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Questions tagged [movie]

This tag has three different uses: for questions specifically about the movie version of a work which has been adapted for different media (answers may draw on any adaptation but must be relevant to the question); for questions seeking identification of a movie (use together with the [story-identification] tag); or for wider genre questions about movies as a whole (generally together with the [history-of] tag).

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Old SciFi movie - glowing lights in chests to indicate attraction

I'm trying to figure out the name of a movie I saw on TV as a kid, in the mid-to-late 90s. I remember it being kind of Starship Troopers-esque, but everyone had these glowing lights in their chests. ...
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What is the difference between Marvel's Ultimate universe (Earth-1610) and the Cinematic universe (Earth-199999)?

Thaddeus's comment got me wondering about what exactly is the difference between Marvel's Ultimate universe (Earth-1610) and the Cinematic universe (Earth-199999)? After all from what I've seen of ...
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Movie about hostile robots disguised as footballs

I saw this on TV in mid 90s I think. One or more people travel to another celestial body (might or might not be the/a moon or mars), they find an American football. The football transforms into a ...
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Movie featuring space crew, murders, a forbidden door and ending with a revelation

I searched wide and far and couldn't come up with a title for a movie I watched somewhere around the mid-90ies up to early 00's as a rerun in late-night television (in Germany, specifically on Vox; ...
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Please help identify this 2-part TV movie: Alien woman crash-lands on earth, falls in love, 199x

In 1991 or 1992 I saw a two-part (probably made for) TV US movie. It is about an alien starship crash landing on planet Earth (in the USA). An attractive 100% human-looking woman (I believe the only ...
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80's Animated movie: An old man joins mission to save a boy stranded on a hostile world [duplicate]

A guy on a space ship picks up a distress call, a boy is stranded on a planet with a hostile environment. He & his crew go to the rescue, stopping on the way to pick up an old man who comes with ...
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An animated movie that had black robots that turned people into stone late 1960s to 1970s

It was a weird sci-fi animated movie I saw only a little bit of it. This is what I recall: It was old but had color, so I assume it was late 1960s to early 1970s. The animation and style reminded me ...
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SciFi movie (or miniseries) of the afterlife

I am trying to find the name of a direct to TV movie, possibly a 2-3 part miniseries which I believe aired on the SciFi channel in the 90s. I don't remember who starred in it, but the movie opened ...
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Movie: Creature crawls out of its current hosts mouth into next hosts mouth

I saw part of this movie back in the 80's or early 90's on late night cable TV. I remember the cops were chasing a bad guy, and the bad guy turned out to be possessed by some sort of creature. This ...
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Why do people say that Peter Jackson can not make LOTR/Hobbit sequels?

I was reading a couple of posts on forums where people said that "The Silmarillion" would make a great basis for an action movie, a sequel (or would that be prequel?) to LOTR and Hobbit. But someone ...
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What TV movie has a man seeing glimpses of dystopia in his utopian world?

This movie came out around 2000 and was created for one of the cable networks (and never in the theaters). I think it was on the original Sci-Fi Channel or maybe the USA Network, but really not sure. ...
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How do the Death Eaters fly?

In the movies, the Death Eaters leave a smoky trail behind them as they fly. As the Order arrive in the Ministry of Magic in Order of the Phoenix, they leave a silvery trail behind them. In the books, ...
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Need title of early sci-fi Mars movie

I need the name of an early sci-fi movie, 1950s or early 1960s. I'd call it a C-movie. It was a Mars landing, in a spaceship that looked basically like a coffee can. The seats in the ship were low-...
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Looking for a sci-fi movie in which a human astronaut befriends an alien on a reddish planet

This probably wasn't a blockbuster back in its time as I remember the special effects didn't seem all that bombastic, but I do remember a few details. A human astronaut lands (or crash-lands) on a ...
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What story had the world being eaten every night by toothy orbs?

I thought it was The Tommyknockers by Stephen King, but after a check with Wikipedia, it appears that's not the case. What I remember about the story (a TV movie I think, but definitely based on a ...
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Can you name this sci fi film that is similar to The Matrix?

