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Question: This is an 80's film, it was about a young boy that was kidnapped while his mother was shopping. I think this film is based on a true story. The young boy's name was Alan.

gillian ahern

Chosen answer: Perhaps you're thinking of the TV movie Adam (1983) which is based on the true story of the kidnapping and murder of 6 year old Adam Walsh from a Sears store in 1981. His father John is the host of America's Most Wanted.

Jeff Swanson

Question: I've been trying to find a title of a movie. Cars and clothing along with grade of picture and sets, couldn't set the movie more than mid-60's to late 70's. It's titled Arthur or Arnold I believe, that's where my problem comes in, but it's where he has recently departed and left a will for his new wife and family, but they're all on audio tapes and he keeps giving them clues about where his fortune is. I know his body keeps getting moved, and that a shower literally collapses on a couple. At the end his sister is moving the body, and she's the only one to live through a carefully constructed plan between the departed and his sister. I know she finds the money at the end behind his casket or something, but a stone door closes and an audio tape of his voice comes on telling her she's trapped, fade out. Thanks if you know.

Chosen answer: You're actually spot on with the title. This is the 1973 film Arnold. Further details can be found here.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Does anyone know if Tom Clancy's book "Rainbow Six" has been, or is planned to be, made into a movie?


Chosen answer: According to it's greenlighted for a 2010 release. Whether or not it will make it or be shelved is anyone's guess.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I am trying to find the name of a film I saw a number of years ago. The film is about a step-father who is trying to bring his step-son home for Christmas. The only things I can remember is that it takes them ages due to mishaps etc. along the way, and the step-father wears a ring on his pinky finger which when he punches people (many references to it throughout the film) it leaves an imprint in their forehead. Any thoughts?


Chosen answer: Dutch. Ed O'Neill stars as the step-dad.


Question: There was a movie I recall seeing in the 80s where after a guy (who was not of the nicest sort) died, he was given an option to come back and live as a woman with a vague goal before he could get into heaven. Toward the end I recall him becoming pregnant with a friend's child and dies giving birth. Anyone recall the name of this movie?

Chosen answer: This is the movie "Switch" starring Ellen Barkin and Jimmy Smits.

Damian Torres

Question: I noticed on the list of 2008 Razzie nominations, Lindsay Lohan was nominated for Worst Screen Couple for her roles in I Know Who Killed Me. Are there any other actors/actresses who have shared that nomination with themselves?

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: Eddie Murphy is also nominated for Worst Screen Couple this year (so would have been on the same list) for his multiple roles in Norbit. Murphy was also nominated in the 2002 awards for his appearances with several different people, including his own clone in The Adventures of Pluto Nash. Ahnult Schwarzenegger received the nomination at the 2000 awards for his double role in The Sixth Day, with Leonardo di Caprio achieving the honour the previous year for The Man in the Iron Mask. There have also been several occasions where an actor or actress has been nominated along with an item of clothing or other prop, which could arguably count as a solo nomination, and three occasions on which an actress has had her breasts nominated, which would also seem to qualify.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: On Saturday Night Live in the 1970s during the "Weekend Update" segment, occasionally Chevy Chase would say a person's name followed with "is still dead." I have been trying to think of the name for some time now and it's driving me crazy! Thanks for your help.

Chosen answer: Generalissimo Francisco Franco, the Spanish dictator, who died during the first season of SNL. Franco hovered near death for several weeks before finally passing away and news reports that he was still alive were not infrequent, leading the SNL team to adopt the parodic version after his demise.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: This is a documentary film about BMW at high speed through cites. Guy Ritchie is involved in the film. I think it's about BMW doing stunts. What is the name of this film?

gillian ahern

Chosen answer: The only thing BMW-related that Guy Ritchie has been involved in is a series of short films, created for advertising purposes under the collective name of The Hire, that were released on the internet, featuring the Driver (an otherwise unidentified character played by Clive Owen) getting into various scrapes while driving assorted BMW cars. Each of the eight films was directed by a well-known director, including Ritchie, Ang Lee, John Woo, John Frankenheimer and Tony Scott and featured prominent guest stars such as Gary Oldman, James Brown, Madonna and Don Cheadle.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I am looking for the title of a TV show I watched as a kid, probably early 80's, maybe late 70's. It was live actors with puppets. I'm pretty sure it took place on an asteroid, and they showed the live actors going there during the show's opening. I think one puppet was an orangutan. What I remember most was that one segment of the show was the "No Gnews Show, with Gary Gnu." Which always ended with "No gnews, is good gnews, with Gary Gnu."

Chosen answer: You're thinking about the show "The Great Space Coaster".

Mortug Premium member

Question: There was a movie in the early 90s, it was a scary movie and it was about a woman who wanted to lose weight. She ordered this special diet package that came with ear buds, glasses, and finally a needle and thread. The ear buds make her hear the food, the glasses make her see the food, and when neither of them work she sews her lips shut. Help please?

