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Why is the movie titled “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”?

I watched the movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, several times but couldn't understand the relationship between the title and the story. What does the title mean in the context of the ...
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What does “Zero Dark Thirty” mean?

I'm looking forwards to Zero Dark Thirty, and curious to know where the title comes from. Does anyone know?
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How long must a Hollywood film wait to use the same title of an older film?

I just stumbled on the new film Bound (2015) and remembered that there was an older film by the Wachowskis also called Bound released in 1996. I am sure this varies from country to country - but in ...
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Why was the Avengers movie called something different in the UK?

In the UK the movie is called "Avengers Assemble" Why was it given a different name in that market?
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Why is it Pet Sematary but not Pet Cemetery?

My question is about Stephen King's Pet Sematary (1989). Why is cemetery is misspelled as sematary in the title? Is there a special reason which may be explained in the novel or in the movie?
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Why is “8 Simple Rules” named so?

Why is the TV show, "8 Simple Rules" named so? I have watched the whole first season and there is no mention of any "Rule(s)" at all.
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What does the Flag symbolize?

The logo for Netflix's House of Cards shows an upside-down & mirrored American Flag with 0 stars on it. What does this logo represent in terms of the show? Is it meant to be symbolism with the ...
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Was “Licence to Kill” originally titled “Licence Revoked”?

Is there any proof that the James Bond movie Licence to Kill was actually going to be titled "Licence Revoked"? If yes, then was it because it was believed that the audience, at that time, was too ...
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Why is “Airplane!” called “Flying High!” in some countries?

According to Wikipedia, the movie Airplane! is called Flying High! in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, and the Philippines. I have looked online for some reasonable explanations as to why ...
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Why the title 'Unforgiven' in the movie Unforgiven?

I just watched the 1992 film Unforgiven and I liked it a lot. But how does the title of this movie relate to its story?
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Why was Inglourious Basterds misspelt?

Did Quentin Tarantino ever give the reason for misspelling the movie title Inglourious Basterds?
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Was Transformers 3 once named “Dark Side of the Moon”?

I just noticed that Transformers 3 is named: "Dark of the Moon". I've never seen the movie, but I firmly believe that the trailers named it "Dark Side of the Moon". Was it renamed at a later date, ...
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Relevance of the title Pulp Fiction?

Everything about Quentin Tarantino's movies is unique and thought provocative. I want to know about the 1994 movie's title. Why is it called Pulp Fiction and how is the title related to the story?
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Why “Terminator Salvation” and not “Terminator: Salvation”?

After the success of The Terminator, most of the titles of the franchise have followed the "Terminator: subtitle" template. Examples include: Terminator 2: Judgment Day Terminator 3: Rise of the ...
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Why was this movie called 'The Brothers Bloom'?

This has bugged me since I saw the movie. Why was the movie called 'The Brothers Bloom'? The brothers are Stephen and Bloom. We are never given their last names and the credits don't show a last ...
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What does the title Silver Linings Playbook mean?

Yesterday I got to watch the movie Silver Linings Playbook. What is the theme of the movie and how is the title related to the context?
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Why was the title changed to Dark Kingdom in the German release?

I just saw a trailer for Thor: The Dark World and noticed that it will be released in Germany as Thor - The Dark Kingdom. While movie titles are often changed in localized versions for various reasons ...
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Who is responsible for movie titles in foreign countries?

I have always wondered who is responsible for movie titles in foreign countries. Sometimes they only change a little, sometimes I have the impression I am watching a whole new movie. They have nothing ...
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Why do many movie titles differ between the U.S. and the UK?

Why are movies titled differently in the UK? For example; The Avengers changed to Avengers Assemble. Similarly Vertige is called High Lane. What is the reason why so many movies are retitled for ...
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What is the meaning of the title Trainspotting?

I want to ask about the title of the famous 1996 movie Trainspotting. What is the meaning of it and how does it fit in the context of story ?
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Why use titles like 'Dark Knight' and 'Man of Steel'?

In the recent Christopher Nolan's related DC Films the lesser know title is selected as movie name. Such as Dark Knight to Batman and Man of Steel to Superman. Is there any specific reason for it or ...
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What does “The Middle” refer to in the TV show “The Middle”?

What does "The Middle" refer to in the TV show The Middle? I thought it referred to one of the kids being the middle child before I watched it, but that's obviously not correct.
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Why is it called Movie 43?

Why is it called Movie 43? I saw the movie more than once, but didn't find what the number 43 means.
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Why is American Pie called American Pie?

I always wondered why a sexual comedy film would be called American Pie. I mean what is the significance of "Pie" in the title?
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Naming convention of movie titles

I would like to know why most of the movie titles are in medial capitals? few examples like, The Dark Knight He's Just Not That Into You I thought all the movie titles are medial ...
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Why is the movie titled “Skyfall”?

