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Question: At the beginning of the film, when Indy's first shown, he says "Russians" upon seeing the Soviets. Weren't the Soviets just called Soviets and not Russians (since the Soviet Union still existed)?

Answer: While "Soviets" would probably be considered the official term, "Russians" was still widely used as a descriptive term, as Russia was by far the largest and most dominant state in the Union. The two terms were effectively interchangeable during that period.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Healy tries to impress Mary by pretending to be an architect, drugging the dog, getting new teeth, liking the same movies, and by saying he works with handicapped children. Why then would he call them "retards" and say he keeps one in a cage and puts him on a leash like a dog?! Wouldn't he think this would piss Mary off? I never understood that scene and why he would say this.

Carl Missouri

Answer: Because he is ignorant and doesn't know anything about disabled people, he actually doesn't realise what he is saying is offensive.

Answer: The scene is to further show what a phony Matt Dillon is.

Chosen answer: Apparently he didn't consider that - either he's just being an idiot or he's trying to make an extremely ill-considered joke. Either way, that's a character mistake, not a movie mistake.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I was just wondering, when the satellite hits the water at the last scene, in the background in the ferris wheel, wouldn't it have cooled way before it hit sea floor? I mean, someone would have obviously found some sort of large egg nest unless it wasn't at the bottom of the ocean. And if so, the satellite would have cooled way before it hit bottom. So how would it have heard or awakened the creatures if they were so far down? And if they were not all the way at the bottom of the ocean, how is it possible that no one has discovered these large eggs close to the bays of New York?

Answer: I'm afraid this is an unfair question, as the creature's origin is never confirmed. Your theory is just that. A theory. Unless this is confirmed in a future movie, there will never be a definitive answer.

Brad Premium member

Question: Since Pan can change his shape, what kind of animal is the raccoon-looking form he takes?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: In the books he favored a white ermine. They seem to have changed his color and markings for the film, but the animal species remains the same.

Phixius Premium member

Question: The Soviets are led to the temple by a trail of dropped "bleepers". Is this a reference to the trail of M&Ms that Elliot leaves for ET in "ET"?

Answer: Doubtful. Dropping breadcrumbs was in in Hansel & Gretel. The breadcrumbs here are just fancier.

Rlvlk

Question: IMDB list Dan Aykroyd as playing the character of Earl Weber. I just watched this movie and couldn't find this character nor anybody who looked like Dan Aykroyd. Did I miss anything? Where in the movie is he?

SAZOO1975

Chosen answer: Dan Akroyd plays the official who escorts Jones, Willie, and Short Round to the Lao Che's plane after the car chase near the start. He has a few lines but his voice is somewhat different and that makes him a little harder to recognize.

Guy

Question: When they are in the Soviet jungle camp, Indy is shown an alien whose skull is crystal on an 'operating table.' But I thought the last crystal skull was in the bag the Soviets were holding onto. If that's the case, then they had two crystal skulls, not one, right?

Answer: They had at least one skull (and body) from the spaceship crash in Roswell, but they needed a specific skull - the one from one of the original alien visitors.

Rlvlk

Question: Why don't the Pevensies put their shoes back on before climbing up to explore the ruins?

Answer: I'm sure they do. But to advance the storyline in the time they have, it's time consuming for the filmmakers to show that. We just have to suspend our disbelief and assume.

Cubs Fan

Question: Perhaps I've forgotten some details from The Last Crusade in the years since I've seen it, but shouldn't Henry Sr. not be dead in this movie, because he drank from the Holy Grail which gives immortality?

Answer: Yep, you've forgotten some details. The Knight specifically states that the immortality bestowed by the Grail is limited to those who remain within the shrine. Jones Snr left the cave, ergo, no immortality.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What was the significance of showing us Lyla dropping her necklace outside the hotel? Louis didn't pick it up did he?

Answer: I think it was a necklace she was given by her father, and it breaking shows that she is breaking away from him. Her father picks it up, not Louis.

If her father picks it up, how is Wizard wearing it later in film?

Question: In the United States, why was the film released on a Thursday instead of a Wednesday or Friday?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: Because the film had a global release date, and premiered the same day in every country in the world. Obviously, the studio felt this was the best day to do it.

