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Question: Are the creatures we actually witness, eating up the LAX airport, actually Langoliers? I have heard from friends who have read the book that they are not Langoliers. Also Mr. Toomy's description of them (he says they have legs and are hairy) doesn't hold up. Are they Langoliers? If not, what are they? And if not, why do the characters refer to them as Langoliers?

Hamster Premium member

Chosen answer: The Langoliers don't exist, they are Toomey's version of the boogeyman. The creatures that "eat" the past are close enough to what Craig believes that he thinks they are the Langoliers. And it's as good as anything else to call them, so all the others adopt the name as well. No one could actually know what they are called as most people move into the future along with the natural flow of time and the few that do travel into the past are eventually killed by them.

Grumpy Scot

Question: During the song "Knights of the Round Table" they sing the line: "Between our quests we sequin vests". What does this mean? (English is not my mother tongue.)

Chosen answer: Sequins are small, flat, shiny ornamentations that are attached to clothing to give the garment a metallic look. The nights are saying that between quests, they sit arround sewing these items onto vests.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Question: What are cowl flaps? What is their purpose?

Chosen answer: Cowl flaps are used to adjust to volume of air that passes over the cooling fins of an aircraft piston engine. Under takeoff and landing these flaps are open to allow maximum airflow and under normal flight they are closed to maintain normal engine temperature.

Andreas[DK]

Question: I read somewhere that at the very end of the film, when the flying saucer has flown away, you can hear Scully whisper "I saw it" or something to that effect. Has anyone tried listening for that?

Chosen answer: It's actually fairly clear. I've heard it every time I've watched the movie.

MoonFaery Premium member

Show generally

Question: What are the numbers for the Wisteria Lane houses, and who lives in which?

Chosen answer: 4349: Gabby Solis (was also in the Jimmy Stewart film "Harvey"). 4353: Susan Mayer (was also in The Hardy Boys and Deep Impact). 4355: Lynette Scavo (was also in Bedtime for Bonzo). 4350: Martha Huber. 4352: Mary Alice Young (also in Leave it to Beaver). 4354: Bree Van DeCamp (also in The 'Burbs and Providence). 4356: Mike Delfino.

Karoo

Question: About how long would Annie's cab ride in the beginning of the movie have taken in real time?

Chosen answer: From LAX to Downtown, about 40 minutes to an hour. Depending on the traffic getting out of the airport and heading to downtown.

Jane Doe

Question: What is the title of the song playing when Bill is dying after the Bride performs the five point exploding heart on him?

Chosen answer: Taken Directly from imdb.com: The music that plays during Bill's (David Carradine) death scene is the theme from the film Navajo Joe (1966). It can also be heard in the film Election (1999) during the scene where Tracy (Reese Witherspoon) tears down the posters in the school's hallway.

moviemogul

Question: Why does Herbie have the number 53? Is there a special reason for this number?

Chosen answer: I found this through a short Google search. On the website http://local.aaca.org/junior/starcars/herbie.htm Bill Walsh, producer of "The Love Bug" came up with the number 53 from Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Don Drysdale's uniform. He chose the red, white, and blue racing stripes for a patriotic theme.

moviemogul

Question: When Sam and Carter and Rhonda are at the costume place looking for costumes for Sam, what is the costume that Carter points to and says, "There is this one"?

Chosen answer: He is pointing to a red dress with some sort of black coat. Possibly a female Dracula costume.

moviemogul

Question: Did the pair of Levi's used in the movie actually fit all of the actresses, or did they all have their own pair? If it fit them all, did they have multiple pairs?

Chosen answer: It seems nearly impossible that one pair of pants would actually fit four actresses of such different heights and weights. One of the "magic" properites of the pants was that they did manage to fit all the girls in the story, so it's probably safe to assume that different pairs were actually used for filming.

Krista

Question: What nationality are the actors that play the "natives" of Skull Island?

Chosen answer: Several of them were native New Zealanders, such as the young girl (Jacinta Wawatai) and the old hag (Vicky Haughton).

Mad Ade

Question: What are the nuns doing to Marie de Tourvel when she is sick? What possible benefit did they feel it would have?

