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Question: In the scene with Butch and Esmeralda in the taxi (right after he kills the other boxer), does anybody know why Quentin Tarantino made the view out of the rear windscreen look so fake?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: Tarantino is big on tribute to older films and filming techniques, hence the projection-style background.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Question: The scene where Maria and the children sing 'The Lonely Goatherd', there is a girl singing: 'One little girl in a pale pink coat heard' and 'She yodeled back to the lonely goatheard' (nearly at the end, the second time this is in the song). Who is singing here: Brigitta or Louisa?

peach

Chosen answer: This line occurs 2:15 into the song. We see the singer is Brigitta (dark hair), played by Angela Cartwright, and not blonde Louisa, played by Heather Menzies.

kuffpah

Question: In the scene where the Surprise is becalmed, at the very start as the camera zooms out it shows that the ship is flying a line of signal flags. What is the message that they are trying to send? I tried looking it up, but I didn't have any luck.

Chosen answer: The signals that were contemporary to the setting of the film were Sir Admiral Home Popham's "Telegraphic Signals or Marine Vocabulary." However, it appears that there is no clear signal actually being sent. For reference see Nelson's signal of "England expects that every man will do his duty" during the Battle of Trafalgar. By Pope's coding, one is supposed to signal in groups of hoisted flags, beginning with a red/white diagonal signaling the start of a message, and a blue/yellow diagonal signaling the end. Individual flags stand for numerals and the groups of numerals match phrases or letters within Pope's codings. For example a lone "3" signal represents the letter "C" while a set of signals sending "416" stand for variations of "Instruct-ed-ing-ion-s." The best I can make from the film (the yellow colors of the flags appear to be washed out due to post-processing), is that they begin a signal then send "392" ended with a "substitute" flag. Possibly standing for "impossible-ility" while the section on the Main seems to indicate "602" or "part-ed-ing-ition" without a "Finished" flag. For reference here is a link to a scanned original copy of the 1803 Edition of the Codes: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=nyp.33433008120291;view=1up;seq=1 And a link to a PDF that has the 1806 version with drawings of the flags: http://3decks.pbworks.com/f/Admiral%2520Home%2520Popham%2520Telegraph%2520signal%2520book%2520Final%2520edition.pdf.

Question: Did Roy break Deckard's fingers or just dislocate them?

Quantom X Premium member

Chosen answer: He dislocated them. You see Rick try to relocate the fingers later on.

Casual Person

Question: What effect did they use to get the actors' eyes to glow, revealing they are replicants?

Quantom X Premium member

Chosen answer: A two-way mirror at a 45 degree angle in front of the camera with the camera pointing at the see-through side. A light was shone at the reflective side and reflected into the actor's eyes on the optical axis of the lens.

Sierra1 Premium member

Question: Why did Roy kiss his his maker just before killing him? Same-sex kisses on screen were far more unusual at the time the film was made, so the filmmakers presumably did it for a reason. What is that reason? And why, in the context of the plot, did Roy kiss him then kill him?

Quantom X Premium member

Chosen answer: He's kissing his father, thanking him for what life he has, before punishing him for making it so short.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Question: When Don Rafael was in the prison, why did he want to know which of the prisoners was the original Zorro?

Chosen answer: He wanted to know if he was still alive.

MasterOfAll

Question: Why does it say "A Band Apart" in the credits at the start of almost every Quentin Tarantino movie? and why is there a picture of 4 guys wearing black suits, like the characters in Reservoir Dogs?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: A Band Apart is Tarantino's production company. It uses the Reservoir Dogs characters as a logo because it was Tarantino's debut movie.

rswarrior

Question: In the scene where the raptor tries to break in and Lex is on the computer, Grant and Ellie holds the door to block the raptor, Lex is on the computer, and Tim is looking over her doing nothing. Ellie keeps trying to get the gun with her foot. Is there a reason I'm missing where she couldn't have just asked Tim to run and get the gun for her?

cilan

Chosen answer: In the extremely high stress of the moment, it didn't occur to anyone. Your mental faculties tend to shut down under that kind of pressure.

Phixius Premium member

Answer: I wouldn't want a kid to handle a gun in any way, even if they were just handing it to me; they could accidentally set it off. Maybe that thought entered her mind.

Question: In the scene where the raptor tries to break in and Lex is on the computer, Grant and Ellie holds the door to block the raptor, Lex is on the computer, and Tim is looking over her doing nothing. Ellie keeps trying to get the gun with her foot. Is there a reason I'm missing where she couldn't have just asked Tim to run and get the gun for her?

cilan

Chosen answer: In the extremely high stress of the moment, it didn't occur to anyone. Your mental faculties tend to shut down under that kind of pressure.

