What Movie Was This?
October 18, 2020 10:00 AM   Subscribe

Please help me solve this mystery! My brother has a vague memory of watching a movie on tv in the early 1980s when he was approximately five years old. The characters were dressed as fruit akin to the Fruit of the Loom characters. And he specifically recalls a scene featuring the apple character being roasted on a spit over an open fire.

My brother said that the film could have been filmed anywhere between the 1950s and the early 1980s, but he believes it was from the 1970s. Additional details:

- it was a movie, not animated or claymation
- it was a dark comedy
- it was not a kids show
- the apple was red
- the apple was in distress
- the actor that played the apple was male
- the movie was most likely in color
- all the actors were in costume
- the scene with the apple on the spit was most likely an exterior night shot, possibly shot on on a beach
- it was not 'Sleeper' (which also features outsized fruit)
- kids ages of 13 and 18 who were also present during the viewing found the content to be "very funny"
- this occurred on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in the Chicago area (I think 'Family Classics' might still have been a thing in the early 1980s)
- this movie was most likely viewed on a tv station, not via cable or on VHS

Any ideas?

And thank you in advance!!
posted by anonymous to Media & Arts (2 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Could it have been a tomato instead of a red apple? Because Attack of the Killer Tomatoes meets a lot of the criteria. I haven't seen it since the 80s and don't specifically remember a character being roasted over a spit, but it is a 1978 dark comedy and has a scene with a character dressed as a giant (Fruit of the Loom-esque) tomato sitting around a campfire at night as an undercover giant killer tomato.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 10:44 AM on October 18 [8 favorites]


It's missing some of the components but I thought I'd throw this out there all the same just in case - as a really little kid I somehow ended up seeing an episode of Tales from the Darkside that featured a talking apple. It still haunts my memory!
posted by belau at 2:32 PM on October 18


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