Social Question

ucme's avatar

Could you perhaps sum up the plot of one of your favourite movies in a single sentence & then we try to work out which movie it is?

Asked by ucme (50034points) September 27th, 2010

Yeah, a sentence describing the core storyline of any particular movie. Once someone has worked out which movie it is, either they or if they decline, someone else has a turn at asking. Now these things have a habit of going wrong but hey, it’s worth a try…..I think….I hope. It would help matters if the sentence accurately describes the movie, nothing too cryptic. However try not to make it too easy either. A fair challenge is what’s needed. I would start things rolling but i’m far better at guessing than I am at asking.

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

188 Answers

sliceswiththings's avatar

Cool idea! Can’t think of one but I’ll follow to guess.

harple's avatar

Youngster has uncanny knack of seeing what is not there, including me.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

The Sixth Sense?

A large shark terrorizes a vacation town and eats the love of my life. XD

ucme's avatar

@harple Sixth Sense @lucillelucillelucille Hmm let me see… oh yeah Jaws :¬)

Jude's avatar

Murder, death row, mouse, urinary tract infection, cancer, old sparky.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme-Maybe —what was the shark’s name?—XD

ucme's avatar

@mama_cakes The Green Mile

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille I seem to recall the cast & crew referred to it as the “floating turd” :¬D

Jude's avatar

That’s right, sir.

ucme's avatar

I’m just butting in with all the answers, like teachers pet :¬)

Jude's avatar

sled, “I wish I had a million dollars. Hot dog!”, bloody ear, lasso the moon, bank, debt, bridge, Clarence, happy ending (and not of the massage variety)

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Think King Lear in Japan and in Japanese along with fantastical battle scenes.

ucme's avatar

Wow…err those are tricky dicky. I should let someone else answer, it’s only fair. Yeah okay I admit i’m bloody stuck :¬(

Seek's avatar

@mama_cakes – It’s a Wonderful Life

rebbel's avatar

Polaroids, tattoos.

Seek's avatar

I didn’t do it, the other guys pick on me, I’m getting out of here and taking the warden’s money with me.

rebbel's avatar

@harple and @Neizvestnaya
Almost.
It’s MEmeNto. :-)
@Seek
!

harple's avatar

@rebbel you pedant you!!! ;-)

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Bugs, Iron Maiden, a monkey, and the most awesome decapitation you will ever see in a movie.
Edit: a girl who likes bugs goes to Switzerland to solve mysteries with Dr Loomis and his monkey

Seek's avatar

^ That’s a plot?

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Oh shi-
/goes edit it

ucme's avatar

Okay i’m off now, late in England Town. Enjoy! :¬)

global_nomad's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Holes!

“Modern” woman wants to marry for money and undertakes crazy adventures, including saving a girl from being sold into white slavery. My absolute favorite movie!

kenmc's avatar

A dude has the same and a rich guy and you’re out of your element.

downtide's avatar

Ex-“cop” called back into service to hunt runaway robots, and falls in love with one, in a city where it rains all the time.

SuperMouse's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I would guess Shawshank Redemption.

Young man comes home from war, falls in love (twice), whacks a cop and a hit man, then takes over the family business.

janbb's avatar

I’m with Shawshank Redemption for Seek’s too.

@SuperMouse The Godfather?

Schoolteacher and riverman take a boat trip, find leeches, blow up enemy ship.

global_nomad's avatar

@SuperMouse, @janbb, and @Seek_Kolinahr In my defense, Holes has a very similar plot… :)

janbb's avatar

@global_nomad Indeed it does.

InkyAnn's avatar

Online predator, detectives high school daughter, tattoos, piercings, torture, obsession with needles….

Any takers?

SuperMouse's avatar

@janbb yes! I however, have no idea what yours is! @global nomad, I have never seen Holes!

Guy awakens from a coma with the power to see the future and proceeds to save the world.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@downtide Blade Runner?

An honorable man must start from the bottom and work his way to the top in order reveal his opponent’s dastardly deeds to the public, and avenge his loved ones.

SundayKittens's avatar

A group of musician friends hit the Big Apple to break into the biz, rats with butter skates create hilarity.
@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities Cannonball Run II. TOO EASY.

rebbel's avatar

Record shop, lists, relationships.

SundayKittens's avatar

High Fidelity!!!

rebbel's avatar

Yup, @SundayKittens, well done!

janbb's avatar

Pig herds sheep.

Seek's avatar

Yes! Shawshank Redemption is one of my all time favourites. (Holes was a great guess, but I definitely would have added something about onions in the description)

@janbb Babe! Baa, Ram, Ewe! Sheep be true!

SundayKittens's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities Cannonball Run I??? Ok, I’m stumped.
Thanks, @rebbel!

