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What did Murph achieve with Coop's data? [duplicate]

Maybe it isn't meant to be known. At the end of Interstellar we see a colony off Saturn. Although it wasn't explicitly stated, it appears at least some of the population of Earth was able to be ...
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How will new players be attracted if the regulars are experienced?

In Molly's Game (2017), Molly used to work as a waitress at the nightclub and now she is running poker games She reached out to the nightclub workers with the intention of convincing them to direct ...
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What does "Can you still" mean?

In The Departed (2006), Dr Madolyn shows her ultrascan report to Sullivan: Dr Madolyn: And they say that this little speck... is a penis. Sullivan: It's a boy. Dr Madolyn: Yeah, well, one usually ...
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Why didn't the green fluid affect Agent Spender?

In The X-Files S05E11, Two Fathers, Agent Jeffrey Spender is asked by the Cigarette Smoking Man to prove his allegiance once more, and ordered to kill a rebel alien who is masquerading as a member of ...
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What did Jimmy do with the Lufthansa $6M cash?

In Goodfellas, Jimmy Conway masterminds the Lufthansa heist which yields $6M in cash (as per the narrator at 1:38:05). Jimmy "kicked some money upstairs to Paulie" (at 1:48:21). Then, he ...
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Why does the officer think Jack would claim their efforts at the suspect's house?

In L.A Confidential (1997), while facing temporary suspension as a technical advisor for the "Badge of Honor" show and working in Vice, Jack and Exley visit the suspect's house, where two of ...
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Why didn't Jack answer Leonard's question?

Officers Jack and Exley visit Leonard in L.A Confidential (1997), who is working out on a speed bag. They ask for his help in identifying suspects. Leonard agrees when Jack offers to reduce his ...
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What does detective Somerset mean when he is talking about John Doe's insanity plea?

In Se7en, John Doe turns himself in, asks for a lawyer and then proposes a deal to lead Det. Mills and Det. Somerset to the last 2 bodies. However, if they refuse, he announces he will plead insanity ...
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Why didn't the Bug just kill J and K after taking their weapons?

During the climax of Men in Black, the two agents shot the ship the Bug was using to escape and brought him back to the ground. As soon as the Bug was out, he took away their weapons and showed them ...
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In Dolittle how do different species speak to each other?

In the 2020 movie Dolittle (a.k.a The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle) there are humans and animals. Doctor Dolittle has learned different languages of the animals, so he can communicate with any animal (of ...
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What does "the chicken" refer to?

On a monitor in The Departed (2006), Sullivan identifies everyone present with Irish Mob boss Frank near the building that they have under AV surveillance nearby. Frank checks his phone and sees a ...
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Why did Pierce state his full name in this scene?

After coming to know that one of the victims from the Night Owl murders happened to be Lefferts in L.A Confidential (1997), Bud White recollected having seen Lefferts alongside Pierce on Christmas ...
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Why didn't Thorwald close his windows while carrying the body parts that night?

Why didn't Thorwald simply close his windows when he was scared if someone gonna watch him?
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Who killed Summer in "Reptile", and how is the witness's description of the killer having a limp relevant?

In Reptile (2023), Tom (Benicio del Toro) and Cleary (Ato Essandoh) interviewed a witness, Brenda, who described the man who entered the house where Summer (Matilda Lutz) was killed as someone who &...
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Were the men walking in the quad a hallucination as well?

In the 2001 movie A Beautiful Mind Charles (who is a hallucination of John Nash) smashed the latter's desk through the window to the snowy quad. Then two men who were walking in the quad were shocked ...
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How did the card get into the vault in Now You See Me?

In the movie Now You See Me, the 'Four Horsemen' rob a French bank and later reveal that the robbery was I understood the trick, but what I don’t get is how the signed card and the show poster ended ...
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Why don't John Nash's delusional persons age?

In the 2001 movie A Beautiful Mind John Nash has schizophrenia and he sees unreal persons (his roommate, his roommate's niece, and a dangerous spy). He realizes he has the disease in 1953 and starts ...
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Why did they laugh in this scene?

