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Did Gordon Gekko lie about the sunrise?

In Wall Street (1987), Gordon Gekko calls Bud Fox, and during the call makes mention of the beautiful sunrise he's watching: "I wish you could see this. Light's coming up. I've never seen a ...
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Why is Nora's quip about the Sullivan Act funny?

In The Thin Man (1934) at one point, a policeman confronts Nora who he finds in possession of a firearm, and says “Do you have a licence to keep a gun? Haven’t you heard of the Sullivan Act?” To which ...
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What is “Dune” as referred to by the Baron

Why does Baron use the word “Dune” in Dune (2021) movie when referring to controlling Arrakis. My desert. My Arrakis. My Dune. I’m assuming Dune is more than a reference to sand dunes.
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Why are the Lefty gang not supposed to talk about Florida?

In Donnie Brasco (1997), the Lefty gang came back to New York by plane and gathered together to discuss their illegal business, i.e. shakedowns and hijackings: Sonny Black: What do you got, Nicky? ...
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What does Don Corleone Sr. mean when he says,"...all the 'comedy' you're playing with that young girl?"

In The Godfather, Don Vito Corleone is mad with Santino about talking out of turn while he is having a conversation with Sollozo about not wanting to bankroll ("finance") their drug business....
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Why was Pepsi free in 1985?

In Back to the Future, when Marty is stuck in the past, he visits a known diner from his timeline and asks the server about the phone booth and the address of Doc Brown. The server angrily asks him &...
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What was Charles' problem with the plumbing? [closed]

When the Deetzes are first moving into the Maitland's home, Charles says "We're going to have to rip out all that plumbing, but other than that it's perfect"- why would he see the need to &...
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What does Marty Jr yell while crossing the street in BTTF2? [closed]

In Back to the Future Part II (1989), at timestamp 23:12, Marty McFly Junior dashes from the Cafe 80’s into the street and is nearly struck by a car. What does he yell at the driver (specifically what ...
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Why did Mank ask such question here?

On a bed, Mank dictates his script to Rita, who is sitting infront of him. Then he takes up a swatter, he takes casual aim at a housefly. He asks her to fetch a cup of tea, so she gets up to get their ...
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Why did the kid yelled "Banzai" instead of its Korean equivalent in Squid Game? [closed]

In the opening scene of the Squid Game, it is shown that after winning the "squid game", a kid yelled Banzai in the Korean audio. In this context, it means "victory". But the word ...
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"Well we gave him the molasses, now let's feed him the sulfa." In Harm's Way (1965)

The clip from Otto Preminger's 1965 In Harm's Way (a film overflowing with familiar names), begins with Henry Fonda's character "Admiral Nimitz (referred to as 'CINCPAC II')" saying the line:...
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Was Tyler Durden's "question of etiquette" a common adage?

When Tyler Durden got up after meeting the Narrator (AKA Jack), he stated the following: Now, a question of etiquette – as I pass, do I give you the ass or the crotch? This was in reference to ...
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What was the first TV show or movie where the viewer could hear a character's thoughts?

I was watching How to Get Away with Murder and, in the final episode, the character Annalise has a brief mental debate on what to wear to the trial. What was the first TV show or movie to do this?
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Why did the stopped Mexican man tell the police "I don't speak Spanish"?

Towards the end of the movie The Mule (2018), there is a moment where a Mexican is stopped by police as a suspected drug mule, and tells the police "I don't speak Spanish". I'm not American ...
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Who exactly is "him" Herman referring to?

A scene from Mank (2020), starts with a thick script hitting the table. A camera tilts up to show Charlie Lederer standing and holding a hat. Then a wider angle shot reveals Herman is sitting in a ...
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What does "Still tastes o'the head" mean?

In the Lighthouse, Thomas Wake offers a drink to Thomas Howard: Thomas Wake: Still tastes o'the head? Ah, find some chirk in ye, lad. Now is the time for gab and chatter. What does "Still ...
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Can somebody explain this quote from movie Moneyball?

