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Question: Something I've always wondered about trains in the old west on these unfinished railroads, and this movie brought it to my attention again. It shows the track still being built, and it's a single track for one train, no second track along side it. That being said, before the track was finished there is a train going down it one way at the beginning of the movie with passengers. When the train is taken over and forced to steam ahead out of control, it goes off the end of the track and crashes. Well if this hadn't happened, how would the train have gotten back? It is a one way train, on an incomplete track and stopping at a station to drop of passengers and supplies. How would the train have turned around to go the other way again?

Chosen answer: There are stations in between the ends of the line that allow the train to unload passengers, unload cargo, hitch new cars, and turn to go in the opposite direction.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: So if you can't hear the bell you don't believe in Santa, therefore if the parents can't hear (ie. don't believe) and Santa brought the presents who do they think bought them?

Chosen answer: Each likely assumes the other (or another relative) brought them.

Jason Hoffman

Question: Who is the actor with a beard who plays one of the volunteer pilots in Independence Day?

Answer: I believe you are referring to the tall, hippie looking pilot that shook his head when Cass told his son to get him more coffee during the "crash course" scene. His character or name is not listed in the credits nor on IMDB.

lartaker1975

Chosen answer: If you mean Russell Casse (you are too vague for it to be anyone else) the actor's name is Randy Quaid, brother of actor Dennis Quaid. He also appears in Brokeback Mountain.

Question: How did the other members of "project mayhem" distinguish Tyler Durden from the "normal" protagonist? Because they were stopping him from sneaking around on those files about the credit card buildings on the wall (that means they could somehow tell it wasn't Tyler), but the bartender couldn't and asked if it was a test... Was is just the way he presented himself (confident, superior) or did he also told them (when he was Tyler) to be aware of him changing his character from time to time?

Chosen answer: Tyler apparently warned members of Project Mayhem that he would change his demeanor/opinions/decisions in order to test their loyalty (Tyler did this to cover the fact that Jack had a deeply-psychotic split personality). So, when Project Mayhem members noticed him behaving oddly (as Jack), they immediately assumed that Tyler was testing them, and they would refuse to obey Jack.

Question: If the crocs in this movie are saltwater crocodiles, why is the lady sipping then filling her canteen with saltwater? Later when swimming with Dundee in freshwater, no crocs.

Chosen answer: Saltwater crocodiles ("Salties") are equally at home in fresh or salt water. Sue was filling her canteen from the water in a billabong, a freshwater lake.

Question: Why didn't they just shoot Steamboat Willie on sight? And once they decided not to kill him, why couldn't they call a chopper to come take him? Also, why were they so intent on committing a war crime by killing him once he'd surrendered? I know he killed Wade, but that's just what happens in war.

raph

Chosen answer: Rules of war are when someone surrenders you take him prisoner and are not allowed to kill him, they followed the rules of war. They are all very emotional from the battle and losing a friend and fellow soldier though and they wanted a scapegoat. They were behind enemy lines so nobody could come to pick up the prisoner, as the lieutenant explained, and helicopters weren't really around in WW2.

lionhead

Question: Someone has asked about redrum and whoever responded simply explained that it was murder backwards. And if you pay attention it shows you that right after Danny writes it on the door his mom sees it in the mirror. However what I think they were looking for was what is the significance of it.? Why does Danny only know it as redrum. Who passed it on to him and what happened that they only saw it backwards. We need backstory here. Also if Hallorann was also gifted with the same talent why isn't the hotel thriving off him dying in the hotel?

Chosen answer: In the novel, Danny's visions of "redrum", provided by Tony, were always in a mirror, though he didn't realise it and was too young to make the jump to "murder". He assumes it is literal rum, based on his father's history with alcohol. Towards the end of the novel, just before Jack snaps, Danny sees the vision reflected twice and sees "murder", finally realizing what will take place. And to your last question...Hallorann's "shining" is not nearly as powerful as Danny's, is in fact rather weak compared to his, and so while the hotel does feed off him (and he knows it), it is not nearly as powerful as when Danny is there.

Question: How does Chucky tranfer his soul into another doll?

Answer: Chucky states that he found a new voodoo spell in the film that allows him to control multiple hosts at once. It's almost like a copy/paste of his spirit. Andy still has the original Chucky, whereas the rest are duplicates.

Chosen answer: Originally, the serial killer Charles Lee Ray used a voodoo spell to transfer his soul into a "Good Guy" doll in a toy shop, thereby becoming "Chucky" the homicidal doll. Later he acquired a voodoo spell that allowed Chucky to transfer souls multiple times (of course, his ultimate goal has always been to transfer his soul back into a living human body).

Charles Austin Miller

Question: What does the Elder Predator say after Glover reads the pistol inscription?

Chosen answer: He says "Take it".

Jason Hoffman

What does the predator say after he says "take it" he said something before he left.

Hard to pick out but he says "Major", in reference to the last time a Predator was killed by a human.

Answer: Leave now.

Question: Why is Sir Ector so mean to Arthur? Why does he hate him?

