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Questions related to specific pieces of a work's spoken word.

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What is the meaning of “Better than the Bourgeois.”?

I’m an English language learner. In Columbo, in the first scene of the episode “Short Fuse,” Roddy McDowall as Roger, making a cigar box bomb, says, “Better than the Bourgeois.” What does it imply? ...
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Why is John Malkovich in Deepwater Horizon omitting words?

In Deepwater Horizon, John Malkovich says phrases like: You nervous as cats. or We a big company, Mike, BP. or So they the big picture. They the little picture, like you and the ...
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Why are Xandarians in a hurry to get to nothing at all?

Near the start of Guardians Of The Galaxy, Rocket says about the Xandarians: Xandarians. What a bunch of losers. All of them in a big hurry to get from something stupid, to nothing at all. Pathetic....
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What did Senator Crockett mean by this?

In the HBO movie Witch Hunt, Senator Larsen Crockett, after being subjected to a curse that makes him speak what he really thinks and intends to do in power, shouts out to a crowded stadium that the ...
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What's the joke in Season 4 ep 8 of 30 Rock?

In the streaming version of 30 Rock, there is missing dialogue. Season 4 episode 8, Secret Santa, Nancy Donovan, played by Julianne Moore, reunites with Jack and they recall old memories like 'Hey ...
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Whose phone numbers are shared in Indian Movies?

Many of the Indian movies contain dialogues which include phone number (of valid number of digits) shared with another character as per requirement in that movie. I want to know, Whose number they ...
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Ross talking to Paolo: “Se vice?”

In this scene, it seems that Ross says something to Paolo in Italian. From the context it seems he is asking "Do you understand?". A few script sites have that line written as: ROSS: Yeah! Se vice?...
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What (if any) is the origin of this Gladiator quote?

Maximus: "Father to a murdered son. Husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next." What is the origin of this quote? Is it original to the film or does it have ...
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What is the context of the quote “Sue, use your legs” - Stewie

­Breanna Stewart wore a t-shirt at the Seattle Storm victory praide which read “Sue, use your legs” - Stewie Breanna is know as Stewie and Sue Bird is another player on the team. I know the t-...
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I am Groot? translation: Is there an English translation for all of Groot’s dialogues?

In the Guardians of the Galaxy films we can gather by how he says it and by how a character that understands Groot responds as to what was said or asked, but do we have or will we ever get, subtitles ...
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Who is referred to by “they” in this reply?

In Yes, Prime Minister Series 2 Episode 7, Prime Minister Hacker referred to a math problem: If it costs 5 billion pounds a year to maintain Britain’s nuclear defences and 75 pounds a year to feed ...
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Do jailers say “Dead Man Walking”

While they escort Matthew to the actual execution, one of the jailers yells "dead Man Walking!" in the movie of that name. This appears to be authentic so it made me wonder: do jailers say it for ...
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What is he actually saying?

I was watching the movie Blended (2014) starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore where I saw a certain scene. The scene is included in the following trailer. At 0:54,...
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Do broadcasting authorities care about international offensive language?

I've noticed how a recent survey by Ofcom (the UK communications regulator) exploring attitudes with language seem to only concern about British swear words (offensive and vulgar language). However, ...
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Why did the Big Guy say “Small world” when she first arrived?

At the climax of Paul, as the protagonists wait for Paul's people to arrive and pick him up, a helicopter arrives carrying the film's main villain, the Big Guy (actually a woman, played by Sigourney ...
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Why did the Operator hang up after Agent Tucker said “18 Inches”?

In Johnny English Reborn, after Agent Tucket says to the operator that the altitude of the helicopter is 18 inches, why did she hang up on him?
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Moldavian translation from Dracula spoof

In Mel Brook’s Dracula: Dead and Loving It, there are some lines spoken in Moldavian (Romanian) during the dialogue between Van Helsing and Count Dracula as they verbally spar during introductions to ...
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Why did Kate say to Kevin “Maybe it'll happen”?

