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You are describing a scene from Top Secret: When Nick and Val reach the resistance, a high latch opens and a man appears through it. But when he opens the door, he's short (he's the guy on the left here). Here's the clip: ...


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It's not a by-product of the Dolby encoding process, although Dolby does allow greater dynamic range. Sound engineers employ a technique called "dynamic range compression" to reduce the difference between the loudest and softest sounds in a recording. Use of compression is much more pronounced and widespread than it was in the past, which explains your ...


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This would be the US television show titled "Out of this World". The show aired for four years, from 1987 - 1991, and the main character (Evie) was the daughter of an alien, so was only half human. She had the ability to stop and start time, either for many people or on an individual basis. She could also had telekinesis (called gleeping in the show), and ...


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It's not a perfect match for your description, but this sounds a lot like Three Men and a Baby, an American film from 1987 directed by Leonard Nimoy. In this movie,the three bachelors live in the same building, but not together, but the name alone makes me think it might be what you are looking for.


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According to References to Star Wars in other movies, this if from the 1984 film Grandview, U.S.A. One of the demolition derby cars is named "DARTH VADER" and has a full-size caped figure on the roof. I can't find an image of the car for confirmation, but IMDb does list Star Wars in the Connections section for Grandview, U.S.A.


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You are thinking of Michael Douglas in Black Rain. He plays a NYC detective, probably crooked, who is sent to Japan to chase down a Yakuza gang boss who is trying to get into US Currency counterfeiting, something they don't discover for awhile. He races street bikes on the NYC waterfront as a hobby, and as a way to make quick cash. Since he is spending way ...


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Sounds like Unico in the Island of Magic The summary on Wikipedia only mentions the block people being used as slaves, but they certainly look like they could be used as the walls in a castle. Otherwise, you still have the evil wizard and the young apprentice working to protect his sister while turning people into blocks.


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High Spirits (1988) Edited from the LA Times, here's a synopsis: An impoverished Lord, Peter Plunkett desperately tries to save his bankrupt patrimony by converting his castle into a ghostly theme park with banshees on pulleys and servants under sheets. Like you said, there were others at the castle: Sharon, married to a charming nebbish Jack, ...


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I'm guessing Masters of the Universe (1987) A prince turned warrior named He-Man battles against the dark lord Skeletor on the planet Eternia. He-Man and his comrades arrive on Earth and discover two teenage lovers to find the magical Cosmic Key The Dwarf/Elf/Gnome is Gwildor [Source] Hiding behind a car (which together with the heroes gets ...


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This sounds like Otherworld (1985): [Source] ... the Sterling family take a tour of the interior of the Great Pyramid of Giza at the same time as a once-in-ten-thousand-years conjunction of the planets. Inside, they are abandoned by their guide, and as they try to get out, they are mysteriously transported to another planet which may or may ...


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Distant Thunder with John Lithgow. He watches a friend of his (and fellow Vietnam bush vet) commit suicide by "kissing a train."


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I think this was an episode of Starsky and Hutch - Cover Girl A gorgeous but terminally ill model puts a hit out on herself, but when her cancer goes into remission, she asks Hutch to stop the contract killer. I found this by searching IMDB for the keyword Suicide By Hitman.


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This sounds like it could be The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (1977), a TV movie. Most of your description is echoed in this excerpt from an IMDb user review: Phil Silvers, in a rare departure from Bilko, plays the host of a beauty pageant. Him along with 5 beauty queens and one overbearing Mother all get kidnapped and put up for ransom by a group of ...


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While it was not a series, there was a two part pilot that ran on the Disney Channel in 1988, called "Earth Star Voyager". Several things fit your description: Captain blown out airlock, leaving a 21 year old command cadet in charge Computer voiced by a woman (Priscilla) Person abducted when young and turned into a cyborg Cyborg does rampage and ...


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Could be The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe where 4 kids enter a wardrobe and wind up in the magical land of Narnia; one of them (Lucy) first meets a faun (half man, half goat) called Tumnus. Judging by the year, you probably mean the live-action 1988 UK version. Here's Lucy meeting the faun from that version (around 0:40): ...


