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Question: I am looking for any info on a war movie from the late sixties or early seventies. It featured two soldiers being sent to an island to fight the war for their country one on one with the winner transmitting a code back to declare victory. I don't think they took weapons with them but I am not sure. It was more of guerrila war as I do remember the Japanese soldier putting razor blades in a tree trunk laced with bacteria for the American to cut himself on. At one point in the film each country sends another soldier in to help fight, a form of cheating. The original combatants kill their comrades out of respect for each other and the integrity of fight.

Chosen answer: It was called "The Challange" and starred Darren McGavin. I remember it well and would love to get a copy of it.

Question: I remember seeing a movie when I was quite little. It was a b-grade scary flick, where two teens (girl and a boy, I think, and they might be related) are in a spooky old mansion. They are trying to kill the man who owns (haunts?) the house, because he's evil. They get a picture of him, tear it across the neck, and then set it on fire. Does anyone know what this is?

Chosen answer: It's an episode of "Amazing Stories" called "Go To The Head Of The Class" starring Christopher Lloyd.

John Cyr

Question: Help, please! What movie is this scene from? Two guys sitting in a diner opposite one another in a 4-top booth. The booth is next to large plate glass window through which can be seen ordinary background street activity. It is daytime. One of the 2 guys orders a sandwich. The waitress responds with "We don't sell that kind of sandwich here!" Same guy goes on to order the same sandwich and the waitress repeats her inability to sell the man what he wants. This back-and-forth exchange escalates through 3 or 4 iterations as volume and frustration mount. Then, he seems to give up; he has reached a dead-end with this woman. His demeanor changes as he begins to lead her into believing he might consider a different selection. Finally the guy asks if she sells one kind of sandwich (she does) and if she also sells another kind of sandwich (she does). He then orders one of each and instructs her to take one or two items off of the first sandwich, add them to the second sandwich, throw the first sandwich away, and serve the second sandwich to him, thereby fulfilling his initial request.I thought this was Jack Nicholson in "One Flew Over The Cukoo's Nest," but I've not been able to confirm this.Thanks for any info.

Chosen answer: It's Jack Nicholson in 'Five Easy Pieces'.

ChiChi

Question: There was a cartoon where a little girl during WWII learns how to blow up a bridge by watching her grandfather knock down a house of cards and so is able to stop a Nazi train. Then she ends up living in the woods for the rest of her life. What is this movie?

Chosen answer: "Sarah" AKA "Sarah and the Squirrel" AKA "The Seventh Match".

Question: About 4 - 6 years ago, there was a reality tv show on the air and I'm trying to figure out what it was called. Basically, it was about a killer that was on the loose, and there was a group of people trying to catch him. And he would leave clues, two people would follow the lead, and one of them would be killed. I don't know much about this show, other than small details like a finger in a Sardine, an oil company (?) and it may have occured in a town with water close by. Thank you for any info.

Chosen answer: Murder in Small Town X (2001).

Grumpy Scot

Question: I'm looking for a movie that I watched in the 1980s as a kid. I remember a girl that had to save these children in bubbles. I thought at first that it was part of the "Rainbow Brite" episodes or movie, but this was real actors and I've searched all of them. I want to say that it might have turned into animation, but it's very faint. The only other thing I can think of is that it did have to do with rainbows somehow. Thanks.

Chosen answer: It is indeed Rainbow Brite. Go on Youtube and type in Rainbow Brite-the beginning of Rainbowland. In part 2 they show the kids in the bubbles.

Question: Ok. I remember a movie, sometime from the late 90's, and I just can't remember the name of it. I think the plot had something to do with a group of people runnng from a disease. The first part that I remember was this man in a Catholic church and the diseased people, who had red eyes, were running after him. He found refuge in a grocery somewhere in a destroyed city, where he found these 2 people. I think one of the people was an African American woman. They traveled around until they came to an apartment that had Christmas lights on the outside of the window. There, the origonal three people found a father and his daughter, both unaffected by the disease. They all listen to the radio and hear about an army base that is calling for all people who are not infected with the disease. As they make thier way there, an infected bird drips blood into the father's eye, and he becomes infected. The only way to get infected is to get an infected person's blood into your body, as if through a membrane such as your eye, or in a cut. Well, the others make thier way to the army base, and one of the people there asks the women to wear dresses. One man at the army base is infected, but chained up, and the army people are attempting to speak with him. That is all I remember, but does anyone know the name of this film?