In this movie there are scientists who (spoilers ahead) Hints: I remember this being an older film (70's?); it might have been foreign film possibly with subtitles (not Hollywood); it might have ...
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Film about some dude who fell in love with a star (a literal stellar object)

Yes, the plot is pretty weird. There is this "star" (whose incarnation is a woman dressed in white) and some random guy who falls in love with her. There's the arc of "if you cross a specific border ...
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How is the universal translator device in Star Trek supposed to work?

It is stated that Star Trek characters can talk freely with aliens using the universal translators, later built-in their com badges; but is it also mentioned somewhere how this device is supposed to ...
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How is it that Legolas always has a quiver full of arrows?

In the movie version of Lord of the Rings, Legolas is seen many times shooting arrow after arrow, yet he never seems to run out. For example, after the long battle at the end of The Fellowship of the ...
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Why didn't Gandalf say anything when he saw Bilbo's ring?

I don't know how the story is in the book (I would like to know), but in the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Thorin asks Bilbo why he came back, and Gandalf tries to evade the question after ...
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Who is Tauriel and why are they adding her to the Hobbit movies?

Peter Jackson has added a new character Tauriel (played by Evangeline Lily) to the Hobbit movie. She's apparently a Mirkwood elf and a love interest for Legolas and not in the original. Does anyone ...
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Why didn't the Death Eaters capture Harry Potter at the end of the Half-Blood Prince?

I was watching the Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince movie recently and when Harry tries to take down Snape at the end it was a perfect opportunity for the Death Eaters to take Harry to ...
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Looking for a lower budget science fiction movie from the 1990s

I'm trying to find the name of a lower-budget science fiction film that was available for viewing on demands on MIT student cable in the late 1990s. I suspect the film was made earlier in that decade,...
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Movie Identification - 1990s VHS Sci-Fi/Horror

Okay, this is a hard one as I don't remember very much, and can't figure out what to Google, but here goes. This is one of those 1990 straight to VHS type movies (probably) with decent production ...
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Aliens abduct mathematician, astronomer, woman

Bits I remember about this SF movie which probably originated in late 50s / early 60s: Humans are flying in a light, general aviation, high winged, single engine aircraft. An alien in a flying saucer ...
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1990s film, knockoff of Alien and Predator franchises, included a jetpack and a fanged frisbee

I remember a group of people (soldiers?) stuck in a jungle and attacked by two different sorts of aliens. One looked a lot like the Xenomorphs from the Alien movies, very bestial. The other was a ...
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What happened after the Ring was dropped into Mount Doom?

In the Peter Jackson movie, once the One Ring is thrown into the volcano in Mount Doom, why does the mountain and tower collapse, and the ground disappears everywhere where the orcs are standing but ...
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Do comic characters sometimes get drawn like the actor playing them?

I noticed in Spider-Man's recent cameo in Captain Marvel, he appeared an awful lot like Andrew Garfield who is playing Spider-Man in the recent movie. Irrelevant of whether it is just my imagination, ...
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How did Draco apparate within Hogwarts?

In the film The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, right before The Battle of Hogwarts starts, Draco Apparates to the dungeons to get Goyle and Blaise Zabini. Since it's impossible to apparate or disapparate ...
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Young boy living on Mars discovers that his parents are robots

As a young boy in the 70's or early 80's, I watched a movie which took place on Mars. There was a family living and the boy discovered that his parents where robots. That's all I can remember. Does ...
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Help identifying movie from Russia or similar

My recollection is very sketchy but this is what I remember.... Film was possibly black and white I saw it as a child in the late '80s early '90s but it's older It was subtitled and in Russian or ...
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Why Were the Weapons in Middle-earth So Rudimentary?

Again, I'm re-reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy and am still on book one, so my question is going to refer to the movies. During the time The Lord of the Rings stories take place, Middle-earth is ...
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Pre-1980s Sci-fi movie about killer aliens [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember an old movie title from when I was a kid. I have not been able to get any information. The movie is pre 1980. Is in another planet (maybe Mars, not sure) and there are this ...
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In Star Trek (2009), what did the Romulans do for 25 years while waiting?

