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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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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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Do the Chris Nolan Batman movies have a unique Gotham accent?

I cannot place American accents particularly well, so this is not intuitive to me based on watching the Christopher Nolan Batman movies. Do the cast use a particular accent to place themselves in the ...
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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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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 heard it was dubbed but why would it be?
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Was Brad Pitt's '50 feet of crap' line in Moneyball a reference to Jennifer Aniston's in Friends?

In Friends S02E01 (from 1995), Rachel is sad because Ross has a new girlfriend, as she is discussing with Joey: Joey: How're you doing? Rachel: I'm okay. Joey: Ooh, that bad, huh? ...
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What did Robert California from "The Office" say to Nellie in his voice mail?

So in Season 8 - Episode 23 "Turf War", Robert had a drunk night. He apparently sent an "inappropriate" voicemail to Nellie as she says: Nellie: I got your voicemail. From – from last night. ...
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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 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: Mine goes 3 ...
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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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Which lines of "In the mood for love" are in Shanghainese, and which are in Chinese?

In the movie In the mood for love the characters speak Shanghainese and Cantonese. There are also songs in several languages, but this is easier to research. I might be mistaken, but so far I get ...
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Do Chipettes speak with a specific dialect in the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies?

In the Czech dubbing of the Alvin and the Chipmunks films, the Chipettes speak the Slovak language instead of the Czech language, as other characters in the movie do (they are very similar, speakers ...
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Is Michael Scofield imitating someone when he utters the phrase "The ocean is your frontyard"?

In Prison Break S04E04, titled "Eagles and Angels", Michael and Sara are talking just outside the depot in the shipyard. Michael utters the phrase "The ocean is your frontyard" with a voice other ...
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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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Indonesian culture and Shadowhunters / The Mortal Instruments series?

I've first remembered Maia giving Simon a free shot on Hunter's Moon, saying 'Gratis' which means 'free' in Indonesian. Magnus Bane is mix white-Indonesian. A Keris, Indonesian artistic weapon, the ...
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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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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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Why does David Foster Wallace say to David Lispky, "I got 20 years to get you back."

In the movie The End of the Tour a scene shows David Foster Wallace and David Lipsky walk into a radio station and are greeted by a girl. Girl from the radio station: Right this way. We record ...
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Does the language in the movie Klaus actually make sense?

So I recently watched the Netflix movie Klaus. In the movie there is a little girl who speaks Saami, as one of the other kids points out. My question is, does she really speak Saami and if she does, ...
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What did Bruce mean by 'same rules apply'?

In Filth, what did the last 'same rules apply' mean? During the movie whenever he used the phrase, I understood this phrase by associating it with the consequence i.e. `the games' and not the actual ...
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Why was Joyce Evans not in Inspector Valentine's jurisdiction?

At the end of Father Brown episode 6, "The Bride of Christ", Inspector Valentine says he'll charge Tom Evans as an accessory, but "As for his wife, that's out of my jurisdiction." Why would it be out ...
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In Ernest Goes to Camp did the Chief speak an actual language?

In the film Ernest Goes to Camp when the Cheif was speaking seems to have been using real Plains Indian Sign Language based on the Wikipedia article for the movie. But that's just the sign language, ...
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Why did Ben Bradlee specifically mention "91 words a minute"?

The Post's managing editor, Ben Bradlee reads a paper: BEN: All these guys sound like they sleep with a damn thesaurus. So McNaughton was secretly suggesting to McNamara...to provoke the North ...
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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 me what ...
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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 in ...
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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 did the writers mean by this detail in one scene of one episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" from 1957?

In the 26th episode of season two of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" titled, "I Killed The Count Part II", first aired in 1957, there is a short scene, or rather a brief moment of one scene, which ...
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Is there such expression as "Charlie someone out"?

There is the following exchange in Deadwood series season 1 episode 3 ... Johnny: Al? Al: Yeah. Johnny: That cherry New York dude is downstairs askin’ for ya. Al: No good. Charlie him the fuck out. (...
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Ash uses phrase "Kane's son" in discussing the creature -- was this in the original version?

I'm rewatching Alien on HBOMax and I heard Ash call the creature "Kane's son". I think HBOMax often has versions different than theatrical release or maybe because I am watching on a laptop ...
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Why did Driscoll say, "One flash behind you"?

In Spenser Confidential (2020), Globe journalist Wayne, shows Spenser CCTV footage from a convenience store that details Gloria Weisnewski’s murder. Wayne admitted that Globe put him on another story ...
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Why does the Saint call Bosley "Bombay Sister"?

In Charlie's Angels (2019), Bosley meets The Saint: Saint: Hey. Bombay sister. How are you? Bosley: Master. Why does he call her "Bombay Sister"?
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Why did Tallahassee shoot his alcohol bottle?

In Zombieland Double Tap (2019), Tallahassee tossed his alcohol bottle up in the air, aimed his gun quickly and shot it, then turned and proceeded to kill the zombie: Columbus: It was good. You ...
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What is Eric Bana saying in Chinese in this scene?

In Funny People, Eric Bana's character can speak Chinese (Mandarin). In this scene, he says something to his children in Chinese, but I don't know what he says. It sounds something like: " 觉得__你的再见 "...
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Is Mahabali's tribal language a meaningful language like Kilikki?

In Baahubali: The Lost Legends season 4 we meet Mahabali's tribe and they were using their secret language which was forbidden to be taught to anyone outside the tribe. Is this language also a ...
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What's so funny about Ann's reply?

In Fifty Shades Freed (2018), Christian, who has drank, speaks to his pregnant wife Ann: Christian: Babies mean no sex. Ann: That can't be true. There'd be no siblings. Christian: Hmm. ...
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What does an A-final case mean in terms of police cases?

I'm not sure whether this question fits here or not. I was watching the movie 'Talaash: The Answer Lies Within', 2012 movie directed by Reema Kagti. In the movie, many police officers addressed a ...
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Why does Dorinda in Always and A Guy Named Joe ask "Is that your plane?"

In A guy named Joe (1943), Dorinda (Irene Dunn) sees Pete (Spencer Tracy) in Scotland and notices his plane. She asks the question: Dorinda: Is that your plane? Pete: The B-25 over there that ...
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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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Why is Hunyak's Hungarian so absolutely atrocious?

In the 2002 movie version of Chicago, they cast a Russian actress for the role of Hunyak, who is Hungarian. OK, fine, totally unrelated languages, but anyone can learn a canned bit of text with some ...
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