August 24, 2004

Name That Movie 1

New game where we name that movie from some bit of information. This time, it’s a picture. If no one gets it today, I’ll update the entry with another picture tomorrow later today.


OK. Name that movie. Let the guessing begin. And don’t be shy.


Here is the second picture:


And a clue. The movie title is morbid.

Posted by James at August 24, 2004 1:08 AM
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If you want to identify that silver thing, you're welcome to do that as well.

Posted by: James at August 24, 2004 1:10 AM

Movie: Buck Rogers
Silver thing: Twinkee or Tweekee, something like that. Basically metalic comedy sidekick.

Posted by: Lance at August 24, 2004 4:14 AM

Nope. But that is Twiki... or a representation thereof. God call on the robot.

Posted by: James at August 24, 2004 7:58 AM

I thought his name was Twiggy. Oh well... I didn't know he was in something other than Buck Rogers. Biddip biddip biddip. I can't tell if he's wearing Dr. Theopolis or not.

I'm sure the stack of frozen dinners is a great clue, but it's not ringing a bell.

Posted by: at August 24, 2004 8:49 AM

Pretty in Pink seems the obvious (second) guess.

Posted by: Lance at August 24, 2004 9:17 AM

Uncle Buck
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

Posted by: Mike at August 24, 2004 9:26 AM

Twiggy was a model from the 60's-70's. The resemblance is close, but Twiggy was a blonde. And I'm guessing that is supposed to be Dr. Theopolis (around the inflatable robot's neck). Anyone remember that toy, btw? I htink it was remote-controlled.

Lance: it's not Pretty In Pink. I'm interested in why you thought that was an obvious second guess, though.

Posted by: James at August 24, 2004 9:31 AM

IT looks like he is wearing Dr. Theopolis.

I think the movie is that little known 1968 classic:

"The robot and the stack of frozen dinner boxes."

Posted by: David Grenier at August 24, 2004 9:33 AM

Pretty in Pink from the JPG file name.

Posted by: Lance at August 24, 2004 9:34 AM

Mike, none of those are correct.

Posted by: James at August 24, 2004 9:34 AM

Lance: Good gravy! You don't think I'd put the answer in the filename do you? That was there for metagamers.

Posted by: James at August 24, 2004 9:37 AM

Two guesses:

Fried Chicken (1930)

Sudden Fried Chicken (1946)

Posted by: Lance at August 24, 2004 9:38 AM

Anyone care to guess who that actor is on the right?

Posted by: James at August 24, 2004 9:40 AM

it's quite elementary my dear dr.'s obviously The Girl Next Door (2004). Hmmm, maybe I'm just thinking about that movie too much. Good thing it comes out today. My real guess is that is def an 80's movie but I can't put my finger on it so my guess is Wierd Science

darkhorse guess = Clockwork Orange

Posted by: ryan at August 24, 2004 10:06 AM

Does Swanson's Fried Chicken have "good gravy"?

Is that actor Winchester from M*A*S*H?

Posted by: David Grenier at August 24, 2004 10:15 AM

Oh, I get it. The picture is an image from the movie and not a representation of the movie's title. In that case, I probably haven't seen it so I have no idea.

Posted by: Mike at August 24, 2004 10:21 AM

So far no one has hit the movie.

I will say it is an 80's film, but before I give any more hints, there will be another picture up at around noon.

Posted by: James at August 24, 2004 10:23 AM

It's definitely not Clockwork Orange, but thanks for reminding me in a roundabout way to change the CDs in my car.

I don't recognize the actor and I would probably remember seeing Twiki in a movie, so I'm going to have to take a pass on this one. (Maybe I'll reconsider after I see the second photo.) I can't think of a movie where you'd have Twiki in a room that has girly ruffled curtains.

I also didn't know there was a toy Twiki. So, that's supposed to be a toy Twiki and not the actual prop as a "real" robot. That changes things a bit and also explains why Dr. Theopolis is thinner than I remembered.

And I'm concerned about the stack of Swanson dinners. Why aren't they in the freezer? And if they've already been eaten, what kind of maniac stacks the empty boxes so neatly? Is this a movie about an obsessive-compulsive slob who collects old robots and dies of food poisoning?

Posted by: at August 24, 2004 10:59 AM

Sorry that I didn't make it clear that this is a scene from the movie in question! But that is a good idea for another time--an image that represents a movie title. Maybe next time. Soon another picture and a clue will go up.

Posted by: James at August 24, 2004 11:05 AM

Sorry, that was me. I forgot to tell it in my new browser to remember my personal info. :)

Posted by: Julie at August 24, 2004 11:06 AM

Okay. I've added the second video capture, and a small hint for this 80's film. The image includes the main character.

Posted by: James at August 24, 2004 12:00 PM

Now I know I didn't see it. I don't recognize any of the faces that I can see.

Funny, the picnickers seem only midly annoyed that their lunch is being stomped on by a person in mismatched socks. I can only assume that they are bottling up their rage now and will unleash it later when they pay their visitor a surprise visit later that night.

Thus, I will take a wild guess that the movie is called "The Unexpected Defooting of Clumsy Jeremy Checkerpants."

Posted by: Julie at August 24, 2004 12:35 PM


Considering all those TV dinners, how about "Slow Death of a Salesman"?

Posted by: Mike at August 24, 2004 12:38 PM

I don't think this is a movie I've seen. Neither of these images ring any bells. I recognize the statuette as being Buck Roger's sidekick (Tweekee?) with Dr. Theopolis hanging around his neck.

Posted by: Chuck S. at August 24, 2004 12:41 PM

Yeah. I have to say that I don't recognize any of the actors. If I HAVE seen this, I'll need some more to figure it out.

Posted by: briwei at August 24, 2004 1:06 PM

Looks a bit National Lampoon to me, either that or revenge of the nerds perhaps?

Posted by: Lance at August 24, 2004 1:24 PM

David was right about the actor in the first picture.

Posted by: James at August 24, 2004 1:35 PM

Playing the David Ogden Stiers/morbidity angle, it's gotta be "Better Off Dead". I remember no robots in that movie, though.
Are those John Cusack's legs? You just don't see the tubesock/short-shorts combo much anymore, further cementing my belief that this comes from the '80s heyday of movies featuring misadjusted teens.

Posted by: Dean at August 24, 2004 2:00 PM

BETTER OFF DEAD Starring John Cusack as Lane Meyer.

Posted by: DEREK WINS! at August 24, 2004 2:24 PM


It is, indeed the classic teen 80's movie "Better Off Dead" with John Cusack.

The first shot is from Christmas morning. A recurring theme of the film is that the mother can't cook. She's bought Cusack (her son) Swanson dinners for Christmas to spare him her creations. That's Dad (David Ogden Stiers) in the background looking off into the distance, profoundly bummed out.

The second shot is from Cusack in his "love at first sight" meeting with his former girlfriend Beth. He was playing carch with a football and didn't notice he'd wandered into a picnic. Another recurring theme of the film is his mismatched socks.

This was fun. I think we'll do something like this every week.

For those of you who never saw the film, there's always next time.

Posted by: James at August 24, 2004 2:31 PM

Wow. I've seen that movie, and I love John Cusak, but I sure didn't figure it out.

Posted by: Patti M. at August 25, 2004 1:06 PM

I tried to make it pretty challenging, otherwise it won't last very long until someone posts an answer. We have peopel doing Google searches and such. This one lasted a good amount of time through the day, so I'll probably do it again.

Posted by: James at August 25, 2004 1:25 PM

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