In The Departed (2006), Frank completes his phone call with Sullivan about the existence of an undercover cop in his crew while standing under a bridge. As he walks away, Captain Queenan and Dignam ...
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Is Luc Deveraux still a protagonist in the last Universal Soldier film?

In the Universal Soldier franchise Luc Deveraux (mostly played by Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a Universal Soldier created by the government to go on several missions to save the country and its people. ...
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Why didn’t Bud White attack Exley for being sarcastic in this situation?

While Exley was standing at a distance in L.A Confidential (1997), Bud White found the body of his close friend and colleague Dick Stensland under a white sheet at the mortuary: EXLEY: Hell of a way ...
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Why didn't they hold the high ground?

In Lone Survivor, why didn't they just hold the high ground up the mountain and call for an extraction? It seems like a critical mistake to move down the ridge and have all the Taliban above their ...
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Why did the hijacker tell the air attendant to use the "sing song accent you all do"?

In Hijack episode 4, there's this scene where the hijacker yells at one of the air attendants to go on the intercom to warn all the passengers to behave. But then he tells the attendant to use ".....
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Why did Bud White evade Pierce's question here?

In L.A Confidential (1997), Bud White discovered that one of the victims of the Night Owl murders was Lefferts, whom he had seen with Pierce on Christmas night. As a result, he traced Pierce’s address ...
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Why didn't Dudley answer Bud White's question here?

At the restaurant scene in L.A Confidential (1997), Dudley speaks to the suspended cop Bud White and reveals a police badge and gun in front of him: Dudley: They're yours. Go ahead, take them. ...
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In the movie retribution, why is the criminal mastermind the victim at the same time

There is a movie released this year called Retribution. The plot involves the CEO of a certain company being blackmailed by some unknown psycho who plants a bomb underneath the seats of the car. If ...
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How old are these four characters supposed to be?

In Sneaky Pete, Tex (played by M. Emmet Walsh, born 22 March 1935) is father of Audrey Bernhardt (played by Margo Martindale, born 18 July 1951) who is mother of Maggie Murphy (played by Jane Adams, ...
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How did the demon know Jesus Christ in The Exorcist?

In the 1973 film The Exorcist a little girl is possessed by an Ancient Mesopotamian deity called Pazuzu. Priests gather around the girl and start to read the Bible and pour holy water on the girl. But ...
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What is "same sort of thing" referring to?

In L.A Confidential (1997), the officer and Jack, working under the direction of Lieutenant Exley, teamed up to investigate the Night Owl murder. They used a list of vehicles provided by the DMV to ...
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Why doesn't Spike know Jerry in Puttin' On the Dog?

These two Tom and Jerry episodes were consecutive: The Bodyguard was released on July 22, 1944. Puttin' On the Dog was released about 3 months later on October 28, 1944. The plots are also related. ...
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David marooned in Alien: Covenant

In Alien: Covenant, David tells the crew that he is marooned on the planet. We later see he arrived on the planet with an engineer spaceship. The crew finds the spaceship crashed in Covenant when they ...
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How do Frank, The Mother, and others in the basement get food and water?

In Barbarian, Frank seems to be bedridden. And while The Mother is able to get out, she doesn't seem to have sufficient intelligence to get food and water. (The Mother is depicted as more animal than ...
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The wrong year in Dial of Destiny?

Jürgen Voller uses the Antikythera in the Heinkel 111, but before going through the time fissure Indiana Jones spouts off that Archimedes did not take into account continental drift. If the continents ...
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How does Suzume enter the ever after using the door near the ruins of her house, and return back?

In the movie Suzume, we are told in the beginning of the movie that living people can't enter the "ever-after" which is shown when certain doors are opened. However, Suzume is able to jump ...
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In Deadloch season 1, how did this character get this thing?

