Questions tagged [props]

Inanimate objects used in film or tv productions to propel the storyline or that help to define a character by association.

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Electric portable lamps in 1917 - how realistic is this depiction?

I've just seen "1917" and when Schofield and Blake were in enemy trenches - the rat tripwire scene - they were using some portable lamps. My question is - how realistic is this depiction and if it ...
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What type of knot do wayfinders tie in Moana?

In Moana, Maui the demigod and later a few Motunui sailor are shown tying this knot.
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What exactly is ALF?

We all know and remember the 1980's family sitcom ALF. He is a cat-eating, food-loving alien from the planet Melmac. One thing that I have always wondered: what exactly is ALF? He is not a puppet, ...
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What exactly did Virginia install at the four corners of the glass window before entering into the house?

In Entrapment (1999), Virginia's aim is to steal a Rembrandt portrait in an office. So she planned the stealing at night time and while entering into the building she installs this thing (image below) ...
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What is the round object given to Philippe by Papa Rudy?

What is the roundish object given to Philippe by Papa Rudy in The Walk (2015)? It appears to bear some resemblance to a tape measure. And what is the significance of the scene near the end when Jeff ...
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Why do cars in movies set in earlier eras always look brand new?

Whenever I watch a movie or TV show set in an earlier era, all the cars look brand new. In fact, better than brand new; the paint is rich and deep, highly polished. They all look as though they ...
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Why was the New Orleans flag altered in NCIS New Orleans?

In the season finale "Checkmate Part 2" May 15, 2018, a flag was flying from a small rod attached to the upper railing outside the building were Pride's bar was located. The flag resembled, but was ...
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Is the rowboat painting in more than 2 episodes and does it have multiple meanings?

I know the rowboat painting first appears in Breaking Bad in the fugue state episode and shows a man rowing away from his family, and then appears again when Walt is hiring Jack for the prison hit. ...
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Flags in Kim Possible (2019)

In a scene near the end of the TV movie Kim Possible (2019), two flags are seen on two different flag poles outside of the Middleton high school. I don't remember, but they might also be seen in ...
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'Objects in mirror are closer than they appear'

In the German film Knockin' on Heaven's Door, there is a scene where one of the characters looks at the side-view mirror of the car he's sitting in, and we get a shot of the mirror and the caption '...
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How was the Etch a Sketch art of Mona Lisa made for Elf?

In the movie Elf, at one scene an Etch a Sketch is shown with an amazingly accurate rendition of the Mona Lisa drawn on it. Of course, it's really hard to draw on an Etch a Sketch, so I was wondering ...
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Do Harry Potter scarves in the movies have house emblems?

I've bought officially licensed Harry Potter scarves (the kind the kids wear, which have different colours for each house), however they come with a house emblem patched on the front of each. I don'...
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What is Thanos's weapon called?

In Avengers: Endgame, Thanos wields a kind of "double sword". I have no idea what this weapon is. (Image source: Thanos' new Avengers: Endgame weapon has been revealed) I'm wondering what kind of ...
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What do they use in place of actual marijuana plants?

We see a lot of weed plants in Trailer Park Boys, they look very very real. What are these plants? Is there a standard showbiz weed plant look-a-like?
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Was the HBC (Hudson's Bay Company) mug a deliberate prop in “The Princess Bride”?

In "The Princess Bride", Peter Falk is seen holding an HBC mug with the distinctive green/red/yellow/indigo stripes of the Hudson's Bay Company: Was this prop a deliberate insertion, or did this "...
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Why are needles pushed in so far in movies?

Having seen a lot of needles used in movies I've always wondered why they are inserted so deep - it's like they're trying to inject stuff into the bones! Why aren't needles used the way they should ...
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Why didn't Rami wear colored contact lenses in Bohemian Rhapsody?

In the movie Bohemian Rhapsody actor Rami Malek is portraying Freddie Mercury, brilliantly, if I may add. Rami and the crew put a lot of effort to make him look and act like Freddie. He had singing ...
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What book is Rachel reading?

The Friends episode "The One with Rachel's Book" has Joey mock Rachel about an erotic novel he found in her room. But is this just a prop book with the few excerpts Joey reads out being provided by ...
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The meaning of the Dexter lock in the series Dexter

Every time the series started I remember wondering about the lock on Dexter's door. I was sure I had the same one in my garage so I went to check and it turned out to be a "Dexter" lock. Is there a ...
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What is the red cord around the chest of Shaolin fighters?

Two Champions of Death (1980) made me wonder why one of the Shaolin fighters has red cords tied all around his chest over his jacket. I've seen this before in other Kung fu movies and always wondered ...
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What does the pink teddy bear represent in Breaking Bad?

After the plane crash in season 2 of breaking bad a pink teddy bear falls into Walts pool. We see the bear in several scenes before the plane crash in previous episodes of the season. In these ...
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Why is Darkman being “rotated”?

In 1990 movie "Darkman", after the protagonist is seriously injured, he is put on some rotating machine, as the other patients of the hospital. What are these machines? Are these things really used ...
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What's the significance of this wearable item on Hanna?

In Midsommar, (2019) Hanna (played by Louise Peterhoff) appears to be wearing some kind of modern ankle strap/support. The item is black with red or orange trim and not in keeping with the rest of her ...
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What do actors actually inhale when their characters snort cocaine or smoke crack?

While film scenes where an actor injects something into his/her arm can perhaps be faked with edits and maybe prosthetics, how do actors manage to snort cocaine or smoke crack? Are there approved safe ...
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Was this miniature in “Requiem for Methuselah” ever used to portray the Enterprise in space?