ChiChi Premium member

Chosen answer: It looked to me like they were performing what is known as "cupping". "Cupping" is a branch of Chinese medicine where a cup (often heated, the so-called "fire cupping") is used to create a vacuum on certain areas of the skin, to simulate acupressure. It is said to relieve respiratory problems and muscular pains ad to stimulate the flow of life energy in the patient. How these French nuns came to know of and approve of the technique is another matter..

Twotall

Question: If the wall around Skull island was built to keep Kong and presumably other creatures such as the dinosaurs in, why was the gate made large enough for them to get through?

Mad Ade

Chosen answer: The original creator of King Kong, Merin C. Cooper, wrote a novel adaption of the movie in which it was explained that the gates were built by a earlier culture of islanders that were friends with the "Kong" race. The "Kongs" helped the original islanders to build their village and the wall (thus meaning the gate had to be big enough for the giant gorillas to walk through). By the time of the events of the movie, the original islanders have "died out" and their old village had been taken over by a race of more primitive natives who became enemies with the Kongs, and were trying to use the gates for safety.

Question: Does anyone know, or has anyone noticed if Peter Jackson makes a cameo in this film?

Chosen answer: He appears as one of the biplane gunners in the closing sequence. Other cameos in this sequence include Rick Porras, Jackson's co-producer on The Lord of the Rings, and Frank Darabont, writer and director of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, also both playing gunners, and Rick Baker, make-up artist extraordinaire who played Kong in the 1976 remake, appearing here as one of the pilots.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: It is understood that before you die, you see the ring. Noah's coffee cup makes a ring, and Rachel sees the lid of the well before she's supposed to die. But does Katie see anything ring-shaped in the beginning?

Chosen answer: The television activates itself just as Katie is putting the glass to her lips - from her point of view, the rim of the glass would form a ring that filled her entire vision.

Slave

Question: As Denethor has the funeral pyre prepared, he refers to the "heathen" kings of old. What sort of religion does Gondor have now that older kings could be "heathens"?

scwilliam

Chosen answer: In Denethor's time, Gondor follows the Vala, the good "gods" of the world, in the manner of the Elves, although religion really is not much of a point in Middle-Earth. The "heathen kings" Denethor speaks of were before Elendil founded Gondor, when descendants of NĂºmenoreans lived in small fiefdoms as little kings in this area. Many of them worshipped Sauron and followed him, and may have used burning as a funeral rite.

Twotall

Question: Why would they destroy a house, just because the owner has died and before the house has been emptied?

Chosen answer: It was deliberately demolished ahead of schedule, in an attempt to kill him.

Rlvlk

Question: Why didn't the sheriff do anything about Packard's gang? Surely someone must have wanted to file a complaint at some point? And if the sheriff isn't doing his job, why doesn't the state police step in?

Chosen answer: After the first race where Augie is killed the sheriff says "I've been waiting to catch you guys in the act. Been waiting and watching." So we can assume there were complaints made however the sheriff may not have had enough evidence to shut them down completly. As far as the state police, I'm not sure. May be a jurisdictional thing.

Mister Ed

Question: A baseball writer discovers Stan Ross never actually had 3000 hits because in one game in 1982 he had three hits counted twice. He says the game was called for a curfew and finished later. Does anyone know of any major league baseball game called for curfew, or any other time limit?

Chosen answer: On May 12, 1972, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Minnesota Twins played 21 innings to a 3-3 tie before the 1 AM curfew. Play resumed the next day before the regularly scheduled game. Milwaukee scored in the top of the 22nd to win 4-3. In the regular game that followed, Minnesota won 4-3 in 15 innings.

StevenJ

Question: Near the end of the movie Max figures out that 2004 Mccomb came back to 1994 to make sure that he wins the presidency. Since the first half of the film takes place in 1994, how could 2004 Mccomb travel to 1994 when the TEC hasn't been fully formed yet?

Chosen answer: The fact that the TEC doesn't exist in 1994 is irrelevant - McComb has access to time travel equipment in 2004 and uses it to travel back. There's no apparent limitation on when they can travel to - in the course of the film, we see characters who have travelled much further back than '94.

Tailkinker Premium member

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