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What does the idiom 'to give someone away' mean in A Guide to Second Date Sex? [migrated]

I've got trouble understanding a line from a British rom-com film titled A Guide to Second Date Sex. Sorry, a minor spoiler alert, but there is a scene where Laura, the female protagonist tells about ...
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What “three days” is Richard Jewell referring to?

Richard Jewell comforts his crying mother after he yelled at her for watching a war movie: Richard Jewell: You just sit down. You watch whatever you wanna watch. I don't care. And I'm sorry I yelled. ...
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Sweet Smell of Success (1957) “dumb on matinee days only”

Sweet Smell of Success (1957) has been said to be filled with great dialogues. I find myself puzzling over some lines: Sidney: No. Let me finish, J.J. I don't like this job. That boy is dumb on ...
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Why does Cady say “I ain't your porch-baby”

In Martin Scorsese's movie Cape Fear (1991) Cady has a brief exchange with a PI hired by Sam Bowden Cady: Are you my friend? PI: No, I'm not your friend. Cady: Oh. 'Cause I thought maybe you were my ...
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Why do many characters in American Gods pronounce Zorya as Zo-ra-yah

In American Gods, most of the characters pronounce the slavic name of Zorya (Vechernyaya/Utrenyaya) strangely. [S1E2, 36:59] Wednesday says Zo-ra-ya Vyo-chen-ya-ya [S1E2, 38:07] Zorya Vechernyaya ...
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What does “that” refer to?

In The Departed (2006), upon knowing Colin Sullivan is the mole in the police department, Billy Costigan approaches Madolyn to give her a package: Billy Costigan: I know. I'm not...I'm not here for ...
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What does the soldier say in Red Corner?

In a pivotal scene in the 1997 movie Red Corner, a corrupt soldier realizes that his boss is no longer going to shield his involvement in a murder. He shouts "Da Gwar!" in outrage plus ...
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What does Rick say in Nightmare on Elm Street 4 after he kicks off Freddy's glove?

What does Rick say in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master after he kicks off Freddy's glove? Sounds like "tsai" but what does this signify in martial arts/karate? Video clip:
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What happened at this moment in Community series (S02E09)?

In the S02E09 episode of American comedy television series Community called Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design is moment in 7th minute when Troy and Abed are speaking with their visitor Pavel. At ...
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Why did Sid give $50 to Jack for wrecking Reynolds's career?

In the neo noir crime film LA Confidential (1997), Sid meets officer Jack on the set of the Badge of Honor show: Sid: Reynolds is acey-deucey, not to mention broke. I'm getting him to fuck the DA ...
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What does “from the south” mean?

In Line of Duty S01E03, there's this conversation: We've followed procedure to the letter, sir. I don't doubt it for a minute, but Tony Gates is, uh, from the South. I'm sure you'd be mortified, Ted, ...
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About Angier's clone not knowing whether he will be the Prestige or the one in the box [closed]

I have read other answers about this but there're still one thing on my mind that was not satisfied Assuming Angier had achieved perfect cloning, the one created would be exactly the same to the one ...
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Which lines of “In the mood for love” are in Shanghainese, and which are in Chinese?

In the movie In the mood for love the characters speak Shanghainese and Cantonese. There are also songs in several languages, but this is easier to research. I might be mistaken, but so far I get ...
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Was there any significance to the joke about the drowning man in The Pursuit of Happyness?

In The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner's son tells him a joke (this re-telling isn't verbatim). There was once a drowning man. A boat came by and tried to save him, but he said "no thank you, ...
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What is it with references to being quotable in Ex Machina?

I recently saw Ex Machina, not sure how much I'm supposed to read into it (and works of Alex Garland in general) but there are references to quotes and being quotable, and I wonder if they mean ...
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How is clear dialogue recorded in noisy scenes?

While watching a scene in Westworld where two characters are talking in a windy field it struck me that their quiet voices were perfectly audible with no wind noise, no rustling from the nearby trees ...
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Is there any reason why Matthew McConaughey does not speak English with British accent in the Gentlemen?

