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Why does Peter Tork say, "Where there is choice, there is misery"?

In Head (1968), why does Peter Tork say, "Where there is choice, there is misery"? In this scene, the Yogi says it, but he repeats it in the next scene. Plus, ...
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Limitless (2011) screenplay explanation (1) [closed]

What did Eddie mean by the following chunk of monologue? https://www.scripts.com/script/limitless_12607 The lower bunk in my childhood bedroom in Jersey. My father happy to welcome me into the ...
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Is the English phrase "to make one's day" from Sudden Impact?

In Sudden Impact (1983), the protagonist famously says, "Go ahead, make my day." I was looking at an ngram for that phrase and found that its usage skyrocketed to modern levels of popularity ...
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What happened with the Babylonians?

In the 2008 movie Body of Lies, when Ferris is visited by his boss, Ed Hoffman, they have the following dialogue: - You know, they say you should never drink red wine in the desert? - That's what did ...
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What is everyone saying in Harkonnen before the arena fight starts?

In Dune part 2, shortly before the arena fight starts, everyone in the audience starts shouting following a leading voice, very interestingly, there is no subtitle during this entire sequence. I am ...
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First explicit mention of money in Star Trek

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, we have this exchange: McCoy: It's a wonder these people ever made it out of the 20th Century. Kirk: They're still using money. We've got to get some. And this ...
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Why doesn't Sardo Numspa pronounce the letter J?

In The Golden Child, the demon Sardo Numspa (Charles Dance) visits the hero Chandler Jarrell (Eddie Murphy) in a dream, in order to propose a bargain involving a magical item called the "Adjante ...
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What does "come the nut-cutting" mean?

Here's some context from the movie Winter's Bone (2010): Merab: Thump knows you were in the valley, child. With Megan. And at Little Arthur's. He knows what you want to ask, and he don't want to hear ...
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Does the movie depict Oppenheimer quoting, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds"?

There's a common misconception that after seeing atomic bombs tested, Robert Oppenheimer quoted the following passage from a Hindu epic poem, the Bhagavad Gita: Now I am become Death, the destroyer ...
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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 is "hemlock" in Top Gun (1986)?

Here's a little bit of context from the movie: Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood: Excuse me. May I? Pete “Maverick” Mitchell: Please. Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood: Um… Uh… I’ll... I’ll have what he’s ...
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Why did Harbinger say this quote?

John Wick and Caine fought their way to Rue Foyatier. John Wick removed his ballistic protective coat and Caine also removed his coat. They were getting ready for the duel when Harbinger offered them ...
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Is the berating of a witness in "Judgment at Nuremberg" allowed in courts?

In the Judgment at Nuremberg scene, where the German defense lawyer berates Judy Garland's character after she has already answered the question, do judges normally allow this in courts? The outcome ...
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Why does Jules laugh in the “Pulp Fiction” bar scene?

In Pulp Fiction (1994), 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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Why Boole and not Babbage?

In The Accountant (2016), as the character "Christian Wolfe" (Ben Affleck) is speeding off to save Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick), he is talking to Justine on the phone. She is cleaning up evidence of "...
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Why did they begin using the F-word in Season 7 (2017)?

In the US TV series Suits, I don't think they used the word "fuck" a single time in the first six seasons (2011–2016). But in Season 7 (2017), they begin using it (perhaps once per episode). ...
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Is the "quantum world" dialogue between Oppenheimer and Einstein based on a real quote?

Did Einstein ever say, "And here we are, lost in your quantum world of probabilities, but needing certainty," to Oppenheimer and if so, where could such a quote be found?
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What is the meaning of the Latin exchange between Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo in Tombstone?

In Tombstone (1993) Doc Holliday played by Val Kilmer and Johnny Ringo played by Michael Biehn have an unsubtitled exchange in Latin. What are they saying, and what does ...
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Who is Rittenhouse in the TV Show “Timeless?”

I just finished watch Timeless (2016-18) and my question is who is Rittenhouse? I am deaf and watch with closed captioned but the problem is they change too much. So who is actually Rittenhouse?
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What does "Bonus time is just around the corner" mean?

Here's a little bit of context from the movie The Truman Show: Marlon: Whew. So when are you gonna go? Truman: It’s not that simple. It takes money, planning. Can’t just up and go. Marlon: Right. ...
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Is there any evidence that some movies tried to pass off backwards English as Native American speech?

Lily Gladstone said the following during her acceptance speech for "Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama" during the 2024 Golden Globe Awards: I'm so grateful that ...
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What name is Michael shouting in the Improv class?

The Office (S02E9): “Email Surveillance” Michael goes to his improv class, the teacher asks for volunteers and Michael is the first to raise his hand, and he shouts something like: “Mr Cartair! Mr ...
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Why the change between English and French in Anatomy of a Fall?

In Anatomy of a Fall, the characters live in France, but since the main character, Sandra, is not herself French (nor does she speak it too well), most of her dialogue is spoken in English. This ...
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Did the Joker say that the villains probably work for Google?

English is not my native language, therefore the question. Did The Joker in The Lego Batman Movie say to the pilot that some of the villains probably work for Google? Pilot: Ok, are you making some ...
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What Language Do the Fremen Speak Upon First Seeing Paul in the Dune Movie?

