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Question: If terrorists just wanted a Jericho missile why not just buy one from Stark industries, instead of trying to force Stark to build one? We learn they have the connection to Obadiah, so they can buy Stark weapons under the table.

Chosen answer: Buying one would cost them millions, if not billions of dollars. Forcing Stark to build one for them would certainly save them a fortune. Plus, we don't know if they intended to purchase one before kidnapping Stark. They were paid to kill Stark, but once they found out Stark was the one that Obadiah paid them to kill, they scoffed at the amount they were paid and demanded a higher fee. Once they had Stark, they might have decided then and there to take advantage of the situation and get a free missile out of it.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: Why is the plasma coolant tank breakable? Why are there clear windows? What if a crew member accidentally hit it with something that could easily break the window and cause plasma coolant to spill out?

Chosen answer: It's likely made of transparent aluminum so the crew can easily see its condition. Transparent aluminum has greater strength than materials we use for transparency. Remember, too, that it was Data who broke it. The rest of the crew wouldn't have the physical strength to break it.

Jason Hoffman

Question: Why was Kevin's family so mean to him?

Chosen answer: The ones who were mean just saw Kevin as a brat. However, it's not uncommon in situations of being in an overcrowded house to easily lose one's patience and temper and become frustrated with small, but irritating things; which seems to happen to his mother. Bud just has that general big brother contempt for his kid brother, but obviously still loves him, along with everyone else in the family, at the end when he finds out Kevin is safe.

Bishop73

Question: Did the scene where Ira Hayes rages against police after a bartender refuses to serve him really happen?

Chosen answer: Following WWII, Ira Hayes hated the fame and sensational publicity associated the flag-raising at Iwo Jima. Deeply depressed, Hayes descended into alcoholism over the next few years, and it eventually killed him. Director Clint Eastwood actually underplayed the true extent of Hayes' sad decline, and the scene you mention was no doubt dramatized for the screen. In real life, Hayes was arrested 52 times for public intoxication and disorderly conduct at various places across the country before his death.

Would that be a yes, or no? I've got autism.

Question: If the movie is based on the experiences of Scott O'Grady, why didn't the filmmakers use his story, instead of making a story that's almost completely fiction?

Chosen answer: Filmmakers have greater artistic licence doing a fictional story inspired by a real-life person's experience rather than portraying actual facts. This allows them to embellish details and/or create whatever story they wish to tell that is grounded in reality. There would also be legal issues of depicting real people (other than O'Grady) in the film.

raywest Premium member

Question: If the bear died in the fall, assuming the fall did kill it, then how did Tod survive?

Chosen answer: Since we don't really know how he died, he could have drowned and not died on impact. Bear may not have been a strong swimmer or sustained too much injury from the gunshot to swim to the surface. However, in physics, force = mass * acceleration and thus larger creatures will hit the water with greater force than small creatures (as the old cliche goes; the bigger they are, the harder they fall). So it's possible for Bear to die on impact and not Tod because of his larger size.

Bishop73

Question: Was it the fall alone that killed Mufasa? Or was he trampled to death?

Chosen answer: It's not explained what exactly killed him, but probably a combination of both of those.

raywest Premium member

Question: When they bust Nicky why would the police offer him a deal to turn in a fall guy like Crunch who they can only put away for 7 years, and not just take him for the 20 years?

Question: When Beck tries to dodge the huge diamonds, the ship gets a breach. Wouldn't that cause the outside material to spray into the ship's interior, given the intense temperature and pressure?

Chosen answer: The inner-earth ship known as VIRGIL is comprised of multiple double-hull detachable sections. The outer hull can be breached, while the inner hull can maintain structural integrity just long enough to jettison the damaged compartment. When VIRGIL encounters the giant diamond field, the very last section (the weapons control compartment) suffers a hull breach, and it immediately begins automatic detachment. Dr. Serge Leveque, the nuclear weapons expert, sacrifices himself by saving vital weapons deployment information from that compartment just before it detaches and is destroyed.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: I know this has nothing to do with movie's plot, but I'm going to ask it anyway. How did the hijackers know that destroying the twin towers would affect the US economy?

Chosen answer: The World Trade Center, otherwise known as the "twin towers, " housed many corporate headquarters, media outlets, and financial institutions, both domestic and international. A comprehensive list of the World Trade Center tenants can be found at: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/trade.center/tenants1.html. The hijackers knew that the attack, if successful, would strike at the heart of national and international commerce, thus affecting the US economy.

Michael Albert

Question: Where were they fighting? Towards the end where they were fighting between the silos you can see Chicago's Willis (Sears) Tower between them. After that, Optimus grabs everyone, blasts off to get them out of there, and almost immediately lands in what looks like Japan.

Question: Why does Pennywise kill Georgie and Patrick almost immediately, but then spend time tormenting the other kids instead of outright killing them?

