In our November 16th Q&A column, we had a question
on which mother had played the grandmother to her
sons in a movie. Jen, the reader who sent in the original
question, replied that she had found the answer. The
mom in question was Eileen Ryan, mother of Sean Penn
and the recently deceased Chris Penn. The movie was
1986's "At Close Range" . Thanks, Jen!
Are there any other movies besides "Cool Hand
Luke" that has the line "What we have here
is a failure to communicate..." It seems so familiar
and recent. Thanks.
Ice Man's wingman
was that fourth dream-boat in the beach volleyball
game, Slider. He was played by Rick Rossovich, who
was kind of a rising star in the 80's after Top Gun
with biggish roles in "Roxanne" (he was
the guy who Darryl Hannah was dating instead of Steve
Martin), and in the 1990 bomb "Navy Seals".
He hasn't done all that much lately, although he did
have a string of guest roles on in the tv show "E.R',
reteaming with the 'other' wingman from "Top
Gun", the ill-fated Goose.
Doing a bit of digging I
came across a good site that I have actually used
before in looking up answers for this page. It contains
stats compiled by NATO (not the defense organization,
but the National Association of Theater Owners), and
lists average U.S prices from 1948 to present day.
However for the time period you are after, they only
have listings for certain years. Here is a list of
what they had below, along with their most recent
ticket average price (2004):
1967 - $1.22
1967 - $1.22
the Consumer Price Index as a measure to adjust for
inflation, in 2004 dollars this equals:
also interesting to note that although we think that
ticket prices have skyrocketed in the last ten or
so years, in the 13 years between 1954 and 1967 prices
went up roughly 250%, whereas for the same timespan
between 1991 and 2004, prices went up only roughly
50% from $4.21 to $6.21. So, for this period at least,
movie-goers would have been complaining about the
skyrocketing price of movies just as moviegoers of
today also seem to do.
can check out the whole list of ticket prices here.
you didn't bet any money on that, the quote is from
the 1985 musical "A Chorus Line", starring
Michael Douglas. It was spoken by the character Gregory,
who was played by Justin Ross.
The big mean St. Bernard
in the 80's horror flick was one of King's early horror
icons and one of his first post-Carrie horror movies
made, back when they were still adapted semi-seriously.
The dog in the flick got his rabies the same way he
did in the book, which was from being bitten by a
rabid bat. Mayhem, suffering, and all kinds of regular
King-induced events followed.
the name of the movie that the quote "Keep the
change ya filthy animal"
variant on this question has been answered in a previous
kind of a trick question, as you'll see when you come
across the answer.
this is a pretty subjective question. Is it just pure
amount of blood used? Blood and violence? Any kind
of gore? Does realism count?
pure 'bloody' you could go with the elevator opening
in "The Shining" that is completely filled
with blood. There is also a ton of blood in "Evil
Dead 2" when Ash is trying to kill his runaway
hand. For disturbing sicko violence there is the Japanese
flick "Ichi the Killer", which would never,
ever make it in its original form to a theatrical
release stateside. For my money, however, the bloodiest
scene I can think of right now is the climax of one
of Peter Jackson's early films, the great "Braindead"
(aka "Dead Alive"). Near the end of that
flick the hero cleans out an entire house that is
stuffed with zombies by using a lawnmower, and THAT
is just pure, clean fun.
"Scarface" and "Saving Private Ryan"
definitely do qualify as having two great, bloody
scenes though. You would think your "little friend"
would be all over "Scarface", though....
you have any other great bloody scenes you would like
to add, send
me a note!
a good question. One that jumps off the top of my
head, and is probably the poster child for a successful
product placement, is Reese's Pieces from E.T. I remember
those spiking hugely in popularity after E.T munched
on the little things and hooked up with Elliott. Apparently
sales soared about 80% after the flick was released.
one I can think of off-hand is the 'fame' cars get
as being 007's vehicle of choice. There is the Aston
Martin from the earlier movies and the BMWs from the
more recent flicks, with various others in-between.
Also I would bet that sales of the Walther PPK have
seen a boost thanks to early Bond flicks.
I wonder how much of the 'in-your-face' product placement
of many recent flicks actually pays off. Did anyone
actually buy those crappy Adidas shoes after seeing
Will Smith plug them endlessly in "I, Robot"?
And even if so, enough to offset the marketing cost?
I doubt that as much as the fact that we'll have walking,
sentient robots less than 30 years from now.
of any more popular product placements? Send
does Buddy answer the phone in "Elf"?
the Elf! What's your favorite color?