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In which military branch did Ted Striker serve?

In the comedy Airplane!, character Ted Striker has post-traumatic stress disorder after losing the rest of his squadron. What military branch was he supposed to have served in? Is it consistently ...
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How did he enter the locked room?

In s01e04 episode of Deep Space 9, A Man Alone, the victim was a clone. Somehow, they found out that the original was the killer. But, how did he get into the locked room?
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What happened to Sophia Varma?

At the beginning of the series Blindspot, Sophia Varma was a high-ranking government official as well as Bethany Mayfair's lover and coconspirator in the illegal operation Project Daylight. Believed ...
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Was it not immediately very obvious that Carlo was responsible for Sonny's death?

That Sonny was intercepted on his way to his sister's apartment and a trap had been laid at a toll plaza showed that someone must have known the exact timing of his sister's phone call. Pretty much ...
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Green leaves in the last scene of The Father [2020]

Towards the end of the 2020 film The Father, Anthony Hopkins' protagonist, who is suffering from dementia complains "I feel as if I am losing all my leaves". My take is that it is a ...
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Nicky talks to the two "wise guys" at the cage -- what did Nicky prevent specifically?

Nicky in a voice over makes it clear that no other mobsters will rob the casino and he talks very obliquely but significantly to the two men at the cage who then leave hurriedly without completing ...
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Meaning of the cat in the opening scene of Godfather I?

I am aware that the cat was a spur of the moment idea of Coppola; he explains in his commentary track for the movie that he had seen the cat running around and handed it to Brando who liked animals ...
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Why did Laura help Brendan?

In the movie Brick, we know Laura calmed The Pin and Tug down and stopped them from hurting Brendan more. We know she helped Brendan while he was investigating and looked after him when he was hurt. ...
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How realistic is this cut scene from Godfather 2 where Klingman is assaulted in his own casino?

I always thought this could have been included in the film. It is referred to in the conversation the senator has with Michael although it had not yet occurred but the senator knew of plans for ...
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On what month is "the 14th" and how does it relate to the rest of the timeline?

Some key events of Tenet happen on "the 14th," also "ten days ago." There is also a reference to a party at the American Embassy in Ryadh, on "June 29." Kat and Max are ...
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What does "A dime on the vig" mean?

In Donnie Brasco (1997), Sonny Black speaks to electrolarynx Man, who try to sell Sergio Valentes: Sonny Black: I got a guy that's in the middle of this load of Sergio Valentes. Man: A dime on the ...
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What's the significance of this scene in The Signal (2014)?

Near the end of the 2014 movie The Signal, soldiers surround a house. Dr. Wallace Damon goes into the house wearing a hazmat suit, where he finds a man named James sitting in a chair with a shotgun. ...
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What's the problem between Peter and the giant chicken?

I have watched a few random episodes of family guy and in some of them Peter fights a giant yellow chicken. This seems to be a joke they repeat in multiple episodes and in one of them I think the ...
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What does "five" mean?

At a restaurant, Sonny asks a man, who played a poker game: Sonny Black: Fucking booths. $200 in action and what we have we got, five? Man: We're taking a beating again this week, Sonny. What does &...
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What was the second telegram Abigail Fix wanted to send?

In Around The World in Eighty Days Episode Seven, Abigail Fix tries to send two telegraphic messages. The first is to her father, reassuring him that she is alive and well. The second cannot be sent ...
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Climax of the film Encanto

Does Mirabel get special powers at the end of the film Encanto? How does everyone get their powers back even after the candle is gone. The candle is the source of the miracles and the house. But soon ...
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What was written in John's Original letter to Amanda?

In Saw III, Hoffman changes John's letter for Amanda with his own. Which in a way made Amanda do something which made her fail John's test. But do we ever get any hint in any sequel/novelization or ...
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Why did Vail allow Thomas to testify?

In the movie Primal Fear, the prosecution calls Thomas Goodman to to testify and upon Vail's objection, the judge gives Vail the option to decide whether he wants his investigator to testify or not. ...
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At the end of The Lost Daughter, is Leda alive or has she died?

In the opening scene of The Lost Daughter (Netflix), Leda collapses at night on the beach. So it shouldn't be a surprise to see that towards the end of the film, Leda collapses on the beach. ...
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Who put the bounty on Fennec Shand?

In The Mandalorian episode 1.05 (Chapter 5, The Gunslinger), Din Djarin goes to look for bounty guild work in Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine, to pay for repairs he needs for his ship. At a local ...
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Why does Dakuan use this specific poison in Ninja Scroll?

In the movie Ninja Scroll (1993), Dakuan (the little old man) poisons Jubei to force him to help his plans. Later it is revealed that the poison can be cured only by the poison that is in Kagero (the ...
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How is this person alive in The Matrix Resurrections?

Sati parents were killed by The Analyst for her father betrayal. Sati was supposed to be killed too but she was rescued by one of the machines (I forgot name). After that ... she was back in Matrix ...
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Why didn't Margaret mention Ian's attempt to kill her

In A Very British Scandal, in court, very much is made of Margaret's infidelity as being the cause of the divorce, and she accuses Ian (though without evidence) of having an affair of his own. However,...
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Did anyone blow up the Russian base in Don't Look Up?

In the movie Don't Look Up (2021), China, India, and Russia joined forced to destroy the comet, but their base in Russia blew up before they could launch their rockets. Was the USA, BASH, or anyone ...
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How did Susan understand who Joe Black was?

At the ending of Meet Joe Black - how did Susan understand that Joe Black was Death, and that the guy she met at the coffee shop had actually died, and has now returned, by being swapped with Death?
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Did Kleinfeld steal from a client?

