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Is the title “The Last Jedi” singular or plural?

As we all know, the plural of Jedi is Jedi. In my country (Poland) the local title ("Ostatni Jedi") also uses words that have the same singular and plural form, so it's not conclusive. How is it in ...
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Why doesn't “Ralph Breaks the Internet” have “wreck” in the title?

The sequel to Wreck-It Ralph is called Ralph Breaks the Internet. In it, Ralph and Venellope travel to the Internet to buy a replacement controller for Sugar Rush. Why is it called Ralph Breaks the ...
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How does the title 'The Imitation Game' justify the story of the movie?

Alan Turing's biopic is entitled as 'The Imitation Game'. In this movie what has actually been imitated?
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Why did they avoid Charlie's name in the film title Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory?

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) is a film based on the novel named Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But what was the reason for the shift from Charlie to Willy Wonka in the film title?...
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Why is the movie titled “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”?

I watched the movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, several times but couldn't understand the relationship between the title and the story. What does the title mean in the context of the story?...
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What did the title of Silence of the Lambs refer to?

I just saw The Silence of the Lambs (1991). So what exactly does "silence of the lambs" mean? It was not clear to me.
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Who is the titular “Last Jedi”?

New Star Wars film is titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In this movie we can see "Kylo" has Force powers, "Rey" has Force powers at the end and Princess Leia also has Force abilities. Luke Skywalker is ...
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Why is “Captain Marvel” translated as male in Portugal?

In Portugal, Captain Marvel (2019) is translated to Capitão Marvel, which is the male term for captain, female being capitã. Is there a reason for this, or just a gross mistake from Portuguese ...
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Why is the movie title “Blazing Saddles”?

The plot of "Blazing Saddles" is all about people who are shocked after a black man is appointed as the sheriff in their town. So, why is the title "Blazing Saddles"?
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Why is it Pet Sematary but not Pet Cemetery?

My question is about Stephen King's Pet Sematary (1989). Why is cemetery misspelled as sematary in the title? Is there a special reason which may be explained in the novel or in the movie?
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Why was the Avengers movie called something different in the UK?

In the UK the movie is called "Avengers Assemble" Why was it given a different name in that market?
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Why is the new movie named Ocean's 8?

What could be the reason to title the movie as Ocean's 8, even though ocean's trilogy was ended as ocean's 13?
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Why is “The Matrix” called by that name?

Personally from what "matrix" means in English, I can only see relation with one of its meanings, and even then a bit far-fetched. As guide for the meanings of "matrix" we can use this link: https://...
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Is the title 'The Walking Dead' referring to the main characters of the series?

Until recently I had absolutely no question in my mind as to why the TV series 'The Walking Dead' was titled exactly that - because of the zombies, you know, corpses that have come back to life and ...
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What does the title “Gone in 60 Seconds” mean?

What is the reason for the movie title Gone in 60 Seconds? I could not find any explicit reference to the title during the movie. I expected a 60-second car theft or something like that.
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Why is the movie titled The Phantom Menace?

The first episode of Star Wars franchise is titled The Phantom Menace. However, the movie doesn't clarify its title, nor is there a character named as such to justify its title. So, my question is; ...
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What does “Zero Dark Thirty” mean?

I'm looking forward to Zero Dark Thirty, and curious to know where the title comes from. Does anyone know?
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Why is the biography of comedian Andy Kaufman titled “Man on the Moon”?

From seeing the title Man on the Moon, I thought the movie was going to be related to the Earth's Moon like Apollo 13. But the movie is a biography / comedy-drama. Why does the movie have this title?...
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Who or what is being redeemed in The Shawshank Redemption?

What does the title "The Shawshank Redemption" refer to? It doesn't make sense to say Andy was redeemed, since he was never guilty of the crime for which he was convicted. Red is redeemed in the ...
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Why is the TV show titled “Game of Thrones” and not “A Song of Ice and Fire?”

Have the directors ever explained why the TV show Game of Thrones is named after the first book, instead of the book series "A Song of Ice and Fire"? However, it is based on the whole book series.
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Why was the movie titled Inception?

Inception means: An event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events. But the movie talks about humans dreaming & lucid dreaming etc. So, why is the movie titled ...
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What does “Ex Machina” mean?

The name of the British sci-fi movie "Ex Machina", what exactly does it mean? Is there any relationship to the famous game series "Deus Ex"?
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What does the title “Reservoir Dogs” mean?

Aside from speculations of the title coming from Tarantino's mispronunciation of the French film name, what meaning does Reservoir Dogs have in context of the actual story line?
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How does the movie Spirited Away justify its title?

The movie Spirited Away has the title in Japanese as 千と千尋の神隠し, which means Sen and Chihiro Spiriting Away. This movie is about the Chihiro), a ten-year-old girl who enters the spirit world while ...
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How long must a Hollywood film wait to use the same title of an older film?

