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Question: I do not completely get the whole "Gang headlight" thing at all,I've seen the film more than 10 times but it still is confusing.

Chosen answer: This urban legend involves wannabe gang-bangers being required to make a kill to join the gang. In this scenario they drive with their headlights off and kill the driver of the first car that flashes their headlights at them. This was proved to be a false urban legend by snopes.com where more information can be found at http://www.snopes.com/horrors/madmen/lightsout.asp.

OneHappyHusky

Question: I know this movie was shown as three episodes on TV, but were the red carpet and after party sequences also shown on TV?

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: I have seen both versions and no they weren't.

Lummie Premium member

Question: I might have missed it, but in the scene where Neville is watching his wife and daughter evacuate New York, what exactly caused the other helicopter to spin out of control and crash into Neville's family's helicopter? Was it the fighters bombing the bridge, or the people hanging onto the out-of-control helicopter?

Chosen answer: It was the people hanging onto the helicopter (combined with the already hazardous conditions).

Jason Hoffman

Question: At the beginning of the movie, when the men are boarding the ship, a line of sailors are marching single file, nodding their heads up and down and chanting "Ahh-ah, ah-ooh" repeatedly. What are they doing this for?

Chosen answer: It's a marching chant, sort of like an ancient version of the marching music we have now.

Blibbetyblip

Question: Is the sneak peek of "Half-Blood Prince" accessible only with a DVD-ROM drive?

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: Yes.

Blibbetyblip

Question: We see Harold playing the guitar and singing in Anna's house. What is the name of the song which he is singing?

Scrappy

Chosen answer: It's called "Whole Wide World" by Wreckless Eric.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

Question: Does anyone know what Dorothy's last name was? As far as I know I haven't seen it mentioned in the movie.

Chosen answer: It's 'Gale', and it is mentioned in the movie when Dorothy tells the Good Witch 'I'm Dorothy Gale, from Kansas'.

Blibbetyblip

Butters' Very Own Episode - S5-E14

Question: I would have sworn the first time this episode aired, the group of alleged murderers (Ramseys, Condit, and Simpson) were chanting (or mentioned) the "Got Away With It Club" in the restaurant. I just saw a rerun and this time, Condit was saying something nonsensical while the rest chanted "one of us". Was it changed, or was it just my imagination?

Rlvlk

Chosen answer: During them all chanting "One of us", Condit is saying "Gooble Gobble," a reference to the chant from the movie Freaks. I have seen the episode a few times and I don't think there is anything different.

Lummie Premium member

Question: When Bourne is talking to Julia Stiles' character she insinuates that they have some kind of history together when she says something like "It's always been hard for me when it comes to you". Does anyone know what she means by this?

Chosen answer: That's probably all it is: an insinuation that Webb and Parsons had some kind of relationship prior to or during his induction into Treadstone, whether romantic or otherwise. It's left deliberately vague.

Sierra1 Premium member

Question: Why does Dick Van Dyke play Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr?

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: Because he's a talented actor who can play a broad range of characters. It's not that unusual for an actor to play more than one part in a movie: Edie Murphy played practically his entire family in the two "Nutty Professor" films. There's also a tradition in versions of Peter Pan that the same actor plays the children's father and also Captain Hook.

raywest Premium member

Question: I'm confused, I thought 'Christ' was one of Jesus's names, but that makes no grammatical sense in the phrase 'The Passion of the Christ'. What does 'Christ' mean?

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: While there is a not uncommon misconception that Christ is simply a surname, it is, in fact, a title. It's based on the Greek word "Christós", which literally translates to "The Anointed One". Via its Hebrew equivalent, "Mašíaḥ", we get the word "Messiah".

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: There is one point in the movie where Satan is carrying a demon-like baby. Who is the baby meant to be, or what does the baby symbolise?

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: The baby is meant to taunt Jesus; to show him that Satan cares for his children while God sends His to be tortured and killed.

Phixius Premium member

Question: In the foursome dinner scene, Cathy checks under the table and sees something about Sarah's feet that heightens her suspicion about the affair. What does Cathy see? The camera seems to focus on Sarah's painted toenails, but I don't understand why that would arouse suspicion.

Chosen answer: In the book it explains that the color is one that only a young teen would like, and a mature woman would never wear, unless she were too in love to notice that it was gaudy.

MoonFaery Premium member

Question: Who moved the mannequin to the snare trap? Was it Will Smith's character who did it, but couldn't remember because of his fragile mental state or was it someone else?

Chosen answer: The creatures, or at least the creature that seemed to be in charge, and copied what Will Smith did earlier, did it. This showed that his theory of them being mindless was wrong.

pross79

Question: What is the creature that roars at the maid in the Leaky Cauldron scene?

Chosen answer: We're never told. This scene is not in the book, and it is never elaborated on in the film. It was just added to be amusing.

Phixius Premium member

Question: How did they manage to film the deserted New York city scenes? Was it a mixture of studio/CGI work?

Chosen answer: They actually shut down and cleared the streets in New York to film some of these scenes. in an interview with an Australian Magazine Will Smith admits he was not very popular after doing this and recieved "a lot of middle fingers".

Simpsonholic

Question: How does finding the treasure clear Thomas Gates of plotting Lincoln's death?

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: Because it verifies the story that the Gates family has passed down, that the pages were burned to protect the city of gold's location, not to hide his name as a plotter.

Boobra

Question: In the flashback that shows Josie at her house before prom, how could Billy have called her right before his limo appeared in front of her house? The year would have had to be 1990 or 1991, when Josie was a senior (or earlier, if she was younger but senior Billy asked her to prom). Were cell phones common during that time?

Chosen answer: Cell phones perhaps not, but car phones would have been common in limousines.

Sierra1 Premium member

Question: Am I mistaken or does Malfoy mean Bad Dragon?

Chosen answer: According to Language Realm - Malfoy can be taken as "mal" and "foi" or translated to "bad faith or evil belief". Draco, of course, is akin to the Greek "drakon" for dragon. So where Draco refers to a dragon, the name Malfoy itself, does not mean Bad Dragon - but Bad Faith (which in itself makes sense in the Rowling realm).

Zwn Annwn

Question: I heard the reason this movie is so popular and gets shown on TV a lot is that due to a copyright error it is free for TV stations to show. Is this true?

Chosen answer: Essentially, the answer is no. While there was indeed a clerical error in 1974 that caused a lapse in the copyright television stations were still required to pay royalties. While a box-office flop the film was lauded critically from the start and was nominated for multiple Academy and Golden Globe Awards. Its popularity grew over the years as the movie gained the status of a Classic Holiday Favorite and won the favor of new generations through annual airing of the movie and the success of DVD sales.

OneHappyHusky

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