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Old 08-15-04, 07:26 PM
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Please help me identify this 80's movie

I remember seeing a movie on TV when I was younger but I don't remember the name of it or even what it was about. One of the only things I remember is a scene where a young boy sneaks out of his house at night and hitches a ride by climbing on top of this mysterious blue van. The van had a painting of a giant spider on the roof and the boy was laying flat on his stomach to avoid being detected by the "bad guys". I don't know why he sneaks on top of the van or even where the van ends up going.

I know it's not much to go on but any help would be appreciated. This could possibly be a made for TV movie or maybe even an episode of CHiPs or some other random show I used to watch as a kid.

Also, if this isn't the right forum feel free to move it to a better suited location. Thanks again.
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Sounds a lot like The Hostage (1966), a dud "thriller" with Harry Dean Stanton, but I don't remember anything about a spider, and the kid was in the van not on top of it.
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Re: Please help me identify this 80's movie

Originally posted by ltrain
I remember seeing a movie on TV when I was younger but I don't remember the name of it or even what it was about.
Is it that one that starred that guy who did that thing?
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Was it that one with the kid off E.T. about SPYS and Atari? Didn't that also have the guy off Quantum Leap on it?

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Oh my god - I was way off...



So was this just an extended commercial for Atari? I remember seeing it on a very, very long flight once. I could have sworn it was the guy off Quantum Leap. Which came first? The movie or the game?


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Old 08-23-04, 09:21 PM
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I think the main guy was Dabney Coleman who played a dual role as the Agent as well as his dad.

I would assume the movie and game was a tie in but I'm not sure.
Old 08-26-04, 11:25 PM
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It could have been Cloak & Dagger. I even thought that it might be, but it's been so long since I've seen it. They don't seem to show it on HBO anymore. Thanks for the suggestions, I might have to see if I can track down a copy on VHS.
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I loved this movie, don't remember it well, but I don't think Elliot stowed away atop a blue van with a giant spider on it. Pretty sure. I do remember Jack Flack!
You mean to tell me this fine gem is not on DVD?

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