Blueroses's avatar

Generic beer, pine tree air fresheners, plate o’ shrimp, “Let’s eat sushi and not pay.”

janbb's avatar

Repo Man – (Google is my friend.)

janbb's avatar

Paraplegic falls in love with the Blue people.

SundayKittens's avatar

@blueroses +`100 points for a Harry Dean Stanton movie.

janbb's avatar

“Sportsfans” hit the road; Dad hits the kids.

Blueroses's avatar

@ janbb Vacation

@sundayKittens thanks for the bonus pts!

rebbel's avatar

Very hot.

janbb's avatar

@Blueroses Not that one.

@rebbel Day the Earth Stood Still?

Blueroses's avatar

Oh! My Duh janbb The Great Santini?

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@SundayKittens False again. Think a lot earlier.

Blueroses's avatar

Upgrayedd, electrolytes, Welcome to Costco, I love you.

janbb's avatar

@jeff’s etcs. Your plot is too generic; can you give a hint?

Seek's avatar

(Obvious)

Our families hate each other but I love you… to death!

SundayKittens's avatar

@Blueroses Go away, I’m batin’!!!!

Blueroses's avatar

@SundayKittens I can’t tell you how often I use that line!

SundayKittens's avatar

Hahahahah, I love it. I love it so much. Underrated movie.

Seek's avatar

(Less obvious)

“This is my boomstick.” “Shop smart, shop S-Mart”

kenmc's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr The Evil Dead series. of course.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

@Blueroses: Yes, Ran is the movie.
Here’s another- Beautiful model with a fetish for the written language and a terrible yen to be loved.

Blueroses's avatar

@Neizvestnaya Ooh. I like that one too.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@janbb What we do in life echoes in eternity.

Haleth's avatar

@Neizvestnaya The Pillow Book?

Blueroses's avatar

@Haleth that would be my guess too.

ucme's avatar

@janbb Her first offering is quite obviously The African Queen
As for @jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities Everything points towards Gladiator but “a lot earlier than Cannonball Run” is kind of a deal breaker. Unless it’s Spartacus. I’m going to have to think awhile on the others.

iammia's avatar

Two musical murder witnesses, train ride to Miami, drag.

Frenchfry's avatar

@iammia Geez Have no clue.
Two brothers and father, who is love to fly fish, one brother becomes a professor of literature, and the other a reporter for a newspaper.

iammia's avatar

@Frenchfry Um…ok.

Blonde

Frenchfry's avatar

@iammia No I have brown hair. LOL

iammia's avatar

@Frenchfry ahaha no that was your clue!!

Frenchfry's avatar

@iammia Someone in the movie is Blonde. Wait! Does it have Blonde it the title?

iammia's avatar

@Frenchfry waaaaah i’ll give it away if i tell you more!

Is yours A river runs through it?

Frenchfry's avatar

@iammia Yes. Mine was easy. Don’t tell someone will know.

Blueroses's avatar

@iammia Some Like it Hot? By any chance?

iammia's avatar

Yay your right @Blueroses

Blueroses's avatar

Love those classics!

iammia's avatar

@Blueroses It’s one of my favourites :)

Deja_vu's avatar

U.S. bombers attack Russia, then the fate of the world hangs on a Coca~Cola machine which leds to nuclear fall out as a result of a delusional thought a general had about fluids during the act of making love.

Blueroses's avatar

@Deja_vu That’s a good one! I’m going to leave it for another to answer. but I know what it is

filmfann's avatar

@Deja_vu Dr. Strangelove.
Former cop saves group of survivors of nuclear holocost by driving a truck full of sand.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

Some robots fighting for us, and some fighting for our sun.

Seek's avatar

^ Transformers.

More than meets the eye!

Seek's avatar

28:06:42:12 until the end of the world.

Seek's avatar

Nope. Much less Nicolas Cage.

Deja_vu's avatar

A jewelery heist pulled by a group of strangers and an undercover police informant goes wrong resulting in a mexican standoff.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr The day the earth stood still? or that movie with keanu reeves that i can’t remember the name of?

Seek's avatar

Nope.

Let’s add to it.

28:06:42:12 until the end of the world, and she really doubts your commitment to Sparkle Motion.

janbb's avatar

Someone said Gladiator for Jeff’s, didn’t they?

Here’s one:

Old-school librarian versus new-fangled thinking machine

janbb's avatar

And another one:

Aww – what the fuck. Tomorrow is another day.

janbb's avatar

And one more:

Classy society dame brought to heel by charming reporter. True love.

Trillian's avatar

@filmfann Mad Max
Girl vacations in Italy with spinster aunt, dumps foppish fiance for a real man.

Trillian's avatar

@janbb Desk Set, Gone with the Wind and ???

janbb's avatar

@Trillian Room with A View

You got my first two; let’s see if anyone else comes up with the third.

ucme's avatar

@filmfann Mad Max II The Road Warrior
@Deja_vu Reservoir Dogs

Blueroses's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr
Donnie Darko. Love it!

