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Why did Fran say "You did this"?

Because of her accent "you did this" is almost indistinguishable from "Hugh did this". She said this because in one of the first scenes in the movie it is explained that Ransom's real name is Hugh ...
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Explanation of the blood on Marta Cabrera's shoe

Harlan slits his throat so the blood would spurt out everywhere in front of him. He did this so the police could tell that no one was in front of him as the blood patterns would show someone was there....
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Why doesn't the family have a consistent view of where Marta is from?

This is likely done to show that the family doesn't care to remember where she is from; they only care that she is from somewhere different from them. Their ignorance about where she came from is one ...
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How did this character survive in Knives Out?

If you recall from earlier in the film, Harlan criticizes Ransom's protected lifestyle saying he is unable to tell the difference between a stage prop and a real knife. That was a bit of ...
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Why is there a fake knife on the rack at the end of Knives Out?

Because this choice is a follow-up to something said much earlier in the movie: Harlan Thrombey loves his family, but he also isn't blind to their flaws and faults. Actually, he seems to blame ...
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What's so baiting in Benoit's words to Linda?

If I remember correctly, this is the scene where Blanc interviews every member of the family, which serves both as a general introduction for the viewer and the start of the investigation. During ...
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Why does Daniel Craig tuck his tie at the end of Knives Out?

In one of the scenes, Daniel Craig is shown tucking his tie inside the middle of his shirt. Why does he do that? For the same reason he takes off his suit and rolls up his sleeves - he means business....
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How did the video player break?

While she was holding the Play and Fast-Forward buttons, we are explicitly shown that Marta hits the Eject button. This is when the tape ejects and the player starts smoking, which the security guard ...
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What did Linda Drysdale do to upset her father?

I agree that Linda is the least worse person who boasts about being totally self-made while neglecting to mention the million-dollar loan her daddy gave her to get the business started. She’s ...
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In Knives Out, how did Marta get away with a certain lie without vomiting?

Because Marta's lie-induced vomiting is likely a guilt-based physical reaction to emotional stimuli. She doesn't get sick because she's lying, she gets sick because she's a good person, and lying ...
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What country is Marta Cabrera from?

It was deliberately made vague which country Marta is from to keep people guessing all the time. Keeping it a mystery highlights the Thrombeys' ignorance of where Marta is from. According to Ana de ...
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How did Richard get a [red] black eye at the end of Knives Out?

You got it, from IMDB.com... At the epilogue, Linda Thrombey finally manages to decrypt the message Harlan left her, exposing the affair of her husband Richard, and stares at him dejectedly. Shortly ...
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What did Linda Drysdale do to upset her father?

Linda, with her husband's fidelity issues, was certain to be going through a divorce soon. As such, her husband would lay claim to half her inheritance. I don't think Harlan disliked her, I think he ...
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Knives out laundry scene logic

At 8am or so, Ransom meets Fran in the laundry (as per her original blackmail note). He doses her with morphine, ties her up, stages the scene, and leaves to meet Marta. Marta gets there around 10am. ...
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What is the significance/reference of a character repeatedly hitting a piano note?

From the IMDB trivia page, and having just watched it, the piano is a cue to ask a specific question: When Benoit Blanc is first seen by the audience, he is sitting in the study listening to ...
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Knives out laundry scene logic

I have discussed this with multiple people, including nurse, and came to this conclusion: First there is huge difference between intravenous and intramuscular injection - Marta to Harlan intravenous ...
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What's so baiting in Benoit's words to Linda?

Linda elaborates in the rest of her line LINDA: Are you baiting me, Detective? You know he doesn't, and you think I'm dumb enough to be baited into talking family business, into shit talking my ...
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Would the villain's testimony be usable in court?

Let's see... Amendment V No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or ...
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How did this character survive in Knives Out?

Yes, it's a fake knife. Such knives have a retractable blade, which apparently is not sharp. It is generally harmless and used in party tricks.
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Why couldn't Ransom make an anonymous call?

Actually, detective Benoit is saying that if the police hadn't brought in Ransom for questioning, he could have made that anonymous call he originally planned for. Ransom originally planned to make ...
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Why couldn't Ransom make an anonymous call?

The point of the call was in the timing. Ransom's plan was to meet Fran at the laundromat at 8AM, which is what Fran originally organised. Kill Fran. He used morphine to mirror Marta's accident with ...
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What's so baiting in Benoit's words to Linda?

Deconstructing the conversation to highlight what Benoit Blanc noticed Linda: Yes, I mean, Walt, he's done well with what Dad gave him. But really, Dad hands him a book twice a year and Walt ...
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What country is Marta Cabrera from?

Marta is from the United States of America The key irony to the entire running gag about Marta's nationality is that she is as American as any of the Thrombeys. Note that when Walt Thrombey goes to ...
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Why did Ransom meet Fran?

Possibly because even if Ransom received his share of the inheritance, he could not tolerate an outsider—especially one of the hired help—ending up with the rest of the family's assets: Ransom: We ...
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In Knives Out, how did Marta get away with a certain lie without vomiting?

The simplest answer is that it likely isn't a lie at all. First, in the screenplay, it seems there was originally an intention of showing this explicitly. Marta first declines a glass of champagne ...
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In Knives Out, how did Marta get away with a certain lie without vomiting?

Marta vomits when she directly lies. She gets only nauseous when she conceals the truth. While remaining in the lie, she gets sicker and sicker. At the end of the movie, she was able to hold off ...
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What is the significance/reference of a character repeatedly hitting a piano note?

To be honest, he was hitting the keys (or rather that one particular key) to indicate his lieutenant (Lakeith Stanfield) to ask a specific question. He just seems to enjoy the theatrics of it. Though ...
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What is the significance/reference of a character repeatedly hitting a piano note?

It seemed to be he hit the piano each time he suspected the one being questioned was lying. If I remember correctly it occurred after the flashbacks to what actually happened and to what the person ...
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