Phixius Premium member

Answer: I wouldn't want a kid to handle a gun in any way, even if they were just handing it to me; they could accidentally set it off. Maybe that thought entered her mind.

Question: In the nightclub scene, Tony goes into the bathroom with a girl and they begin making out. it's obvious they are about to have sex. The movie cuts to a different moment in a montage for a moment, then back to Tony and the girl. Suddenly he is jumping up from between her legs and screaming and runs out of the bathroom really quick. What was that all about?

Quantom X Premium member

Question: Back in the old show and first movie, the Joes had a catchphrase battle cry where they all simply yelled out "Yo Joe!" But this was not used at all in this movie, and it was used just once in the first one by Heavy Duty. Why was this signature battle cry omitted from the new movies?

Quantom X Premium member

Chosen answer: It is just the decision of the writers to not put "Yo Joe!" in the script. They've not explained their reasoning.

Casual Person

Question: When the revelation is made about how Storm Shadow was framed for the murder of Hard Master, did the leader then already know it was Zartan and made the accusations to coax a statement from Storm, or did they really not know yet? Then entire scene felt rushed, and like they figured out what happened and who did it too quickly.

Quantom X Premium member

Chosen answer: The Blind Master says to Storm, "You will tell us Cobra's endgame or die by the same sword you once used to kill our master" near the start of this scene, meaning they really did not know that Zartan killed the Hard Master.

Casual Person

Question: Towards the beginning of the film, it is stated that Duke is the new leader of G.I. Joe. What happened to General Hawk between films?

Quantom X Premium member

Chosen answer: Most likely Hawk was killed in action, or he just retired. Eventually Duke advanced to leader.

Casual Person

Question: Zartan asks the real president where the prison is where Cobra Commander and Destro are held. But didn't Zartan take the president's place at the end of the first movie, before those two were captured between films? So if that is something that would be told to the president, wouldn't Zartan already know? Or is this a major plot hole?

Quantom X Premium member

Chosen answer: Zartan is assuming the identity of the President. He doesn't have access to every single piece of information that the President knows. That's why the real President is kept alive in the case that Zartan needs information he doesn't know. Zartan can only do so much to look like and act like the President, but he has no idea about top secret information such as that. As for why Zartan would wait so long to free Cobra Commander and Destro, either that was part of Commander's plan, or Zartan has his reasons.

Brad Premium member

Question: After the first Pentagon scene, the G.I. Joes are on drop ships flying to go get a nuke. Who are the other Joes in the ship with Duke, Roadblock, Mouse, Flint, and Jaye? (00:07:10)

Quantom X Premium member

Chosen answer: I believe three are named as Grunt, Clutch and Tunnel Rat in the script and credits.

Question: Does anybody know why Bud is so poor, living in a trailer and working as a bouncer? Should he not be rich from being an assassin? Also, Bill looks rich enough, and Bud is his brother; why doesn't he give Bud some money?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: Bud has been done with the assassin life for some time. Given that he's a bouncer/janitor at a bad strip club, it's quite likely he made poor decisions with whatever money he had. As for Bill giving him money, it's certainly possible that either Bill cut him off or that Bud refused Bill's help.

LorgSkyegon

Question: Why does Jules tell Brett his name is Pitt or Pete or something like that? He's going to kill him anyway, so why give him a fake name?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: He says "My name's Pitt, and your ass ain't talking your way out of this shit". His real name is Jules. He just says "Pitt" so that is rhymes with "Shit" at the end of the sentence. Tarantino uses this rapping/rhyming technique on multiple occasions. For example, in the bar scene when Jules and Vincent are chatting to the barman in strange clothes, when Vincent shouts at the barman about Mia the barman says "My name's Paul, and this is between y'all". Also in the film 'Kill Bill Volume 1', the rapist/rape coma pimp says "My name's Buck and I like to fuck".

Question: In the credits at the start of this movie it says "a band apart" it also says it in almost every QT film, what does it mean?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: A Band Apart is Quentin Tarantino's production company.

MasterOfAll

Question: When the demonologist comes over, Micah says that they shouldn't invite Katie's mother over anymore since the demon feeds on negative energy. Didn't her mother die (as seen in the third movie)? I know she didn't die in the fire. But she died before the first movie, right?

Chosen answer: Yes, the Paranormal Activity series is rife with timeline plot holes such as this.

Purple_Girl

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