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Question: What is the significance of the penguin as Ed Norton's "power animal"?

Chosen answer: If you listen to the commentary the producer explains that the whole ice cave scene is himself reminiscing about some childrens' book series.

Question: One of the mistakes on this site state that you can see Crutchy dancing without the use of his crutch. When and during which number?

Chosen answer: During the "Two for a Penny" sequence in Carrying the Banner, you can see Crutchy dancing in one of the back rows on the right without his crutch. You can also see him walking without it behind David during the first Sieze the Day when David sings "Arise and seize the day!"

Question: In the scene where Austin and his dad start speaking "english english" in cockney rhyming slang, what are they actually saying when the subtitles say?

Chosen answer: My dad used cockney rhyming slang all the time and as far as I can tell, they are talking utter nonsense at that point. Even some of the earlier stuff that makes sense isn't true rhyming slang.

Answer: Large parts of the subtitles are accurate, though not all 'cockney rhyming slang'. Some parts are just colloquialisms.

Question: When Jess is upset about not being able to join the team she says something like, "I never bunked off school to go to those daytimers like Binky or Bubbly." I know what bunking is and I know who she's talking about but what does she mean?

Chosen answer: Daytimers were or are daytime clubs. They were created for people who couldn't get out late at night.

Question: Why is Valantine (grandpa) talking to that butterfly after Arnold "kills" Dimetra? Does he know the butterfly is a direct connection to Sebastian's (toymaker's) surveillance? If this is the explanation, it makes no sense, as he can watch everything. It's so confusing. Could someone please explain it to me?

Chosen answer: He wanted to say it directly to Valentine, he didn't know where the cameras where, but he did know that the butterfly was one so he went after it.

Question: Just before Lebracio goes to the subway to find the ghost of Billy Mahoney, he crosses the street and about a dozen bicyclists come whizzing past him. Was this a hallucination? If so, why would he have a hallucination like that? If it wasn't a hallucination, what the heck are a bunch of racing bicyclists doing on a wet street that late at night?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: No hallucination. It was Halloween night, so everyone was acting a little crazy. That's why one of the med students shows up in a skeleton suit. Going further, the 'hum' of the bikes were used not only to throw the viewer off as the same humming noise Nelson describes with coming back from the dead, but to confuse Nelson with death and reality and these new sensations/feelings he is experiencing since being brought back to life. The cyclists are used, in a sense, to scare Nelson and viewers. The same 'hum' can be heard when Nelson first finds Billy Mahoney in the dingy tunnel.

Question: What is the name of the piece of music that can be heard playing in the German couples' Porsche before Rabbit and Thorny pull them over?

Chosen answer: It's "Bidibodi Bidibu" by Bubbles (or sometimes referred to as DJ Bubbles).

Question: What is the title and author of the music played at Isabella's house on the stereo?

Chosen answer: It's called "Red Tape" by Agent Provocateur.

Question: Is it just me or does this film seem to have some definite homosexual undertones when it comes to Patton? He dresses flamboyantly, wears lots of jewelry, designs uniforms, caresses his dead staff member, kisses a soldier tenderly after a battle. Did the writers do this intentionally and/or were there rumors about Patton's sexual orientation?

Chosen answer: It's just you.

Show generally

Question: Does anyone know where I can find transcripts for the show (mainly Day 1)?

Chosen answer: has the first seven episodes of series one, the first episode of series two and the first eight episodes of series three.

Question: If the radio antenna was cut, how in the world did they get communication? It seems they were working on the radio on the sub, what good would that do if there was no antennae?


Chosen answer: The ship has a second antenna, but the radio is damaged during the torpedo attack. Therefore they have to fix it in order to use the backup antenna.

Question: My tape ran out right at the end due to all the ad breaks and new bulletins so I missed the last 5 minutes. I saw right up to the bit after old Private Ryan does his speech to the grave and then his wife, presumably, comes up and says, 'James' and kaput. Can anyone tell me what happened in those dying minutes?

Chosen answer: James asks his wife if he is a good man. She assures him that he is. He then salutes the grave and the camera zooms in on the American flag fluttering in the wind and then the film ends.

Question: Can anyone explain the origin and function of the spectral compass and pendant that Hellboy uses in the graveyard scene? They obviously didn't come through with him, but they're never shown before that in the movie - I figure they must be from the comics.


Chosen answer: Just like the artifact that Abe gives Hellboy, the compass is one of the many magical/supernatural items that the BPRD have aquired over the years. As to function, I would assume that it's used to find bodies that they can talk to (bodies with spirits attached, or who can be contacted on the other side.

Question: For the card game at Hatchet Harry's: one of the rules is that an open man can't see a blind one. I'm only familiar with "blind" referring to forced bets at certain spots on the table (e.g. the opening antes for Texas Hold 'Em). For this it seems to be a designation of the bet, for example when Harry counters Eddie's 10K, open, with 20K, blind, which is then topped by 20K, open. Could someone explain to me what open/blind means?

Chosen answer: When you play a poker hand blind (I think it's in 5 card draw poker) you bet without looking at your cards and so you don't get the chance to change any cards. The others that are betting against you (the opens) have seen their cards, exchanged as many of their 5 cards as they want but then have to double your bet amount.

Question: Why is the pale blond man not considered a deserter? He looks old enough to fight, and not too old not to, but I don't understand why he didn't go to war.

Chosen answer: He was part of the "homeguard" which was the group of men who stayed behind to guard their towns during the war. It was basically a legal excuse to not fully participate in the battles.

Question: Was the ice-cream man in 'Mr. Nice Guy' the same ice-cream man who is seen briefly in the park in 'Rumble in the Bronx'?

Chosen answer: Yes. His name is Emil Chau. Such questions can usually be answered using The Internet Movie Database

Question: At Jack Jr's birthday party, you don't see Shelby's head at all... It was her 'body' because later that day she is wearing the same shirt when she gets her hair cut. Was there a sit in for Julia Roberts in that scene?

Chosen answer: I believe it is because the child playing Jack Jr. was basically crying through this whole scene, as you can see. It's most likely his real mother holding him to calm him down. Also, when the family is saying "Blow, blow," you can hear a female voice that is neither Julia Roberts or Sally Field.

Question: Why is the CGI at the end (the Scorpion King, mainly) so poor in comparison to the rest of the film? The Anubis creatures, etc. are all great, but the appearance of the big bad guy looks noticeably less polished. Any specific reason, or is it just one of those things?

Jon Sandys

Chosen answer: Reportedly they simply ran out of time. Stephen Sommers, the director, was really quite embarrassed by it.


Question: Does anyone know if the song Maggie sings underneath the stars is a real song? What's it called? Are the lyrics to the whole song written out anywhere? I'm talking about the one that goes "But I know I'm not alone, standing here on my own".

Chosen answer: "When You're Alone," written by John Williams and Leslie Briccuse, was an original song and was nominated for a 1991 Oscar. It lost to Beauty and the Beast. It was also up against "Everything I Do, I do it for you" from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

K.C. Sierra

Question: Was that Justin Timberlake i saw on the far left of the screen after the dance competition?

Chosen answer: No. If someone as big a star as Justin Timberlake was doing a cameo in a movie, it would be VERY well-known.

T Poston



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