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Question: I'm trying to find out the name of a television show that I watched in the early to mid-1980's. The only details I remember are that there was group of teenagers that worked on a newspaper and they would often get transported to a different time or area where a "bad guy" was always trying to get to them. Anybody have an idea?

Chosen answer: I think it was "Read all about it." It may have been a Children's Televison Workshop production. Mind you that's just a guess.

James Rowell

Question: Is there a difference between a "featuring" credit and an "introducing" credit? If so, what is it?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: "Introducing" means that this is the actor's first role, or sometimes their first credited major role, i.e. not "3rd Dancing Guy". "Featuring" can mean several things. For example, an actor may have negotiated this into their contract so that their name stands out more in the credits or to point out a major player in a less than major part.


Question: Just before Christmas in 2004, on one of the British terrestrial channels was a programme about dragons. I think it was called 'Flight of the Dragons', but it wasn't the animation. It was about 2 hours long, and wasn't a movie. It was written as a spoof documentary about the discovery of a dragon's skeleton, and about dragons' evolution and lifestyle. It was really interesting, and had amazing computer-generated graphics, and I would like to know if anyone else has seen it, and whether it has (or will) come out on DVD.

Chosen answer: Yes, I saw it; very good show, I enjoyed it immensely. It was called "The Last Dragon" in the UK - it was shown in the US under the title "Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real". It has been released on DVD in both countries under the appropriate title.


Question: I have noticed that in almost every movie and TV show that has someone using a computer, the computer makes small beeping sounds when loading a page or when someone is typing, etc. Why is this put in if no computer (as far as I know) makes those noises? Is it used just for dramatic effect or something?

Chosen answer: Yes, it's so you'll know something is happening with the computer without having watch the computer constantly, i.e. take your eyes away from the actors. It also can cue the actors that it is time for them to interact with the computer, or give the character an excuse for looking away from what he's doing to pay attention to the computer.


Question: There was a children's show I watched back in the 80's. It had puppet people and talking vegetable puppets. I think it was called "pinwheel" or something to that effect, because the title song said "pinwheel, pinwheel, spinning around - look to my pinwheel and see what I've found." If that's the title, do you know where I can find info on it?

Chosen answer: You are correct--The show "Pinwheel" was on Nickelodeon back in the early 80s. For more info, check out the IMDB page:


Question: Does anyone know the name of a movie where 3 or 4 boys make a spaceship out of a "tilt-a-whirl" cart?

Chosen answer: Explorers. Released in 1985, starring Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix and Jason Presson. Excellent film!

Grumpy Scot

Question: There was a weird sci-fi film from the 80's that dealt with a spaceship landing in a little boy's backyard. I remember something about a school bus and driver, like the driver was an alien, but not for sure. Can anyone remember the name of this movie/film?

Chosen answer: This sounds like the 1986 Tobe Hooper film, Invaders From Mars. It starred Karen Black and Louise Fletcher. It was a remake of the 1953 classic of the same name.


Question: I've seen this throughout the site, but what exactly is a "Wilhelm scream" I know what it sounds like, but why is it called a "Wilhelm" scream and why is it so important?

Sir William

Chosen answer: The original scream was recorded for the film "Distant Drums" in 1951, and it was archived as "man being bitten by alligator and screams" in the sound effects library at Warner Bros. Studio, and used numerous times thereafter. In 1953, the scream is heard in "The Charge at Feather River" when a soldier named Private Wilhelm is shot by an arrow. In the mid-70s, when Ben Burtt was hired as a sound designer for Star Wars, he found the original recording, dubbed it "Wilhelm" after the earlier character. Both he and friend Richard Anderson adopted this scream, and it's been used in all the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" films, dozens of other films, TV shows, and even at theme parks. Though there is no documentation, this popular scream is believed to have been done by Sheb Wooley, a musician and character actor. For more information, this website is dedicated solely to the infamous Wilhelm:

Super Grover

Question: I remember seeing a film where a girl goes into a supermarket/mini mart type place, and as she is walking around she sees somebody she was abused by (I think) and then something happens and she looks in a freezer and sees it filling with blood and she slips on the blood. I was sure it was in Girl, Interrupted, but I recently watched this film and the scene is not in there, is it another film, or is it possible that scene was removed from my DVD version?

Kayleigh Green

Chosen answer: This was in Girl Interrupted, one of the deleted scenes on the DVD. If you check in deleted scenes, it should be there.

Question: I am trying to find the name of a movie I saw along time ago. It's an old horror flick where a young kid gets lost in the woods and finds a large hole in the ground with monsters in it, and he ends up leading people into this hole to feed the monsters. The only victim I could remember was a handicapped kid in a wheelchair.

Chosen answer: The Pit.


