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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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What is Lefty talking about when he says "What kind of a man has a malvole"?

In the movie Donnie Brasco, Lefty says to Donnie after being introduced to Richie Gazzo: What kind of a man has a malvole? He won't provide for his own wife. Is he talking about the bar, the car, a ...
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What is Prosser & Ankovich in Blade Runner (1982)?

In the movie Blade Runner (1982) I came across the notion of something called Prosser & Ankovich. Here's some context: Eldon Tyrell: 66,000 Prosser & Ankovich. Hmm. Trade. Trade at-- Computer:...
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What did Bohr mean when he asked Oppenheimer "Can you hear the music"?

When Bohr first meets Oppenheimer, he tells him algebra is more than just reading but about hearing the music. What did he mean by that?
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Foreign language scenes in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

I am currently abroad and wondering if there are foreign language scenes in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which I will not be able to understand due to subtitles being in a language I don't ...
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What were the pirates saying in Mysterious Island (1961)

During the last 1/4 of the movie Mysterious Island (1961) the stranded soldiers are attacked by pirates who have several lines of dialogue in a language other than English. Is this an actual real ...
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What does "a rock saw of something" mean? [closed]

In the movie What Women Want I came across the expression "a rock saw of shooting beer commercials". Here's some context from the movie: While we’ve been getting a rock saw of shooting beer ...
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What is "switch car"?

In the movie Point Break I came across the notion of switch car. Here's some context from the movie: "Reagan usually does the driving. Stolen switch car, they leave it runnin’ on the kerb. It ...
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What does "Welcome to SeaWorld, kid!" mean?

In the movie Point Break I came across the expression "Welcome to SeaWorld, kid!". What is the meaning of this SeaWorld here? Here's some context from the movie: "Here, put on the ...
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What does “diddled-eyed Joe to a damned-if-I-know” mean?

In the scene from Reservoir Dogs (1992), where Holdaway meets Orange in the restaurant, Orange informs him that he is now part of Joe’s team. Holdaway: If this crook’s a Brewers fan, his ass has ...
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Did Doc Brown send his clocks 25 minutes into the future?

In the opening scene of Back to the Future, Marty arrives at Doc's place to play guitar. After blowing himself across the room 🤣, Doc calls Marty on the phone. In the middle of the conversation, ...
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What is Floor (the rabbit) shouting?

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, when Rocket uses his homemade key Although I could tell that Floor was repeating the same thing over and over, I couldn't understand a single word of it. What was ...
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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 does 'They're at four. It's not them.', referring to the nuclear power plant in Ignalina, mean?

I absolutely love Chernobyl (2019) and have watched it many times. But there is still one scene that I don't fully understand. In Episode 2, "Please Remain Calm", while trying to figure out ...
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Is Maverick's rank in the competition tied to his father's classified information?

At Charlie's residence in Top Gun (1986), Charlie is lying on the couch and Maverick speaks about his father: Maverick: My old man was a great fighter pilot. But who the hell knows? It's all ...
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What does the police officer say?

In the movie RRR, when Sir Edward announces that there is a threat to the governor and asks the policemen to catch the one who is planning to attack, one of the police officers says, "All right ...
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What was the first movie or show to use a conlang?

What was the first movie or show to use a conlang? Def: Conlangs: an invented language intended for human communication that has planned and cohesive phonological, grammatical, and syntactical ...
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What did Genevieve mean when she said "A person can’t sneeze in this town without somebody offering them a handkerchief”?

The Last Picture Show was a very good movie but I can't quite make sense of this line, and it felt important. I can think of a few interpretations — the most basic being that everybody knows everybody ...
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What does Ng Lieu Cho really say at the end of S04E11?

At the end of Mad About You season 4 episode 10 ("Get Back"), Paul Buchman (Paul Reiser) "translates" for the dissident poet Ng Lieu Cho (Jim Lau), because he fails to pick up ...
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What did Jake Lo mean?

One scene from Rapid Fire (1992) contains the following exchange: Agent Frank Stuart: I want you to know, Jake, that I'm the only one who did this to myself, and to you. I want you to know that I ...
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What does this Field Hospital joke mean in Blackadder Goes Forth?

In Blackadder Goes Forth, there's a scene where Blackadder is discussing security with Melchett and Darling. Part of the dialogue goes thus: Darling: So you see, Blackadder, Field Marshal Haig is ...
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Donnie Brasco book reference

More than once, New York Mob member "Lefty" (Al Pacino), brags to Johnny Depp (playing an undercover FBI agent) all he has done (hits) for the Mob: "So when they open the books, they ...
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What was the first American-made movie/TV show in which Mandarin or Cantonese was accurately spoken?

It is not too surprising that in a period when Asian characters were portrayed by non-Asians that the producers did not worry too much about authenticity of the Chinese (or Japanese) dialog spoken by ...
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Avatar TWoW subtitles

Maybe I had a unique experience of the film, e.g. an errant projectionist left the closed-captioning on. I am simply at a loss to otherwise understand why the music cues were spelled out along with ...
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What does "favorite New York moment" mean?

In the movie Serendipity (2001), in the following dialogue between Jonathan and Sara, I don't understand what Sara means when she says "Um, favorite New York moment.": Sara : Okay. Favorite ...
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What is the deal with the "universal greeting" in Transformers: The Movie?

When Hot Rod & Kup crash-land on the garbage planet, whose inhabitants promptly surround our heroes, Kup resorts to the "universal greeting," which goes something like this: Bah-weep-...
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What is the significance of the "I've got a black lake in my eye!" line in The Stranger?

In the crime-thriller movie, The Stranger (2022), in a dream scene, the undercover police officer drives his car with Henry (the suspected child kidnapper/murderer). All of a sudden and seemingly ...
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What do "PKE valences" and "bury the needle" mean?

I've been watching Ghostbusters and came across the following: Spengler went down there. He took PKE valences, went right off the top of the scale. Buried the needle. We're close on this one. I can ...
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