wearing a disguise but transformed in some way between herself, her second identity and then her third identity. Does anyone know what this is?

Lori Kaminsky

Chosen answer: This is from the TV show Jem and the Holograms. She transformed with the use of a holographic computer named Sinergy. Sinergy is also the one who suggested to Jem to create the third identity.

Question: I am trying to find the name of a late 80's or early 90's movie. The film features a newlywed couple who are honeymooning in a castle. The castle has a few ghosts inhabiting it, and the husband falls in love with one of the ghosts. Somehow the ghost becomes human again at the end, and then she and the husband end up together. Does anyone know the name of this movie?

Chosen answer: The movie is called High Spirits. It starred Steve Guttenberg and Daryl Hannah.

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Question: I'm trying to remember the name of a movie. I think it was released mid-late 90's. It's about a guy who meets a girl on a train/subway, then tries to find her again. All this talk about "my sassy girl" reminded me of it and I can't get it out of my head. Thanks for any help you can give.

Chosen answer: Could it be "On the Line" starring Lance Bass and Emannuelle Chriqui?

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Question: In the beginning of this movie Jack Lemmon auditions for a job as a sax/flute player in a jazz combo. He does well, and then they flip a rigged coin to see who goes for coffee. When he returns all his instruments have been stolen. He's now destitute with no way to make a living. He then meets a woman, but I don't remember the rest. I have Googled Jack Lemmon movies but don't see anything that seems right for this one.

Chosen answer: I'm not exactly sure, but it could be The Rat Race. Starring Tony Curtis and Debbie Reynolds. They are a saxophonist and dancer trying to make it in the big city.

Question: Why don't very many 2-D animation movies come to theaters anymore (whenever I see a commercial for a new one, it's always on DVD right away)?

Chosen answer: Mainly because the entertainment medium has moved on since the days of drawn animation. They're very time consuming and labor intensive, so they cost a lot. That means such a film is less likely to make a significant profit. The film financiers don't want to put money into drawn animation while moviegoers, generally speaking, are no longer interesting in paying to see them. Having said that, Disney's releasing "The Princess and the Frog" in theatres in 2009, which will their first hand-drawn animation in 5 years.

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Question: This was a comedy show that I think was part of ABC's TGIF line-up, but it might have been Nickelodeon. A single mom with a teenage daughter and younger son somehow found a genie, who was a man with dark hair. I remember a Halloween episode, where the mom wished that the genie had to be a normal human with no powers for Halloween (since she had explained that Halloween was about dressing up as something scary, and having no powers was what the genie thought was scary). It was on in the late '90's or early 2000's. Does anyone know the name of it?

Chosen answer: I believe what you're looking for is "You Wish" which did air on ABC in 1997. It starred: John Ales as Genie, Harley Jane Kozak as Gillian Apple, Nathan Lawrence as Travis, and Alex McKenna as Mickey. Hope that helped!

Angela Brown

Question: Does anyone know the name of a really cheesy dinosaur movie involving real lizards as dinosaurs? I'm pretty sure the movie took place on the moon, or at least somewhere you'd need a spaceship to get to. There were also woolly mammoths that were just someone's old hair clippings piled up. Thanks.

Chosen answer: It might be King Dinosaur. There are only so many movies that used real lizards because it was deemed cruel to the animals. This was one of several films that borrowed stock footage from One Million B.C. If you look up One Million B.C. then you will find others.

Question: I once saw a movie where a bunch of strangers were locked in this building, Then a whole bunch of guns and weapons were dropped onto a table. The objection was to make it out of the building alive and win a reward. The less people that made it out alive the bigger share the winners had to divide. I remember Ice T was in it.

Chosen answer: The movie is called 'Mean Guns', released in 1997.

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Question: I saw a movie about this girl, Holly (I think) and her best friend whose name I don't remember. Her best friend convinces her to apply to the Playboy restaurant, and the two of them end up working there. Holly becomes one of the best bunnies but her best friend falls apart and starts breaking the rules and abusing diet pills. This leads to a falling out between the two. Holly ends up falling in love with the bartender and there is an emotional reunion scene between her and her best friend at a train station at the end of the movie. Does anyone know what movie I'm talking about?

Chosen answer: You are thinking of "A Tale of Two Bunnies", a TV movie made in 2000.

Question: Looking for the title of a cheesy 1950s sci-fi flick involving space fungi that were killing people. The fungi came back on a spaceship to the moon and were killing people at a moon base. The film is not: "The Green Slime" (1968) or "Space Master X-7" (1958) or the 1963 Outer Limits episode "Specimen Unknown," but was similar. The 1950s film featured a classic Chesley Bonestell conical rocket with 2 sets of fins and the fungi looked like loofahs covered with silver paint. (That's probably what they were, actually.) It was not done in color - only B&W. The film title was a 3-D set of words with an organic look, as though the words were made out of fungus. Any ideas?

Jean G

Chosen answer: Mutiny In Outer Space: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059486/.

Question: Was it ever true that actors would get paid more if they were willing to do nude scenes? If so, is it still true today (since nude scenes are not such a shocking new thing)?

Chosen answer: There is really no definitive answer to this. The best example to say they would is Demi Moore. She was paid around 12.5 million dollars to do the film Striptease, which was substantially more than what she usually got. While the main reason behind that might have been because the quality of the film was fairly poor, it seems to be more of an artistic decision than money. Stars in arthouse and foreign films are more likely to do nude scenes and the likelihood is they are getting less in salary. While in major films it would seem unlikely. Actors who reach a certain success will generally be able to have clauses in their contracts preventing them having to do nude scenes. Studios would also be unlikely to pay more as they would not want to risk higher ratings for their films as it might hurt box office receipts. The way it might directly be true is if someone specifically demands more money if they're asked to do a nude scene - Halle Berry was reportedly paid an extra $1m for her topless scene in Swordfish (her first nude appearance), presumably because the studio thought the extra press was worth the cost.

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