Chosen answer: The movie was "28 Days Later" and it came out in 2002.

SAZOO1975

Question: There was a movie released sometime in the past 25 years where characters watched the skeleton scene from "House on Haunted Hill" on TV. What was it?

Chosen answer: I remember seeing that when I was a kid. It was Amazing Stories book 2, go to the head of the class or something. Christopher Lloyd is a teacher and his heavy metal listening students play a record backwards to get a spell to give him the hiccups, but they do it wrong and his head gets cut off but he still chases them around.

Question: I'm trying to find the name of a western I saw sometime in the early to mid 70's. There were several factions fighting over a gattling gun. I seem to recall a small number of cowboys, a bunch of soldiers and perhaps a Mexican army all trying to own the gun, the end of the movie is a big fight between them all. There might have been some nuns burying the dead at the very end but I might be confusing movies; it was a long time ago. Several people have suggested "The Gattling Gun" but I read a synopsis of that on imdb and it doesn't ring any bells. Any help would be most appreciated.

Chosen answer: The Wild Bunch - 1969, directed by Sam Peckinpah.

ramjet

Question: I'm trying to find the title of a children's movie, from the late 80's to early 90's. The main character is a young girl whose grandmother is dying and she wants to find a way to keep her alive. At some point, she goes through the standing mirror in her bedroom and is transported to another "world" where she meets a few muppets of some sort. The girl finds out that there is an apple (or some type of fruit) that can make her grandmother young again, but they are only in a witch's castle. One particular scene I remember is that while she and her new friends are travelling to this castle, they have to walk on a path that is on the side of something (thus turning them on a horizontal). They get to the castle and see the witch's fruit tree is kept in some type of glass cage. When the witch goes to get an apple, the girl and her friends somehow manage to pick a bunch but the cage begins to close and the witch's hand gets stuck under the glass. Since she cannot eat the apple she turns really old and dies (I think she actually shrivels because she was so old). The girl and the friends leave with the apples, but when she tries to go through the mirror back to her room, the apples stay behind. I think grandma ends up dying anyway, but she learns a lesson.

Chosen answer: Hugga Bunch [1985]. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0173915/.

Question: I remember the first film I ever saw was with my mum and grandmother and I wanted to know the name of it. I only remember that the main lady was cheating on her husband either with a doctor - or her husband was the doctor - I'm not sure, but she brought the affair guy home with her and when they went to 'do things' in her bed there was either a syringe or a pin sticking up and she cut herself on it. That's all I remember and my mum has no idea what I'm talking about. If you know what film this is, can you help? Thanks.

Chosen answer: Sounds like the movie, "Malice" starring Nicole Kidman, Alec Baldwin, and Bill Pullman. Nicole and Bill are married, and she is having an affair with her doctor, Alec. More here...http://imdb.com/title/tt0107497/.

BGraz

Question: My friends swear I'm making this movie up, but a while ago I saw a movie on tv. The main character was a young man whose father had died recently. He traveled to live with his brother where he became a lifeguard, and also did some freelance writing work. Throughout the movie, the man talks to Jesus Christ, sometimes on the telephone, sometimes in person. He also talks to his deceased father. What is this movie called?

Chosen answer: Sounds like Radio Inside (1994).

Grumpy Scot

Question: I saw this movie on tv about 10 years ago. It was about a high school boy. One night a meteorite crashes into his room and he becomes "magnetic". There was one scene where he was running down the halls at school and all the locks on the lockers stick out. He runs into a room, only to find it filled with metal baseball bats. There was also something about a nerdy girl also getting this "power". At the end she runs to him, covered in metal objects, kisses him on the cheek as he just screams. I think he was also running for Prom King. Sorry I don't have more info.