Phaneron Premium member

Chosen answer: In order to install the fear of death in someone, to put them in your grasp, you must kill those closest to you. In doing so the fear is always inside them. Pennywise will always be in their thoughts and dreams. Which will constantly torture the kids, which what he wants.

Answer: Pennywise murders and eats children because to him frightened children taste the best. By killing George and Patrick then torturing the others, he's building up enough fear in them so when he does decide to eat them, to him they'll be delicious.

Question: Even though this game is for the Microsoft's Xbox One, why does it have some Nintendo 64 games in the compilation, even using the Nintendo Rare logo for those games?

Chosen answer: The game is a compilation of original Rare games and characters they developed in which licensing was available. They did not include games based on licensed intellectual property or games with licensing issues (such as Donkey Kong Country and Goldeneye). So for non-Microsoft games, Microsoft was able to obtain licenses from the publishers. Rare Replay includes games from various platforms they developed games for (including ZX Spectrum) and was part of Microsoft's emulator reveal. As such, the games are as original as possible, with minimum edits, including the use of former Rare logos.

Bishop73

Question: How does the FBI get The List? It's unlikely that Tommy and Rosie gave it to them, so where did they get it?

throcko

Chosen answer: The main cause of her death is not specifically stated in the show, but Howard does mention that she passed away in her sleep. The cause of her death may have been something relating to her weight problems.

Casual Person

Show generally

Question: Whenever the gang always have dinner together why is it always in Leonard and Sheldon's apartment?

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Chosen answer: Out of everyone's apartments, the gang likely eats and hangs out at Leonard and Sheldon's apartment because it has the largest living room space and they would be given the most amount of room to interact in. Raj's apartment and Penny's apartment do not appear to have as much living room space as Leonard and Sheldon's apartment, so they may not want to hang out there, nor would they want to hang out at Howard's place since his mother would be there.

Casual Person

Question: Why is Annie's picture different from when she was using a black crayon in a circular motion, obviously for the big stone to go through the neighbor's window it's not there anymore when her dad picks up the picture and shows her sister.

Question: As Matt Hooper is analyzing the dead body, he yells at Martin not to smoke. Why does he follow that up with "this is what happens" while holding up her severed arm? What does that line refer to?

Chosen answer: I watched a clip of this scene, and it appears that part of the original dialogue was edited out. Hooper is referring to what happens when a shark goes into a feeding frenzy.

raywest Premium member

Question: In the movie they state the colonel cannot be charged because the crime was committed outside of the United States. All active members of the US military like the colonel are subject to the uniformed military code of justice no matter where the crime was committed, so how did the colonel prevent the military justice system from being able to charge him?

Answer: You are completely correct. This is a clear mistake, the colonel could (and would) most certainly be charged for his crimes.

BaconIsMyBFF

I agree. However, I believe Jackson had retired from the military. Is he not free from military jurisdiction then? And even if not, does the AG have any control over military jurisdiction? Maybe he could have made a few phonecalls to MPs instead of unleashing Swagger on him. But that makes for a less explosive ending.

He was retired from the military, but he returned to duty before making his request to Swaggert.

The attorney general doesn't need control over military jurisdiction for the colonel to be charged. The attorney general just needs to hand the colonel over to the military, and tell them about the colonel's crimes. The military would charge the colonel if they knew about his crimes. Even if the colonel was retired from the military, committing a crime overseas would not give him immunity from being charged. Maybe the US couldn't charge him, but they could still send him to the country where the crime was committed to be charged.

Who says the AG needs control over military jurisdiction for the colonel to be charged?

The MPs also would have no longer taken orders from the colonel if they found out about his crimes.

"Does the AG have any control over military jurisdiction" that's why the AG would notify the military officials about colonel's crimes who would then court martial the colonel.

I did a little internet research and found that what your saying isn't how military jurisdiction works. The AG is charge of military jurisdiction and thus would have been able to have the colonel arrested. The colonel also would have lost command over all military members below him. And he would not have been able to make any phone calls to the MP if his crimes were exposed to the AG. Also the uniform code of military justice applies to all military members including retired military members.

Question: The movie says that the senator who helped the colonel cannot be charged because the crime was committed outside the United States. Is that realistic? If not then why?

Answer: This is not realistic. The Senator would be charged with conspiracy regardless of where the actual crime took place. Simply being overseas does not give an American citizen immunity.

BaconIsMyBFF

Not even being in a nation without an extradition treaty gives an American citizen immunity?

No, they'd still be charged, but the logistics become harder. Regardless, that's a legal question best suited for another site, not one about movies.

Jon Sandys Premium member

I'm sorry. I was just asking if the idea that senator cannot be charged for his crimes because the crime was committed outside the United States is realistic. I'm not trying to be rude or offensive. If I am I apologize.

Not rude or offensive, it's just that this is a topic with endless articles available elsewhere on the internet, and I try not to let things get *too* off topic around here, otherwise some entries would have pages and pages of unrelated back and forth debates, cluttering up the site somewhat.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Thank you for understanding. I really appreciate it.

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