In our Q&A column from December 6th, we had a
reader ask what movie the line "This year we're
going to rule the school" was from. I didn't
know it but we had many, many readers write in with
the correct answer- "Grease". Unfortunately
over the holidays I had some computer issues so I
lost all of my email archives, so the 10+ of you who
wrote in with the correct answer I cannot thank by
name- but you know who you are, so thanks guys n'
That movie was the Best Picture Academy
Award winning "The Last Emperor". The flick
was not only the first western movie to be filmed
in communist China, but also was the first feature
film to be shot in the Forbidden City. It starred
Ricky Tan from "Rush Hour 2", aka John Lone,
as the titular emperor.
did an IMDB search of Denzel and there is no list
of him appearing in any Bond movie, and the shoe shine
boy in "Live and Let Die" is not listed
in the credits. Normally, if a major star had a bit
role when they were a younger no-name, you can be
sure that that role gets picked up and listed on IMDB
so completists can have the definitive record. To
double check, I did a Google search and nothing came
up listing Denzel in the role.
was born in 1954 and the movie was released in 1973,
so Denzel would have been 18 at time of filming. I
don't remember how young the shoe shine boy was in
the flick, but Denzel probably would have been out
even with his boyish good looks (tee hee).
a mostly unrelated side-note, I just saw Denzel's
recent flick "Out of Time" and it was much
better than the lame commercials made it out to be-
so if you haven't seen it, it ain't a bad renter
Steve Martin remake was based on a 1950 comedy that
was in turn based on a real life family. It starred
40's and 50's star Clifton Webb (who was great in
one of my favorite oldie movies, "Laura"),
and also featured Myrna Loy.
can check out all the juicy details on the movie at
was played by actor Michael Teague, and yes he was
in Armageddon with Bruce Willis, playing an air force
colonel. Teague has also played military types in
numerous action flicks, including the Nic-Cage-Top-Gun-wannabe
"Fire Birds" and "The Rock".
the insane success of the movie, Griffith wanted to
create an Epic with a capital 'Ep', to try and top
the big-scale Italian flicks that were playing well
in America at that time. Also, he wanted to try and
atone a little for the harsh criticism he received
for the brutal racism in "Birth of a Nation".
He went to town making 1916's "Intolerance"-
including (but not limited to):
-Creating a full scale model of ancient Babylon, over
10 acres in size and 300 feet high
-Hiring 60 main actors and over 18,000 extras
-Eight assistant directors
-Initial length of eight hours. (Finally cut to 3
final tally: over two million dollars. I did some
searching on the Italian epics made in the day but
none came close, so I'm going with "Intolerance"
as the first over-budgeted, over-hyped, blockbuster-wannabe.
The movie flopped and nearly ruined Griffith.
funny thing is, using a Consumer Price Index calculator,
$2 mil back then wasn't as much today as I thought
it would be. It comes out to just over $36 million
dollars. When you think "Pearl Harbor" had
a (record) budget of $130 mil, the mega budgets of
today are still mega by any standard.
really need help. I have been trying to think of this
movie for more than a month. I only remember one scene.
A woman talks about when she was growing up- she had
to take care of her sister, who had some illness.
The girl was always afraid of her, and just wished
she would die. You see the sister in a few flashback
scenes, she is wearing a blue dress in bed, rotting
away. She looks all bony, her face is fleshy, and
she leans forward at one point and you can see the
outline of her spine and rib cage on her back. She
does eventually die in the bed. In another scene,
the girl is at the bottom of the staircase in her
house, and hears the sister's voice calling for her.
help me figure out what it is, it's driving me nuts.
knew this movie as well, but couldn't think of it
off the top of my head. The same as you, I saw it
when I was younger, and also the same, it was starting
to drive me a little nutty trying to think of it.
I totally remember the twisted spine and it freaked
some IMDB'ing, Googling, and message board posting,
I have our answer. It's Stephen King's 1989 chiller
"Pet Sematary". The sister's name was Zelda,
and she had spinal meningitis. The movie character
who had to look after Zelda was Tasha Yar, a.k.a Denise
Crosby. Her character's name in the movie was Rachel
Creed, and was the wife of the protagonist of the
the last one I can think of was "Lord of the
Rings: Return of the King".