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Question: Dan Aykroyd tricks the Russians into revealing themselves by saying something in Russian. What does he say specifically?


Answer: According to the IMDb trivia for the film, it's "Чем меньше знаешь, тем лучше." ("Chem men'she znaesh', tem loocheh."), meaning "The less you know, the better."

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Question: If Barbara had a dog named Muffy then how come she didn't speak about it the whole film? Didn't she even think about wanting her dog back if she decides to stay with the kidnappers?


Answer: So she's more concerned about her own life than the life of the dog. Or since she believes that her husband "worships the ground I walk on," she probably takes for granted that her husband will take care of the dog. Or she does talk about it but it's not important to the plot.

Question: Why couldn't the crew put on their spacesuits, then go out and assess the damage?


Answer: That would involve depressurizing the command module and LEM. Given that a substantial percentage of their on-board O2 supply just got vented into space, wasting more at that point to only confirm what they already knew wasn't worth the trouble.


Answer: Even if they could go out and assess the damage, they didn't have the tools, materials, or knowledge to actually be able to fix it.


Question: How did Hendricks know Ethan and the IMF team were in the Kremlin that day?


Answer: Ethan's briefing said that IMF had "learnt" that Cobalt was en route to the Kremlin to destroy his identity records in the archives, at a specific time right down to the minute. As having IMF present to frame for the bombing was part of his plan, it is likely Hendricks leaked his own intentions to IMF knowing they would send a team to retrieve the records. After Ethan has his ID scanned, Hendricks turns and walks away like he was waiting for them to arrive, and may have scanned their frequency.

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Question: Why was Jason never recovered after Tommy drowned him at the end of part 6?

Answer: To leave well enough alone, Jason always finds a way to come back. It would have been better to let him stay at the bottom of the lake to rot. Besides greedy developers or publicity would have turned the place into a tourist attraction.

Answer: Because nobody but Tommy and Megan as well as the campers knew he was in the lake. If they did then they looked the other way.


Question: What do the symbols on Lil' Jack's onesie mean in the opening scene?

Answer: The symbols are pi, infinity and square root - they don't really mean anything together like that, but seem to be part of Jack's trying to tutor Little Jack to be a genius by teaching him mathematics.

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Answer: It looks like it was just a set change. They switched what side of the set the offices are on.

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Question: What song was everyone whistling after Harris' car gets blown up?

Question: How did they get the 20mm cannon? Did they buy it legitimately, or obtain it by deception?

Answer: Since the crate was labelled machine parts, I'm guessing fraudulently.

Answer: She went to juvenile because she killed her grams and went there on October.

Answer: Rosie O'Donnell auditioned for the role of Marla, but lost it. Penny Marshal thought she was a good actress and so funny she created the role of Doris for her. As for Madonna, she was like all singers getting offered movie roles. She was very popular back in the 90's, but reportedly a total diva to work with.

Question: How did Davian know Julia was Ethan's wife?

Answer: Presumably John Musgrave told him, as he was working with Davian.

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Question: How big are the characters in Veggie Tales?

Answer: The VeggieTales characters are fruits and vegetables that live in a regular human kitchen. So all the characters are meant to be the same size as their real-life counterparts.


Answer: In addition to the other answers, it may also be a factor that around this time the "current" Robin, Jason Todd, wasn't very popular, to the extent that a phone poll was taken which ended up with him being killed off not long before this film was released. Batman was Robin-less in the comics from 1988 - 1991. Given Robin's lack of popularity and strong association with the Adam West Batman series, the filmmakers may well have felt that a clean slate would be a better approach.

Answer: Probably because this was the first movie in the series. It sets up the entire Batman premise and goes into Wayne's backstory before he met Robin. Adding Robin at this point would only clutter and confuse the plot. It would also slow the action and diminish the conflict between Batman and the Joker. Robin being introduced later allows for his own history to be better incorporated into the overall story.

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Question: At the end when they destroy Starkiller Base, did it become the new sun for that star system? Because it sure does have the features of one after the implosion.

Answer: Yes the sun was restored when the base was destroyed. Basically creating a new solar system.


Question: Two characters are named 'Mulligan' on the film: the absent priest (Father Mulligan, played by Larry Randall) and Pat Mulligan (played by Fintan McKeown), one of Maggie's suitors. Are they related? It's not very often that characters are named the same.


Question: When Richard's parents are building the treehouse, are the facts Richard states about accidents on ladders and trees true?

Question: Who shoots Herod the first time in the final showdown with Ellen? I have replayed the video several times and her gun does not fire until the second, kill shot to the head. Cort is just behind her. Are we supposed to surmise that he shot Herod first? Just a mistake?

Answer: Ellen shoots Herod both times. There is a muzzle flash and sound effect from her gun just as Herod's shot hits her. If it helps, watch the scene in slow motion.


Question: Was it only Wonka bars that the golden tickets were hidden in? Charlie's family seemed to buy him something that looked like a Wagon Wheel rather than a chocolate bar. Was there a chance to get it from all Wonka products or did Charlie's family just make a mistake?

Answer: It was just the Wonka bars that had the golden tickets no other Wonka products.


Question: How come not a single person saw that Evan managed to "change his clothes" instantly? There were people sat behind him looking straight at him. Wouldn't they see him in his suit one second, blink and then see him in the robes? They all laughed and thought he was crazy but surely they all saw him come in wearing the suit and it's not like you could miss someone getting changed.

Answer: God wanted to see what he wanted them to see, to believe in something you can't believe requires faith.

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