In the Star Trek: TOS episode "Requiem for Methuselah", the title character shrinks the Enterprise. You can see Kirk inspecting this miniature Enterprise on a table: Was this particular prop ever ...
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Big Bang Theory prop on Sheldon's bedroom wall

The Big Bang Theory is full of interesting props. It's a pastime of mine to try to identify odd props in shows and movies. This one has me stymied. It is in the rarely seen set of Sheldon's bedroom. ...
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Was Geordi's VISOR ever spelled lower-case in “Star Trek: TNG” scripts?

Reference materials for Star Trek spell the visual aide used by character Geordi LaForge as the acronym VISOR, instead of the word visor. Was this also the case in the scripts for the television show?...
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Why is the Satellite of Love shaped like a bone?

Why is the SOL in MST3K shaped like a bone? I know it's not hard sci-fi or anything, but has it ever been explained by the creators, actors, set designers, etc? The views of the inner architecture do ...
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What gadget does Will have on his wrist in “Stranger Things” S03E08?

Here are two screenshots from Stranger Things S03E08 with the gadget in question: It does not look like a wrist watch. Is it maybe some kind of portable video game?
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Does the Rube Goldberg machine used in the Elementary intro credits fully exist (and work)?

The intro sequence for the CBS show Elementary has a Rube Goldberg machine that actually captures the general flow of an episode quite well: I was wondering if there ...
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Why is Havana covered in 5-digit numbers in Our Man in Havana?

In the 1959 film version of Our Man in Havana, the streets of Havana are littered in signs with 4- and 5-digit numbers on them. Here's an example: Notice the "00260", "19072", and "42857" left of ...
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What is the significance of the sketch of Lenin on Clouseau's apartment wall in The Return of the Pink Panther?

I was recently re-watching The Return of the Pink Panther when I noticed a sketch of Lenin on the wall of Clouseau's apartment (early in the film, about 10 minutes, I think). Does anyone know why it's ...
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What was on Debbie's list?

In the Ocean's 8 movie, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) has a list of 15 items. The piece of paper is shown a couple of times in the movie. Once, when Debbie and Lou (Cate Blanchett) are sitting in ...
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What is this round thing on the pantry door in The Shining

When Wendy locks Jack in the pantry, there is a round object on the door. I thought that it was something to help out if someone gets trapped in the pantry, but based on the scene, it seems like that'...
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Were those real helicopters in Kong Skull island?

Do we know for sure if the helicopters in Kong: Skull Island were real or CGI or both?
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Did Kevin spill real chili?

In the Office season 5 episode 26 in the cold open Kevin makes a big pot of chili and spills it all on the office floor when bringing it in. Is it real chili? I am wondering if there is any episode ...
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How did the original lightsaber prop work?

The original (non-animated) lightsaber was apparently a wooden slat that could rotate covered with a reflective tape: What kind of reflective tape are we talking about here? The light is so intense ...
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What is the meaning of the smoking hair in Yellowbeard?

I have watched Yellowbeard countless times and tried to place a meaning on the smoking hair ends used twice in the film. I have heard reference to an inside joke amongst the cast and crew, but never a ...
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What is the purpose or meaning behind the hot rod in the Iron Man series?

In several scenes in both Iron Man 1 and 2, there are several scenes with references to hot rods throughout both movies. Whether it be the screen savers on the computers, Tony constantly working on ...
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What is the difference between the beige and orange prison uniforms?

In Orange Is The New Black, what is the difference between the beige prison uniform and the orange prison uniform? I've noticed some prisoners have beige and some have orange and the beige are only ...
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Is the video game played by Roland Schitt in S4E4 of Schitt's Creek real?

In S04E04, Girl's Night, of Schitt's Creek, Roland Schitt plays a video game. If it is a real one, what's the name of this game? If it's not a real video game, it looks like a lot of effort was ...
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What's the matter with Captain Boomerang's pink unicorn?

When preparing for their first mission, the Suicide Squad are given access to their personal belongings. Among the various weapons and custom outfits, there's also a pink unicorn plush toy that ...
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What is the logic behind Nadia bribing the secretary of the Temple with a mango?

So I just finished watching the dramedy TV series Russian Doll (2019) and have a question about a seemingly simple thing that maybe I am not understanding. In the third episode (“A Warm Body”) what ...
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Does Will Ferrell use the same dog in his roles?

In the scene from The Office where Will Ferrell is training Andy Bernard how to be a good salesman, he is holding a dog that looks very similar to Baxter from Anchorman. Is Will Ferrell partial to ...
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Why is there a Madonna of Hans Holbein in You Only Live Twice?

In the 6th Bond film, You Only Live Twice (1967) , one of Blofeld's possessions is a Madonna of Hans Holbein, best exemplified as the Darmstadt Madonna: What is the reason it is in the film? I know ...
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What was the respiratory system Dhawan used?

In Inside Edge, Dhawan frequently uses this respiratory system: Others shots of the system: But what is this? What does it represent for his character?
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What does SNIOKAH mean?

Spoilers for anyone who hasn't watched Bodyguard TV Series yet. In the last episode, David Budd is seen going on a trip with family and the license plate of his car reads SNIO KAH. Does this hold ...
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What is the purpose of Rust's one-eye mirror?

In the 1st season of True Detective one of the very few things in Rust's apartment back in 1995 is a very small mirror, just large enough to reflect a single eye, which he repeatedly looks into during ...
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How accurate is this computer hardware in the movie Wall Street?

In the movie Wall Street, there are two monitors that look like some kind of computers with funny looking keypads. What are they? Did they really use this kind of equipment back then?
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Is there any significance to the Disney character figurines?

In An American Werewolf in London, there are several scenes showing Disney characters in Alex's apartment. The main emphasis are the scenes with Mickey Mouse: Jack is holding Mickey Mouse while ...