Question: Can anyone help me with the title to this movie? I remember only the final scene, in which two boys (one from Cambodia) and a girl are riding in a train. The boy from Cambodia is really worried about his mother, who is still in their native country, so he says he's going to go home and marry her so he can take care of her. I don't remember anything else. I must have seen it in the mid-1980s. Does anyone know what this movie is?

Chosen answer: What you are describing sounds like "The Emperor of Peru. It was on HBO back in the early 80's. It's a very obscure film and difficult to find on DVD.

Question: I am trying to find out more information on a show that I vaguely remember from when I was a child approximately 20 years ago. I think it was on PBS and all I can remember is that there was a girl in a round room with many doors. I remember she opened the doors and I think that created a story. I also remember something about stairs and her running up and down open metal stairs. Does anyone know what I am describing?

Chosen answer: There was an ongoing story on several episodes of Captain Kangaroo that featured a girl doing this - it was almost as though she were trapped in a dream. I remember her being on a subway with mist, and the last part of the adventure, an oracle-like creature was throwing daggers at her.

Question: I remember watching a film about a boy and his dog and they are stranded in a jungle or island. They try to survive and the boy gets rescued by a helicopter but he leaves his dog behind.

Chosen answer: I think the movie is "Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog"

Question: Many years ago I saw a cartoon where an old animal was telling the story of what happened to mankind. He told of a world war and the last scene is one soldier left in each side's trench. The first soldier shoots the second, but the second shoots the first before dying, thereby ending the human race. I think the last shot was one of the soldiers sinking into the mud of the trench. What is the title or production company of the cartoon?

Chosen answer: It was called "Peace on Earth" - here's the IMDb link:

James Rowell

Question: I am trying to find the title to a movie I saw on television sometime ago. All I can recall was the ending in which a woman jumps off a cliff and climbs a railroad bridge and walks on down the tracks (all of this occuring in the woods). Also, it was about a father and son who kidnapped a woman and held her in their cabin. The father looked like grizzly adams and eventually killed the son because he kept trying to rape her. Could somebody tell me the name of the movie I am describing?

Chosen answer: I believe the movie was "The Abduction of Kari Swenson" which was bases on a real incident.

Question: I am racking my brain (and keep striking out on the internet) trying to remember a movie (TV show?) I recently saw that ends with the song called "Beautiful", a version, I think that is sung by Sarah Brightman (not the original by Nicola Hitchcock). It might be a scene that dealt with the death of a major character. It wasn't a German movie and I don't think it was an episode of Six Feet Under.


Chosen answer: It's played at the end of "Iron-Jawed Angels" from HBO Films.


Question: I can remember seeing a film on TV ages ago (at least, I think it was a film, might have been a TV series or something, but I'm assuming it was straight-to-TV) where a coachload of people crash because the bus driver is watching a couple have sex in another car, or something, and all the people on the coach become attached to a baby (they're dead) and they can't stray out of a certain range of the person. Then I remember the baby grows up into a pretty nasty/arrogant businessman and the people aren't happy about it, and then I remember a bus (driven by the driver who got them all killed) coming to take them to heaven and apologising for being so late. Does anyone know what this film/show was called?

Gary O'Reilly

Chosen answer: It's a movie called "Heart and Souls". It stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Elizabeth Shue among others.


Question: Are there any films which have ever been remade twice?


Chosen answer: Plenty. The Front Page was remade as His Girl Friday, which was remade as Switching Channels. There were several versions of The Ten Commandments. Numerous versions of Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet (Laurence Olivier, Mel Gibson, and Kenneth Branagh, to name only three). The King and I was a remake of Anna and the King of Siam, which was later remade as Anna and the King. Also Brewster's Millions, Peter Pan, and many others.

K.C. Sierra

Question: I was just wondering, on this MovieMistakes website, what film has the most "Visible Crew/Equipment" mistakes listed? Is there someway you may find out for me please. Thanks very much.


Chosen answer: There is a method that can figure out what film has the most visible crew/equipment mistakes. This can be done by clicking the "Top pages" button in the top left corner next to the "Movie Mistakes" logo, scrolling down to "Most movie mistakes" and clicking on it. You are then given a list of the movies with the most mistakes of all time. Above the list of the most mistakes are five options: MOST - GENRE - MOVIE - MISTAKES - YEAR. Click on MISTAKES and some options will appear. Scroll right down to the bottom and there is an option that says "VISIBLE CREW/EQUIPMENT". Click on that and the top 30 films with the most visible/crew equipment mistakes will appear. If you are interested, the film with the most visible crew/equipment mistakes is Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl with a visible crew/equipment mistake count of 42!

Casual Person

Question: How are movies transferred from 35mm film to VHS/DVD?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: The film is projected from a regular projector into a mirror prism that reflects it into a special camera whose shutters are synched to the speed of the projector's. The signal is then sent to a video tape. Then the signal from the camera is sent to a computer where it is cleaned up and enhanced and then sent to the digital or recorded format.




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