Seek's avatar

Finally!

Donnie Darko and Tennessee Williams. You and I will get along fine, @Blueroses.

Blueroses's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Of that, I haven’t the slightest doubt!

Retelling of The Taming of the Shrew…on ice!

Neizvestnaya's avatar

@Haleth
@Blueroses
Yes, The Pillow Book. I loved everything about that movie.

Deja_vu's avatar

@ucme yes indeed :)

Trillian's avatar

White boy, indian, cowboy, indian, drunk white man, indian scout, bitter old white man.

Blueroses's avatar

Trillian: Little Big Man?

Blueroses's avatar

@Trillian too easy for me. One of my dad’s favorite movies!
No guesses on mine?

Trillian's avatar

@Blueroses The Cutting Edge?
Two crusty old farts save a girl, trap beaver, argue with Native Americans, get scalped, save girl again, one dies, one lives hapily ever after.

janbb's avatar

Unforgiven?

Trillian's avatar

@janbb No. Who was in that? It sounds familiar.

Deja_vu's avatar

A movie star with a sense of emptiness, and a neglected newlywed meet up as strangers in Tokyo and form an unlikely bond.

janbb's avatar

@Deja_vu Lost in Translation

@Trillian Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman

janbb's avatar

It was Gladiator – someone got it.

SuperMouse's avatar

Ok no one has gotten my last one so I’ll say it, The Dead Zone starring none other than Christopher Walken!

How about “Two young studs hit New York City spend the winter freezing, hungry, and broke, then head down to Florida. Only one arrives.”

Blueroses's avatar

@trillian yes.
hmmm. @SuperMouse

Deja_vu's avatar

A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and the object of a religious cult because of that.

Blueroses's avatar

Oh @Deja_vu
Welcome to the camp, I think we all know why you’re here.
My name is Tommy and I became aware this year.

>>oh. my answer is Tommy

Deja_vu's avatar

@Blueroses It’s a classic

Blueroses's avatar

@Deja_vu so put on your eyeshades, put in your earplugs, you know where to put the cork.
Never heard of it ;)

ucme's avatar

Hi, “someone” here! As of yet Gladiator remains unconfirmed, hard to believe I know. Besides, i’m still struggling with the fact that it was quoted as being “a lot earlier” than the Cannonball Run movies!?! So i’m a little reluctant to claim credit, too many grey areas as it were. @SuperMouse Now that is right on the tip of my tongue.Trouble is, the pesky little thing refuses to come out!! Hmm….....could it be Midnight Cowboy?

SuperMouse's avatar

@ucme yep, Midnight Cowboy! It probably would have been guessed instantly if I had added “I’m walking here!” to my description.

janbb's avatar

No-one got one of mine;

“Classy society lady brought to heel by charming reporter. True love.”

C’mon people – Philadelphia Story

@ucme It is definitely Gladiator ‘cause I looked up his catchphrase quote.

I love this game!

ucme's avatar

@janbb Glad you do, I love it too. I didn’t expect such a large response however. Pleasantly suprised would be the phrase that springs to mind. I recognised the quote immediately but I say again, Gladiator earlier (a lot) than Cannonball Run? Suprised I tagged it really, with such a glaring error thrown in the mix. Still, onwards & upwards.

Deja_vu's avatar

A newly engaged couple has a breakdown in a mansion and must pay a call to the bizarre residence who created his own boy toy while everyone breaks out in song and dance.

ucme's avatar

@Deja_vu Easy peesy, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I keep wanting to come up with one of my own. I’m so much better at guessing though….....

Deja_vu's avatar

@ucme Come up with a totall stumper! Stump me!

ucme's avatar

Okay here goes nothing. Old fella kicks bucket, hidden loot. Cross country mass hysteria, crooked cop. High jinks, wacky capers. A zany comedy.

Deja_vu's avatar

@ucme It’s a mad mad mad mad world??? I know it’s your question but isn’t supposed to be one sentence?

ucme's avatar

@Deja_vu That easy eh! That’s right, give me the fuzzy side of the lollipop why don’t ya!! :¬) Yeah I suppose so, but hey, let’s live a little :¬D

Deja_vu's avatar

@ucme I’m a movie dork, I don’t know what else to say. Good one though! :)

janbb's avatar

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

janbb's avatar

OOps – too late.

Seek's avatar

An American rock and roll idol goes behind the iron curtain for a culture fest but instead becomes involved in the resistance movement. “It’s like we’re in some kind of bad movie…”

ucme's avatar

Virginal young damsel in a dress :¬) seeks sanctuary from undesirable “employer” & makes little progress with help from an unlikely source.