In the film Star Trek (2009), Spock said Nero captain of the Romulan mining ship waited 25 years for him to arrive (in which were only seconds for Spock). So what did Nero and his band of misguided ...
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Why did Harry Potter break the Elder Wand?

At the end of the film version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Harry broke the Elder Wand in two and threw the pieces away. Why did he do that?
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1980s movie/series on PBS about a man & his psychiatrist in a post-apocalyptic world

First, a word about the format - I don't know whether this was a movie or a TV series, b/c I saw it aired in pieces on PBS back in the 1980s. I don't even recall if it was originally voiced in english,...
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What 80s movie features a mad scientist building an inter-dimensional portal in his attic?

From what I can remember of the movie, it features an increasingly isolated loner building or inheriting a machine in his Attic that starts bringing back monsters from outside reality when he turns it ...
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Suggested starting place for Ghost in the Shell

As the title suggests, I want to start watching Ghost in the Shell. But I have seen many different ones and dont know if they're all part of the same series etc. What are some suggestions for where ...
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Why does the number “99” appear (backwards, spelled in airborn fire) in Back To The Future part 2?

It seems to be a commonly accepted theory that the car skidded before going back to 1855. However, the car didn't really seem to skid, so much as explode. It certainly didn't appear to move in such a ...
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Can anyone remember a film where a damaged ship can't count down sequentially during a self destruct?

When I was a child, I'm sure I remember part of a film or maybe TV movie where a boy or maybe a teenager is in a spaceship. The ship has an intelligent computer. Somehow the computer becomes damaged ...
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What movie has aliens hunt people using living tentacled discs?

I saw a movie in the 80's where aliens were hunting people — from what I remember in the woods, or a real rural area — and they would throw these living disc-like creatures with small tentacles on ...
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60s-70s Sci-fi film where two competing alien races send agents disguised as humans to determine control of Earth (one side cheats)

Plot Details/Summary A pair of alien races have decided to settle rival claims on the Earth by agreeing to a competition between their best agents. The competition is a deadly one, with the winner ...
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Early 80s sci-fi movie, cyborg(?), shooting .. had this stuck in my mind for about 30 years

This is an incredibly vague scene depiction, but I'm trying to recall a sci-fi movie I watched as a very young kid. It would have been out perhaps early 80s. I don't recall any of the story but the ...
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Movie with people on Mars, Mars atmosphere has a problem, and guy saves them all with putting hand on some Martian hand engraving on stone?

What's the movie with people living on Mars, the atmosphere I think having a problem, since in the end the atmosphere gets restored(?) cleaned(?) or something, by the guy placing his hand on a stone ...
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What old movie had people living in a simulated world of bar-coded cardboard props? [duplicate]

It had a matrix like plot -- the protagonist starts to get glimpses of a dark, drab world underneath what appears to be a perfect existence. The defining moment is when He goes onto find that the ...
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How could our heroes & old Biff switch timeline while keeping Almanac with young Biff?

In Back to the Future 2, old Biff stole the time machine in 2015 and went back in time to give an Almanac to young Biff. At the point of giving the Almanac to young Biff in 1955, he altered the future ...
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I used to watch the same movie over and over when I was a kid:

It was a feature, not an episode. Rented it repeatedly on VHS from a place near my house. This was around 1986. It was a live action hero-vs-baddies, and looking back, it was pretty Power Ranger-y ...
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Are the LOTR + Hobbit movies racist? [closed]

As discussed in this question, there are a number of elements in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies that could be construed as racist against Muslim and non-Caucasian people, for example the fact ...
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Movie where a boy is transported into the future by an alien spaceship

I am attempting to find the title of a live action (not animated) movie I once watched on a VHS tape years ago, sometime around 2000-ish, although I believe that the movie had existed long before I ...
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Animation movie (80's-90's) with brain-sucking insects

I'm looking for a movie I've seen as a kid, the details are foggy and sparse but I'll try my best following the guide: What is it?: An animated movie. Tell us what it isn't: It is not Nausicaä of the ...