Our August 31st 'actors in three trilogies' question
from our continues to pull in feedback. Larry wrote
in with a whole whack of two-trilogy actors, including
Frank Oz in Star Wars and Muppets movies, and James
Earl Jones in the Tom Clancy flicks and Star Wars.
He also noted: "The only one who might come close
to being featured in three trilogies might be Warwick
Davis. He was featured in Star Wars, Leprechaun, and
Harry Potter. Of course Harry Potter 3 isn't out yet.
" (Cal note: pretty close, yes, but he was only
in Jedi in the original trilogy and Episode I in the
Good contributions- thanks!
CMT reader Lou did some research of his own on the
longest movie made, which was asked about way back
in our May
21st column. Amongst other tidbits he wrote:
1967 Russian film natively called "Voyna i Mir"
or translated, "War and Peace" is 507 minutes
long (8h27m). Here is the AMG
link. The DVD, however, isn't all 507 minutes,
but "only" 6h43m (although it also says
"373 min" but thats 6h13m). Still longer
than the Director's Cut of Cleopatra.
find, that's definitely a long 'un...
In another mail related to our May
21st column, one reader had asked for movies where
characters ream off a list of items. Critic_w wrote
in with the following contribution:
The funniest, and perhaps longest, belongs to "The
Blues Brothers" when Jake (played by John Belushi)
is giving excuses to a machine-gun-totin' Carrie Fisher
for why he left her standing at the altar. It is without
a doubt the best of them all. "I couldn't find
my tux, my car was double-parked, I couldn't find
I went to one of the most comprehensive
sites I know dealing with new releases, which is VideoETA.
They deal just with
DVDs which is what I went by for answering your question.
If you were wanting just VHS I would bet the number
may be lower now than the DVD count.
just counted up February's new releases and there
were approximately 480. So as February is obviously
a 4-week month that works out to about 120 a week.
Month to month obviously will vary as well- but I
don't think there are too many months with as slim
a crop of good titles as this month. It's been pretty
brutal both in the theaters and on video- I can't
wait until we get into March with a couple good flicks
and then the start of the summer season just around
of the content of the movie: constant profanity, violence
and drug lifestyles portrayed, the flick was given
an X rating by the MPAA on three different occassions
when director DePalma submitted it to the board. They
finally relented and gave it an 'R', but the version
DePalma and the studio distributed to theaters was
the original version that was given an 'X'. Talk about
the ultimate F you to the MPAA!
far as the word itself goes, there are a few numbers
I've come across relating to its use in the movie.
The first is a well-known trivia tidbit that the band
Blink-182 got the last part of their name from the
number of times the F word is used in the movie. A
variation on this fun fact is that it represents the
number of times Al Pacino's character Tony Montana
uses the word. Next, checking IMDb, they list the
F bomb count as 206. Lastly I came across an FAQ on
a Scarface fan page that lists the number as 218.
The webmaster did a word count himself and disputes
the 206 number. Also, if the 218 is correct, moving
the first digit '2' to the last position will give
182, which fits with the punk bands name. You can
find the FAQ for the Scarface fan page here.
I could not find another movie that references
the current, although I wouldn't doubt there are at
least a couple out there. While searching for your
answer I came across this
page which does do a little explanation about
the current in relation to the movie.
any CMT readers can think
of a movie that references the current, lemme know!
Well I'm not a 100% sure, but the only one that
seems to fit the bill would be "Jewel of the
Nile", which was the 1985 sequel to the vastly-superior
"Romancing the Stone". Douglas and Turner
have starred together in three movies: 1984's Stone,
1985's Nile, and 1989's "War of the Roses".
It's definitely not the 1989 black comedy, so we are
left with Jewel of the Nile.
only seen it once in the theater when it originally
played, remembered not liking it, and that's about
it. I checked the IMDB user comments but no mention
of the catalog suit or the painted natives, so as
I said above this isn't the definitive answer, but
if it is in fact those two actors in the movie, then
by Sherlockian power of deduction we are left with
there are a few movies that fit the bill. The first
one I came across was a 1976 movie called "Through
the Looking Glass". The IMDB description reads
"A rich socialite escapes her boring lifestyle
when a ghost takes her to a sexual hell where anything
goes." Sounded close but maybe not quite the
version you were after, so a little further searching
found a 1976 musical version written and directed
by Bill Osco, apparently a bit of a legend if you're
into 70's porn- he also created "Flesh Gordon".
Anyhow, this is the one you are probably after.
an interesting side note, a live musical version of
this soft-core take on the story has just opened in
New York on January 29th of this year, and is an 18
and over restricted admission.
far as a DVD release goes, it doesn't look like it's
out yet but there is a site you can order the VHS
or a DVD-R version (meaning they most likely just
copied their existing VHS copy onto a disc) of
the flick. You
can check it out here.
a little IMDB digging here are a few others:
-Grouch Marx in 1968's "Skidoo"
-Gene Hackman as the voice of God in 1983's "Two
of a Kind"
-Val Kilmer again as the Voice, in "Prince of
-Robert Mitchum in "Seven Deadly Sins"
are of course many more but these seem to be some
of the more notable actors or actresses in the role.
If I'm missing any big names, I'm sure our
readers will let me know!
he didn't. The star of the classic 1954 version was
an unbelievably thin Marlon Brando, and the movie
also featured Rod Steiger and Karl Malden. Newman
did not appear in the movie in any role, although
he may have appeared in a live performance of it as
the flick has been adapted for the stage.
help if you can!
In "The Shawshank Redemption", Andy gives
Red directions for finding a box. What noun does he
use to describe the rock under which the box lies?
To Kill a Mockingbird was adapted from Harper Lee's
classic story. In the movie Scout and Jem find trinkets
that have been hidden by Boo Radley. In what object
did Boo place the items?
the answer to your (1) question is 'volcanic glass'.
As in (allow me to quote from the script):
Promise me, Red. If you ever get out, find that spot.
In the base of that wall you'll find a rock that has
no earthly business in a Maine hayfield. A piece of
black volcanic glass. You'll find something buried
under it I want you to have.
for number (2), well even though I usually only answer
one question per reader per week, I'll humor ya. Boo
hid them in the knothole of an oak tree.
the movie The Graduate, what is Mrs. Robinson's first
you know it or not, this is a trick question. The
famous Mrs. Robinson (played by Anne Bancroft), did
in fact not have a first name in the movie. Even after
all their sweaty encounters, Dustin Hoffman's character
still addressed her by 'Mrs. Robinson', and we never
do learn her first name during the course of the 1967