Trillian's avatar

@SuperMouse I think that’s it. I thought it was a Val Kilmer movie but could not remember the name.

Blueroses's avatar

A young boy, banished from his home for his different appearance, wanders through the forest with his dog and meets interesting characters.

janbb's avatar

The Point?

(me and my Arrow)

Blueroses's avatar

@janbb I love you for knowing that!

Seek's avatar

Yes! Still my favourite Val Kilmer movie.

Just for good measure: Skeet Surfin’

Blueroses's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr What a great film! Thanks for the link “If everybody had a 12-gauge” ha ha
Must add to Netflix queue immediately, it’s been too long.

ucme's avatar

Come on someone…....anyone, try & guess my last one. Purleeze, i’ll start begging. I mean it!

SuperMouse's avatar

After I saw Top Secret (in the the theater) I went out and bought the soundtrack! Gotta straighten the rug, you gotta straighten it out…

Blueroses's avatar

@ucme I’ve been mulling it over and can’t come up with a thing that makes sense to me. Hint?

ucme's avatar

@Blueroses Ahh bless you for that. A hint? Hmm….I know. She makes little progress. She isn’t grumpy at all :¬)

Blueroses's avatar

aha! Sneaky @ucme! I get it now!
Snow White

ucme's avatar

Job done!

cockswain's avatar

A teacher’s worthless son accidentally asphyxiates while masturbating and facilitates the teacher’s dream of becoming a significant writer.

ucme's avatar

@cockswain You got me beat there…...give us a clue eh?

cockswain's avatar

robin williams. that should narrow it down to 1000 movies.

ucme's avatar

Ahh, World’s Greatest Dad. Based on me that movie was….well the title at least. :¬)

Seek's avatar

That movie was excellent. I didn’t know whether to laugh, cry, or be horribly offended.

cockswain's avatar

We just watched it last night and thought it was terrific. Ironically several days earlier we were wondering what Bobcat Goldthwait was up to these days and made some jokes. Turns out he’s a far greater artist than I knew. I think it was a genius dark comedy.

cockswain's avatar

@ucme, this one’s for you!

Brian Clough coaches Leeds United for a brief time and is not well-liked.

ucme's avatar

@cockswain Aha, The Damned United.Slightly before my time but yeah an accurate chronicle of that turbulent period in the clubs history. One of the reasons why Leeds are so hated by English fans, along with the no nonsense tough tackling style of play at the time. You are my new best friend on here purely as a result of knowing & remembering my footballing loyalties. Now don’t be nervous, it’s a privileged position I know. You’ll be fine i’m sure :¬)

Blueroses's avatar

Crap. I knew The Damned United too and I was hoping to be @ucme ‘s new best friend.
Now I’ll have to set my stalker sights elsewhere.

Blueroses's avatar

Lucas steals the money for altruistic intents and there is a shoplifter!

ucme's avatar

@Blueroses Oh a lurker & a stalker eh? I am impressed :¬) Keep your nose clean & hey, you never no your luck. I may just bestow on you the honour of my “friendship” :¬D Your movie has me at a loss however, for now!

janbb's avatar

@Blueroses I’m stumped too.

Blueroses's avatar

@ucme I do try to keep it clean :)

Another clue: It’s Rex Manning day and Lucas isn’t allowed to leave the sofa.

ucme's avatar

Empire Records? Never bleedin heard of it!

cockswain's avatar

An elderly man living in London gets fed up with local gangs and becomes a vigilante after his best friend is killed.

just saw this last night. really cool.

ucme's avatar

@cockswain Harry Brown. Not a lot of people know that! (Michael Caine reference)

cockswain's avatar

Damn right. Bad ass flick.

ucme's avatar

Yeah the old fella’s still got screen presence that’s for sure.

Aster's avatar

“Ah, you don’t know anything.” “Yes, I do.” “Oh, yeah? How come?” “I have a book!”
Three boys hang out at the seashore ; two of them do a lot of growing up one summer.

filmfann's avatar

Summer of 42?

TexasDude's avatar

I’m a little late to the party, and this may be a hard one, but here goes anyway:

The Spirit of Halloween looks on as the sordid history and secrets of a small town unfold over the course of a night.

ucme's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard I’m getting a hint of Sleepy Hollow but I don’t think that’s it, break it to me gently.

TexasDude's avatar

@ucme, that’s a very good guess, but I actually had Trick r Treat in mind, which is my favorite horror movie.

ucme's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Yeah, the fact events unfolded over just the one night told me as much. Good shout though, fine movie.

erichw1504's avatar

Guy with memory lapse learns he’s a secret soldier.

cockswain's avatar

Bourne Supremamatum

erichw1504's avatar

Super rich guy with super technology saves the day from a psycho maniac with makeup.

Answer this question

Login

or

Join

to answer.
Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
or
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther