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How was the nuclear reactor failure simulated?

Maybe someone who read the homonymous book that The Hunt for Red October is based on can answer this. The officers of the Red October (except for the doctor) simulated a reactor failure and leak of ...
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What's the significance of the Disney movie intro ident?

At the start of recent Disney movies, there's a short 30 second animation of a river with an old sailing ship, a bridge with a steam train and then the familiar Disney castle and fireworks. Is ...
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Is Jeffrey involved in the virus plot or just the animal-release plot?

I love "12 Monkeys" and have seen it a dozen times. Still I can't figure out if Jeffrey Goines is working in conjunction with redheaded scientist to destroy mankind, or if Jeffrey's only plan was to ...
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Stop-motion animation about a conductor with a large moustache

I don't have a whole lot to go on here, but I am trying to identify a very old children's VHS. I would have seen the VHS in the very early 90's, but I believe the actual short films were from the 50's ...
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Why is the ending of Forrest Gump different from the novel?

I have read the book Forrest Gump and also watched the Forrest Gump movie version. In the movie version at the end of movie, Jenny told Forrest that she was suffering from HIV/AIDS virus then she ...
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Were the 3 prequels intended?

After the making of Episode IV V and VI of star wars, was it immediately decided to make the 3 prequels or was it due to some other factors (eg: financial)?
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Infection timelines of John Carpenter's The Thing?

The paranoia and uncertainty in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) is so well constructed that there is still no consensus on who gets infected, or even when some people do. The thing I really like ...
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Where did the “calmly eating noodles when bad guys walk in” scene first appear?

This scene happens in many martial arts movies: It usually starts with some hero wandering into a strange town; orders a bowl of noodles; then a couple of bad guys casually sit down and start ...
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Why doesn't Andy have a dad in Toy Story?

Despite the diversity of characters filling out the cast in Toy Story, Andy's dad wasn't created. It can't be especially difficult for the filmmakers to create a dad character because they've created ...
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Why does Watson call Sherlock, 'Spock'?

In Sherlock: The hound of Baskervilles, Sherlock describes his feelings about not being able to distance himself from his latest felt feeling, fear and he says The grit on the lens, fly in the ...
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What is the purpose or message behind the dog figurine that Bond receives?

When Bond is given the porcelain bulldog figurine, he smiles as if he understands the meaning of this figurine. During the movie, we can see the camera focusing on that figurine at least three times; ...
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Is a real shark used or is it just computerised?

Can any one tell me, is the shark in "Jaws" real or just computerized? When I saw that movie I got confused. I have also seen Jaws 2.
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Why does Christian Bale deform his voice when playing Batman

As almost every Batman fan, I like the Christopher Nolan's interpretation of Batman. But why does Christian Bale deform his voice when playing Batman? Is it to scare off/intimidate people? Or to ...
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Why was Edward given scissors instead of hands?

In Edward Scissorhands, why did the inventor first give Edward scissors instead of functioning hands and fingers? Right before his death, he is showing Edward a set of prosthetic hands. Why not use ...
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How could Princess Leia remember her “real mother” a “little bit,” when Padmé Amidala died in childbirth?

In the movie Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Luke Skywalker asks Leia what she remembers of her real mother. She tells that she only remembers a little bit about her ,as a kind ...
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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 exactly did Walt leave Grey Matter?

Early on in the series Breaking Bad, it is revealed that Walt and Gretchen had a history together with Elliot in the construction of their company "Grey Matter". However, one day while on vacation ...
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A guy and a girl become colorful in a black and white world

As the title suggests the movie is black and white but two actors become colored in the b&w world. One of them accepts this but the other (the girl) begins to wear grey makeup to hide the fact ...
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Shiny and new in “vehicle mode”, yet battle-damage re-appears in “robot” mode

I've often wondered about this apparent inconsistency. I'm assuming it's a case of Deux ex Hollywood, but could there be a specific explanation for the fact that Transformers in the Michael Bay movies ...
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Why doesn't the bomb cause radiation poisoning to Gotham City?

The ending to me makes no sense. Batman put his plane on auto pilot that was carrying the bomb away from the city, but they should be affected for many years to come just like Hiroshima. How come ...
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What was the meaning of Schultz's flashback of dogs?

Near the end of Django Unchained, Schultz has a flashback to the dog-mauling that Candie had ordered earlier in the movie. Soon after the flashback, Schultz takes his climactic action. Did the ...
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How do they film minors smoking?

Many movies depict children and minors (and non smoking actors) actively smoking a cigarette and blowing actual smoke. How is that done?
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Red's parole hearings in The Shawshank Redemption

That title was the best I could come up with to avoid spoilers on the front page. In The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Red has three parole hearings. For the first two, in 1947 (youtube link) and in ...
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What was the first live-action movie to feature a talking animal?

What was the first live-action movie to feature a talking animal, and did the film predate the first live-action televised appearance of a talking animal?
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Rookie Anderson's initial evaluation of Dredd

During the scene chief judge introduces Dredd to rookie Anderson, this conversation ensues. Chief judge: Rookie Anderson what can you tell me about the person I am with? Rookie: Male, another ...
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Did Indiana Jones kill anyone besides the sword-swinger?