In the movie adaptation of Dune, there is a specific scene where the Fremen encounter Paul Atreides for the first time. During this encounter, the Fremen characters speak a language that is not ...
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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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70s skit - "I hope you've sealed the envelope properly"

In 1985 the inimitable Patricia Routledge did a series of five short sketches for the BBC where she plays a woman named Kitty. Practically every sentence is a (pop) culture reference and I've been ...
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Was Johnston supposed to be speaking in Mandarin all the time?

The Last Emperor is mostly in English, but it is meant to be understood that this is simply being translated for the benefit of the movie viewer, usually from Mandarin (I think). Was Reginald Fleming ...
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What was Uncle Nicky referring to when he said 'Half past the Vatican'?

In a flashback in the Angela Anaconda episode the Curse of Baby Lulu, 'Uncle' Nicky Abatti tells of how, when he was dancing, his watch starts to beep- he says to his dance partners "It's half ...
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Who really is "the meanest motherfucker in the valley"?

In Renny Harlin's 1999 Deep Blue Sea LL Cool J gives a great badass interpretation of the classic 23rd Psalm of the old testament: Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I ...
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House M.D. - MIDNIT mnemonic

In the second episode of the first season of House, Dr. House during a meeting brings up the mnemonic "MIDNIT": Metabolic Inflammation Degenerative Neoplastic Infection Trauma Is this a ...
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Why is Buzz Lightyear's catchphrase British?

Buzz Lightyear is a toy manufactured in the USA. Also his voice-actor (Tim Allen) is American, and his name is inspired by American astronaut Buzz Aldrin. But Buzz's catchphrase (blast!) is British. ...
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What Oppenheimer means by "Not in person, no, but uh, you might say, our paths crossed."?

After about 16 minutes into the film Oppenheimer, there is the following exchange in one of the security clearance hearing scenes: GRAY: Did you ever encounter Heisenberg again? OPPENHEIMER: Not in ...
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What is the meaning of the "Tall Trees" joke in Groundhog Day?

Here's some context from the movie Groundhog Day (1993): Somebody asked me today: “Phil, if you could be anywhere in the world, where would you like to be?” I said to ‘im, “Probably right here... ...
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What is the meaning of "life of the collar"?

From Servant S01E09: Timestamp 04:20 Julian : What is the meaning of your son's name ? Dorothy : It does not mean anything. It's just a great name. Julian : I think you may have condemned your son to ...
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A question on a quote from "Richard Deacon - In Between"

There's a German documentary movie, called Richard Deacon - In Between from 2013. In the referenced link to the movie, you find a trailer - among others on YouTube. They all have in common that they ...
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What does "if they're a pound" mean?

In the movie Sherlock Holmes (2009) I came across the following sentence: These slabs of sandstone are half a ton each, if they’re a pound, and they’re smashed open from the inside. I don't ...
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What is the meaning of "West Helsinki fire sale"?

In Penguins of Madagascar (2014) what does Skipper ask Rico to do when they chase Dave's sub on a plane? Kowalski: Sir, Dave is pulling ahead. We are too heavy. Skipper: Oh, curse our heavily cheese-...
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What was Suzie implying on the witness stand?

Suzie: Kelly's pissed at Lombardo too. She's in love with him, I mean, he's been her whole fantasy since her old man died... When Suzie said this, was she suggesting that Kelly had incestuous ...
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Why did the fisherman call Forrest a fool?

When Forrest is purchasing a shrimp boat from local fisherman and the scene clearly shows that he has paid all his money (so approx. $24.5+ thousand) for it. The fisherman uses the famous movie's ...
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What is the meaning behind the "all shapes and sizes" dialogue in Pulp Fiction?

In Pulp Fiction, during the epilogue ("The Diner" part), Jules and Vincent talk about the meaning of the lives they were conducting and Jules' intentions to retire from his life of crime. At ...
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Why did Reign of Fire end with the line "Well, here's to evolution."?

The 2002 film Reign of Fire ends oddly with the line "Well, here's to evolution." It seems out-of-place and unrelated to what I'd watched during the previous two hours. Was it just weak ...
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What did Jack Sparrow mean when he said "Clearly you've never been to Singapore"

After cutting Elizabeth's corset off in Pirates of the Caribbean, the guard comments "never would have thought of that." And Jack turns to him and delivers the line in question: "You've clearly never ...
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Why do some Chinese shows avoid using real toponyms?

While watching the 2023 Chinese tv adaptation of Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem with English subtitles, I noticed a peculiarity: Instead of using actual place names, the show appears to use ...
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Why does Nick say nothing to Mike except for "one shot"?

In the film The Deer Hunter, the effects of war on a group of small town men is shown in a very dark and depressing way. One of the characters, Nick, gets traumatized into becoming a famous Russian ...
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What does Miracle Max mumble after Inigo says "Humiliations galore"?

In The Princess Bride, in the scene where Inigo and Fezzik hire Miracle Max to restore Westley to life, the following dialogue occurs: Miracle Max: I make him better, Humperdinck suffers? Inigo: ...
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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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How does Quentin Tarantino write dialog for a language he doesn't speak?

How does Quentin Tarantino or any other screenwriter write dialog for a language he doesn't speak? I have never found any mention of Tarantino being able to speak in any language other than English. ...
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What does "Shocker there" mean?

I don't understand what she (Sarah Connor) meant by 'Shocker there' in that scene (relevant part starts at 02:08), what does that mean? Relevant dialogue: Guardian: My files do not deal with love. ...
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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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