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Weird French in Prey?

Loved the movie Prey and I have a question about it. French is not my first language and I'm not fluent in it, but the French that the poachers spoke seemed a little off to me. Was it my imagination? ...
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Why does Robin make a comment about Nancy having a Tom Cruise poster?

In S04E04, roughly 10 minutes in, Robin enters Nancy's room, and immediately comments about her having a Tom Cruise poster, and Nancy says that the poster is "old". What's the joke/reference ...
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Is the "life is like a box of chocolates" line in Forrest Gump meant to be a joke? [duplicate]

Full quote for context: My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. I understand the surface meaning of this line. Boxes of chocolates contain a ...
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Dubbed line in The Parallax View

In a scene from The Parallax View, William Daniels’ character is berating Warren Beatty’s. He tells him: You’re just a third-rate journalist from Oregon, or wherever the hell you’re from. The second ...
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How many languages are there in 'Young Royals'?

I know that Young Royals is based in Sweden, but it also contains certain phrases/characters in other languages. The ones I know of are: Swedish English Spanish Are there any other languages, and if ...
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Why would giving birth to a boy child make the Boleyns "untouchable"?

In The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), the King married Anne Boleyn, Mary Boleyn's sister. The king is expecting the second birth to be a boy. Mary's uncle says this to Jane Parker: This pregnancy is ...
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How many different languages are spoken?

Everything Everywhere All At Once is a fairly insane experience in many ways. There is an enormous and sometimes very rapid flow of images, for example. But, less remarked, there is also a wide ...
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What's the meaning behind "blue paper"?

What is the significance of "blue paper"? In the movie "Gangs of New York", when Bill the Butcher in his "Fear" monologue speaks about Priest Vallon, he states that he, &...
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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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How much Cantonese and Mandarin is in Everything Everywhere all at Once?

Can someone that doesn't speak Cantonese nor Mandarin get away with watching the movie without subtitles? I ask because I am in a foreign country where the movie is shown in English but the subs are ...
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Does Louise have a choice to change things, or why did she say this?

I'm intrigued with the following sentence Louise says in Arrival: If you could see your whole life start to finish, would you change things? To me (with a limited English language knowledge), what ...
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What does "missed the wedge" mean?

In Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy, Smiley silently barged into the house and meets Ricki, who gave him information about Irina: Smiley: Hello, Ricki. You've missed the wedge. Where have you been, Ricki? ...
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What does the Hungarian burn victim shout at Jack Baer?

There is an early scene in The Usual Suspects (@ 20m40s) where FBI agent Jack Baer visits a burn victim in the hospital. The victim starts talking in "not English" (we later learn it is ...
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What does Joshi/Robin Wright mean when she asks "what happens if I finish [your booze]?"

Luv has just stolen the bones from the morgue, while K was re-investigating the scene at Sapper's farm. His superior, Lt Joshi, comes to his apartment to tell him about the theft (and murder), and to ...
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Is Sam Malone referencing another piece of popular culture when Diane refuses his marriage proposal?

In Cheers season 5 episode 1, Diane refuses Sam's marriage proposal. She explains why, and Sam immediately takes on a different speech pattern and has a small monologue about 15 minutes in: Sam: Did ...
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Why does Claire tell Raffi he's "nine"?

In the movie Collateral Beauty, in the following dialogue between Claire and Raffi, I can't understand why Claire calls Raffi "nine": Claire: "That was the worst thing I've ever done.&...
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"Dreams are messages from the deep."

In the film Dune (2021), why was this line, "Dreams are messages from the deep." spoken in an alien voice/language? This entire film felt like a dream. What does it mean?
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What was the point of Tony instructing his man to do this?

In the movie Scarface (1983) Tony survives an attempt on his life which he suspects was ordered by his employer Frank Lopez. Before confronting Lopez, he instructs one of his own men to call Lopez at ...
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Who is the "son of a bitch" that Dick Best is referring to?

While on board a plane, Dick Best contacted his flying squadron after seeing enemy warships: Dick Best: God damn it. That magnificent son of a bitch actually found them. Dick Best: (on radio) All ...
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In the South Park episode "Wing", what does Lu Kim scream at his wife?

I don't know, If this question belongs here, but since I'm not sure what language it is about, I don't want to post it in a language specific site. In the South Park episode 9.3 ("Wing") at ...
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In the Court Jester, what are the Spanish words Danny Kaye says after "Rodriguez" in his performance of Maladjusted Jester?

In The Court Jester (1955), Hawkins (played by Danny Kaye) performs his own rendition of the Maladjusted Jester. One of his twists is the burst of Spanish words about two thirds into the song, after ...
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What did Ray Nadeem's boss mean by "You're buried in debt and that makes you a recruitment target"?

In Daredevil Season 3, Ray Nadeem's boss says "You're buried in debt and that makes you a recruitment target". It doesn't really explain what a recruitment target" means, nor what "...
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"Beaver" joke in PTA's "Licorice Pizza"

In the 2021 movie Licorice Pizza by Paul Thomas Anderson, the main character Gary makes an awkward joke that, as far as I could understand, goes like this (not verbatim): (on the TV show stage) Host:...
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In Edge of Tomorrow, what is Tom Cruise's exosuit saying when he can't turn his safety off? (Japanese) [closed]

In the beginning of the movie, Cruise has his safety enabled and accidentally switches his suit's HUD to Japanese. What is the translation of the suit's audio when he can't fire? It's probably ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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"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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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 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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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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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 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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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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"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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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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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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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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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 language are the mother and boys speaking in "Life of Pi" when talking about Hindu gods? Looking for dialog [closed]

I'm working on perfecting the subtitling in my current favorite movie, "Life of Pi." I would like to include the languages as spoken by the characters, along with the translations. I have ...
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Is it common to watch movies with just subtitles when you don't understand the language? [closed]

I just got to know about this Korean movie called Memories of Murder and I feel it's a masterpiece but looks like it wasn't released in English/Hindi languages. I understand these 2 languages only. So ...
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What does Sheldon Cooper mean by this statement?

In The Big Bang Theory S4E12, Sheldon made the following comment on Penny's idea of the 'Shoe App': The simple-mindedness of your idea is exceeded only by its crass consumerism and banality. Can ...
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Bad accents of "foreign" characters in "native" dialogue [duplicate]

I am currently watching Falcon and the Winter Soldier in English and as a German native speaker I stumbled a fair bit about the terrible German spoken by the supposedly German extras. They sound like ...
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