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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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 ...
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What was the First Science Fiction Film?

Is Georges Méliès' film A Trip to the Moon (1902) the first science fiction film ever made? Or are there any SF films before it? I've searched and researched, on and off since I first saw it in a ...
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Was Verhoeven's Starship Troopers intended to be a satire on war or a parody of the book? Was it authorised to be such?

From WP's page on the film: Director Verhoeven says his satirical use of irony and hyperbole is "playing with fascism or fascist imagery to point out certain aspects of American society... of ...
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Movie where a crewman asks “Are we being tested?”

Can somebody please identify this movie for me? I don't remember anything specific except for: there's a crew questioning whether or not they're being tested by some sort of alien device or artifact. ...
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A TV Movie where a guy turns into a cyborg?

I've been looking for this one for years now. I saw it as a kid in the eighties. I thought it was on NBC and seem to think it was around the same time as Misfits of Science but it was a one-time TV ...
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How did they determine the music for the songs sung in Peter Jackson's “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” film trilogies?

The novels The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien both contain a number of songs, mostly sung by Hobbits, with fully fleshed out lyrics. A few of these songs even made it into the ...
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70's or 80's movie with motorcycle equipped with computer display and rifle holster

I watched this movie around end of the 80s. One of the main characters (male) was driving some racing motorcycle which had like computer display board giving various information and feedback. I ...
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Sentient truck with living flesh human mouth built into dashboard?

Does anyone remember the title of this (possibly straight to video) movie from the late 1980's / early 1990's? Live action. English dialogue, but this could have been a dub - the credits indicated ...
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Fantasy movie with lizardmen coming out of the ground [duplicate]

I am looking for a fantastic movie from the 70's, or 80's, maybe early 90's. Various groups are sent on a search for an artifact; I think it was a sword. There is one scene I can remember quite clear:...
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B&W Invasion Film where humans are taken over

Its a 50s B&W film where the aliens come to earth in small meteorites and from memory are like mushrooms/spores and when a human gets close it bursts and takes them over. One scene I remember at ...
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Why did Saruman seem to believe that Sauron wouldn't return?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, when Gandalf is meeting with Saruman, Galadriel and Elrond in Rivendell, they are discussing the Necromancer. When Gandalf suggests that it is Sauron returning, ...
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Ender's Game: Simulations before the graduation exam

This question is regarding the Ender's Game movie. After Ender returns to Earth and Valentine encourages him to continue, he travels to the former Formic colony on the planet Shakespeare, where he ...
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Why weren't Ron and Hermione allowed to enter the Three Broomsticks?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film), why were Ron and Hermione kept from entering the Three Broomsticks by the shrunken heads for being underage, when Hogwarts students went in there ...
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Where did the Minions come from?

I have recently watched the movie Despicable Me. Are Minions personally created by Dr. Gru?
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Who are these characters at the end of Deathly Hallows, Part 2?

In the process of answering this question, I came across the following screenshot of several children on the Hogwarts Express, during the "Epilogue" scene of Deathly Hallows, Part 2: With the caveat ...
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What are the creatures at the end of Artificial Intelligence (2001)?

At the end of the 2001 Steven Spielberg movie Artificial Intelligence, The questions are: In-universe explanations are best, but I'll happily accept gut feeling.
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Has the mystery of God stuck at the center of the galaxy ever been resolved?

In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, the Enterprise reached the self-proclaimed God who seemed to be stuck at the center of galaxy. He even needed a starship to escape. Spock even asked why he needed ...
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Teens on an island, forced to kill each other, collars prevent cooperation

This is something I heard mentioned in passing several (around five?) years ago, so I haven't read the book, nor have I watched the movie. I think I heard about the movie, but I believe it's based on ...
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Pre-80s movie with an alien monster who looks like a rock

This has been bothering me for quite a while. This is a movie I saw as a kid back in the 80's, but it could easily have been produced in the 70's (I vaguely remember actors with 70's hair). I'll try ...
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Old animated film with bald blue people

What is it? An animated movie, full length (I think) What it isn't: It's not La Planète sauvage/Fantastic planet and it's not Gandahar What made it memorable: Animation was very trippy (at least in my ...
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What is the reason John Williams did not compose more for the Harry Potter Movies?

I understand that he had four major projects come out in 2005 - all of which got nominated for major awards, so I understand why he did not do Goblet of Fire. However, was there any particular reason ...
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In 'The Hobbit: AUJ', why is Gandalf submissive in Saruman's presence?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie, Gandalf appears particularly subdued/submissive in Saruman's presence during their meeting at Rivendell. Why is this so? Is it simply because Saruman is of ...
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What is the name of the movie from the 80's about scientists that build a machine that helps people share their experiences?

My boyfriend remembers parts of this movie, but not any actors or the name. He said that there is a machine that they put on their heads and it takes their experiences and gives them to another person....
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alien race gives us the ultimate weapon “for good and evil” which works both ways - probably 1950s

In this movie, an alien race gives mankind an "ultimate weapon". It's a small capsule-shaped thing which, when activated, kills everybody within some large radius. One scientist offers to test it on a ...
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80s sci-fi movie, man walking from a desert, gets to a road and stops an aerodynamic autonomous semi

I remember watching a (maybe post-apocalyptic) sci-fi as a child, which featured an autonomous semi truck looking very similar to the one that Tesla motors presented. This part of the movie took place ...
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80s Sci-Fi movie with a monster-astronaut

I will admit that this is very little information to go on; however, in the early 80s I was watching HBO and caught the tail end of a rather odd sci-fi movie. I remember the "monster" being an ...
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Please help identify disaster movie