Note: this question is about the TV Series Deadloch, for which I haven't found a specific tag. At the end of season 1 of Deadloch, we learn that the killer is Earlier in the season, during an outdoor ...
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Why does Joel insist on looking for Rose and even breaking down the door?

In Smile, Joel knows how the curse works. But at the end of the movie, he still goes looking for Rose and despite Rose screaming No! repeatedly, he still breaks the door down (and so allows the curse ...
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Why did the scene cut away without Costigan Jr. answering Dignam's question?

In The Departed (2006), Queenan and Costigan Jr. were seated facing each other while Dignam stood beside the former, facing the latter: Dignam: You got quite the family tree. That maggot Uncle of ...
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Why did Dick Stensland laugh in this segment?

One Christmas night in L.A Confidential (1997), Officer Bud White departs from a bar and notices a woman with a bandaged nose in the vicinity of a car. Approaching the vehicle, Bud confronts Buzz, a ...
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Why does Rusty want to spare Mike but kill James in "The Contractor"?

In the 2022 movie "The Contractor", after a botched job in Germany, Rusty (played by Kiefer Sutherland), the leader of a U.S.-based private military company, allows Mike (played by Ben ...
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Why was Old Major's death scene changed in the 1954 animated adaption

In the original literary version of George Orwell's Animal Farm Major the pig died in his sleep three days after giving his speech on revolution. Three nights later old Major died peacefully in his ...
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Why do characters in The Departed put the ‘F’ word in the middle of their words?

These are words spoken by characters in The Departed with the ‘F’ word inserted in the middle of them: Whoop-de-fu_king-do LA-di-fu_king-da abra-fu_king-cadabra Sigmund fu_king Freud Mr. Fu_king-...
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What punishment would Jack face if he did not cooperate with the Police Chief?

In L.A Confidential (1997), Detective Sergeant Jack is accused of hitting Ezekiel Garcia, but the Police Chief offers him a deal. In exchange for testifying against three officers, he will be ...
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If Dignam is not of Irish descent, then who is Frank referring to with the Irish derogatory term?

While on the phone with Frank in The Departed (2006), Sullivan shares his disapproval about Costello's crew pushing Queenan to his death. Frank defends the action stating that one person had to die ...
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Why didn't Brice suggest this?

In the 1987 film No Way Out, Secretary of Defense David Brice is out to quash a proposed "phantom submarine", a naval craft that in theory wouldn't be detected by sonar. His main problem ...
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What's happening in Mexico in Robocop?

In the 1987 Robocop, people mention the US army is helping the Mexican government fight rebel forces in what a news anchorman euphemistically refers to as 'the Mexican Crisis'. What cause are these ...
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How did the president start reading the new director's name with mistake?

In the 2002 movie, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams there's a scene where the president of the USA is about to announce the new director of the OSS: Now, it's my great pleasure to announce the ...
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How can Costigan Jr.'s department arrange a memorial service if he was erased from the police directory?

In the event of Costigan Jr.'s death from The Departed (2006), his department typically arranges for a memorial service to honor his life and sacrifice: Earlier in the movie, Costigan Jr was erased ...
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What's a security clearance and why does it matter so much?

In the movie Oppenheimer, we repeatedly hear the term security clearance. I have never heard of that concept before. Even Google search doesn't satisfy me because I can't find why it's so important.
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What is the complete question that Smith is asking here?

In L.A Confidential (1997), Smith saw Edmund's top-ranking test results among 23 candidates. Wondering about Edmund's next move, Smith suggested options. Edmund chose the Detective Bureau, despite ...
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Why did Ransom meet Fran?

In Knives Out, what was Ransom's motivation for wanting to nullify Harlan's will in the last act? Why did he bother to meet Fran and to kill her to frame Marta? Marta had already agreed1 to give ...
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Why wasn't Libby's spirit aware?

In the 2011 movie, Dream House, Will Atenton lives with his family in a house. Her wife calls him Will. They find out about a crime that was committed 5 years earlier in the same house. Both get ...
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