I've never understood why in "Home Alone" after Kevin says to his Mother (Kate) I wouldn't be sad if I woke up tomorrow morning and didn't have a Family, Kate says "Say it again, maybe it'll happen". ...
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What did this bit of dialogue mean in the movie The Sweet Hereafter?

In The Sweet Hereafter (1997), what did the following dialogue (at around the 47 min mark) mean? Nicole Burnell: I really liked her. Billy Ansell: Well, she really liked you. [Pause.] And I ...
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What is the Hungarian name for “prodding us to fight among ourselves until one faction prevails?”

There's a scene in The Arrival where some important muckity-muck has the following exchange with Louise (Amy Adams): Guy: We have to consider the idea that our visitors are prodding us to fight ...
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What did Ferrari ask in Italian from “Luigi” & “Guido”?

In Cars (2006), at the end of the movie some Ferrari arrive at Luigi's tire shop, then the Ferrari ask something from Luigi in Italian. then Luigi fainted, the Ferrari again ask something from Guido, ...
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Can someone explain the “lid” metaphor used in The West Wing?

In The West Wing, characters use the expression "full lid" to mean that there's no more news for the day: That's a full lid, folks. That much is obvious from context, and for the context-impaired, ...
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What language does the vicar speak in the church in Mr Bean S1 E1?

What language is it? Sounds like gibberish with British accent, but a few words seem to be Latin or even French.
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Why did Pete apologize to Tony Stark?

In Avenger's: Infinity War just before getting erased Peter apologizes to Tony Stark. I don't wanna go. I don't wanna go. Mr. Stark, please... Please. I don't wanna go. I don't wanna ...
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Do the Peaky Blinders speak Shelta or Romani to the Lees?

I'm aware that the actors playing the Peaky Blinders speak badly translated Romanian, but my question is what language they are meant to be speaking. Are they and the Lees Travelers, and therefore ...
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What does Billy mean by saying Broke-dick dog?

In the movie Predator (1987), CIA agent Dillon supervises Dutch & the team as they attempt to rescue the hostages held by insurgents. The team discovers the damaged helicopter and three ...
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Why do some characters say 'Shhh' to their victims while murdering them?

I'm not sure if this is the right forum, but I did see this trope on TV. Here are two examples: Family Guy: Peter killing Yogi Bear: Red Dragon: Hannibal kills ...
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What does Groot say to Captain America?

When Thor introduced Groot to Captain America, the reply from Groot was "I am Groot" .. what is he saying in his language here?
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Why do the dialogs have such a cold tone in “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”?

In The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) all the dialogs have a very cold, formal, calculated tone. The way the family members talk to each other, the formal pleasantries, the lack of emotion in their ...
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What is the significance of the ending line of Brokeback Mountain?

The last words in Ang Lee's movie Brokeback Mountain (2005) are: Jack, I swear... said by the protagonist, Ennis del Mar. What is he going to swear?
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What did Larry David say to Cheryl when they met in a fundraiser in Curb Your Enthusiasm

I recall a scene where Larry David meets Cheryl in a Fundraiser (Season 9 Episode 1) after their breakup or divorce and the fundraiser is called People Against Mutilation and he cracks a hilarious ...
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Was the “Monkey-fighting snakes on this Monday through Friday plane” dub edit Samuel L. Jackson's idea?

The 2006 film Snakes on a Plane had a version edited for US television that censored profanity, often with hilarious replacements. The most famous is Samuel L. Jackson's line: Enough is enough! I ...
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“Me say war”, Luke Cage season 2, is this just “Movie language”?

I just paused Luke Cage season 2, at 32:33 into episode 6. Without spoiling the content, 2 Jamaican men were talking and in response to a prompt, one of them said: "Me say war". It wasn't a response ...
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Why does Andrew Borba say “pork and beans”?

