Questions tagged [dialogue]

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Is this quote originally from The Dark Knight?

You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. Now I'm fairly certain I've been saying that line for at least ten years, don't know where I heard it, but now someone ...
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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 exactly does it mean "to go turbo"?

In Wreck-It Ralph, "to go turbo" is the worst disapprobation to hear but what exactly does the term mean? I initially assumed that "going turbo" meant leaving your own game and joining as a character ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Definitive explanation of the line, “…picking your feet in Poughkeepsie.” from “The French Connection.”

So in the 1971 film, The French Connection, Gene Hackman’s character Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle utters this semi famous bit of dialogue; YouTube video clip at the end of this question: All right! You put a ...
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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 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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The meaning of the line, "I always tell the truth, even when I lie."

The title pretty much says it all. I've watched Scarface (1983) probably 100 times, and I never understood what Tony Montana meant by the line I always tell the truth, even when I lie. Can anyone ...
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In Superman vs Batman, Lex Luthor says, "Martha, Martha, Martha" -- was that improvised?

The line (taunting Superman, iirc) is a play on an old Brady Bunch where someone says, "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" but Lex according to the movie grew up in East Germany and even if he had some access to ...
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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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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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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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Is there a racial aspect to Max Cady's crusade?

During the 1991 version of Cape Fear Max Cady repeatedly insults his opponents as "white", as if to make a distinction between them and himself. This always confused me a little, since ethnically he ...
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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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What does the line "Bangkok has him now" mean?

In the movie The Hangover 2, when Teddy was lost, the people they met (even the Interpol police officer) kept saying "Bangkok has him now". What did they actually mean by that?
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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 is meant by "The beginning is the end, and the end is the beginning” in Dark?

Some characters of the Dark tv series say that The beginning is the end, and the end is the beginning. What does it mean?
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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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Is the Keeper of the Code (Jack Sparrow's father) immortal?

In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, during the scene where the Brethren Court meets to decide to fight against the East India Company (Lord Beckett), we hear this conversation between Jack ...
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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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Why does Gregg show up Felix in front of Dominic in Quantum of Solace?

I'm having trouble understanding this double bluff between two characters in Quantum of Solace at around 36:30. Dominic Greene : And I have a pest Shows photo of James Bond to Gregg Beame Gregg Beame ...
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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 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 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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Lyman Zerga's taste of steel touching his skin

In Ocean's Eleven, Saul (portraying Lyman Zerga) is going into the casino with Benedict and the twins (as Zerga's bodyguards) when some random guy recognizes him. Zerga tells his bodyguards to take ...
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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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Why is Pulp Fiction's opening scene different to the one near the end?

In the opening scene of Pulp Fiction at the restaurant, right before the titles, Honeybunny says: Any of you fucking pricks move, I will execute every motherfucking last one of you! But when the ...
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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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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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What is the meaning of the line at the end of Chinatown?

At the end of the amazing film Chinatown, Jake Gittes is told, 'Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown'. What are supposed to deduce from this? Is it that Jake is powerless to prevent or challenge what had ...
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Why is the 'Get to the chopper' so famous?

The other day, I watched The Predator just to see why the 'Get to the chopper' is so famous. Finally, I heard the 'Get to the chopper!' line. But it was not funny or memorable at all. I had presumed ...
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Is there significance in this dialogue between Tony and his father?

In Avengers: Endgame, Tony has a conversation with his father. In it, his father mentions his wife is pregnant and Tony inquires about 'how far along is she?' Something about Tony's reactions in ...
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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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What were Lacombe & Laughlin discussing while interrogating Neary?

In Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Neary is being interrogated after his capture near Devils Tower; he is in a small room with Lacombe & Laughlin. My ...
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Why were there no English subtitles provided during the conversation between Michael and Sollozzo?

In The Godfather, there is an important scene in an Italian Restaurant with dialogue between Michael Corleone and Virgil Sollozzo. There is dialogue spoken in Sicilian (according to the script) that ...
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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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Why does Indiana Jones say 'I like Ike'?

In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a short while after the beginning of the movie, Irina Spalko captured Indy and forced him to lead the U.S soldiers military base which contains ...
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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 does Will want to say with his response to Eric's bridge analogy?

During the devastating events in Margin Call there is a conversation between Will and Eric Dale whom Will has come to convince into returning to the company after having previously been fired. Eric ...
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What did the Cossack utter towards the two men in "The Duellists"?

There is a point in The Duellists where in Russia, they are about to duel each other with pistols. They are interrupted by a Cossack who spews some words at them. What did he say?

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