Best Made-For-TV Movie?

The greatest TV in history is being made right now. The worst TV in history is being made right now.

Postby DennisMM on Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:04 pm

The Best Little Girl in the World

Helter Skelter was a miniseries. I forgot; do those count.
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Postby The Garbage Man on Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:27 pm

I tend not to watch many TV movies, but Redemption: The Stan "Tookie" Williams Story was pretty damn good.
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Postby Pacino86845 on Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:29 pm

HA!

No one said Roots yet! There's me contribution!!
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Postby Seppuku on Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:31 pm

That was released as a mini-series, but maybe you were told it was a tv movie in Switzerland. The more people who talk about Roots the better so I'll let that scrape by.
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Postby Pacino86845 on Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:33 pm

Yeah, but on tv. It's like watching a movie and its sequels. It wasn't a serial, that's for damned sure. And The Stand was a four-parter, and therefore a miniseries, and like 4 people mentioned it!! :(
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Postby Seppuku on Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:36 pm

I guess if it counts as a 9 Hour Movie then it's the best 9 Hour Movie I've ever seen. Kunta Kinte Lives!
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Postby doglips on Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:22 pm

Pacino86845 wrote:HA!

No one said Roots yet! There's me contribution!!


Good one Pacino, that was a great T.V. movie!
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Postby bluebottle on Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:32 pm

Pacino86845 wrote:HA!

No one said Roots yet! There's me contribution!!


That was my favorite TV movie ever.

It won all sorts of awards for being a great TV movie, didn't it?
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Postby DennisMM on Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:35 pm

Roots was also released in a cut-to-the-bone version, about 4 hours I think.

What about those Lifetime originals?
Baby Monitor: Sound of Fear
Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?

I'm not making those up.
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Postby TonyWilson on Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:37 pm

Would the BSG 2003 2 parter count? Cus that was just mind blowingly good.
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Postby TonyWilson on Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:38 pm

I saw a brilliant 6 hour international cast version of the Mahabarata, now that was an epic, beautiful story.
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Postby bluebottle on Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:41 pm

The Day After and Bad Ronald
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Postby DennisMM on Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:42 pm

Both have been mentioned, but thanks for calling.

TV version of Carrie?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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Postby John-Locke on Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:45 pm

Against the Wall (1994 TV) Directed by John Frankenheimer

Was Animal Factory a TV movie over the Pond? I know it was HBO but did it get a Cinematic release first like it did here? Same thing goes for The Gray Zone, which still hasn't been seen this side of the Atlantic.
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Postby Seppuku on Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:48 pm

Ah I got two Neo-Stalin British swine themed TV Movies for ya:

Made in Britain

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Scum.

Out of the two I think I'll go for Made in Britain, just because it's Tim Roth as you've never seen him before. The Britain depicted however, still sadly exists today. When will Maggie Thatcher's evil legacy finally be laid to rest?
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Postby bluebottle on Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:50 pm

DennisMM wrote:Both have been mentioned, but thanks for calling.


Damnit, and i combed through the thread and everything...

Does anyone remember the movie where the kid gets caught in a fire, and he's all burned?

it was based on a true life story (what great TVM isn't?)

gave me nightmares.
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Postby TonyWilson on Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:50 pm

seppukudkurosawa wrote:Ah I got two Neo-Stalin British swine themed TV Movies for ya:

Made in Britain

&

Scum.

Out of the two I think I'll go for Made in Britain, just because it's Tim Roth as you've never seen him before. The Britain depicted however, still sadly exists today. When will Maggie Thatcher's evil legacy finally be laid to rest?


Never. She turned things like schools, hospitals, the police, the fire department etc in to "service industry" jobs. You can't go back from that.
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Postby John-Locke on Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:01 pm

Well if you are going on to stuff made by the BBC then we could be here all day however a lot of them are technically PLAYS not films, or Screen One/Screen Two productions like as you mentioned Made in Britain, Scum (which was remade as a film) or The Firm all Alan Clarke or Threads (Holocaust head fuck) or stuff from Stephen Poliakoff like The Lost Prince or Friends and Crocodiles. Most of those cheap DVD's released by Carlton were TV movies, there are too many to mention really. Truly Madly Deeply was on TV first over here but the IMDB doesn't say that.
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Postby thomasgaffney on Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:23 pm

Bluebottle wrote:Does anyone remember the movie where the kid gets caught in a fire, and he's all burned?

it was based on a true life story (what great TVM isn't?)

gave me nightmares.


