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I am sure I must have seen this few times were people ask or have apple pie (at a diner), the 2 occurrences that I know for sure is from Men in Black (III) and Sleepy hollow episode 2 season 1 ( But I have a feeling people have been eating apple pie more often than it just being a coincident).

I have a conjecture that maybe some school of writing drums that to it's students as either a signature or technique. So my questions is what is the significance of apple pie being ordered at the diner?

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I think it is not a special film technique, but a cultural topic. See also… – knut Oct 5 '13 at 13:19
I'm from Germany, and for me an apple pie is just a well tasting cake and you eat it normally in the afternoon with a coffee. It's not a dessert after a meal and not an evening meal. There's no special emotion connected to apple pies. But I have the impression the apple pie in the US is a symbol for home and there are special emotions connected to apple pies. It is similar to Turkeys. In Europe it is just a bird you can eat, but I know when I see an American film, that a Turkey meal has special emotions (Thanksgiving...). – knut Oct 5 '13 at 14:13
Pie at the diner was usually a way to close the week in Twin Peaks. Given the spooky setting, and the mystery, I'm seeing an homage. – wbogacz Oct 5 '13 at 15:25
@AnkitSharma Meh, what's with the hollywood tag? That film-techniques wasn't so bad after all. – Napoleon Wilson Oct 7 '13 at 8:19
@AnkitSharma If seen as not only refering to the apple-pie itself, but the whole setting, I'd rather go with film-techniques instead of props (using the stylistic meaning of "technique" rather than the technological one). But I guess both aren't the 100% best choices, and I don't have a big problem with leaving it the way it is now either. Maybe even analysis might fit well here. – Napoleon Wilson Oct 7 '13 at 9:48
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Apple pie might be just another dessert in the rest of the world, but in the US it is a cultural icon. It has a long history and tradition dating from the first settlers. It has become a symbol for the warm and familiar. After all, the expression goes "As American as apple pie". So having people eat it in movies is just as American as having them eat burgers.

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Especially at a good old 50s-style diner. ;-) – Napoleon Wilson Oct 5 '13 at 17:17

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