I watched movie Moneyball yet again and this quote from movie caught my attention. Can somebody explain this? You get on base, we win. You don't, we lose. And I hate losing, Chavy. I hate it. I hate ...
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What does the devil say in "The Blackcoat's Daughter"?

So, at some point the headmaster and the policeman appear and they find blood. The horrified headmaster covers his mouth with a hand. Katherine has just killed and beheaded the sisters. But then film ...
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"Or perhaps it is I who have penetrated you?" (Gogo Yubari)

I couldn't find a clip with english subtitles, but to refresh memory, a guy in Kill Bill: Volume 1 is attempting to pickup Gogo in a bar, and the scene ends on her line "Or perhaps it is I who ...
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What are the last (two) lines of George Cukor's movie "A Bill of Divorcement" (1932)?

The last lines of a movie are significant in many ways, but in the case of the movie A Bill of Divorcement, I don't understand what the main actors (Katharine Hepburn, in her first movie, and John ...
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Did they have a de-Britification coach for Lord of the Rings? [closed]

I notice that the actors in the film series of Lord of the Rings are mostly British, Australian or New Zealanders, but they for the most part lack the British mannerisms, accent and modes of speech ...
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How does Dr Madeleine Swann know that something has happened with her father?

In Spectre, Bond visits Dr. Madeleine Swann for his psychological assessment. From which of his answers does Swann learn that something has happened with her father? How does she come to the ...
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Meaning of Dialogue in Little Women

In the movie Little Women there are a few lines that I don't quite understand. In the scene where Laurie visits Aunt March in Paris (if I'm not wrong), Aunt March says "What a disappointment he ...
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What language are the mother and boys speaking in "Life of Pi" when talking about Hindu gods? Looking for dialog [closed]

I'm working on perfecting the subtitling in my current favorite movie, "Life of Pi." I would like to include the languages as spoken by the characters, along with the translations. I have ...
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Is it common to watch movies with just subtitles when you don't understand the language? [closed]

I just got to know about this Korean movie called Memories of Murder and I feel it's a masterpiece but looks like it wasn't released in English/Hindi languages. I understand these 2 languages only. So ...
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What does Sheldon Cooper mean by this statement?

In The Big Bang Theory S4E12, Sheldon made the following comment on Penny's idea of the 'Shoe App': The simple-mindedness of your idea is exceeded only by its crass consumerism and banality. Can ...
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Bad accents of "foreign" characters in "native" dialogue [duplicate]

I am currently watching Falcon and the Winter Soldier in English and as a German native speaker I stumbled a fair bit about the terrible German spoken by the supposedly German extras. They sound like ...
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Why does Jules laugh in the Pulp Fiction bar scene?

In Pulp Fiction, Jules starts laughing at Vincent’s answer when asked if he met Mia. Why does he start laughing? I never really understood the joke or what made it so funny.
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Friends Chandler "For Flanin"

In Friends S1E24, Chandler slips and lets everyone know Ross loves Rachel As he vainly tries to cover it up, he says "for...flanin". What is the meaning of this? I can't find anything and ...
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What is '"Wunderbar!" he exclaimed with great relish' a reference to?

In Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Jim Carrey at one point exclaims '"Wunderbar!" he exclaimed with great relish'. Like much of what he says in these early movies, I assume this is a ...
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What language does Karum speak?

What language or dialect does Karum speak in Space Sweepers? It seems to be mostly English, but with something else mixed in. IMDb lists the languages in the film as Russian French Spanish Korean ...
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What language do the villagers speak in Wrong Turn?

Could someone identify the language spoken by the members of the sect (or remote village in the woods...) during the trial in Wrong Turn (2021)?
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Meaning of "go boil some milk, pastor"

I have a problem understanding this verbal confrontation: In the Black Earth Rising series, a lawyer is hired by dangerous men, represented by a priest. But it seems that they refuse to pay for the ...
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So what did the soldiers do who didn't fight?