In a scene in Carlito's Way, the lawyer Kleinfeld is confronted by a gangster client doing time on Riker's Island- it seems this mob boss entrusted Kleinfeld with a million dollars that were supposed ...
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What happens to the old guy sharing the car with Samantha after the crash?

Early in The Long Kiss Goodnight, Samantha Caine is suffering from amnesia and doesn't remember her past beyond 8 years ago. We see some establishing scenes of her new life. In one we see her at a ...
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How can Beth call in sick for school when she is a national celebrity?

In episode 3 of The Queen's Gambit, Beth and her adoptive mother travel the country to compete in many chess tournaments. During their travels, Beth is acquiring more and more fame all the while she ...
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What is the significance of these colors in Witcher season 2?

In The Witcher season 2 the main antagonist Voleth Meir appears in dreams to only three people, Yennefer, Fringilla, and Francesca. The first appearance in dreams is in the form of hooded and robed ...
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Why did this character lose his power at the end?

Near the end of The Matrix Resurrections, The Analyst lost his ability to manipulate time, a power we saw in earlier scenes where Neo was completely helpless. Why did that ability go? Is it because ...
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In Squid Game, how did they guarantee a winner for the glass bridge "game"?

So I'm re-watching Squid Game and I'm trying to figure out something with the glass bridge sub-game. How did they know that someone would survive the sub-game? At that point of the series/episodes, ...
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What did Noodles' tip to the police change?

In Once Upon a Time in America, Noodles informs the police about a routine booze crime operation that the band was about to do. He does so to save Max from getting killed when doing another crime Max ...
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How was Peter a.k.a. Spider-Man able to move his hands in his astral form?

At one point in the film, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange fight over the spell box that has the ability to send all of the multiverse villains back to their respective timelines. However, at one point ...
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Who Is This Person Walking By The Computer Observer Room?

After being separated from the Umbrella Unit in Resident Evil (2002), Alice and Matt are taken away. Alice is quarantined in a Raccoon Hospital. Alice woke up in an Empty Quarantine room with a window ...
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Why does Gawain leave his sword behind?

Gawain uses his sword to cut the ropes and free himself. Then he appears to be running around without the sword. Why?! PS. I understand that he is somewhat of a moron, but leaving an excellent weapon ...
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In science fiction films and anime, why do we see some planets are close in the sky?

It's very common to see this view but in reality, our earth doesn't have that one. We only have one Moon orbiting around our Mother planet. In sci-fi movies what is this term commonly called? Most ...
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In Spider-Man No Way Home, how did *this* character not face the same consequences as other characters in the similar situation?

Just got back from watching No Way Home for the second time, but unfortunately none of my friends care about these things as much as I do -for them this is just 'another movie'. But I have a lot of ...
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Why did Sang-woo use Clause 3 of the games but vote to continue?

Spoiler in this question for Squid Game. In the first episode of Squid Game, My guess is he initially was shocked from But when he saw the money in the plastic piggybank, he changed his mind? Is ...
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Did the character of the Coreleone family change with Michael at the head?

In the very first several minutes of Godfather I, Vito is disdainful of the mortician's request to have the boys who assaulted his daughter killed -- "That would not be justice; your daughter is ...
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What happened to the debts of 456?

Attention, massive spoilers ahead. In one of the early episodes we see that the main character is hunted by some gangsters because of his debts. They tell him, that if he doesn't pay his debts they ...
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What does "on the clothesline" mean?

In Donnie Brasco (1997), Lefty asks Donnie about 90 foot boat for Santo Trafficante: Donnie: No, I'm working on it. Lefty: Don't tell me no. You got to get that boat. I reached out already. His man ...
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How did the Jackal kill silently?

In The Day of the Jackal, the Jackal uses some technique to kill people silently without any struggle: He kills complacent Colette de Montpellier just by kissing and gently holding her for several ...
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What is the ultimate meaning of resistance in Money Heist? [duplicate]

After watching La Casa De Papel / Money Heist, I still do not fully understand the intent or message behind the repeated theme of resistance in the show. How are the heists performed by the gang any ...
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Why does John work for FBI and not CIA?

In Red Notice, John Hartley (played by Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock), is sent to Europe to work with Interpol to hunt down an international jewel thief. John works for the FBI. But hang on: FBI has ...
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Why is the United States blamed for the events of Battle Royale II?

In Battle Royale II: Requiem (2003), a group of Japanese high school students are given the seemingly impossible task of hunting down a (Japanese) terrorist leader (the survivor of the first Battle ...
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What was happening in the opening sequence of Ghostbusters: Afterlife?

What was going on in the confusing opening sequence of Ghostbusters: Afterlife? A vehicle is being driven quickly, pursued by a creature The vehicle crashes and ends up in a tree A man (presumably ...
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What was the significance of the old clip of Egon and Janine at the end?

At the close of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, we see an old clip of Janine Melnitz presenting Egon Spengler with a coin. The scene then cuts to a conversation between present-day Janine and Winston ...
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Meaning of kisses in "Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain"

At the end of Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001), Amélie gives Nino three kisses in very specific places (cheek, neck and eyelids) and silently asks Nino to do the same to her. Do these kisses ...
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Why was Louis Roulet seemingly surprised at what "DJ" Corliss testified?

In The Lincoln Lawyer, the state prosecutor (Ted Minton) puts a prison cell snitch ("DJ" Corliss) on the witness stand to testify about what the main antagonist (Louis Roulet) allegedly told ...
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Why didn't the Great Protector try to stop Xu Wenwu from destroying the Dark Gate?

In the movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, I am wondering why the Great Protector didn't try to stop Xu Wenwu from destroying the Dark Gate with the Ten Rings. When Xu Wenwu started to ...
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