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Question: What's the meaning of the Mexican war cry when they charge towards the Alamo?

Answer: It is Viva Santa Ana meaning "Long live Santa Ana." Santa Ana was the leader of the army.

Question: At the end of Fellowship, we seen that Boromir's body (along with his sword and shield) was sent over the Falls of Rauros on a boat and if you look closely will see that the boat toppled forward. Yet in Two Towers, as Faramir sees the boat sail by, the body appears to be unharmed (as well as the sword and shield). Shouldn't the plunge have scattered his weapons as well as the boat and the corpse?

Answer: There is a supernatural element to Faramir seeing his brother's body; even the way it is filmed indicates this. The implication is that the Elven power bound up in the boat, and perhaps some other greater power, safeguarded Boromir; there is also the inference that what Faramir saw was a vision, and not literal reality; there are elements of legend in it, too. From the book: 'He floated by them, and slowly his boat departed... and then suddenly it vanished... the River had taken Boromir son of Denethor... But in Gondor of after-days it long was said that the elven-boat rode the falls and the foaming pool, and bore him down through Osgiliath, and past the many mouths of Anduin, out into the Great Sea at night under the stars.'

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Question: Is Briseis in the movie supposed to be a 'combination character' of Cryseis (a priestess), Cassandra (a princess) and Briseis (a slave girl) in the Iliad?

Answer: Briseis is indeed a combination character of Cryseis, Cassandra and Briseis with at least 3 very important features borrowed from each of them. There are also several ideas coming from Polyxena's story.

Question: When the Terminator is repairing himself his right eye is damaged yet when they show him in the mirror cutting it out it looks like it's his left eye that's damaged (judging from what the reflection we see would entail). Is this a legitimate mistake or am I mixing things up here?

Answer: No, his left eye is damaged the entire time. Watch carefully; it never switches to his right.

Deidra Goins

Question: How much truth is there to the claim that if the G.I. Joe movie had been released first then Optimus Prime would not have died in this one?

Answer: The reason for this is the intent of both movies (G.I.Joe and this one) to kill off the old group and bring in a new group for younger kids. You noticed how most of the dead are from the old cartoon. The backlash was so bad that the G.I.Joe movie was changed to not kill off anyone (if you watch it you can see where characters were meant to die but the show was changed at the last sec to keep them alive. If G.I.Joe was release 1st then they would have died and if the same backlash happened you would have seen no-one die in this one.

Answer: In the UK we don't have G.I Joe, only action force so thats your first problem, and secondly the UK comics built up to the Transformer movie without no mention of G.I Joe story lines which may have appeared in the US.

Brian Boulnois

Answer: He wallows in self-pity for a while, then eventually begins to write their story. There's no indication that he has any further links with the Moulin Rouge - it would probably be too painful for him. Christian actually states in the movie that the night Satine died was the last time he ever stepped foot in the Moulin Rouge.

Tailkinker Premium member

Answer: Odometer. It's the thing in the car that measures how far you've gone. It's a joke on how many guys she's been with.

Kaitlin Schwartzel

Question: Is the reanimation of dead people the purpose of the virus, or an unforeseen side effect? If it's a side effect, what was the original purpose of the T-Virus?

Answer: The original virus was a "Fountain of Youth" type of thing. Reviving dead cells so the host would stay young. It was so powerful that it reanimated the dead.

Grumpy Scot

Answer: Actually the T-Virus was originally meant as a cure for a genetic disorder that Dr. Ashford and James Marcus daughters suffered from. The reanimation was a side effect and James Marcus was killed by Dr. Alexander Isaacs so he could take control of it and turn it into a bio-weapon.

lionhead

Answer: Wait, wasn't the original virus meant to control the scientists daughters genetic disease, not an eternal life serum.

Show generally

Question: Does anyone know when the complete third season is being released? An ad said it was coming 2004 but does anyone know a specific date?

Answer: It is scheduled to be released on August 24.

Hollywood A.D. - S7-E19

Question: Is the "Sixteen Months Later" in with the current timeline (2000) and the "Sixteen Months Earlier" sometime in 1999? Because if "Sixteen Months Earlier" was sometime in 2000, then "Sixteen Months Later" would be in 2001. If you're a true X-Files fan, you'll know that in 2001, Mulder was missing and Scully was pregnant. So that would be a MAJOR plot hole.

Answer: As it says in the season seven mistakes, it would be a plot hole either way.

Answer: No difference at all - Oliphaunts and Mumakil are simply what the creatures are called in different languages - Oliphaunt being the term used in the western lands of Middle-Earth, while Mumakil is from the language of the Haradrim from the southern reaches. As a note, Mumakil is plural - an individual creature is a Mumak.

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Question: In the scene where Schindler has just seen the body of the girl in the red coat, and is now talking to Stern about the fates of the workers, it seemed to me that Schindler's eyes were brown and not black and white. It might be just me seeing things, but I thought it might be something symbolic, that his eyes have truly been opened. Does anyone know if this is right or if the eyes are colorless?

Answer: His eyes are colorless.

Question: I was wondering about the title change from "Leon" to the "Professional". Was the title only changed in the U.S. and if so why?

Answer: According to IMDb.com the title was only changed in the United States and the reason why was maybe audiences would find the title, "The Professional" more appealing than "Leon."

Tobin OReilly

Question: Is there any particular significance to the thieves' color-coded aliases, or did Quentin Tarantino merely assign them at random?

Answer: Not sure if QT assigned the names in any particular order, but I believe that the inspiration to use colours as names was taken from the excellent movie "The Taking of Pelham 123" starring Walter Mathau.

caroline b

Answer: I'd say probably not.

Question: I read on movietome.com that Uma Thurman played a girl named Daphne in this movie. I have watched over and over and read the end credits and can't find her anywhere. Is she in this movie?

Question: When Jules is first talking to Jess about joining the team and the guys are mocking them, what does Jules mean when she shakes her hand? Does it mean anything?

Answer: It's an English thing. The term "wanker," used a couple of times in the film, is an insult, usually to a guy, meaning that he masturbates (presumably because he isn't actually having sex at all). What Jules does is the hand signal meaning "wanker," and you can see why if you look at exactly how she's waving...

Question: I have the special edition widescreen on video, and still I have never spotted the stormtrooper who runs into a wall on the Death Star. This is supposed to be some kind of classic mistake, still I can't see it no matter how hard I try. Has it been deleted for the special edition? (Some claim that it hasn't, but I can't find it).

Answer: It was never taken out, but it can be hard to spot: the stormtrooper actually runs into the door of the control room where C-3P0 and R2-D2 are hiding. When they charge into the room, keep your eye on the door at all times; just before the camera starts to follow them to the left, you'll see the last one in bang his head.

Xofer

It also had sound added to it.

Question: Were there any alternative scenarios created for this film, in which someone other than Mr. Orange is the cop?

Answer: To the best of anyone's knowledge, the only scenario ever created was that Mr. Orange was the cop.

Answer: It's not clear. Given that they owed a lot of money to the Duke, he probably closed them down.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Seconds before Satine makes her entrance on the trapeze singing 'Diamonds...' Toulouse whispers something to Christian. It starts with 'Christian, we've successfully...' what else does Toulouse say?

Answer: Toulouse says to Christian, "Mission accomplished. We have successfully evaded Zidler."

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