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Questions tagged [dialogue]

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

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Was there an intentional reference with the quote “smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo”?

In Die Hard with a Vengeance, John McClane (portrayed by Bruce Willis) quotes a line from the song Flowers on the wall by the Statler Brothers while speaking to Zeus Carver (portrayed by Samuel L. ...
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Is the catchphrase “Hasta la vista, baby” meant to be a nod to “I'll be back”

Honestly, I don't know why I never thought of this until just now and maybe I'm just really blind but I couldn't help but suddenly realize the similarities between Arnold's Schwarzenegger's two iconic ...
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Why does Moe Greene speak with a strange voice?

In The Godfather, why is Moe Greene's line "I talked to Barzini" given in such as strange voice? I've heard it was dubbed, but why would it be?
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Why does the grandmother in Rapsittie Street Kids talk in gibberish?

There is a scene in Rapsittie Street Kids where the grandmother of the main character would show up, but her dialogue is almost gibberish. Here is an example: The ...
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Why does Cassius Green speak like this?

When Cassius Green talks to the Equisapiens after they help him break-out in Sorry to Bother You, he addresses them as such: We. Are. Honored. To. Be. In. Your. Presence Why does he speak like ...
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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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Are there two separate versions of Hugo Stiglitz's background in Inglourious Basterds?

I've seen Inglourious Basterds a few times. I recall that the Samuel L. Jackson voice over, which gave a background of Hugo Stiglitz, stated As a German enlisted man, he managed to kill thirteen ...
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Does Adrien Brody's Character in “Restaurant” (1998) Use the N-Word?

Towards the end of the 1998 movie "Restaurant" (imdb, a good NYT review) with Adrien Brody, his character Chris is having an altercation evolving into a fight with a young black co-worker (played, I ...
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What does “There came into Egypt a Pharaoh that did not know” mean?

In the 1987 movie Wall Street, Carl Fox (played by Martin Sheen) is skeptical of Gordon Gekko's intentions. He says to his son Bud: There came into Egypt a Pharaoh that did not know. I was ...
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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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Why specifically 3 meters above the sky?

In Tre metri sopra il cielo (IMDB) aka Three Steps Above Heaven, Babi and Hugo are measuring how happy they are. Hugo: My happiness reaches Barcelona! Baby: Mine reaches the sky! Hugo: ...
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Esoteric quote that inspired Nolan's 'Inception'

I remember once reading a very esoteric, borderline nonsensical quote somewhere on the old IMDb boards which was apparently one of Nolan's inspirations for the film Inception. It had very few ...
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When was the first time subtitles were used for the original target audience?

Subtitles are traditionally (and, probably, most often) used for movies that were originally made for speakers of a different language--e.g., English-language subtitles added to a movie made in Danish,...
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Is there a deeper relation between Abraham's tale of sacrifice and The Hunted?

William Friedkin's The Hunted is introduced by a quote spoken by Johnny Cash, in which he gives an interesting rendition of the classic Judeo-Christian tale of Abraham's sacrifice: God said to ...
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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 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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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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Why use foreign accents in English language movies when unnecessary?

I've recently watched the movie Child 44, which is set in the 1950's Soviet Union during the Stalin regime. Apart from the fact that the movie itself is not memorable in my opinion, the thing that has ...
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What did Edith/Sydney whisper into Irwin's ear?

What did Edith/Sydney whisper in Irwin's ear when she barged into the meeting at the casino in American Hustle?
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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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Why did Detective Ward want crack warrant for the PO box in Jersey?

In The International (2009), Detective Ward said this to Interpol Agent Louis and Detective Iggy. Actually all three guys looking for hitman for IBBS Bank. This Hitman is patient at Dr Isaacson. ...
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Is James Delaney describing the East India Company in his own words?

During James Delaney's first negotation with the East India Company in Taboo S01E01 he, upon their pressing him to sell Nootka Sound to them, tells them rather straight what he thinks about the EIC: ...
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Why does Eugene repeatedly demand Arlene to ask him what happens next?

In Pay It Forward, Eugene talks about his father's behavior to Arlene. But he repeatedly demands Arlene to ask him what happens next. Eugene: Did he hurt you, Eugene? Ask me! Eugene: Now ask ...
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70s skit - “I hope you've sealed the envelope properly”

I originally asked this question on English Language & Usage but it was closed for being off-topic as it is asking for a possible (besides the obvious) interpretation of a TV show quote, not ...
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Why does Guy consider changing sex?

In the third episode of the tenth season of The X-Files Mulder and Guy Mann have the following conversation: MULDER: That's because she used to be... uh, she once... She's transgender. GUY ...
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Is there a significance to Iowa references in House M.D.?

I realize this may be a reach, but I noticed something odd in season 1 of House: In episode 15, there was a mention of Des Moines (Iowa). House: You’re worried about how his coworkers will react ...
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Does “steal the bread from the weak little boy” refer to any 80's movie/TV show?

Here's the dialog from the season 2 of Halt and Catch Fire TV series (the show takes place in 1984. Tom and Cameron are discussing their future computer game): T. Rendon (trying to mimic weird ...
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Mysterious Short Hostile Phone Conversation in Training Day

When Alonzo Harris along with Jake Hoyt went to visit Roger the first time, the latter receives a phone call where he said "it's your mess, you clean it up". What's the purpose of this phone call?
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Why did Emily's mother become angry on Jason's reply?

