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Question: I'm trying to remember a children's TV show that was shown on Trouble. It was about 2 best friends (girls) and was set in Canada. One of the girls was called Amanda and was a real "girly girl" the other I can't remember but she was a tomboy and was part Italian. I think her dad was a butcher. It was probably from the 1990's. Does anyone remember this?

Chosen answer: The name of the show was "Ready or Not", about Amanda Zimm and Busy Ramone. Repeats were shown on Disney in the mid 90's I believe.

Question: What is the name of a 1940's era movie about a man and women who turn into a horse and dog?

Chosen answer: You Never Can Tell (1951).

Question: I watched a movie with my dad many years ago. It was a post nuclear war film, 1950 or 1960 time frame, and it was about a black man who was underground when it happened and when he came up no one was there. Later he found a white woman. He stole a car from a dealership. I can't remember much more. I need to find out the name of the movie. Can you help?

Chosen answer: Sounds like "Night Of The Living Dead" (1968).

John Cyr

Question: About 10-15 years ago I saw an old movie on TV about a young girl who lost a leg or legs in a train accident. I remember very little about this movie but seems as though there was something about "music box" in the title. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Chosen answer: There is a 1984 movie called "The Dollmaker," starring Jane Fonda, where her daughter's legs are crushed by a train.

Question: I saw a black and white film in the 70's about a boy that talks to a man in a tree. I was very young and could be mistaken but I think the man was death and his grandfather tries to keep the boy from the tree, anybody have any ideas?

Chosen answer: It's called "On Borrowed Time" from 1939.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031754/.

Question: I'm trying to find the name of a movie, possibly made for TV in the mid-to-late 90s. In 1850s Canada, a black man married to a white woman has a beautiful daughter, educated in Paris. He advertises for a white husband for her, who turns out to be a cruel, abusive man. He rapes her on their wedding night and then sells her into slavery in the U.S. In one scene, the mother is served tea by her own daughter, now a slave, on a plantation. They manage to get her away, but who was in it? IMDB doesn't show anything for the actors I think might have been in it, Lou Gossett, Jr., Eva Marie Saint, and Halle Berry.

Chosen answer: Sounds exactly like: Captive Heart: The James Mink Story.

SAZOO1975

Question: There was a cartoon movie on TV back in the late 60s or early 70s. I THINK it was a Christmas cartoon, but it was definitely Christian in nature. I remember there was a child, and a giant in a castle with a swing in the courtyard. The child would show up uninvited to the castle and irritate the giant (not Dennis the menace style, just his presence irritated the giant). The child stopped showing up for some time and the giant was visited by (for lack of a better word) spirits. The one I recall for sure was Hail: A knight in a full suit of armor dancing on the giant's roof. At the end, when the child returns, the giant is no longer mean-spirited and glad to see the child. The child explains that he was taken away as the reason why he no longer visited. The giant flies into a rage promising to find the kidnapper and promises to harm him. The child explains there is no reason to. He was taken to a wonderful, magical, etc., place and he can take the giant there too. He offers his hand to the giant and instantly it is obvious the child has died and was talking about heaven because the child has stigmata (wounds in the hands and feet as if he were nailed to the cross like Christ). The title has been eluding me for years and is driving me nuts.

Rlvlk

Chosen answer: This sounds like "The Selfish Giant", a short story by Oscar Wilde from a collection called The Happy Prince and Other Tales. It has been adapted for film and television many times, but there was an animated version in 1971 which may be the one you are thinking of.

Sierra1 Premium member

Question: Hey, I'm looking for an animated movie I saw approximately between 1995-2000 (possibly on the Sci-Fi Channel?), though I am not certain that is actually when the movie was made. It had a "Hobbit-like" creature in it as the main character with goblins as the enemies. This movie is a fantasy where there are swords and magic, however, the goblins have machine guns OR the main character flips out and goes on a killing rampage, in a scene that features crazy colors and blood everywhere. I would appreciate help I can get witht this. I will try to check back, however, welcome your email thoughts at [email protected]

Chosen answer: Sounds like Wizards. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076929/.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I don't remember where I saw this but I'm thinking 80's or 90's. All I remember is these guys (who are brothers) stole a lot of money. At one point one brother states he does not want to go through it anymore and tells his brother to kill him. I remember it being a winter movie due to a lot of snow and also I think at some point it involves a lady who is shot in her kitchen with a shotgun.

Chosen answer: A Simple Plan.

Grumpy Scot

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 Premium member

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 Premium member

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 Premium member

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

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