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Postby JenLee » Tue Aug 01, 2006 12:24 pm

Hm. I know one of them right off the bat: Robert Loggia (nominated for his role in Jagged Edge) and Tom Hanks (nominated and won for a number of roles) in Big.

The other two are going to require some pondering.
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Postby Ken Jennings » Tue Aug 01, 2006 12:56 pm

So does the self-destruct sequence in Movie #2 have winks to the famous one in Movie #1? I've only seen Movie #2 once and can't remember. If so, this would qualify more as "parody" than "odd coincidence," right?
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Postby bobg » Tue Aug 01, 2006 1:33 pm

Ken Jennings wrote:So does the self-destruct sequence in Movie #2 have winks to the famous one in Movie #1?


No (that I can discern), and honestly I'm glad.

However, there was another actor in Movie #1 who reprised his character's fate in another movie, and in that case it was a parody.

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Re: Movie connection puzzle: "Heart and Soul"

Postby cinemaniax7 » Tue Aug 01, 2006 1:36 pm

bobg wrote:There are three movies from the 1980s with very little in common except that each one features a scene in which two of its stars play a piano duet of "Heart and Soul." All six actors have either won or been nominated for an Academy Award (though not necessarily for these roles). What are the films and who are the actors?


I'll be interested to see the answer to this one. The piano duet has long been a popular "bonding" motif with filmmakers, particularly with this song (as recently as this summer in Superman Returns). But I'm hard-pressed to come up with anything from the 1980s other than the famous scene in FAO Schwarz.
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Postby jaclyn » Tue Aug 01, 2006 6:15 pm

bobg wrote:
Ken Jennings wrote:So does the self-destruct sequence in Movie #2 have winks to the famous one in Movie #1?


No (that I can discern), and honestly I'm glad.

However, there was another actor in Movie #1 who reprised his character's fate in another movie, and in that case it was a parody.

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Would the parody be the diner scene at the end of Spaceballs? I don't recall the actor off-hand.
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Postby rigsby » Tue Aug 01, 2006 6:24 pm

jaclyn wrote:Would the parody be the diner scene at the end of Spaceballs? I don't recall the actor off-hand.


Yes, it would; the actor would be John Hurt.
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Re: Movie connection puzzle: "Self-destruct"

Postby bobg » Thu Aug 03, 2006 6:08 pm

bobg wrote:One actress has been in two very different films in which she's trapped aboard a spaceship that's set to self-destruct. When she asks the computer to abort the destruct sequence, it refuses. Who is she and what are the films?


Several folks knew this referred to Sigourney Weaver in Alien and GalaxyQuest.

Of that latter film, George Takei ("TV's Mr. Sulu") has said, "it's a chillingly realistic documentary."

The other Alien actor who parodied his character's fate in a later film was John Hurt. The later film was Spaceballs.

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Re: Movie connection puzzle: "Heart and Soul"

Postby bobg » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:49 am

bobg wrote:There are three movies from the 1980s with very little in common except that each one features a scene in which two of its stars play a piano duet of "Heart and Soul." All six actors have either won or been nominated for an Academy Award (though not necessarily for these roles). What are the films and who are the actors?


A few people got the "gimme" in this puzzle, namely the famous scene in FAO Schwartz from Big, where Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia dance Heart and Soul (and Chopsticks) on a giant floor keyboard. The other pairs were Sean Penn and Elizabeth McGovern in Racing With the Moon, and Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving in The Competition.

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Movie connection puzzle: "Farm boy"

Postby bobg » Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:53 am

Difficulty: moderate.

In one landmark film, a young, fair-haired farm boy dreams of leaving his desert home to fight in a far-off war, to the dismay of his guardians. He meets up with an older, worldlier, dark-haired rogue (played by an actor who will become one of Hollywood's top stars) who's cynical and self-interested. The cynic reluctantly joins his quest and turns out to have a heart of gold.

This film was much imitated after its release. Strangely, though, there was another movie just four years later that no one considered to be an imitation of the first, even though it had a young, fair-haired farm boy who dreams of leaving his desert home to fight in a far-off war, to the dismay of his guardians. He meets up with an older, worldlier, dark-haired rogue (played by an actor who will become one of Hollywood's top stars) who's cynical and self-interested. The cynic reluctantly joins his quest and turns out to have a heart of gold.

What are the films?


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Re: Movie connection puzzle: "Farm boy"

Postby gameshowcongress » Tue Aug 08, 2006 2:17 pm

bobg wrote:Difficulty: moderate.

In one landmark film, a young, fair-haired farm boy dreams of leaving his desert home to fight in a far-off war, to the dismay of his guardians. He meets up with an older, worldlier, dark-haired rogue (played by an actor who will become one of Hollywood's top stars) who's cynical and self-interested. The cynic reluctantly joins his quest and turns out to have a heart of gold.

