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Question: The details I have on this are sketchy and may not be entirely accurate, but would appreciate any ideas anyone can offer about this movie. It is about a womanizing man who drowns and is sent back to live as a woman as a punishment for his past behavior (not a simple switch with some other woman) The woman could possibly be portrayed by Doris Day, but is someone of her era. Any ideas? Thanks.

Chosen answer: It's the 1964 film, "Goodbye, Charlie," starring Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis. When womanizer Charlie is shot at by a jealous husband, he falls out a ship porthole and drowns. He somehow returns to the living world as a woman (Reynolds). Curtis plays his friend who, after being convinced that it really is Charlie in a woman's body, helps his old buddy.

raywest

Question: I am looking for the title of a movie. I only saw the ending, I think. I saw it in the early-mid '80s, though the movie may be older. I remember people were trapped in a partially submerged plane (?) in the ocean. They were all escaping and I remember a young woman with long hair and an older gentleman. The woman had swam from the plane to a safety place where she was helped up. Then she turned and all the survivors were yelling at the older man to hurry up. He doesn't make it. He ends up drowning, being shot, or eaten by fish. I can't remember exactly. I thought it was The Poseiden Adventure, but the ending didn't match with what I remember. Can anyone help me?

Dedderbot

Chosen answer: It was a sequel to the Poseidon Adventure, with Michael Caine and Sally Field. They are treasure hunters, claiming salvage rights. They encounter more survivors, including Mark Harmon and Slim Pickens. Another crew of hunters show up, led by Telly Savales, try to kill them. They escape from the ship by swimming to Caine's boat, Pickens is shot.

Question: I'm trying to remember the titles of two films. I can only remember brief fragments of each, but maybe someone will recognize them. 1: a scene where a man is watching t.v. in his living room and a thick, red/green slime begins to develop and invade the room, eventually (somehow) killing him. I think this film might have been done in the 80's. 2: a man finds a clock that allows him to travel back in time. He boards a train with the clock and ends up in the 1800's. He meets a woman who runs a newspaper printing shop and gradually falls in love with her. He eventually decides to stay "back in time" and marry her.

Chosen answer: The first one you describe, is I believe is from the movie, Son of the Blob. A man is adjusting his TV, when the Blob oozes behind him onto his chair. Later, a friend arrives and sees the Blob consuming him. The second is a TV movie, For All Time. (2000) Mark Harmon plays a man seeking purpose in his life. After buying a pocket watch, he boards a train and is transported to the turn of the century.

Question: I am trying to identify a movie I saw on TV in the very early 70's. The movie was older and may have been in black & white. A worldly young man was having a relationship with an innocent girl. During the movie, he became sweeter while she became more entranced by the "dark" side. A pivotal scene was a cock-fight which she now enjoyed more than he did.

Chosen answer: "Summer and Smoke" with Laurence Harvey and Geraldine Page. Based on a Tennessee Williams' play. She is a repressed spinster and he's the dashing young man she's always been in love with, but he goes after the town vamp, played by Rita Moreno.

Question: I saw a movie when I was younger and one scene stuck with me. I was not suppose to be watching the movie, I just happened to wake up and get a drink of water at the time, therefore I'm sure it was not a kid's movie. It was shown early in the evening on regular network TV (no cable back then) so I'm assuming it was either a very old movie for the time (pre-80's) and easily edited. This is all I remember for certain: there was a group of people on a train and people were being killed one by one. The scene I saw was of a man who was drugged or knock unconscious and placed, sitting up, next to the wheels of the train before it left the station so that the wheels would crush him as the train left. For some reason when I try to picture the guy, I think of Father Guido Sarducci from SNL.I don't know why. I'm fairly certain from the clothing, music, hairstyles and when I saw the scene on TV that it was made in the mid to late 70's. The things that stick in your brain, goodness. Please help me.

Chosen answer: This sounds very much like Terror Train - 1980, Jamie Lee Curtis.

ramjet

Question: I am looking for the title of a British heist/gadget movie that I saw some time ago. The film is likely 1960-1980 and included in the robbery sequence are remote control trash cans and a car which splits in two lengthwise to allow them to throw off the police. My meager recollection would suggest that the title of the movie was the name of the boy genius character who invented the gadgets.

Chosen answer: This is "Malcolm" (1986), and the film was Australian, not British.

Sierra1

Question: When I was little I watched a movie on TV. I think it was a TV movie but I'm not completely sure. In it there was a boy who lived with his mom but they lived below the poverty level. The boy had trouble with the cops but always got off because he was a minor, so there was a cop that would always bother the kid about turning 14. At some point in the movie the kid and the mom are arguing in the kitchen and the mom turns around to yell at him and cuts him in the stomach with a butcher knife by accident. She takes him to the hospital and signs forms to have the kid sent away. Through the whole movie the kid goes to his closet for comfort. In the end, the night of his 14th birthday he lights the curtains on fire in the living room while the mom is asleep and goes to his closet while the who apartment or house catches on fire. I don't know the name of the movie and I would like to know if anyone out there does know it. Thanks.

Chosen answer: Little Criminals (1995).