I just stumbled on the new film Bound (2015) and remembered that there was an older film by the Wachowskis also called Bound released in 1996. I am sure this varies from country to country - but in ...
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What does the Flag symbolize?

The logo for Netflix's House of Cards shows an upside-down & mirrored American Flag with 0 stars on it. What does this logo represent in terms of the show? Is it meant to be symbolism with the ...
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Why is “Airplane!” called “Flying High!” in some countries?

According to Wikipedia, the movie Airplane! is called Flying High! in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, and the Philippines. At the same time, Netflix in Australia calls this movie Airplane!...
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Why was Inglourious Basterds misspelt?

Did Quentin Tarantino ever give the reason for misspelling the movie title Inglourious Basterds?
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What is the meaning of the letter A?

Season 4, Episode 16 of The Walking Dead is titled "A". The previous episode is titled "US", making it a play on "USA" which is where the series takes place. Together, the two episodes show the main ...
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Why is the movie called “8 mile”?

8 mile, the movie that deals with hip hop competition. A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder ...
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Who is responsible for movie titles in foreign countries?

I have always wondered who is responsible for movie titles in foreign countries. Specifically, for movies made in the USA and distributed internationally. Sometimes they only change a little, ...
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What does “First Class” refer to in X-Men: First Class?

I am confused and curious about the meaning of "First Class" in X-Men: First Class. What does it refer to?
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Why do many movie titles differ between the U.S. and the UK?

Why are movies titled differently in the UK? For example; The Avengers changed to Avengers Assemble. Similarly Vertige is called High Lane. What is the reason why so many movies are retitled for ...
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Was “Licence to Kill” originally titled “Licence Revoked”?

Is there any proof that the James Bond movie Licence to Kill was actually going to be titled "Licence Revoked"? If yes, then was it because it was believed that the audience, at that time, was too ...
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Why is the movie titled Gothika?

I have seen the movie Gothika (2003). There was no one named Gothika in the movie. For me, the movie and the title of the movie didn't sync. What is the meaning of Gothika?
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Why is the movie called “Dirty Dancing”?

I saw this movie, the dance moves look like salsa and appear romantic. In that case, why is the movie called "Dirty Dancing"?
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What is the meaning of the title Trainspotting?

I want to ask about the title of the famous 1996 movie Trainspotting. What is the meaning of it and how does it fit in the context of story?
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What does the title of 'Patriot Games' refer to?

I recently watched the film Patriot Games (1992) and I'm not quite clear on what the title refers to, the only real hint I noticed towards it in the movie is a selection of document folders labelled ...
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Why was the title changed to Dark Kingdom in the German release?

I just saw a trailer for Thor: The Dark World and noticed that it will be released in Germany as Thor - The Dark Kingdom. While movie titles are often changed in localized versions for various reasons ...
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Why is Thugs of Hindostan misspelt?

India is also known as Bharat & Hindustan in the Indian Subcontinent. The upcoming Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan movie is titled Thugs of Hindostan. It is set in 1700 India under British rule. ...
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What does the title “The Fault in Our Stars” signify?

I just saw The Fault in Our Stars and was quite confused with the title in relation to the plot of the movie. Can anyone help me to understand the co-relation between the plot and the title?
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Has a TV show ever used the same title for more than one episode?

Most TV series have titles for the individual episodes. They seem to always be unique, but is this actually the case, or is there a show which have used the same title more than once? You might think ...
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There Will Be Blood title significance

I just saw the movie There Will Be Blood (2007). When I had first seen the title of the movie I had assumed the movie to be a violent one with a lot of killing and hatred. But the story is completely ...
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How did “Lord of Light” become “Argo”?

The movie Argo depicts the extraction of six embassy workers who were hiding in Iran during the hostage crisis that began in 1979. To get their expert into the country and to rescue the hiding embassy ...
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What is Belgravia in 'a Scandal in Belgravia'?

The title of the 1st episode on Season 2 of Sherlock, the TV-series is A scandal in Belgravia. What is Belgravia?
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Why are the episodes “Crocodile” and “Hang the DJ” named that way?

In Black Mirror season 4 there are 2 episodes named Crocodile and Hang the DJ. These are the only two episodes that don't have an obvious explanation for their name. Why are they named this way?
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Where's the actual Palindrome in the season two finale of Fargo?

How did season 2 episode 10 of Fargo, titled "Palindrome," get its title? I've read | several | recaps. Only one mentions the meaning of the word (spelled the same forward as backward, such as "madam"...
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Why did Netflix rename “What Happened to Monday” to “7 Sisters”

The movie What Happened To Monday was released by Netflix on their streaming service, and kept that name for the majority of its stay. Recently, Netfix changed the name to "7 Sisters" but kept the ...
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Why is “8 Simple Rules” named so?

Why is the TV show, 8 Simple Rules named so? I have watched the whole first season and there is no mention of any "Rule(s)" at all.
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Why is Batman's name placed before Superman's in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the second entry in the DC Extended Universe and there is only one Superman based film existing in this universe and still Batman's name is placed before Superman'...

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