This film was much imitated after its release. Strangely, though, there was another movie just four years later that no one considered to be an imitation of the first, even though it had a young, fair-haired farm boy who dreams of leaving his desert home to fight in a far-off war, to the dismay of his guardians. He meets up with an older, worldlier, dark-haired rogue (played by an actor who will become one of Hollywood's top stars) who's cynical and self-interested. The cynic reluctantly joins his quest and turns out to have a heart of gold.

What are the films?


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hmm, know one of them is (posted in white)(Star Wars (technically episode 4, first one released), and I assume it was the second....
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Postby JenLee » Tue Aug 08, 2006 2:50 pm

Ooh, is the other one Gallipoli?
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Postby cinemaniax7 » Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:15 pm

I'll post this in white for those who want to puzzle this one out. But I believe the answer is as follows:

Al Pacino was nominated twice for playing Michael Corleone in The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II. Pacino won his "makeup" Oscar for Scent of a Woman, and was nominated for his supporting role in Dick Tracy.

Paul Newman was nominated twice for playing "Fast Eddie" Felson in The Hustler and later in The Color of Money, the film for which he was given his "makeup" Oscar. He was nominated for his supporting work in the graphic-novel-based The Road to Perdition.


Good question!
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Re: Movie connection puzzle: "Farm boy"

Postby bobg » Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:53 pm

bobg wrote:In one landmark film, a young, fair-haired farm boy dreams of leaving his desert home to fight in a far-off war, to the dismay of his guardians. He meets up with an older, worldlier, dark-haired rogue (played by an actor who will become one of Hollywood's top stars) who's cynical and self-interested. The cynic reluctantly joins his quest and turns out to have a heart of gold.

This film was much imitated after its release. Strangely, though, there was another movie just four years later that no one considered to be an imitation of the first, even though it had a young, fair-haired farm boy who dreams of leaving his desert home to fight in a far-off war, to the dismay of his guardians. He meets up with an older, worldlier, dark-haired rogue (played by an actor who will become one of Hollywood's top stars) who's cynical and self-interested. The cynic reluctantly joins his quest and turns out to have a heart of gold.

What are the films?


The first one is, of course, Star Wars, with Harrison Ford as the charming cynic. The second is Gallipoli, with Mel Gibson in that role. (Good work, JenLee!)

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Movie connection puzzle: "Worthy goal"

Postby bobg » Tue Aug 15, 2006 7:02 am

Difficulty: easy.

A director now considered one of Hollywood's best once made a film based on a true story in which a pair of criminals, motivated by a worthy goal, commits a crime that escalates into a hostage situation. Facing a daunting array of law enforcement agents, the criminals are buoyed by the popular support they enjoy among ordinary folks, who cheer them on. In the end, one of the criminals is shot by lawmen and the other surrenders.

The following year, another director now considered one of Hollywood's best released a film based on a true story in which a pair of criminals, motivated by a worthy goal, commits a crime that escalates into a hostage situation. Facing a daunting array of law enforcement agents, the criminals are buoyed by the popular support they enjoy among ordinary folks, who cheer them on. In the end, one of the criminals is shot by lawmen and the other surrenders.

What are the movies?


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Re: Movie connection puzzle: "Worthy goal"

Postby cinemaniax7 » Tue Aug 15, 2006 7:19 am

bobg wrote:Difficulty: easy.

A director now considered one of Hollywood's best once made a film based on a true story in which a pair of criminals, motivated by a worthy goal, commits a crime that escalates into a hostage situation. Facing a daunting array of law enforcement agents, the criminals are buoyed by the popular support they enjoy among ordinary folks, who cheer them on. In the end, one of the criminals is shot by lawmen and the other surrenders.

The following year, another director now considered one of Hollywood's best released a film based on a true story in which a pair of criminals, motivated by a worthy goal, commits a crime that escalates into a hostage situation. Facing a daunting array of law enforcement agents, the criminals are buoyed by the popular support they enjoy among ordinary folks, who cheer them on. In the end, one of the criminals is shot by lawmen and the other surrenders.

What are the movies?


Cheers,
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Are you speaking of Dog Day Afternoon and Sugarland Express?
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Re: Movie connection puzzle: "Worthy goal"

Postby bobg » Fri Aug 25, 2006 5:38 am

cinemaniax7 wrote:
bobg wrote:A director now considered one of Hollywood's best once made a film based on a true story in which a pair of criminals, motivated by a worthy goal, commits a crime that escalates into a hostage situation. Facing a daunting array of law enforcement agents, the criminals are buoyed by the popular support they enjoy among ordinary folks, who cheer them on. In the end, one of the criminals is shot by lawmen and the other surrenders.

The following year, another director now considered one of Hollywood's best released a film based on a true story in which a pair of criminals, motivated by a worthy goal, commits a crime that escalates into a hostage situation. Facing a daunting array of law enforcement agents, the criminals are buoyed by the popular support they enjoy among ordinary folks, who cheer them on. In the end, one of the criminals is shot by lawmen and the other surrenders.


Are you speaking of Dog Day Afternoon and Sugarland Express?


Sure am!

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