In The Gentlemen, Matthew McConaughey plays a British drug dealer that operates his business in Great Britain. All other characters in this movie, including his wife, his enemies, his henchmen speak ...
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What did the German pilot say while being rescued by the main characters?

In 1917 the German pilot had screamed and then said something (in German) in a slightly more calm manner during his rescue from the burning plane. I do not know whether it matters for the plot or the ...
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Agent Malik's Accent in The Blacklist

In the first series of the Blacklist, there is a character called Malik (Parminder Nagra) who is a C.I.A. liason officer to the group. She speaks with an English accent. Was her accent ever ...
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What does “What we in Georgia call: All day long” mean?

In the movie Flight (2012) there is a scene in which the owner of the airline is talking about Denzel Washington's character (the pilot). A lawyer states that the pilot could spend the rest of his ...
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What does “No dream is ever just a dream” mean in Eyes Wide Shut?

At the end of Eyes Wide Shut, Tom Cruise delivers this dialogue to Nicole Kidman. Is this actually a hint that most of his nightly experiences were a dream, or is he referring to his wife’s dream?
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What's so baiting in Benoit's words to Linda?

In Knives Out (2019), Linda speaks to Detective Benoit, who came to investigate Linda's father's death: Linda: Yes, I mean, Walt, he's done well with what Dad gave him. Not that it matters. But ...
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Did Bruno Ganz know Greek language? [closed]

Bruno Ganz was a Swiss actor who acted in many German and English movies. He also acted in the Greek movie Eternity and a Day as the main actor. I'm wondering if he learned a new language just to act ...
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What does it mean, “Put a little bark on that and I'll bite”?

In Super Troopers 2 (2018), Farva meets Gwenevieve at a shopping mall: Farva: Hey, Gwenevieve how about the two of us go over to the Saskatchuan Palace and get a wang dang doodle? Genevieve Aubois: ...
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Why does Dr. Gonzo tell Hunter S. Thompson to “Get the hell out of LA for at least 48 hours”?

I am asking about this scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Full quote and context: Hunter S. Thompson has just received orders from his publication's HQ to ...
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Why did General Erinmore quote a Rudyard Kipling line here?

In 1917 (2019), Schofield and Tom Blake, are ordered by General Erinmore to carry a message to Colonel Mackenzie: General Erinmore: You should meet no resistance. Schofield: Sir, is... is it just ...
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What does this phrase refer to?

In the 2019 film Uncut Gems, Demany and Kevin went to Howard's shop and Demany was disappointed to find that Howard was not selling watches Howard: That's not my problem, man. Demany: That ain't ...
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Why do assistant type characters tend to have British accents in movies?

Assistant-type characters like: Alfred in the Batman movies Zazu in The Lion King series C-3PO in the Star Wars series Curator in Ready Player One Jarvis in Iron Man etc. often have British accents. ...
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Meaning of a couple lines in the introduction of 1917 (2019 film)

At the beginning of 1917, we see Blake and Schofield chatting on their way to receiving their orders, giving the audience a taste of their personalities and friendship. Right after Schofield shares ...
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Why did Dr House ask the patient to get finger-paint?

I am watching House MD: S1,E1. A patient with orange skin colour shows up with back spasm. Upon conversing with him a little, Dr House asks if he consumes ridiculous amounts of carrots and megadose ...
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How do Movies render text in different languages

Normally, when a movie is in English, every Text, every newspaper, etc is in English too. When it comes to dubbing, there is normally subtitles which translate the text, or it's read out loud by ...
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What does “The Revenant” mean?

In Bombshell (2019), after several women accused Roger for sexual harassment, Geraldo spoke to an author Neil Cavuto: Geraldo: Look, I've known him for 40 years, and he's about as flirty as the ...
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Why does the Saint call Bosley “Bombay Sister”?

In Charlie's Angels (2019), Bosley meets The Saint: Saint: Hey. Bombay sister. How are you? Bosley: Master. Why does he call her "Bombay Sister"?
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What kind of “link” is Saint referring to?

