Hey we're back from a year and
a half break! These answer pages will be along at
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18 months. One thing I'll try to do with corrections
from now on is as they come in, update the original
pages where the error occurred, so I don't keep getting
the same blunder corrected (you won't believe how
many people wrote to correct me on the Trading Places
- orange juice screwup.) Anyhow, if you do come across
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in. Now let's get to some Q&A!
I'm pretty sure
you are referring to Tattoo in "The Man With
the Golden Gun". The Roger Moore - 007 flick
was released in 1974, and featured Englishman Christopher
Lee in the titular role as the assassin Scaramanga
who always gets his target, for the price of a cool
million. What a classic name for a villian. Scaramanga.
Bond is on to Scaramanga's game when a golden bullet
shows up at the Secret Service HQ in London, with
'007' on it. He hunts down both Scaramanga and his
sidekick Nick Nack, who was portrayed by little person
Herve Villechaize, best known as Tattoo from the TV
show "Fantasy Island". Herve would fit the
mini-French henchman part of your question, just not
the guy who actually kills for the million. He unfortunately
committed suicide in 1993.
I answer this question back
in an older Q&A page here.
We've got all of our old Q&A pages indexed on
handy-to-use questions only pages. Here's
the first one with links to later pages as well.
It depends on what you use
to define 'popular'.
1) Unadjusted (meaning not taking inflation into account)
gross? If so, the answer is hands down "Titanic".
The 1997 behemoth amassed more than $600 million in
the U.S box-office, and another $1.2 billion abroad,
coming up on almost two-freaking-billion in box-office
receipts alone. You then have dvd, tv-deals, soundtracks,
and the like to add in as well.
Adjusted gross? This gets a little more tricky. Depending
on your source of information, "Gone With the
Wind" or Star Wars" may come out on top.
The trick is that back in the day, movies were re-released
for theatrical runs much more often than they are
now. However, their box-office tallies weren't often
broken apart by release year, but simply lumped together.
For example, "Gone With the Wind" might
have been released 8 or 10 or more times since its
1939 release, say every 5 years or so for the following
40 years from release. Each time the relative value
of a movie ticket changes, but the totals are all
lumped together. So if you say the box-office take
for it was $100 million (and box-office was not tracked
as strictly back then as now), but try to adjust for
inflation based on 1939 prices, the domestic total
suddenly becomes mega-huge. That said, I would still
say GWTW probably beats "Titanic" if proper
inflation was to be taken into account, but the fact
is no one really knows. What we do know is movies
back then were relatively much more popular than they
are now, and people were paying relatively more to
go see them.
Total Oscars? Well then you have "Ben-Hur"
and "Titanic" tied at 11 each, both taking
Best Picture and Best Director. "Ben-Hur"
did get Best Actor and Best Supporting actor, however,
whereas Titanic had a couple more technical awards
(poor Leo, not even a nomination).
Best liked by the common, net-dwelling, movie fan?
Then you're looking at IMDB as a source, which has
tens of thousands of user ratings for the most popular
movies. In this case then, "The Godfather"
takes the cake with an average of 9.1 / 10 on over
135,000 votes. "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship
of the Ring" was also briefly at the top spot
during its release but has since slipped to #12. That
said, there are those that question the way IMDB compiles
it statistics and feel that LOTR:FOTR (or another)
should still be at #1.
Best recent movie reviewed by film critics? In this
case you turn to RottenTomatoes.com. This treasure
of a web-site compiles movie critic reviews from around
the printed and electronic page and compiles them
in one easy-to-access site. If a movie gets a 60%
or better score from a critic, it is counted 'fresh',
else it is 'rotten'. From a RottenTomatoes point of
view, "Toy Story 2" is on the top of the
heap, with 105 critics giving it a staggering 100%
fresh. Not even one critic, from the list RottenTomatoes
compiled, gave the movie less than a 60% score. Most
My opinion? If you take 'popular' and flip it around
somehow so it means 'best', then it's "The Empire
Strikes Back". Can't beat it.
this is a long answer to a short question, but I hope
was Kelly LeBrock, of Steven-Seagal-wife, and "Don't
hate me because I'm beautiful" fame. The 80's
fashion model made an impact with her film debut in
the Gene Wilder comedy "The Woman In Red"
in 1984, and followed up as every 80's nerd's dream
girl the next year in "Weird Science". She
then made "Hard to Kill" in 1990 with then-husband
Steven Seagal, but it has basically been all downhill
career-wise since then.
movie you are after is 1985's "Vision Quest",
which starred Matthew Modine and featuerd a musical
appearance by Madonna! How can you top that! Here
is the IMDB page.
It was a minor 80's classic- one correction to your
recollection is Modine was trying to lose weight,
not gain it, in order to fight the state champ.
came out in 1981 (I'm guessing this is really what
you're after. It will have been 'made' in the year
- two years before this). For this kind of basic movie
info, you can always find it very easily at IMDB,
have a friend who asked, claims to know, and I need
to find out without giving up and asking her.
you can see more pirate-licious quotes from the movie
in a movie used a tool called a retriever to pull
a ball out of his nose. What movie and who was it?
closest I can think of is Arnold Schwarzenegger using
the little doo-dad to pull the implant out through
his nose in "Total Recall". I don't ever
remember it specifically being called a 'retriever',
and didn't find any reference on the web to match
it. However, that would be my best guess, especially
because I don't think too many movies features any
kind of implement specifically designed to pull things
out of someone's nose.
any other reader knows a better answer, send in the
was the name of Cash's sister in the movie, "Tango
would be Katherine 'Kiki' Cash, played by none other
than Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher. She played
a stripper / dancer (I'll go with dancer since you
don't actually see her naked). As a side note, best
Jack Palance line of the movie for my money is "Two
little mice... so much damage."