Chosen answer: "Love Hungry" - episode in "Tales from the Darkside".


Question: What film from the 1940s features a teenage girl who marries a much older male writer to keep her from being sent to a sort of institution, but the two end up falling in love?

Chosen answer: The film is called "Susan Slept Here". Debbie Reynolds played the teenager.


Question: I remember a horror film where these girls were being mean to one girl (teenagers) and she is trying to be part of their clique. They left her in some cemetery/mausoleum as a kind of hazing to get her to be in their clique. One of the popular girls was African American and always had a toothbrush in her mouth. Since they were mean to the girl, bad things started to happen to them at the cemetery. What is the name of this film?

Tricia Webster Premium member

Chosen answer: The film you're referring to is "One Dark Night", a 1983 horror film.

Jason Hoffman

Question: How is it possible that Gary Fitzgerald was nominated for both Leading and Supporting Actor Oscars for Going My Way?

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: The initial nominations process involves each member of the Academy nominating those within their own field for the various awards appropriate to what they do. From these, the shortlists are drawn up for the second round of voting. In the case of Barry Fitzgerald, opinion was apparently divided as to whether his role qualifies as a lead role or a supporting role. Ultimately, he received a sufficiently high number of nominations from his fellow actors and actresses that he ended up on the shortlist for both categories. Since then, the rules have been changed to prevent it from happening again.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I am a fan of Midsomer Murders. I am trying to find the title of one of its episodes. In this episode Barnaby discovers that three children committed the murders. Before this discovery one of the children tries to strangle Barnaby.It then transpires that these children killed their own father years before. I would be grateful if someone would tell me what this episode is called.

Chosen answer: It's called "Death and Dreams" from season six, 2003.


Question: I saw a movie recently on tv. It was a British or Irish movie and it had a young woman on it that worked in a bakery for her father and she had a friend that was dying and bedridden. Her dying friend had a video of the young woman singing but there was no sound. Her dying wish was to hear her friend sing. The young lady sang for her friend just before she died and at her funeral. Does anyone know the name of this movie?

Chosen answer: That's 2001's "Very Annie Mary" starring Rachel Griffiths.


Question: I read that Cinderella was made into a movie 58 times. Does anyone know if this is a record? Or has something else been made more times?

Chosen answer: The main problem with things along these lines are what actually counts. The Internet Movie Database listed 41 films and TV productions directly called "Cinderella", but there are many other productions that are based, to varying degrees, on the storyline, so it becomes rather questionable as to where you draw the line as what can be considered "Cinderella" and what's just too far away from the original storyline to be considered as a proper version of the tale. The most likely rival to the top slot, and it certainly cannot be disputed that Cinderella must be a good candidate for the position, would be Dracula, who has appeared in something like 200 films over the years. As with Cinderella, how many of those can be considered legitimate adaptations of the original story would be a matter of some debate.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I'm looking for the title of a movie from the 80's or maybe 90's. It seems to be set in the late 1800's or early 1900's and is about a unusually smart boy named Wendell. The only scene I'm certain about is when the boy gets off a train and is greeted by two older people. The man introduces himself and the lady as "Cornelia" and tells her Wendell's name. She says "Hello, Wendy." He replies, "Hello, Corny." She says (angrily) "Cornelia", he replies (exasperated) "Wendell." Thanks.

Grumpy Scot

Chosen answer: The film was called "The Wizard of Loneliness". Lucas Haas played Wendall.


Question: I am trying to identify a move that I saw on TV in the '80s. I don't remember much about it other than one scene. The movie takes place on another planet where the sun comes out only once every so many years. Children are playing, and one of them gets locked into a shed before the sun comes out. The child can feel and see the sun only through the slats of the shed. That's all I remember - this has been bothering me for YEARS. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Chosen answer: "All Summer In A Day" based on the short story by Ray Bradbury.

Phixius Premium member

Question: I'm looking for a title of a movie the setting was Harlem and the main actor was Laurence Fishburne and the actress Cicely Tyson?

Chosen answer: That would be "Hoodlum" from 1997.


Question: I am trying to identify the title a certain movie I saw as a child in the early 80s that has been etched in my mind for its disturbing content. I only remember bits and pieces, but I seem to remember a hero similar to "He Man" (in dress) who has a ring (it may have had an eye on it) that allows him see events transpiring in different places. I remember a fiery temple of some sort where the villains were sacrificing kids (and maybe adults also). The hero is called to save the innocent victims. Does anyone have an idea as to what this movie is?

Chosen answer: That sounds like The Beastmaster staring Marc Singer. The ring, however, wasn't for his personal use. His enemy was actually using it to spy on him and his companions. When they found the eye in the ring, they poked it out with a burning stick. He did look a lot like He-Man, though.

Garlonuss Premium member

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