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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 (use together with the work tag); 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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Is there a Good Witch of the South?

In the Wizard of Oz (the movie version) the Good Witch of the North, Wicked Witch of the West and Wicked Witch of the East are all mentioned. Was there ever a Witch of the South?
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Why does the Weasleys' clock have a dentist setting?

After recently re-watching the Harry Potter series, I noticed that the Weasleys' clock shown in The Chamber of Secrets has a location setting of "dentist" for the family members. However, during the ...
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What's that 1950s movie where astronauts land on Mars but Martians trick them to thinking it's their Earth hometown?

I've been looking for this movie for years. When I was a kid I saw a 1950s/60s sci fi about astronauts that land on Mars (I think it was Mars) but the Martians transform the landing site to look like ...
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Recent movie involving dimensions and time travel/displacement

It's a (relatively) recent movie about a kid whose scientist father is missing or presumed dead. The kid experiences strange situations (e.g., books from a case fall off). In the end, it was the ...
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Movie about a man and a woman accelerated in time. The rest of the world was suspended in time

This is a movie I saw on TV in the mid to late sixties, so I’m not sure if it was a made for TV movie or if it was out in theater in the late 50’s or early 60’s. I only remember bits and pieces of it....
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What movie was based on ‘Inverted World’ by Christopher Priest?

I've started reading Christopher Priest's Inverted World, and from the first page I realized that I have seen a movie which had the same plot. But I cannot remember the title of the movie. Here’s a ...
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How does the Movie, “The Seeker - The Dark is Rising” compare to the books by Susan Cooper?

I've not seen the movie, but I really enjoyed the books as a child and I am getting a literature unit ready for my daughter using the books. I wondered how faithful the movie is to the books in ...
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How did Hagrid vanish into thin air?

In the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Hagrid mentions he needs to leave in a hurry and hands Harry the train ticket. Harry asks Hagrid about the ticket as he squints at it in confusion, ...
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Weird movie with winnebago-submarine thing surviving a global flood

I don't know why this is driving me so crazy. I only saw the ending, and the most memorable thing about it was how bad the special effects were. I think I'm wondering whether the plot makes any more ...
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Did Jor-El have intentions for Kal-El to recreate Krypton?

SPOILERS: Hence my question, what was the point of putting the Kryptonian codex into Kal-El DNA if Jor-El never intended for Kal-El to use them? Rather than say.. destroy the DNA codex in the first ...
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Film where boy's parent reveal their alien selves to him

I never saw the full film, just a uk trailer, dated maybe about 1990. I thought at the time "I'm gonna watch that" but then the years intervened. I've had a search through this site but no joy. What ...
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What is this Sci-Fi time-travel Movie/TV Movie from the 1970's (I think) called?

Does anybody know the title of a film that features robots or androids I think they were called and the humans, I think being chased by these androids, jumping through a time travel machine that ...
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(film) At Buckbeak's execution scene, how was Dumbledore in on the plan that he wouldn't set in motion until hours later?

In the Buckbeak execution scene, I'm almost certain that Dumbledore is in on the mission for the hippogriff's "break-out"; The scene makes it very clear that Dumbledore is purposely stalling the ...
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Why were the Nimbus series Broomsticks the fastest?

In Harry Potter canon, it was clearly stated at one point that Harry's Nimbus 2000 was the fastest racing broom on the market. Later, it was surpassed by the Nimbus 2001, which the Slytherin team used ...
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Why don't they use the transporter in the final fight in Star Trek Into Darkness?

When Spock was chasing, and beating, Khan over a transport in San Francisco, Uhura orders them beamed both back to the Enterprise, while Chekov says something like: Its impossible, they are moving!...
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Movie with spider aliens?

I remember watching this weird/freaky movie when I was a kid (maybe like 7-8, so perhaps around 7-ish years ago, give or take). I don’t remember a whole lot but from what I do remember is that it was ...
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Were “green eyes” ever mentioned in the movies?

Harry having "green eyes like Lily" is an important point in the books as discussed here: Why are there so many times Harry was told about him having his mother's eyes? However, for the movies, ...
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Japanese UFO movie with a mission to Venus

This has been a old live-action movie from Asia, most likely Japan. I've seen it some time in the late 80's and I think it's been black/white only. Earth is invaded by UFOs (small and round, like ...
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Timing sequence of Smaug's death

In the final Hobbit movie, The Battle of the Five Armies, why did the movie start with Smaug's death? Why did this not conclude during The Desolation of Smaug?
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Trying to find a werewolf movie with a teenage boy and family hiding in a cabin

For years I've been trying to find this movie I saw on TV once. I only saw the end. It featured a teenage boy (about 18 years old) and his family hiding out in a cabin. The kid is making molotov ...
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Youths can teleport, they are chased by the government

There was a film from the 80s on where young people can teleport anywhere they think. These guys are recruited to make studies with them, maybe from the government or a secret company which wants ...
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Film where a dropout takes drugs to fight demons

I'm looking for a weird film with people using drugs in order to access some kind of super power to fight evil. My brain cannot put a title on it because the title was not related to the movie, and ...
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Film about alien/android that molds facial features

I'm trying to identify a scifi film from the 60s or 70s about an android (or possibly alien) that was awoken and had to create his own facial features before. He was some kind of guardian of the human ...
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A movie with a guy who is beamed into a ray of light in his garden

This is a science-fiction movie trailer I saw for 2 minutes and freaked me out when I was young. Alas, for my own sake most likely and unconsciously, I forgot the name of that movie. There is this ...
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Who played Hedwig?