When Andrew Borba shows up in the episode "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date" (S01E05) of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he starts ranting about "pork and beans". Is that just random gibberish, or is it ...
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How long is a movie? [closed]

Is there a length of time in which a movie is not a movie? Is there point where the movie is to long to be a movie? I am looking for some kind of table.
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Are any of the questions in Michael's test valid reasons for being sent to the Bad Place?

In Season 1, Episode 8 of The Good Place, Michael asks Eleanor a bunch of questions to see if she is worthy of being in the Good Place, with the implication that negative answers send you to the Bad ...
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Why does Mycroft call the US a colony even after it achieved independence?

In Season 2 Episode 1, after Mycroft explodes Sherlock's belongings, he says something to Sherlock: "Have a safe trip back to the colonies". Sherlock was to return to New York. But the tv series is ...
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What's the meaning behind this joke in George Carlin's 1977 HBO special?

In his 1977 HBO stand-up special George Carlin at USC, George Carlin tells the following joke about cats kneading: And they jump on your chest, they put their ass in your face and go... [...
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What did Guido say to Chick's pit crew in Italian?

Cars ends with McQueen at the Los Angeles International race track doing his final race for the Piston Cup. When he his doing this, his Radiator Spring friends like Doc Hudson, Luigi, Ramone, Guido, ...
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What does Neil McCauley mean with “I'm a needle starting at zero, going the other way, a double blank.”?

During Heat Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) says to Eady (Amy Brenneman): The last thing I am is married. I'm a needle starting at zero, going the other way, a double blank. And then someone like ...
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What are they talking about with Ben in Rise Of The Nutters?

I'm not British, so I'm not exactly sure what's being said here: Malcolm: Right, Ben, heard the big news about Paxo. Oh, right. What was it you did in your gap year again? Ben: Um, ...
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Does some film character repeatedly and mistakenly suggest that popular sayings are “written in the holy books”?

I seem to recall that in Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye rhetorically prefaces popular sayings with the words "Is it not written in the holy books," apparently in the misapprehension that the answer is yes....
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What is the meaning of “gold person or a silver person”?

In the movie Phantom Thread (2017), Reynolds, a tailor, meets Mona and asks her few questions: Reynolds: Is Your Royal Highness a gold person or a silver person? Mona: Silver. Reynolds: ...
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What's the meaning of Graziella saying ooblee-oo repeatedly in West Side Story

In West Side Story before the "Gee, Officer Krupke" song, the Jets are waiting out in front of the drug store when the Jet girls stroll up and start talking with the guys, the blonde (who I believe is ...
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What was meant by Groot saying 'We are Groot'?

At the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1, Groot says 'We are Groot' rather than the usual 'I am Groot'. What did Groot mean by this?
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Are Tony Stark and Pepper Potts married?

In Avengers: Infinity War, at the beginning when Tony & Pepper are strolling through the park, Dr. Strange emerges through a portal informing Tony of the impending threat & at the end, ...
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Why did Thanos use the article “the” to refer to Ebony Maw?

On my 3rd rewatch of Avengers: Infinity War, I noticed something weird. When Thanos arrives on Titan and sees Doctor Strange, they have the following conversation. Dr. Strange: Oh, you are much ...
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Why did Thanos say “That was a mistake” to Heimdall?

At the beginning of Avengers: Infnity War Thanos had already beaten Hulk to a pulp. He had no Infinity Stones on him and was practically useless at that point. So when Heimdall transported Hulk from ...
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English translation of German conversation in Kelly’s Heroes

Just before Oddball’s tanks launched a surprise attack on a railway yard in France while on the way to meet up with Kelly and his platoon, the two German soldiers in the picture who were on top of a ...
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Is this a real quote or is it written for the movie?

In the movie Bharat Ane Nenu, there is a dialogue said the protagonist who plays a role of chief minister. While explaining self governance in the assembly, he says a dialogue. It is (own translation) ...