In the Raiders of the Lost Ark scene in which he calmly shoots a sword-swinging assassin, Indiana Jones reveals that he -- unlike a more-moral Batman-type character -- is not averse to killing. ...
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Why does Gus walk away from his car?

In Breaking Bad S04E12 End Times, at the end Gus walks towards his car at the hospital parking with his two bodyguards, with Walt watching from an adjacent rooftop. As Gus is approaching the car he ...
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What does the quote from Sgt. Apone in Aliens “Look into my eye” mean?

When the Marines are waking up you get this dialogue between Hudson and Apone: Hudson: Man, this floor is freezing. Apone: What do you want me to do, fetch your slippers for you? Hudson: Gee, ...
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How does one hire “The A-Team”

[Source] The A-Team intro says: ... If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... the A-Team. The A-Team is on the run from the military ...
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Kill Bill ending Q & U. What does that mean?

What is the meaning of Based on the character of 'The Bride' created by Q and U that appears at the end of the film?
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Why do the kicks have to occur simultaneously?

In Inception, why do the kicks on the different levels have to occur simultaneously, rather than one after another?
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Is the 10th man rule purely fictional, or is it based in fact?

In World War Z, one of the characters described something called "the tenth man rule." After several disasters that NO ONE thought could happen, the Council decided that if a vote was unanimous ...
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How is the relationship between the reader and the story affected by movies that are released prior to the completion of a book series?

The Harry Potter movies are clearly intended for people who have been reading the books but unlike situations where a single movie is made from a single book, these movies were released prior to the ...
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Why is it 'Elm' in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'?

What does Elm depict in A Nightmare on Elm Street? Does Elm tree represent something bad in the horror context?
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In the pit in The Dark Knight Rises, where was the rope tied?

The rope hanging in the pit has the end tied up near the top of the well, or somewhere around midway. So why didn't the climbers directly used the rope to climb rather than climbing manually? Is this ...
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What's written on Q's cup in Skyfall?

Saw Skyfall over the weekend and was just wondering what's written on the side and bottom of Q's cup?
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Dolores Umbridge: Misguided or Sinister?

This is an on-going debate between my husband and I stemming from our viewing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix this weekend. In OOTP, Umbridge really appears to be more of a misguided ...
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Why did Vincent Vega diss Butch?

I've always wondered about this exchange of dialogue in "Pulp Fiction": Butch: You lookin' at something, friend? Vincent: You ain't my friend, Palooka. Butch: What's that? Vincent: ...
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In the end of Total Recall (2012), what does this number stand for?

What does the number "21" on this Rekall ad stand for?
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Why is director's name shown last in the title sequence?

Why is the director's name shown last in Title Sequence/Opening Credits rather than first? I've seen this fact not only in Hollywood, but also in Bollywood, Kollywood etc.
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What detail should I be looking for in Leonard in Memento to determine the plot?

I have watched Christopher Nolan's Memento more than once and I still can't get the real thing that happened. Yes I get that the movie is shown backwards, but it really confuses me. I understand that ...
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Why was Dr. Manhattan naked?

He was disintegrated and then reformed, I get that but at what point did he decide not to bother with wearing clothes? I would imagine that if he walked into someone's office after regenerating the ...
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Why is Walter Jr. being called “Flynn”?

Why is "Junior" in Breaking Bad all of a sudden now called Flynn? I thought he was dubbed Junior as he is also Walter White (Jr.). Is Flynn a middle name or second given name?
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What is the name of this SF-movie with (intelligent?) ants?

I try to remember a movie I saw long time ago on TV. It must be at the beginning of the 90s, possibly the end of the 80s. The movie might be older though. It was something about a scientist ...
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How educated is Bruce Wayne/Batman?

Sure he is a billionaire, trained by the League of Shadows, pretty smart too but how does he manage to fix a sophisticated piece of tech like the Bat's Auto-pilot on his own(I assume he did that on ...
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Explanation of the ending of “Oldboy”

I have a couple of questions about the ending of the horribly disturbing Oldboy (2003). Why does the antagonist "Puppet Master" kill himself in the elevator? Was he so consumed by revenge that he ...
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Man pays woman's fare on a bus and falls in love

I once saw a movie about a man who pays the fare of a woman on a bus. From there he falls in love with the girl. They then become friends, and indulge in many acts of sexual fetish in their ...
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How credible is the ending of Collateral?

Here's what happens at the end of Collateral (2004): The taxi driver manages to defeat a highly skilled hitman. Is it mere luck? Should we accept this as a screw-up on the part of the movie ...
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Did Existenz influence Inception?

The movie eXistenZ, which stars Jude Law, shares the concept of layered realities with the movie Inception. Was the movie Inception influenced by Existenz's concept at all?
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Why is Tom Hanks firing at the tank in Saving Pvt. Ryan?

Towards the end of the movie Saving Pvt. Ryan, most of the soldiers led by Capt. Miller (Hanks) are dead and he himself too is fatally injured. It is obvious that they have been overwhelmed by the ...

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