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posted by Nell Minow

More recent questions and answers. Thanks to all who wrote!
I am looking for the title to a movie from late 70s or 80s about a group of US teenagers on field trip to Europe (I think a French class to Paris) that get embroiled in a spy plot where the male protagonist/classmate gets mistaken for an agent and plays the hero’s role– a comedy action film.
Angelinonsf was right on this one — it is “If Looks Could Kill” with Richard Grieco.
The 1985 movie <a href="Gotcha! with Anthony Edwards had him involved with a spy but not mistaken for one. Thanks, Angelinonsf!
I can’t find the name of the TV show or name of the judge that had court cases on tv in the 80’s or early 90’s. He was an older male, bald, and was once a referee in an Evander Holyfield championship boxing match. He himself was once a boxer.
That is Judge Mills Lane. (Thanks to my son the boxing expert for the assist on that one.)
What is the name of the movie with the little boy who writes letters to “his father” who is on a “ship.” His mom answers his letters and mails them back to him. When the ship “his dad is on” is scheduled to dock in their town, the boy gets really excited about meeting his dad. So she puts an ad in the paper to hire someone to pretend to be the boy’s dad for the duration of the ship’s stay. I saw the trailer once and forgot the name. I think it is a couple of years old. Anyhow, she ends up really liking the guy. I don’t know what happens next because I have not seen the movie. Can you help me find out the name of the movie so I can finally rent it?
dear%20frankie.jpgThat lovely movie is <a href="Dear Frankie“ with Emily Mortimer and Gerard Butler. Enjoy!
What is the name of the family movie from the 80’s (I think) where a little boy kept seeing bubbles in an old flooded quarry and the “monster” turned out to be an old piece of machinery?
That is a 1986 movie called <a href="The Quest“ with Henry Thomas, who was the star of “E.T.”
There was a movie in which some kids attempt to teach a bully a lessen. He drowns by accident and they panic and cover it up he drowns in a river on a boat trip after playing truth or dare, I think.
That movie is Mean Creek (2004). Very sensitively done, with beautiful performances.
What is the name of the movie where a little boy is chasing someone saying “where’s my $2?”
That movie is 1985’s Better Off Dead with John Cusack.

Can you tell me the name of this movie? It’s about a developmentally disabled young woman and her brother. With some sort of new medical treatment, the woman starts to become able to communicate for the first time. She and her brother get to know each other. She’s a “free spirit,” dancing in the middle of a restaurant, for instance, and living life very fully. She falls in love with an aide from the hospital (or someplace). He teaches her how to ride a bike. Her brother is protective of her. Then she starts losing her new abilities (she can no longer ride the bike; this is the beginning of it), and her brother freaks out and hides from the situation by working on his boat. But then they reconcile. I think he has her come live with him.
The name of the film is Molly and it stars Elisabeth Shue and Aaron Eckhart.
I am guessing 50’s or 60’s. About a family with a few kids, they take on an orphan, mean, angry little boy with a brace on his leg. Kid joins scouting and he really transforms into a great kid. Everyone happy, the end. I can’t even remember 1 actor. Please help, Thank you.
That’s one of my favorites — “Room for One More” with Cary Grant from 1952, unfortunately not available yet on DVD or
Its a movie about a guy that lived in the 1940s dies and goes to some type of heaven. He meets and falls in love with a girl there, but then when it is her turn to go down to earth he asks who ever is incharge to send him down to earth again so he can be with her. the Man in charge tells him that he won’t remember her, but he doesn’t care. So he goes back down in the 1970s and is born into a broken home with really bad parents, and when he grows up he runs into her. I think not sure but I think Keanu Reeves is in it
That is Made in Heaven with Tim Hutton, released in 1987.
What’s the name of that film released this year where the bloke’s fiancee dies and I think he moves in with her parents and then meets someone else? It’s based on the director’s or writer’s real life and I think his fiancee was a well-known actress.moonlight%20mile.jpg
That is the 2002 film Moonlight Mile with Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, and “Gray’s Anatomy’s” Ellen Pompeo. Brad Silberling was the writer-director and the film was inspired by the death of his fiancee, Rebecca Shaeffer, a television star killed by a stalker.
A young woman marries a man or I think they were married. anyway she went on to have his son. He was killed in the war, his family thought it best that they bring up the child for
her as they are well off. She is only known to him as Aunt. Along the way she has tried to tell him she is his mother. Like I said I dont know the end. Its not the white Cliffs of Dover – or the Peter Lawford movie where the mother is an alcoholic. Although I always thought the son was played by Peter Lawford – I’m probably wrong.

That’s To Each His Own with Olivia de Havilland (who won an Oscar). John Lund played her son.
Recently there was a movie about two bad guys, one being Czech and the other a Russian. I believe the movie starts in Prague and wind up in NYC. The Russian swipes a cam-corder (wanted to be a director)and films their dasterly deeds. I’m not sure but I thought it was a Bruce Willis flick. Would appreaciate any help on this. Thank you.
That film is 15 Minutes with Robert DeNiro and Edward Burns.
Years ago I saw a movie about a older woman retiring and her children wanted her to move in their basement. She was not comfortable with the arrangement and instead went to live with a daughter in Australia. This did not work out so she bought a “hot looking” car from a neighbor boy and took off to explore Australia. One scene I remember quite well was where she was sitting naked in a circle with a group of Aborigines. I want to say it was Olympia Dukakis…not sure. Could you tell me the name of the movie??
That film is Over the Hill and yes, it stars Olympia Dukakis.