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This is the movie "Until the End of the World", from 1991 with William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin and Max Von Sydow. Basically, Dommartin has an accident with some bank robbers, and they enlist her to take the money to a drop in Paris. There she meets Hurt who is a fugitive being chased by the CIA for a camera his father invented that allows recording of ...


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Sounds like the pilot episode of Misfits of Science, (1985), titled Deep Freeze. The show was an American superhero fantasy television series that aired on NBC from October 1985 to February 1986. It features super-powered humans and their madcap adventures. Its characters included Johnny "Johnny B" Bukowski – a rock and roll musician who was ...


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I used Shazam to identify the music in that clip, and it is "Explosion Montage" from the album "Music from Atomic Journeys and Nukes in Space". It turns out "Atomic Journeys" and "Nukes in Space" are two documentary films consisting of explosions and such, narrated by William Shatner. The descriptions imply they are made up of real footage.


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This is Kidd Video: The title sequence explained the plot; Kidd Video and his band of the same name (played by live-action performers in the first half of the title sequence) were kidnapped by a villain named Master Blaster, and transported to Master Blaster's home dimension, a cartoon world called The Flipside. They were rescued by a fairy named ...


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Wolf Rock TV Description from Toonarific: Born with a face for cartoons, deejay icon Wolfman Jack stretched himself into two dimensions to portray a mentor to three teens-Sarah, Sunny, and Ricardo-and a bird named Bopper in this short-lived show. The Wolfman, who built his reputation in the 50's and 60's for playing banned songs over Mexican ...


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I believe the movie you are looking for is North Shore. If I remember correctly, the main character "knows" how to surf at his local water park in Kansas or some other flat landlocked place. He then somehow ends up in Hawaii where he tries to surf on the "real thing" and almost dies in the attempt. He then hooks up with a local surf guy who teaches him how ...


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The Face of Fear (1971) This was a made-for-TV movie from the 70s, based on the book 'Sally' by Howard Fast (writing under the pseudonym 'E.V. Cunningham'). Edited from this page, here's a synopsis: Sally Dillman [played by Elizabeth Ashley] is an Idaho school teacher who thinks she's dying of leukemia. She goes to San Fransisco for a last fling ...


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The movie is called Russkies, starting Joaquin Phoenix, Whip Hubley, and Peter Billingsley (of Ralph/The Christmas Story fame). Great 80's flick


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Here's a guess: Gulag (1985) Mickey Almon is a popular sports reporter covering the Olympics in Moscow. Deceived by the KGB and forced to confess that he is a spy, Mickey is then arrested and sent to the Gulag, a prison located in Siberia. Unable to prove his own innocence, Mickey must face inhumane conditions or start thinking about ...


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So as I mentioned in the comments, someone was looking for a similar movie on Yahoo Answers and found it: the rather obscure 1990 Italian sci-fi film Fuga dal paradiso (AKA Flight\Escape from Paradise). A review on IMDb fits your description of it: yet another film that takes place sometime in the future after an ecological disaster has occurred. [...] ...


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Pretty sure this is the sequel to The Odd Couple, The Odd Couple II from 1998, where Walter Mattahu and Jack Lemmon go through all kinds of trouble when they try to reach their childrens' wedding in time. Along the way, an old man offers them a ride, saying that though it's a five hour drive, they will be there "in less than two hours". But when they ...


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You probably mean Blankman from 1994. It starred Damon Wayans as a nerdy repairman who becomes a superhero and he has a robot sidekick called J-5. They try to defuse several bombs in the movie, IIRC. But he had no ratchet on his chest and he wore a red outfit. Here's the trailer: ...


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After reading a very detailed description at the "Candy and a Movie" blog, I am convinced that the film is Intacto (2001), in spite of the 80s tag. In particular: the movie is about luck and people who can steal luck from others, one character runs blindfolded across a busy highway, the Jewish character, Samuel Berg, is a concentration camp survivor (but ...


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It could be Steven Spielberg's Always, (1989). Richard Dreyfuss is an aerial firefighter who dies fighting a forest fire, and Holly Hunter is his girlfriend. From Wikipedia: the spirit of a recently dead expert pilot mentors a newer pilot, while watching him fall in love with his surviving girlfriend.



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