In The Ultimate Gift, there is a park scene (00:33:51), When Emily's mother came and ask for Jason's forgiveness on account of the fact that her daughter was disturbing him, Jason said "That's ok, I'm ...
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What is the justification for this voice-over towards the end of Bride Wars?

I was watching Bride Wars on TV, and could not make sense of this voice-over (taken from here) towards the end: The one person you can count on for a lifetime, the one person who knows you, ...
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What is this dialogue referring to in S01E12?

In the S01E12 of Frisky Dingo, "Penultimate Fighting", one of the characters says: He's like a kid in a candy shop, and that candy is... success. And I'm that friendly man at this cash register ...
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What favor did Chenault done to Paul?

In The Rum Diary (2011), Paul providing shelter to Chenault who left his boyfriend Sanderson. Paul came to Chenault who is sleeping on his bed. Cheanult: I stole your bed. Paul: It's okay. I'm ...
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When did Gringo saved Javi for the first time?

In Get The Gringo (2012), Gringo kills Carnal who trying to rape Kid's mom. Carnal also attacks Caracas who tried to stops him. Actually Carnal is the cousin to Javi & Javi's brother is Caracas. ...
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Why Thomas didn't kill immediately when Darius clearly hints he is after his daughter's murder?

In Edge of Darkness (2010), Thomas & Darius talk about mystery behind Emma's death. Darius: They're simply too complicated, too much hard work. There's a lot going on out there in this world. ...
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Why French characters speak in British instead of French accent?

In The Day of the Jackal (1973), plot is about OAS Agents trying to assassinate French president. But none of the French officials like Minister, Lebel etc speak in french accent, They all speak in ...
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How to understand Abigail's reply to Dani's question?

In The Man in the Moon (1991), Dani asks her mother Abigail about her father & church. Dani: Why does he call it church when it's not? Abigail: Because when he asked my daddy if he could ...
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Why did Erin say the “Big Brothers” while opening the shed with a knife?

In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003 unrated), Why did Erin say the words "Big Brothers" to Pepper while opening the shed lock with a knife?
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What did Tarzan say to Cheeta when Cheeta did a good job?

I am a native Korean speaker and I grew up watching the famous series "Tarzan", which was broadcast on TV with Korean dubbing. At times Cheeta did something clever in solving a problem and Tarzan used ...
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Was the War Boy language ever codified?

In Mad Max: Fury Road, Immortan Joe's War Boys seem to have their own english derivative language. It's a very pidgin slang form of modern english, that has developed over two generations or so, ...
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In the movie Fermat's Room / Logic Room what happended on the boat?

In the spanish movie Fermat's Room (aka Logic Room) the girl Oliva tells the story of how she met with Hilbert (the older mathematician). She describes meeting him through playing online chess and ...
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Why would Sugai say this to Conklin?

In Black Rain when Conklin meets Sugai for the first time at his house they are having a converstaion about Conklin killing Sato. This is the last part: Conklin: I am the solution to your problems,...
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What does Alice say to Luther?

Towards the end of S2:E2 of Luther, Alice Morgan has snuck into Luther's apartment. She has asked Luther to run away with her to all the "M" places in the world. He unfortunately has to tell her no ...
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What was 1969's La caduta degli dei (AKA The Damned) original language?

I'm trying to find out the original language version of Luchino Visconti's film La caduta degli dei (Götterdämmerung). Both Wikipedia and IMDB list it as "English, German", but I have seen the german ...
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Why does Karen speak three different languages?

In Ichi the Killer, Karen, played by Alien Sun, speaks three different languages throughout the film. Most of her dialog is a mix of English and Japanese, going so far as to speak one line in ...
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Genius Season 1, a confusion in a quote

In Genius Season 1 Episode 1 at 9:00, Young Albert Einstein defies his teacher by solving the equation on board and states Natural log of constant multiplied by x equals natural log of one plus v ...
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How does Christopher Moltisanti respond to the “bridge and tunnel boy” insult?

During the scene where Chris meets the movie chick, he says something to some unruly brokers that club. Initially, the broker gets snotty with Chris, calling him a "bridge and tunnel boy", but Chris ...
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What do Rheya's words really mean in the final scenes?

In Solaris (2002), Chris accidentally cuts his finger in his kitchen, the wound immediately heals. Then he saw his wife Rheya in a shocking manner and asks these lines: Chris: Am I alive or dead? ...
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Why does Ace say “You've got to give them the key to everything that's yours?”

Ace Rothstein: [voice-over] When you love someone, you've gotta trust them. There's no other way. You've got to give them the key to everything that's yours. Otherwise, what's the point? And for a ...
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Where does the phrase come from?

In one of the final scenes Shaft (Samuel Jackson) is talking with Uncle John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) after he decides to accept one last job. He's about to go after one more bad guy. He uses a ...
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Is Dr. Ford's dialogue referencing The Prestige?

In the Westworld season one episode, Chestnut, Dr. Ford says the following to the host child Ford, "Everything in this world is magic, except to the magician." - Dr. Ford, Chesnut In 2001, ...