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Postby brainiac on Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:25 pm

Recently, the live B&W version of FAIL SAFE with George Clooney-- Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.

The ALF Mel Gibson movie was TIM. Gibson is mildly ALF but never had a chance to have enough education to rise to his potential. Piper Laurie (Probably 20 years his senior) can't adopt him so marries him. A tough job but somebody had to do it. :roll:
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Postby TonyWilson on Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:28 pm

Truly Madly Deepy (er cheers JL) I fucking love that film.
Shooting The Past was excellent too, although usually I find Poliakoff a bit to mannered and forced.
And Russel T Davies' The Second Coming starring Christopher Eccleston as Jesus returning to modern day manchester is one of the best things I've ever seen.
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Postby fried samurai on Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:18 pm

The Burning Bed
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Postby JabberJaw on Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:37 pm

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Wow someone remembers Dont Be Afraid of The Dark
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Postby brainiac on Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:42 pm

Oh oh oh...

Trilogy of Terror with Karen Black...

the one where she fights the Voodoo doll :twisted:
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Postby havocSchultz on Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:58 pm

the poseidon remake that was on tv a little while ago - with the Guttenpackage.....
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Postby DennisMM on Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:11 am

If we're talking made for TV but not shown, The War Game has to be on the list. BBC censors and the '60s combine to hide a brilliant movie from the general public. Also, Testament's first American presentation was on PBS.
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Postby nodforlife on Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:16 am

Weren't a lot of classic European films made for TV?

Das Boot
The Decalogue
Fanny and Alexander
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Postby The Garbage Man on Fri Jan 27, 2006 1:24 am

brainiac wrote:Recently, the live B&W version of FAIL SAFE with George Clooney-- Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.


Good call, that was a great one.
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Postby buster00 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 2:38 am

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Fuckin' Brian's Song!

Jeezis Christ, with a Super Bowl comin' up, too...
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Postby Logan5 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 6:44 am

Agent Alonzo wrote:The Night Stalker...


I've just ordered the The Night Stalker/The Night Strangler double bill and the Kolchak TV show box. Looking forward to watching all of it.
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Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Fri Jan 27, 2006 7:08 am

I doubt it's my favourite, but it's definitely near the top, Lonesone Dove.

How cool would it be to hit the trail with Gus (Robert Duvall) and the, er, Captain!!! (Tommy Lee Jones)
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Postby Pacino86845 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 7:17 am

nodforlife wrote:Weren't a lot of classic European films made for TV?

Das Boot
The Decalogue
Fanny and Alexander

I'm not sure that they were made for television, but rather to justify the cost of the projects, or to be sure that it reaches the broadest possible audience, longer cuts for television were made, and I think these were released simultaneously in the cinema and on tv, or at least very near one another. That's what I'd heard, but I could be wrong.
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Postby tapehead on Fri Jan 27, 2006 7:17 am

Another one definitely worth a mention - made for the Home Box Office but released theatrically everywhere but the US (I saw it as a movie but fuck it, it qualifies, at least it's not a six hour mini-series) is the Biopic starring Geoffry Rush, 'The Life and Death of Peter Sellers' - bloody fantastic tour-de-force by Rush, who disappears into Sellers' character in all its guises
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Postby wonkabar on Fri Jan 27, 2006 8:10 am

"The Three Wishes of Billy Grier"...You know you can't even step to that



P.S. Shouldn't this thread be coaxial?
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Fri Jan 27, 2006 9:32 am

wonkabar wrote:P.S. Shouldn't this thread be coaxial?


Indeed, eh? Anna moved a she is!
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Fri Jan 27, 2006 9:50 am

Bluebottle wrote:Bad Ronald


HOLY GODDAMN CRAPPA!!!!

Inna alla his a travels, the Dino, he dinna ever meet any other putz who has a seen a this a movie, eh? The freaky guy living inna between a the walls of a the house anna watching the family? Anna the ending?!?!?!? I *LOVE* a this a movie, eh?
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Postby DrillerKiller on Fri Jan 27, 2006 10:11 am

Was Cannibal! The Musical made for TV? If so I'd like to change my vote. That's just too shpadoinkle to ignore.
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Postby DennisMM on Fri Jan 27, 2006 6:17 pm

It's been mentioned three times here, Dino. Good stuff.
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