  • Angelinonsf

    I believe the French class to Paris was “If Looks Could Kill” with Richard Geico. If I remember right Anthony Edwards is not mistaken for a spy but is used by spy Linda Fiorentino and I do not think he is on a clas trip.

  • Nell Minow

    You are right, Angelinonsf! I will correct the post and give you credit. Many thanks.

  • Adam D

    Hi, moviemom, I was just wondering. I’ve been trying to convince my father to let me see Schindler’s List for the past week or so. And I was just wondering if you reviewed this movie and if you did, can you please supply me with a link. And if you didn’t, would it be a terrible inconvenience for you to just provide me with an age or age group that you find appropiate for Schindler’s List. Thank you.

  • Nell Minow

    Good to hear from you, Adam! “Schindler’s List” came out in 1993, before I was reviewing movies, so I don’t have a review. But I think that mature middle-schoolers who are aware of the horrors of the Holocaust can understand and appreciate it. If you do see it, let me know what you think.

  • Adam D

    Moviemom, I was hoping for some more help from you, since I have recently brought up the idea for The Shining and The Exorcist on Halloween night for me and my father to watch. Now, when it comes to content, he’s extremely strict, mainly in the sex, nudity and language department. Now, I’m fourteen years old and extremely mature. He’s recently allowed me to watch Schindler’s List, There Will Be Blood, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 3:10 to Yuma (remake), etc…, so I was hoping for an appriate age group for these two movies and a bit of a comparison to the others I’ve mentioned, mainly Schindler’s List. It’s greatly appreciated.

  • Nell Minow

    Good to hear from you again, Adam, and you can also write me any time at
    It is difficult to compare the films you have asked about. You have to go beyond body parts and spurting blood and look at context and artistic aspirations and impact. I’m inclined to say for that reason that even though The Shining (a brilliant movie) and The Exorcist (a very good movie) are no more explicit than the movies you have already seen, I would not think they were films you should see for another couple of years.

  • Tatiana

    Trying to find the name of a movie that came out late 80’s or early 90’s. It was a drama about a married man who gets a knock on his door…a young boy is there. It turns out that this boy’s mother recently died and the man is his father. At first the man doesn’t think there’s any way he’s the father but in fact he he had an affair one time with the boy’s mother (who I seem to recall was French) years prior when he was traveling for work. His present wife is shocked. The story is about how he and his family have to adapt to his son joining the family.
    Any information would be much appreciated!

  • Your Name

    What is the name of the movie were this popular girl decides that she want to see what its like to be a man so she dresses like one and has everybody thinking she is on until she falls for the new guy and they find out she’s really a girl at a dance? I believe the movie was made in the late 80’s or the early 90’s>

  • Nell Minow

    Sounds like “Just One of the Guys,” an 80’s classic! Thanks for writing.

  • rich

    movie in early 70s great mellow soundtrack. all i remember is a fiance or mom dying at the end and a little girl riding off with her daddy on a motorcycle. please help

  • Nell Minow

    Could you be thinking of “Sunshine,” Rich? That’s what it sounds like.

  • Your Name

    What is the name of the tv movie where a guy has two wives. The second wife is his secretary. His daughter from the second wife finds out about his first family. That daughter dies in a car accident. I think the man was a mayor or some sort of politician.

  • Nell Minow

    I’m sorry — don’t know that one. But if I can track it down, I’ll post the title.

  • michael maldonado

    whats the title of a movie, where a man is attacked with is girlfriend and she is killed. the guy then comes to town in a weird motorcycle and he ends up racing against the town gang, but he kills them by his motorcycle turning into a car?

  • jess

    We think its a movie from the 70s or 80s but are not sure.
    A brother is racing motorcycles on a cliff and falls off of it. Instead of going to heaven he stays on earth to help guide his brother from doing the same thing.

  • bea

    I once saw this movie in the early 80’s. There is a teenage boy who dies i believe in a car accident. His ghost falls in love with a teenage girl who is still alive. Do you know the name of it.

  • Candi

    When I was younger, around 10, my mom showed us a movie about a fmily that either moves or already lived in the dessert. A safari to say. This was back in the late 70’s or 80’s. This family lives in theiur home with local personal help and all of the sudden, all the wild animals, mostly cats go crazy and start attacking them for no reason. Towards the end, they have to make a makeshift escape vehicle to get out of their for their survival. I have asked my mom and she knows of the movie but can’t think of the title. Please help!!!

  • Cheyla

    whats the name of the movie where the girl was taking care of her mother but went away for a while(where i cant remeber) but when she comes home she’s all jazzed up and her mom verbally abuses her and took her out of the will. the young lady also met a man that she kept in touch with via love letter but i think they lost contact. later on she meets a sad little girl in a restaurant who happens to be the daughterof the man she fell in love with. it was in 40’s or 50’s thanks.

  • Cheyla

    whats the name of the movie where the girl was taking care of her mother but went away for a while(where i cant remember) but when she comes home she’s all jazzed up and her mom verbally abuses her and took her out of the will. the young lady also met a man that she kept in touch with via love letter but i think they lost contact. later on she meets a sad little girl in a restaurant who happens to be the daughter of the man she fell in love with. it was in 40’s or 50’s thanks.

  • Nell Minow

    I believe you are thinking of “Now, Voyager,” a classic with Bette Davis.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Krista Dohrmann

    I think this was an LMN movie don’t know the name. A son comes home to find his father has a new, much younger wife. The new wife and the son end up having an affair and the father ends up murdered. They each think each other did it. I thought it was called something about a mind trick or something but I don’t know.

  • Christa Rice

    Old school movie where black boxer has little white orphan girl and takes her to matches only for her to encourage him to win

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