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Has there ever been a time that a movie remake has been nominated (or won) for the same Academy Awards as the original?

Chosen answer: I am afraid I can only give you a partial answer. While searching for Academy Awards involving movies that are remakes I found that only two movies that were remakes have ever won the Oscar for Best Picture "Ben Hur" (1959) and "The Departed" (2006).

OneHappyHusky

There is this movie that I can't remember the name of - I saw in on TV back in the mid 90's. It was about a little boy who kept killing his family members. I don't remember much of it but there was a scene where the boy's grandmother was in the hospital on one of those breathing machines and the boy went and unplugged it so she died. I think he also pushed someone else into a pool who drowned. I know it's a long shot but if anyone can help me name this movie, I'd be so appreciative. Thank you.

Chosen answer: Possibly "Mikey" from 1992. http://imdb.com/title/tt0104870/.

Stephen Cooney

I'm trying to find out the name of a film I saw on TV in the U.K. about 20 years ago. From what I remember it comprises a series of images of the world set to quite hypnotic electronic music, lasts about an hour or so and ends with the detonation of an atomic bomb. I believe the name was one word, non-English, possibly the name of an Aztec, Mayan or Incan god. I believe the director may have been Japanese. Can anybody identify this film from this information?

Chosen answer: Koyaanisqatsi fits the description.

tw_stuart

A common scene in action movies is a bad guy getting shot with a pistol, and flying backwards ten feet. I know this defies Newton's third law, "With every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." If the victim flies ten metres, the shooter would also be propelled ten metres. My question is, what would it take to create a handgun that is capable of flinging the shooter ten metres? Like, if the manafacturer had access to any thearetical alloy, of any strength and density, what would it take? How heavy would a bullet have to be, etc.?

Chosen answer: You've answered your own question. It's NOT possible without violating the laws of physics. You'd need some super-futuristic device that stored kinetic energy in the bullet and then released it on impact or a weapon that manipulated gravity. Needless to say, you ain't gonna see it in your lifetime!

Grumpy Scot

Woman counting cards and getting kicked out of casinos had a friend pick her up and take her to the main man that recognizes her talent. Dressing as a man with mustache and plaid suit, she hires other artists to help her break the casinos that ended up killing her friend and had kicked her out of their casinos. Title?

Chosen answer: The title is "Stacey's Knights" - Kevin Costner is the guy that gets killed.

Why, in almost any war movie (from Saving Private Ryan to Starship Troopers), do soldiers keep hitting their helmets with their ammo clips before they insert them? Is it for good luck, or does it have something to do with avoiding jamming?

Chosen answer: It makes sure all the rounds in a magazine are properly seated to reduce the chances of jamming. And if you are wondering, soldiers really do it and it really does help.

Grumpy Scot

I'm trying to remember the title of a movie I rented a few years ago. I don't remember what year it was made but I'm pretty sure it wasn't an old movie, it was probably after 1990. The concept of the movie is there's this guy, the main character, who wakes up one day and finds that everyone on earth has dropped dead. Except, he finds one woman and one other man alive, but that's it. It's just the three of them. The plot of the movie is basically the main character finds the woman and since they think they're the only 2 people left of earth, they figure they have to repopulate the earth. But, then the other guy comes along, who is better looking and more cool than the main guy. I'd really like to find out what the title of the movie was. Hopefully, someone knows. Thanks.

Chosen answer: That sounds like The Quiet Earth (1985).

Grumpy Scot

Looking for info on a movie I was on television years ago. Included in the plot was some sort of zombie theme and a soft drink factory. The movie was in color and the period seemed to be in the eighties. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.

Chosen answer: There is a movie called The Stuff from 1985. It involves a yogurt-like dessert that turns people into zombies when its eaten.

Grumpy Scot

I am trying to find the name of a movie that I saw on TV years ago. Phyllis Diller and Sally Field are in it with a large black woman. It was a comedy involving a church and spying. Sally Field drove a station wagon full of kids and a dog, while Phyllis Diller drove a nice car and broke her nails while chasing the bad guys, the black lady was driving a dump truck. I can't remember the whole movie plot, but it had something to do with the church and the ladies were part of the choir I think.

Chosen answer: I think that the movie you're thinking of is called "The North Avenue Irregulars." However, instead of Phyllis Diller and Sally Field, the movie starred Cloris Leachman (who played the title role in the sitcom "Phyllis") and Karen Valentine (she does bear some resemblance to Sally Field).

Chanteuse66

I need help locating a movie that I can't remember the title to. I thought the main actress was Marisssa Jaret Winokur, but looking at her filmography, it doesn't seem to mention it.I saw the movie years ago I think it was on the Hallmark Channel. What I remember is this. Two young women, who are best friends, are at an ice skating rink, not skating they are just talking. When one (whom I thought was Marissa Winokur) sees a young man whom she falls in love with at first site. Finding out all about this man becomes an obsession with her. She finds out where he lives and even rents an apartment across the street from his place so that she can spy on him. She even somehow sneaks into his apt. to find out more info. She does know that they like the same candy which is Sugar Babies. Does this ring a bell with anyone? I just want to find out how the movie started and ended. Thanks.

Chosen answer: The made for TV movie is 'Babycakes' starring Ricki Lake as Grace. She loves a subway conductor, Rob, played by Craig Sheffer. It begins with her seeing him on the subway everyday and falling for him. She eventually orchestrates a way to meet and talk to him, they date, they break up because he has a fiancee, even though he doesn't love the fiancee anymore. Several months later, Rob sees Grace on the subway, chases after her, catches up with her and kisses her. The End.

ChiChi Premium member

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.

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

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 Premium member

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".

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

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.

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

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.

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

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/.

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