In Charlie Angels (2019), in the closet room, Saint gearing Elean up: Bosley: Tattoos are earned by Angels over time. You'll get a less permanent version. Saint: Yeah, comms are concealed ...
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What's the meaning of “COS”?

In Charlie's Angels (2019), Sabina & Jane are acting as a lookout for a meeting between Edgar & Elena: Jane: COS perimeter check. Sabina: "COS"? I have less than no idea what that ...
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Why does the Australian Navy use Revolutions XX00?

Does Revolutions XX00 mean the RPM of the propeller shaft? Why do the crew talk about propeller shaft RPM? What are they communicating? In The Last Ship that features the USN, I never heard this ...
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What did Vic take from Dutch's drawer?

In The Shield, season 1, ep 1, detective Dutch comes back to his desk, opens his drawer and notices something has been taken. Dutch immediately questions Vic why did he take his Ding Dong(s)? What ...
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Why does Sonic refer to Robotnik as Eggman?

In the movie Sonic The Hedgehog there are two scenes where Sonic refers to Robotnik as Eggman. Apart from it being a reference to his Japanese video game name, why does Sonic do that? Was there any ...
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Why did Nun say, “Well…Yes, I know”?

In biographical drama movie The Two Popes (2019), Nun offers Pope Francis a dish to eat: Nun: A typical Bavarian dish, Knödel mit Soße. Well...Yes, I know.
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“Give my love to the sunrise”

In the climax to "The Lady from Shanghai" (1947), the heroine says "give my love to the sunrise" as she lays dying. Was this line original to the movie, or was there an inspiration for it?
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What does Mr. Park whisper into Ms. Park's ear?

In Parasite Mr. Park says to Ms. Park, But do you know what's strangest of all and then leans into her ear and whispers something to her, which we are not told what that is. What does he whisper ...
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Dog-Faced Pony Soldier? [closed]

According to the Washington Post, Joe Biden recently (jokingly) called a voter a "lying dog-faced pony soldier". He attributes the quote to a John Wayne movie. Is there such a John Wayne quote? ...
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How did Brother Kwame's words almost make that 'whole pig' (white cops) nightmare worthwhile?

In BlacKkKlansman (2018), both eating, Patrice speaks to Ron Stallworth: Patrice: When we dropped Brother Kwame off at the airport, he told me that the Black Power movement needed strong sisters ...
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What does this mean in 3 from hell?

In the movie 3 from Hell, when Captain Spaulding is interviewed before his execution, he says: Captain Spaulding: What's the difference between a dead squirrel lying in the road and a dead clown ...
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Why does Dr. Kennebrew Beauregard utter gibberish in the middle of his speech?

In BlacKkKlansman (2018), after the opening scene of Gone with the Wind, Dr. Kennebrew Beauregard appeared on the screen and gave a speech: Is the final nail in a black coffin towards America ...
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Was the language real?

In the movie Isle of Dogs most of the human characters speak Japanese. Was it real Japanese language, or was it only some mumbling pretending to be Japanese or some funny lines that only a Japanese-...
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What Was Wayne Szalinski’s Old Job?

In Disney’s Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Wayne mentions to Dianne, “I’m just gonna get my old job back. If I can get my old job back.” Is there any allusion in out-of-universe screenplays or interviews ...
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Why did Wichita say to Tallahassee “Maybe you should leave a note”?

In Zombieland Double Tap (2019), Luke Wilson arrived at the Hound Dog Hotel and parked his monster truck right on the roof of the Tallahassee’s Beast. Super zombies arrive, Luke Wilson and Flagstaff ...
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Why did Tallahassee say, “That decides it”?

In Zombieland Double Tap (2019), after leaving Babylon, Tallahassee came across T800 kind of Zombies: Tallahassee: T-800s. That decides it. Why did Tallahassee say, "That decides it"?
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Why did Tallahassee shoot his alcohol bottle?

In Zombieland Double Tap (2019), Tallahassee tossed his alcohol bottle up in the air, aimed his gun quickly and shot it, then turned and proceeded to kill the zombie: Columbus: It was good. You ...

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