What was that movie?

Question: I recently saw The Italian Job - don't ask me why! - and the whole thing with the traffic jam made me think of another caper-type movie I saw on TV when I was a young teenager. Some guys successfully rob a bank but then can't get away because traffic and everything else is against them. Do you know what it could have been? - Tina

FlickChick:
Probably Quick Change (1990), with Bill Murray, Geena Davis and Randy Quaid - one of the dudes is a lady. They rob a New York City bank while wearing clown costumes, but the joke's on them when they try to get themselves and their loot to the airport. They get lost because of bad signage between the city and the airports, their car is destroyed, the only cabbie who'll pick them up won't take their money, and so on.

Question: I barely remember this movie because I was very young and my babysitter let me stay up and watch it (and probably shouldn't have) but a certain image has haunted me forever (and I'm 39). I can't remember any of the actors/actresses or the title, but it was on television in the 1970s. All I remember is a group of people trapped in an RV/Winnebago in the middle of a field with a bunch of crazed people outside with torches, etc., wanting to kill them. Does this ring any bells? - Angela

FlickChick:
Babysitters have a lot to answer for - judging by my e-mail, they're always letting little kids stay up and watch things that haunt them for decades. I'd say you're being haunted by Race with the Devil (1975), starring Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit and Lara Parker as two couples vacationing in an RV.

They have the misfortune to stumble across a bunch of Satanists mid-ritual sacrifice, and the Satanists come after them. It's still on TV all the time, and there's a remake in development, so you're clearly not the only person on whom it made a vivid impression.

Question: What was the movie from the '50s, I think, that starred Marcello Mastroianni (Golly, he made a lot of movies) and was about a middle-aged man who married a young girl and was made weaker because of her enormous appetite for sex. It may even have killed him. I don't remember. - Cal

FlickChick:
I'm pretty sure you're looking for Italian director Marco Ferreri's 1963 comedy L'Ape regina ("The Queen Bee"), which was released in the U.S. as The Conjugal Bed.

It stars Ugo Tognazzi - at that time almost as ubiquitous in European movies as Marcello Mastroianni - as a 40-year-old man who marries a much younger woman ( Marina Vlady) whose sexual demands - which he at first finds delightful - wind up debilitating him.

But it's not what you (or he) think. She isn't a demon of carnal desires: She wants to get pregnant, and once she does, she's through with him. He's lucky, frankly, that she's only a queen bee - she could have been a mantis and things would have worked out even more badly.

Question: Can you tell me the name of a movie that aired a few months ago: It took place in the the Outback (Australia?). It was based on a true case of people disappearing from a highway. There was one man that got away and I think he was telling that story. - Cheryl

FlickChick:
Sounds like Wolf Creek (2004), which was inspired by the early 1990s case of Australia's "Backpacker Killer." The film differs significantly from the actual events, but it's a very effectively nasty throwback to horror films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and The Hills Have Eyes (1978).

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