Chosen answer: Part of it is the cliche of the abusive or angry step-parent or adoptive patent. Although this is something that does occur, Sir Ector just thought more highly of his own son and would rather see his son become king. He probably regrets having to take care of him, but felt obligated as a knight of Uther Pendragon. In addition, he's more of a brute and fighter and doesn't like learning (or magic). So when Arthur displays an aptitude towards learning over fighting, Ector has less in common with the boy and treats him as a servant.

Bishop73

Question: Did the Clones know that Tyranus/Dooku is the one who ordered the clone army?

DFirst1

Chosen answer: Most likely yes. As pointed out in a correction in this page, they did not shoot him in the pursuit scene on Geonosis with the Gunship lasers as they knew he was a leader of them. They might have known that he was the one who placed the order, but they followed Sidious whether they knew or not.

Question: Why would Grevious choose to face Obi-Wan alone? He could have a one-shot chance to defeat Obi-Wan completely with his droid army.

Chosen answer: Grievous collects the lightsabers of Jedi he has killed as trophies, so as a warrior he believes there is considerable prestige to be had by defeating them in single combat (particularly one of Kenobi's ability) rather than relying on his droids to do it.

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Question: Can someone please explain to me why Carmen takes off her shoe and smells it?

Chosen answer: She can hear Juni's thoughts and he says (telepathically) that her feet stink, so she takes her shoe off and smells it to check if that is true.

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Question: Did the clones really know that Palpatine was Darth Sidious all this time, considering they easily agreed to the Sith Lord's orders (Separatist ally), and respond with "Yes, my lord"? If so, how hard was this to keep from the rest of the Republic (Jedi, senators, etc.) for all this time that they were really under control of a Sith Lord, they were his right-hand men, took orders from him, and would turn on the Jedi when the time is right? Also, why would they even take orders from a Sith Lord (even if it was Palpatine, which the Jedi didn't know, it seems they wouldn't do this)? They didn't seem to like Dooku or Grievous, who were also a part of the Separatists? It just all seems quite confusing.

Chosen answer: The clone troops weren't loyal to the Jedi, they were loyal to the republic and its leader Palpatine. Darth Sidious and Palpatine are one and the same person, to the clone troops there is no difference between the 2. Order 66 changed the viewpoint of the clones as seeing the Jedi as traitors that need to be eliminated and they executed the order immediately. The clone troops were not aware of the double play by Sidious and the separatists but by the time order 66 was executed the separatists were pretty much beaten already. Palpatine wasn't a Separatist ally, he used them to excuse the use of the clone army to take control of the galaxy and eliminate the Jedi at the same time.

lionhead

Question: Is it true that missing footage from the movie has been found?

Chosen answer: Yes, director George Romero announced in 2015 that he had rediscovered some 16mm working footage that never made it into the movie, including a full 9-minute sequence (a jump-cut of the basement scene) featuring the largest zombie attack in the film. Although Romero died earlier this year, film legend Martin Scorsese was said to be overseeing the film's restoration including the found footage. Http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3366197/george-a-romero-finds-9-minutes-of-lost-night-of-the-living-dead-footage/.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: When Eric Stoltz was in this film, did he dye his hair black? It looks black in behind the scenes footage.

EK8829

Chosen answer: No, Eric Stoltz's hair was about the same color (dark reddish-auburn) as that of Michael J. Fox, who replaced Stoltz. Director Robert Zemeckis had a very specific look in mind for lead character Marty McFly, so both Eric Stoltz and Michael J. Fox were costumed and made-up almost identically. Some of the available outtake footage of Stoltz has been copied several times and is not the best footage, so the brightness and contrast are a bit off, making his hair (and other elements in those scenes) appear very, very dark. But, if you look at Michael J. Fox in some of those same scenes, his hair appears quite dark, also.

Charles Austin Miller

The Opening Night Excitation - S9-E11

Question: Leonard thought Penny would want to join them in seeing the new Star Wars movie but why would he think that? He knows Penny does not like Star Wars at all.

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Probably because part of being in a relationship with someone means sharing their interests, even if you yourself are indifferent, to grow closer together. Penny feels otherwise.

Question: Why did Ray blindfold his daughter?

Chosen answer: Ray's little daughter, Rachel, was prone to panic attacks in tense situations (depicted a couple of times early in the movie). When Ray and Rachel are hiding out in the basement with the neurotic Harlan Ogilvy, Ray realises that Harlan is completely losing his mind, and Ray knows the only way to save himself and Rachel is to kill Harlan. Ray even says to Harlan, "You KNOW what I have to do." Ray then goes to Rachel, blindfolds her, tells her to cover her ears and sing a lullaby. This was to prevent Rachel from seeing or hearing the violence that followed (which would surely send her into a panic attack, giving away their location to the aliens outside).

Charles Austin Miller

Question: Why did Sloth chew off his tongue?

EK8829

Chosen answer: He was starving and insane, and it was something he could eat.

Question: What happened to Curtis, Burton Mercer (Jake's correctional officer)? After Jake and Elwood have escaped from the concert and after Burton Mercer and the two other officers smash into a truck, we don't see them again for the rest of the film.

Chosen answer: The truck they landed in was going the other way maybe for hours. By the time they get out and get back the brothers have already been arrested. We don't really need to know what happened to them.

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