Sixties or Seventies film where there is a flash and lots of the population disappear, leaving behind their clothes. A father and his kids try to make it back to their home to the mother of the family:...
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Animated Movie identification (before 1990)

I would like to identify an animated Sci-Fi Movie from my childhood. I think that movie was more or less child friendly without mature elements. Here is what I can remember: The main characters are ...
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What film has a space ship crewed by very young people journeying to a distant planet? [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember the title of a film in which a crew of very young people are embarked on a ship for a trip to a distant planet. There is almost no images of the planet until the end, when the ...
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Movie about a girl looking for her kidnapped brother [duplicate]

I've seen this live action movie as a child in late 1980s or early 1990s on a black & white TV in Hungary with Hungarian voices (probably dubbed). It has stayed with me a long time now, but I ...
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Kids movie came out in 90s with wrist watch set alarm for wrestling show but by end is used in another time period

I have been trying to find the title of this kid's movie involving these 2 scenes and the best description from what I can remember. Each of the scenes are connected by the use of the watch but in two ...
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Identify horror film/TV show where protagonists ostensibly hunting a Gill-Man are transformed into same

I am trying to track down the name of a film or TV show I saw as a child during the 70s, probably during a "Creature Feature" type TV rebroadcast. I believe the work was actually from the 50s or 60s (...
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Looking for an American 80's movie about a hazardous accident in an underground lab in the desert

I remember seeing this movie in television a long time ago. So long that some parts that I remember might be a bit wrong. The basic premise is that scientists accidentally or intentionally release a ...
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Identifying a film that involved a giant man-bat with lower human limbs

I remember a short screening at movie world around 2003-2006 that sparked my memory of a giant man-bat with lower human limbs.I don't believe the excerpt was linked to any horror genre as I was fairly ...
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Pre-2000 movie set in present time about body-consuming aliens

I am looking for a sci-fi movie set in the present time with nukes, bodysucking alien monsters out of control, and an alien who wants to help. Just splinters from my memory, so: Usual plot: some ...
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Can you identify this movie from 80s/90s about memory accessing? [duplicate]

Can you help me recalling the title of a sci-fi movie I saw first in 2000: About the plot: A group of young people can access a (recorded) memory of a man (the man is possibly dead) They must dig ...
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Anime where this black haired boy goes to rescue this girl from a villain

Around 2006 I watched an anime (movie) where this black haired boy goes to rescue this girl from a villain. I don’t remember the girl but I distinctly remember two scenes. The first is while on his ...
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Early 2000's or late 90's movie of a toy store with living toys?

When I was young I watched this movie I have limited vivid snapshot of the film, but I think it was a kid who (a boy about 9-13) who visits this toystore and for some reasons the toys were alive. I ...
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Movie about a factory producing humanoids

I'm looking for an old movie that I saw as a child. The story was about a factory where humanoids were produced. Unfortunately, the only part of the movie I remember is an old man sitting with his ...
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Looking for the title of a gold heist movie involving the telekinetic son of an extraterrestrial/alien?

Some 30 years back, I saw a film about the son of an extraterrestrial who gets involved in a gold heist. The main character does not initially know that he is the son of an extraterrestrial and that ...
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Movie played on Sci-Fi about people with blue or green blood

I watched this movie on the Sci Fi Channel sometime between 1992 and 1996. It may have been produced in the late 80s. I vaguely remember watching it as a kid but it took place in the desert. It was ...
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Trying to identify a high fantasy movie on the SyFy channel, two women accidentally bewitch men?

I've been trying to find a movie (or potentially a series or trilogy - I definitely didn't watch the whole thing and seem to recall having missed a movie or two) that I think I saw on the SyFy channel ...
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1950-60's movie about alien that crashes to Earth and loses its hand which proceeds to attack people

Does anyone know about an old movie (I think it's black & white) in which an alien that crashes to Earth loses its hand. The thought has occurred to me that this may not be a movie, but a TV show ...
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Looking for 80s sci-fi movie, Aliens who fuse, Robotic Band Members

So im looking for a movie I think is from the 80s (maybe 90s) involving two aliens and a robot band (I think). I remember seeing this movie as a kid during the 90s. The only thing I can remember ...
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Seeking alien invasion movie

I rented an alien invasion movie in the mid-90s that I recall as being pretty good. I'd like to see it again, but I'm a little short on details. Really, I have only these: The aliens impersonate ...
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Trying to ID a movie/or maybe TV show

I believe it was sometime during the 70/80s I would have seen a movie/TV show with the following elements. I could be combining several shows/movies together. I am unsure. 1) There is a motor-home ...
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Looking for 1970's UFO movie with underwater base

What was the movie where there was an underwater UFO base? I think it was a feature-length film, in color, as I definitely saw it a theater in the mid to late '70s. Don't remember if it was Japanese ...
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80s or 90s movie - Asian man jumps through large spinning fan [duplicate]

I don't have much to go by here... but I'll give it a shot. I would have to say this movie was set in the late 80's early 90's. (May possibly be an episode of a TV show) I remember one of the ...
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Why is the original “self” lost through death in The 13th Floor and replaced by the virtual one?

In "The 13th Floor" person A experiences a simulation of person B's body and world. If person B dies while person A is experiencing their world, person A's sense of self is destroyed and person B then ...
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Why did the Rohirrim throw his spear?

In the film LOTR: The Two Towers, there's a scene where Merry and Pippin are saved by a Rohirrim who throws his spear into the body of an orc that was about to kill them. The Rohorrim then charge in ...