Chosen answer: It wasn't a movie, it was an episode of Amazing Stories called "The Main Attraction".

Grumpy Scot

Question: This is going to be long so I apologise in advance. I am trying to find the name of a movie, possible tv-movie, I watched a long time ago. I don't remember much about it except that it was about a girl whose parents were divorced and she lived with her mum and grandmother. She liked a boy who committed suicide and then she met another boy who gave her a ride on his motorbike and she complained that he would see her underwear. In one scene she tells her mother about dating this boy and the mother asks her if he has a car. Later her father asks her the same thing and that's when she says, "You guys did it in a car didn't you?" One of the last scenes of the movie is her finishing her exams and dropping her pen on the floor, and the last scene is a gathering in a garden. The girl was possibly half-Italian. Not very specific I'm afraid.

Chosen answer: The movie you are looking for is an Australian movie called 'Looking for Alibrandi' which is based on a book of the same name and stars Pia Miranda.

Question: I remember seeing a Pinocchio movie in a movie shop once. The cover was one of those 'holographic' tye images, and when you turned it from side to side, 'Pinocchio' changed from a real boy to a puppet. The picture was of Gipetto and Pinocchio had his arms around his shoulders. Does anyone know which Pinocchio movie this was, and could you possibly provide a link to its IMDb page? I've searched there but I can't find it.

Chosen answer: It's 'The Adventures of Pinocchio' from 1996 starring Jonathan Taylor Thomsas of 'Home Improvement' fame. You should be able to find it searching either the movie name or Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Once you get to the movie page, you can then click on DVD Details in the sidebar menu to see the cover you've described.

ChiChi

Question: I'm trying to figure out what movie this is from: "I used to be an optimist, but I'm not anymore". The main character in the movie is a young girl and is told early on that she is an optimist, and learns what this word means. A lot of messed up stuff happens in the course of the film and when asked by a teacher to write an essay under the topic, "I used to be, but I'm not anymore" she writes her essay beginning with the above quote and reads it aloud to the class. Can ANYONE help me with this? It's driving me nuts.

Chosen answer: Sounds like "Just as Long as We're Together" by Judy Blume.

Andrea Hartley

Question: I saw a film about 30 years ago about a couple and their teenage daughter who go on holiday. The girl has asthma. A mysterious old lady who says she can cure her becomes involved in their lives. The mother and daughter get sucked in but the father is suspicious. Towards the end of the film, things turn nasty. He gets locked up somewhere but escapes and sees his wife and daughter in some kind of devil worship procession. A typical 1970s film - does anyone know it or what it was called?

Chosen answer: The movie starred Rosanna Arquette and Bette Davis. I think it was called Harvest Home or something like that. It was one of my favorite movies. It was the first time I ever saw Rosanna Arquette. She was a child.

Question: I would like to know about a movie/tv show about a little girl who sat on a swing with her cat and used to sing a song in a differant language. She used to blame things on her cat when she got in trouble. The show aried in the 50s or 60s.

Chosen answer: I'm pretty sure the movie you're talking about is "The Three Lives of Thomasina", the other language being Gaelic... Hope this helps!.

Question: I remember seeing a movie in cinema when I was very young (about 1996-1998 I think). It was set in Medieval times and the main character was a boy. The movie had to do with hawks - I think the boy wanted to become a hawk-trainer. I remember a scene, where someone was hiding under a rug, and some guards came in and were looking for that person. They were told that there was a bear under the rug and they ran away. Also, the movie ends with a scene of the boy running in a field with a hawk.

Chosen answer: Its called LadyHawk with a very young Matthew Broderick.

Question: I'm looking for a name of a movie that I only remember the trailer for. The basic plot was either a weather forecaster, or a television anchor, goes out in the street to do a forecast and is told that the morning next it will either hail or snow (I can't recall) and then she dies a few days later. If anyone can recall the title, I'd appreciate the enlightenment!

Chosen answer: Life or Something Like It, starring Angelina Jolie.

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