Why is the twenty-third James Bond movie titled Skyfall? I watched the movie but couldn't find him falling from an airplane or something...
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Same movie but with different names

Why do some movies carry more than one names? Eg: The Rundown (2003) is also known as Welcome to the Jungle. Similarly, Unleashed (2005) is also known as Danny the Dog. I am not talking about ...
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Who is “The Ghost of Harrenhal”?

Episode S02E05 of Game of Thrones is titled "The Ghost of Harrenhal". But I wonder to whom this title actually refers. Does this refer to Arya, seeing that she is more or less incognito as Tywin ...
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What does the term “Out of the Furnace” refer to?

The title of the movie Out of the Furnace first and foremost seems to be an allusion to the whole steel mill backdrop of the movie. But I have a strong feeling that is not all there is to it. The IMDb ...
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Who is the “I” in “I Dream of Jeannie”?

Used to watch this show as a kid in the 1980s, when I stayed home from school (it was broadcast each weekday on a second-tier network, like a lot of sitcoms from earlier decades). Thinking about it ...
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Does the title of Kaagaz Ke Phool carry any significance?

What is the significance (if any) of the title of Kaagaz Ke Phool?
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What does the title of The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie mean, especially the Discreet Charm part?

This 1972 movie, co-written and directed by the surrealist Luis Bunuel. I never actually get what is this the title about, especially "discreet charm". Foremost, why is it "discreet"? Secondly, is ...
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Why is Birdman subtitled The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance?

Birdman is a movie about a theater play that tells a lot about movies, movie stars, actor and Hollywood. I wonder why it is subtitled The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance. Is it meant as ... ...
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What does the title “Prisoners” mean?

While the title of the movie Prisoners could obviously refer to all the different protagonists who have literally been imprisoned or held captive at one point or another (the girls by Mrs. Jones, Alex ...
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Why is the movie named “Behind the Candelabra”?

While I realise that the Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, is based on Scott Thorson's book of the same name, what is the meaning of the title?
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Connection between Interstellar and 'Flora's Letter'?

I work in a cinema, and today we received our copy of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar: which came packaged and labelled as "Flora's Letter" As is quite well known, film's are distributed (and ...
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Is the title a homage to Back to the Future?

I am not sure why this movie was called Project Almanac. As far as I remember the protagonists just make up the name out of the blue and never mention it again, so maybe there is no significance at ...
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Why is the title of The Big Bang Theory not translated in Quebec?

In Quebec, the French speaking part of Canada, it is usual (and seems to be part of Bill 101 about the use of French Language in Quebec) to translate titles of movies and TV show into French. For ...
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Why is the movie titled “The Sixth Sense”?

What is the relevance of the title to the story? Is the ability to talk to the ghost referred as the sixth sense?
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Why is S03E14 titled “Provenance”?

What is the meaning behind the title "Provenance" of Person of Interest S03E14?
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Why is the movie named Maratonci trče počasni krug (in English The Marathon Family)?

The literal meaning of The Marathon Family's original title, Maratonci trče počasni krug, could be translated as something like "Marathoners running a lap of honor". How does the title correspond to ...
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Why are American movies often promoted abroad with titles -in English- that are different from the originals? [duplicate]

Translating a title makes perfect sense to me. Altering a title to something else in the original language? More confusing. Several examples from France in particular are Pitch Perfect: The Hit ...
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Who was the Escape Artist?

In the BBC TV series The Escape Artist the title most likely refers to either: Will Burton Liam Foyle In Episode 1, I assumed the title character was Will Burton (he'd never lost a case and so was ...
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What does “Pear” mean in “The Princess and the Pear” episode of Bones?

The episode “The Princess and the Pear” of the TV series Bones is about the murder of a “princess” (actually a booth babe at a convention playing a princess). The title seems to be an allusion to “The ...
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Why is the film titled 'Frances Ha'?

Why is the film titled 'Frances Ha'? Is there some symbolism to it? Sure, we see that she has to abbreviate her name to get her label to fit into the mailbox of her new apartment. But this scene ...
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What does Book of Shadows stands for in title of movie Blair Witch 2?

I want to know what the significance is of Book of Shadows in the title of the movie Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, the sequel to The Blair Witch Project . I watched the full movie and did not got ...
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Does Bollywood title their movies using the Latin alphabet or the Devanagari alphabet?

A coworker recommended a movie, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. I had thought that spelling it in Latin might have been a kindness to me. However, it is very easily googled with that string, and I see ...
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Why do some movie titles include an alternate title?

"Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" "Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" Why do some movie titles include an alternate title? What are the ...
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Why is the movie titled “The White Balloon”?

If anyone has seen The White Balloon by Jafar Panahi, could you please share your view why the title of the film is that?
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What is the significance of 3DD in Pirahana 3DD?

What is the significance of 3DD in the movie title Piranha 3DD. Is this the lack of new title or any other meaning inside it. Is this any official wording on it?