Twotall

Question: Why did it appear that Juno and Mark Loring were sweet on each other? What's the deal with that?

Answer: His wife was over-bearing- a control freak. She wouldn't let him have interests or hobbies that didn't fit her view of a proper, professional life and home. Juno reminded him of his time before marriage, when he could be fun, weird, artistic- whatever he wanted to be and do was possible. Naturally, Juno's free spirit appealed to him and he was drawn to her.

johnrosa

Question: Is the beach the Pevensies appear on at the beginning the same one Aslan was seen walking down at the end of the first film?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: Yes. It's the beach below Cair Paravel, the palace at the end of the first film, which is now ruins.

Question: What was the point of the tank in the desert chase sequence having a turret?It's a British 'Mark' series from WWI. Was it a mistake?

Answer: It was one of the tanks the Sultan gave them in exchange for the Rolls-Royce. He didn't specify that they'd be new or German.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Question: On the DVD, the directors say that the monster was awakened by a satellite falling from its orbit (you can see the satellite in the top right corner when Rob holds the camera out to the ocean at the end of the movie). The date when that event occurs is April 27th. When the monster attacks, it is late May. How did it take a month for the monster to become awakened and attack New York City?

Answer: As we don't have a real good definition of what 'awakened' means in relation to this creature, it's not possible to say precisely why nearly a month passes between the splashdown and the "attack" by the monster. But the makers also mention on the DVD that the monster is actually not "attacking", but it is actually a newborn "baby", that has no idea where it is and it's in a panic as it is being attacked by the humans. It simply wants to escape, but has no clue where to go or why we are attacking it. Using that info, I can imagine a scenario were it was actually in an egg-type state underwater, and the heat of the statellite resting near it caused the egg to finish developing, and Clover then 'hatched' weeks later. But the egg idea is merely a guess. Much has been left secret to make the future sequels better.

johnrosa

Question: I couldn't understand the joke in the beginning ("In such small portions"). Can someone explain it to me, please.

Answer: Woody says "There's an old joke - um... two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of 'em says, "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "Yeah, I know; and such small portions." Well, that's essentially how I feel about life - full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly." The 2nd old lady is complaining about the small portions of terrible food, as if large portions of terrible food would be better.

Myridon

Question: What happened to the Grail Knight after the events of the movie? Did he become mortal again (due to not having the grail to drink from) and die or did he manage to retrieve the grail?

Answer: It's not revealed.

Tailkinker Premium member

Answer: Since magic caused the earth to open up and swallow the grail, I bet magic returns it to that room with the knight. The knight technically didn't get someone to take his place, so I bet he returns to being its keeper.

Question: What exactly happened to Iggy? Are we ever supposed to know exactly how he died?

Answer: The movie insinuates that he was killed horribly but doesn't provide many details. Books about Iwo Jima have quotes from witnesses about what happened to him and they all say that he was very brutally tortured, including having his eyes cut out and his genitals removed and stuffed in his mouth. The book "Flags of Our Fathers" contains the following quote, "A few days later someone yelled that they'd found him. They called me over because I was a corpsman. The Japanese had pulled him underground and tortured him. His fingernails... his tongue... It was terrible. I've tried hard to forget all this.

Question: What is the filmmakers's purpose in making Reggie (Freddy Rodriguez, the Guardian) only work out one half of his body? I don't get the symbolism.

Answer: It's not a matter of symbolism, but of making the audience remember who he is. If Reggie was introduced as a normal guy in the beginning, with no significant feature, the audience may not recognize him when he's introduced as the Guardian. The working-out-one-arm thing makes him memorable enough to be instantly recognized again later when necessary.

Meaning - S3-E1

Question: In the season three premiere, House runs several miles on his leg, now that he is pain-free. Is that even logical? He had a large part of his thigh muscle removed, and can he really run like that without it? And furthermore, wasn't it the lack of muscle which made him need a cane, rather than the pain?

Answer: Yes, it makes sense. He had "Some" leg muscle removed, but it is never discussed how much, so it's possible that it was a very small amount, he doesn't need the cane because of his leg, he needs because of the pain his leg causes him when the leg muscles need to bear weight.

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