At the beginning of 21 Bridges Det. Andre Davis has to attend a hearing, presumably for killing on duty. He is called out for supposedly using his gun too often but he stands to it and believes he was ...
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What did Michael mean by “The soldiers are paid to fight, the rebels aren't. ...They can win.”?

Michael: The soldiers are paid to fight, the rebels aren't. Hyman: What does that tell you? Michael: They can win. In the past I interpreted this as Michael saying the rebels could win because they ...
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What is the significance of this line from The Expanse?

In Season 2 Episode 3 of The Expanse (spoilers!), Chrisjen Avasarala says to Cotyar, "Please, give it to me and go, there is no need for us to hang together." Cotyar responds, "Oh I'm ...
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What Laurent told Shashi in French while she was sharing her experience in hindi?

In English Vinglish, when Shashi's daughter insulted her on call, she shared it with Laurent in Hindi. Laurent also shared his response in French while he didn't understand her. What did he really say ...
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Why did Renly suggest anal sex to Margaery?

In Game of Thrones S3E2, Margaery speaks with the king Joffrey. He asks why she failed to have babies with Renly. She indirectly reveals that Renly was gay, saying, "He had so many excuses, so ...
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What is the significance of the epilogue dialogue respective to the film?

In the film Super Deluxe, there is an epilogue long narrative quote about life which connects then to the porn film being played but what does it signify to the story? Is there any parallel to draw?
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What does Adrian Monk mean by "B.M." in Monk?

Monk (2002–2009) is a TV show wherein Adrian Monk, the main character, is a psychologically discharged former police officer. The now detective is childlike with adult themes like childbirth, nudity, ...
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Is there such expression as "Charlie someone out"?

There is the following exchange in Deadwood series season 1 episode 3 ... Johnny: Al? Al: Yeah. Johnny: That cherry New York dude is downstairs askin’ for ya. Al: No good. Charlie him the fuck out. (...
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Deadwood Season 1 Episode 2 - What is "flag T"?

In the Season 1 Episode 2 there is the following dialoge: ... (Tom Mason bursts into the office, stark naked, holding his dick.) Tom: This snatch is branded'! (Laughing – Al still has Phil by the ...
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Appropriate cheese amount

Why does Dennis say that “any amount of cheese before a date is too much cheese” in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia?
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What do the words of Batman mean in the end of Batman Forever?

In the end of Batman Forever Batman said to Edward: I had to save them both, I'm both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Not because I have to be, now because I choose to be. What meaning does it all have: ...
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Adaptation (2002): "High sixes against a mil-five"

In Charlie Kaufman's Adaptation, Donald tells his brother that his agent can get him "high sixes against a mil-five" for his screenplay... but what does that mean? I'm guessing it's industry ...
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Why does Mike Wazowski correct Randall's insult of 'cretin' to 'Cretan'?

The scene in question can be found here. Transcript: Randall: 'Wazowski! Where is it you little one-eyed cretin?' Mike: 'Okay, first of all it's "Cretan", if you're going to threaten me, do ...
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What does this dialogue mean in The Barefoot Contessa (1954)?

This dialogue from The Barefoot Contessa (1954) is completely over my head. What Harry and Maria are talking about seems cryptic if not nonsensical. Maria: Or, perhaps, you want me for yourself, and ...
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Ash uses phrase "Kane's son" in discussing the creature -- was this in the original version?

I'm rewatching Alien on HBOMax and I heard Ash call the creature "Kane's son". I think HBOMax often has versions different than theatrical release or maybe because I am watching on a laptop ...
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Why would Vickers use the term half-a-billion miles?

Why would Vickers use the term "half-a-billion miles" in Prometheus? As we know, that sort of distance from Earth is still well within the solar system -- about the distance to Jupiter. ...
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"Mazlum getirin bana" - What is the story behind this bit?

I don't speak Turkish, but I've recently noticed a couple of references to an apparent trope, or at least iconic bit, in Turkish cinema, in which a protagonist says "Mazlumu getirin bana", ...

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