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Question: Several years ago ...

Question: Several years ago there was a movie about the discovery of a baby's skeleton in a sorority house that was being torn down. The movie focused around four sorority sisters, one of whom was Shelley Fabares. Do you know the title and whether it's available on video? Janet

Flickchick: You're thinking of a made-for-TV movie called Friendships, Secrets and Lies (1979); there are actually six sorority sisters: Loretta Swit, Shelley Fabares, Sondra Locke, Tina Louise, Paula Pr read more

Question: When I was seven or ...

Question: When I was seven or eight, I saw a movie about a race of future women who used a time machine to come to the present on some kind of mission. They could hypnotize people with their nail polish and wore weird silver shoes. These images have stuck in my mind ever since... Is this a real movie, or was it a dream? GPChak

Flickchick: I think your childhood self was mesmerized by Terror from the Year 5000 (1958), a very low-budget picture set in the Florida swamps. In it, a scientist creates a time machine and uses it to transport objects from the future. Eventually, an inhabitant of the future pays a visit: She's a hideously mutated woman who can create the illusion that she's young and beautiful, and yes she's got hypno-fingernails. The future woman was played by the exotically named Salome Jens (of Milwaukee, Wis.), who has more recently been featured in TV's Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as a chang read more

Question: When I was young, I ...

Question: When I was young, I saw an old movie about a plane crashing in the desert. At the end, the survivors are playing baseball and vanish one by one, because they're actually dead and their plane has been found. Do you have any idea of the title of this movie? Delores

I've seen parts of a TV movie two different times, once in the early to mid-'70s and again in February 1987 (I remember that date because the doctor and I were watching it as my wife was in labor with our first child). It's about a WWII air crew that crashes in North Africa; the crew is marooned, except for one man who parachuted out too soon. The crew think they've survived, but in the end it turns out they're ghosts. I've been trying to find out the name of the movie for years. Brian

When I was a kid I'm 38 now I saw a movie about a bunch of army men and a downed plane in a desert. Throughout the movie, as they wondered whether people were looking for them, they would find their dog tags. W read more

Question: One of the new ...

Question: One of the new members of the Mad TV cast is named Christian Duguay. Is he the same Christian Duguay who's been directing Canadian sci-fi/horror movies since the '90s? If so, what's the story behind the career change? adem

Flickchick: According to a spokesperson for Fox Television, the Christian Duguays are not related to one another in any way; the names are just a weird coincidence (if both were members of the Screen Actors Guild, one would have to have changed his name, if only by adding an initial). Mad TV's Christian Duguay was born in Standford, Calif., and raised in Maine. His first love was music, and he attended the Berklee College of Music, majoring in jazz theory and composition. Duguay later switched his allegience to stand-up comedy, moved back to California and performed with Legitimate Freaks, an improv comedy group. He then enrolled in the Groundlings Theater (Groundlings alumni include read more

Question: I'm a minister, and ...

Question: I'm a minister, and back in the mid-to-late '80s thoroughly enjoyed a movie starring Jack Warden about three mental patients who heard the Christmas story and set out to find the baby Jesus. They stole "Wise Men" costumes and camels and at the end found a homeless women and her baby. I can't remember the title, and it might have been a TV movie. Can you help? Grant

Flickchick: The good news is, I can tell you what you're looking for. The bad news is, I can't tell you where to get it. The movie you saw was The Three Kings (1987), a made-for-TV movie produced by Aaron Spelling (so naturally, his then-teenage daughter Tori had a small role) and scripted by acclaimed writer read more

Question: I'm looking for the ...

Question: I'm looking for the name of a movie starring Gregory Peck as a psychiatrist in a mental hospital, and Tony Curtis as an orderly. I'm trying to find it on video. Lisa

Flickchick: The movie is the blandly titled Captain Newman, M.D. (1963), a dark comedy/drama set during WWII in a psychiatric field hospital. Gregory Peck is head psychiatrist Captain Newman, Tony Curtis is indeed his orderly and singer-turned-actor Bobby Darin is one of his most troubled patients. Adapted from the novel by Leo Rosten, this was the last screenplay written by read more

Question: I once saw a movie ...

Question: I once saw a movie on TV called Little Criminals. I think it aired in 1994 and I believe it was Canadian. It documented the life of a violent 12-year-old boy and was a truly amazing film. I've been searching everywhere for it, and any information you could give me would be deeply appreciated. Angela

Flickchick: Little Criminals is indeed a Canadian movie about juvenile delinquents; it's been compared to Luis Buñuel's classic Los Olvidados for its uncompromising and clear-eyed look at the brutal lives of throwaway children. Little Criminals doesn't seem to be available on tape from mainstream sources, but is offered online by Video Search of Miami (

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Question: I saw a movie on TV ...

Question: I saw a movie on TV between five and 10 years ago. I believe it had a one-word title that began with a "Z," and it had no dialogue but was set to music. It was about the way human beings have affected the Earth, and begins with a scene of countryside being chewed up by bulldozers. At different points, the film's speed is sped up and slowed down. I'm guessing there's a Russian connection... Can you tell me the title? Drew

Flickchick: It's the 1983 art-documentary Koyaanisqatsi (a Hopi word meaning "life out of balance"), American filmmaker Godfrey Reggio's poetic lament for the damage mankind has done to the Earth, set to music by Philip Glass. Reggio spent seven years making Koyaanisqatsi and followed it five years later with Powwaqatsi; he has a third film on the same subject, Naqoyqats read more

Question: I read somewhere ...

Question: I read somewhere that Dolores Hart, who played the strong, mature-minded co-ed in Where the Boys Are, gave up acting and joined a convent. She was beautiful and seemed to have so much potential could this be true? Vicky

Flickchick: It could indeed, though I don't think Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., would see herself as having betrayed her potential. Born Dolores Hicks in Chicago, Ill., on October 20, 1938, Hart was an only child who grew up in Beverly Hills. Her parents worked on the fringes of the business: Hart's father, Bert Hicks, was a bit player, and her mother was offered a contract by legendary playwright Moss Hart (from whom I'm guessing Dolores took her profes read more

Question: My brother and I ...

Question: My brother and I remember watching a sci-fi movie when we were 11 or 12, which places it around 1980. We can't remember any actors' names, but the premise had something to do with the sun being unstable, so people were suddenly engulfed in an extremely bright flash and dissolve into white powder or ashes. Lorne

In the '70s, I remember a TV movie in which the sun flared so brightly that anyone standing outside turned into little stones, while their clothes were left untouched. People indoors or in sufficient shade were spared until the next flare. Any idea what this movie was called, and if it's rentable? TP

Flickchick: When it rains, it pours (III). This time the obscure object of desire is a made-for-TV sci-fi thriller Where Have All the People Gone (1974), starring Peter Graves and read more

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