Question: I saw this short film back in the 70's about a little girl (around 8 or possibly 11) who is living with a senile grandmother. The grandmother dies, leaving the child alone. When her body begins to stink people notice but the girl wants to conceal the death and says nothing. I remember an African-American postal carrier arrives and inquires about the stench. The girl says, "It's my perfume, do you like it?" and he responds, "It's interesting." The last scene I remember the girl sitting on the porch and playing the thumb piano. Can anyone tell me the name of this short film?

Chosen answer: I think that movie may have been called "My Mother's House" or "Our Mother's House. I too have seen the movie, but I was also young at the time.

Question: I am looking for a film I saw back in late 80's early 90's where this man rents out his apartment to some woman, however, unbeknownst to her he had previously moved the walls creating a living space where he can spy on her. In the end loads of steel shutters trap her in a room. Any ideas?

Chosen answer: That sounds a bit like Hider In The House, staring Gary Busey and Mimi Rogers. From IMDb: A deranged man, Tom Sykes, hides out in the attic while an unsuspecting couple (and their family carry on their life in the house below. Once Tom stops just hiding out and becomes involved with the family and, in particular, the wife, the problems begin.

Joe Hiles

Question: I'm looking for the name of a film I saw many years ago, late 80's or early 90's. It involved 2 cops, both martial arts experts, going undercover to infiltrate a bad guy's underworld. The underworld involves cage fighting with illegal betting. Once in the while there is a 'Fatal fight' where the loser dies. The bad guy realises they are cops and one of them has to fight the 'champion' in a fatal fight, and dies. In the fatal fight, there is a circle on the wall holding many weapons and one is selected randomly by a computer for the fighters to use. The rest of the film involves the other cop avenging his partners death and killing all the bad guys. Please help.

Chosen answer: This sounds like Kickboxer (1989).

Boobra

Question: Am I crazy or was there a movie or series named Rose Petal something or other? I think there was this little girl (or boy) who was moving away and cried on a rose and suddenly we, the viewer, were whisked away to a land where these people lived amongst the roses and various other flowers? Does anyone remember it and remember the name? I remember seeing a trailer for it on a strawberry shortcake VHS i rented one day with my mom as a young child.

Chosen answer: A quick check on IMDb.com reveals Rose Petal Place is the title you're looking for.

JC Fernandez

Question: This is for the title of a film I saw in 2000. It is about a boy who goes to stay with some people and finds a huge garden out the back of their house. When he asks the people he's staying with about the garden they say that they don't have a garden, only a courtyard with some rubbish bins. There is a gardener who says "bloody hell" a lot. At one point the boy is hiding behind a door from someone. The film is probably English, cannot quite remember. Sorry about the vagueness, but could someone please identify this film.

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: This could be Tom's Midnight Garden. I don't know the film but the children's book is by Phillipa Pearce.

Question: In the mid-80s, there was a mini-series that I believe was made in Australia. A plain, rich woman was forced off a small boat by her husband. He hit her with an oar and she was attacked by alligators, but she survived. After undergoing plastic surgery and becoming quite beautiful, she re-integrated herself into her husband's life and he didn't know who she was. Anybody remember the name or anybody who starred in it?

Chosen answer: Return to Eden (1983) starring Rebecca Gilling and James Reyne.

Sierra1

Question: I watched a movie late one night. It was in black and white and all the characters were played by dogs role playing as humans. Any clue as to the title of this film?

Chosen answer: The film is called "Pound". More information can be found at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066234/

Manky

Question: A white girl found a black doll. Somehow they traded places and the white girl became a doll and the black doll became a live girl. They traded back and forth for a while and one day the black doll/girl decided not to change back into a doll. The white girl remained a doll. Does anyone know what movie this was?

Chosen answer: It's an episode called "Where the Woodbine Twineth" from an Alfred Hitchcock TV series.

Question: Does anyone remember a movie from TV where a boy befriends an old man who builds a tower out of bits of junk and cement I think? The city wants to tear it down because everyone else thinks it's a hazard. They are afraid it will topple over in the next storm, so they bring the crane to pull it down. But the junk tower withstands the crane, and so they get to keep it up. I think it may have been 10 to 20 years ago that I saw it on American TV.

Chosen answer: The movie is 'Daniel and the Towers'. It was a Wonderworks presentation.

Question: Why are there no images of the french film actress Cecil Aubrey available anywhere?

Chosen answer: It's because her name is spelled C├ęcile Aubry. Plenty available if you search by that name.

Sereenie

Question: What movie did I just see a few minutes of? Robin Williams seemed to be playing an autistic or mildly retarded man, and he was at an airport with his son named Tommy, who was also a bit unusual but was looking after him. I believe this was all in flashback.

Chosen answer: The movie was called House Of D.

SAZOO1975

Question: I'm looking for a title to a TV movie that was from the late 70's or early 80's. It was a spoof of all of the 70's detective shows. The only example that I remember is that it had a character that resembled/parodied Baretta. The only scene I remember was one in which a character got killed (presumably, but did not) when some sort of explosion happened and he was baked in an oversized cake out on the street.

Chosen answer: Murder Can Hurt You (1980).

Question: I'm looking for a movie that isn't too old or too new. It starts off with a couple and another man(there may be more people) who eventually become shipwrecked and then those 3 end up on the island. The husband is injured and the the wife and the other man soon become closer. There is nudity in this movie. I'm sorry but I don't remember the ending.

Chosen answer: Sounds like Swept Away, starring Madonna.

Jon Sandys

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