In the Harry Potter movies, was their a specific owl, or owls that played Hedwig? What are their name/names and in what movies did they appears?
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1980s live-action movie where individually-coloured nations on clouds fight

I saw this movie in July or August 1986. It wasn't a commercial movie - I didn't see it in a normal movie theatre. The story takes place somewhere there are 3 nations, each on its own cloud. The ...
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What are the different works for Film and Television based on the works of Philip K. Dick?

I recently finished watching the great series "Total Recall 2070" that was based on Philip K. Dick's universe. Philip K. Dick's absurdist blendings of philosophical problems with Sci-Fi has a unique ...
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What short movie was about humans having a 7-day lifespan? [duplicate]

I've seen this short movie when I was a kid, but I don't remember the title. The story is that humans live underground, and have a lifespan of seven days. They train a newborn on his first day and ...
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Which of the items and monsters were references?

In The Cabin in the Woods, I recognized a few items as references to famous horror movies. Additionally, later when there are a few monsters that are obviously references. Which of the items and ...
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Why is Arwen dying?

This question was inspired by xkcd #1256's Title text and refers specifically to a scene in the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). The exact quote is: ARAGORN: (bows) My ...
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Timeline of Peter Jackson's Tolkien movies

The LotR trilogy made some significant condensation to the timeline, with the Quest taking place immediately after Bilbo's 111st birthday, instead of 17 years later, as in the book. This change in ...
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Help me remember the name of an old animated sci-fi (apocalyptic) movie [duplicate]

When I was young I remember my mother bringing me a movie home from goodwill. The movie was in the 80s style if I remember correctly. I don't remember much about the movie other than a masked ...
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Did Ariana Dumbledore's portrait dig the tunnel to Hogwarts? [duplicate]

The entertaining but often deliberately inaccurate CinemaSins channel put out this video some time ago: At 5:24, they have this dialogue: RON: Don't remember this ...
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Film about a spacecraft AI trying to breed a new mechanic

This was a film which features a spacecraft that has an AI. There is only one man and one woman in the movie. The man is the only one on the spaceship and he is just there as a mechanic. The AI ...
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What changes have been made to Hogwarts throughout the series?

The question Does the exterior appearance of Hogwarts really change throughout the series? merely addresses the fact that Hogwarts does indeed change depending on what movie you're watching. I want to ...
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What was this black-and-white film set in the Arctic or Antarctic where the monster/alien gets fried in the end?

Been trying to track an old black-and-white film I saw a long time ago. It was set in the Arctic or Antarctic and the research base was being stalked by an alien or monster. The team eventually kill ...
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In which order should I watch the X-Men movies to know Wolverine's full sequential story?

I have watched like two X-Men movies before (can't remember which) then I just watched X-men Days of Future Past recently. I got kinda confused about Wolverine (bone claws, then metal claws, then bone ...
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80s sci fi film with quest to replace lost female droid companion

I vaguely remember watching a science fiction movie with my mother sometime in the 80s (I was born in 84, so I'd be quite young at the time)... The movie was from the 80s, and this is what I remember ...
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Science-Fiction Film Where Memories Are Extracted With a Vacuum

I have frustratingly vague memories of this because I literally saw two scenes of this and then had to switch channels because it wasn't among the movies my mother would let me watch. It was on the ...
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What information exists about the Zimmerman script for Lord of the Rings?

The first proposed cinematisation of the Lord of the Rings books was a project created in 1957 by Forrest J. Ackerman, Morton Grady Zimmerman, and Al Brodax. According to Wikipedia: The proposed ...
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Movie with talking zombies, one zombie eats his own arm

Looking for a horror/comedy movie that I saw on the Sci-Fi channel (Pre-2009 name change) with talking zombies in it. Media: Movie. Original year: Saw it sometime between 2004 and 2009. Major ...
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Where were Vulcan sensor & defense when Narada attacked Vulcan?

Vulcan wasn't a primitive race. It was a warp-capable interstellar race which had a reputation of technology in local space. It was a member of United Federation of Planets, too. But, when Narada ...
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60's-70's movie: home appliances revolting against the owners

My children asked me about the oldest movie I can remember (as a kid). It is a movie from before 1977 (probably mid 60's - early 70's) about a house where (children? owners?) were not taking care of ...
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Evidence of what the big alien at the end of Men in Black looks like?

At the very end of Men in Black (the movie), we zoom out into space and then eventually it appears that our galaxy is just something inside a marble that some huge alien is playing with, but we never ...
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Movie where aliens implant eggs in astronauts and slowly take over them except for one alien, Sabrina, who lives with her host body

I watched it on TV in 2002-2004. As I remember, five or four astronauts receive a SOS signal from a station or ship and go to investigate, only to be attacked by an alien creature very similar to a ...
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Why did Ron sacrifice himself in the game of wizard chess?

At the end of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Ron sacrifices himself in a game of wizard chess so that Harry would be free to checkmate the king. However, I don't understand why Ron was even ...
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How did the Witch King break Gandalf's staff in the movie?

In the movie, the Witch King breaks Gandalf's staff. How did this happen and why (since it's not in the book)?
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Can Jumanji kill someone?

In the Jumanji movie, the players were all in danger (or were they?) when each new element came out. But not one death was shown in the movie. Even an 11 year old boy was able to survive 26 years in a ...
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In The Clone Wars movie, why can't Anakin understand Huttese?

After returning his son to Jabba in his palace, the Crime Lord orders the Jedi to be executed immediately, the protocol droid dutifully translates this to the victims from Huttese and Ahsoka and ...
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Why don't people in zombie movies ever know what zombies are?

It seems like all of the films set in modern day cities have an error, the people never know what zombies are even though zombies have been in popular culture for some time. Even parodies like "Shaun ...