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Question: Wouldn't it make sense for Neo & Trinity to attach silencers to their weapons in the government building? That way, they wouldn't have to deal with the SWAT team in the lobby and could sneak through the place to rescue Morpheus.

Answer: The security guards would have known they were carrying weapons, even if they were silenced. If you mean that the SWAT team wouldn't have heard any gunfire, therefore wouldn't have come down anyway, it wasn't the gun fire that caused them to come to the lobby. After Neo has entered (but before Trinity does), there is a guard who calls for backup on a radio seconds before Trinity kills him.

Gary O'Reilly

Question: Why is Arwen fighting in the battle of Helms Deep? Even if it is a mistake presumably there was some reason for her to be there, like a story line that didn't get included in the movie. Does anyone know if this is true?

Answer: Efforts have been made during the trilogy to beef up Arwen's role in events - using her to bring Frodo to Rivendell in the first film being one of them (replacing Glorfindel in the book). Having her at Helm's Deep was another way of doing that, and Liv Tyler was present at the filming of Helm's Deep. Ultimately, the decision was made to cut her out of that sequence, and the battle was edited to exclude her, with the exception of one brief shot listed as a mistake.

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Question: What's the film the 2 guys are watching on the flat screen when the Merovingian's wife takes Neo to the Keymaker?

Answer: The Brides of Dracula, made in 1960.

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Question: Can someone please tell me the significance of all the apples? They appear all through the movie and I don't get what they are supposed to mean. Please help answer this because it's driving me nuts.

Answer: Barbarossa loves apples, but can't taste them because of the curse. He carries an apple around most of the time to remind him of humanity and takes one to the cave so that, as soon as he is released form the curse, he can eat it.

Shay

Question: What is the name of the Japanese song that plays prominently during the whole film, especially during almost all of the ending? It has both instrumental and vocal parts, and can be heard for the first time when Sandy and Hiromitsu make love.

Answer: I think its called "Chinsagu no Hana".

Question: What does the German say at the beginning of the film?

Answer: It sounds like the German says, 'Ihr seid verfluchte Hunde!' Which should translate to, 'You are cursed dogs!'

jenjora

Question: I can understand why they would use code when talking about positions, objectives, etc. but when they call in the air strike from the battleships, what's the point of using code? Also, later in the film, when the same situation arises, they don't use the code. Seemed like it was just a silly way to introduce the whole premise for the movie.

Answer: They used the code to call in the strike so the Germans couldn't get the U.S. to bomb their own troops. I don't know why it wasn't used in the other situation.

Grumpy Scot

Question: How and when does Will find out about the curse?

Answer: The first time that it's clear that Will knows the details is on the Black Pearl after the destruction of the Interceptor, when he threatens to shoot himself. There are two possibilities - either Jack told him en route to the island, or Elizabeth told him after her rescue. Bearing in mind that Jack was hoping to use him as leverage, it seems unlikely that Jack would have told Will the full details of the curse, in case Will did something stupid and mucked up the deal, so the most likely possibility seems to be that Elizabeth told him about it.

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Answer: Will may not have known the exact details of the curse, but, he did see them when they were preparing to have Elizabeth return the coin, as they talk about being freed from the curse, saying they needed her blood, and dropping the coin. Once he realised she had the coin, and that the coin was sent from his father, he was able to at least deduce that they needed his blood for something. It is, however, possible that Elizabeth informed him, although I find this unlikely.

Question: At Jack Jr's birthday party, you don't see Shelby's head at all... It was her 'body' because later that day she is wearing the same shirt when she gets her hair cut. Was there a sit in for Julia Roberts in that scene?

Answer: I believe it is because the child playing Jack Jr. was basically crying through this whole scene, as you can see. It's most likely his (actually her, as the real baby was a girl) real mother holding him to calm him down. Also, when the family is saying "Blow, blow," you can hear a female voice that is neither Julia Roberts or Sally Field.

Answer: He is wearing a gold band, Shelby isn't.

Answer: I believe that Jack Jr is being held by a man. When you freeze the scene, you can see facial hair on the chin and when the person says "blow, blow" it sounds to be a man trying to sound like a woman.

Answer: It's Shelby's father that is holding him.

Show generally

Question: Whenever Amy speaks in Chinese, does she actually say anything or is it gibberish?

Answer: As the commentaries say, she's actually saying something that's relevant to what's going on.

DenizenZERO

Question: I understood the racial slur about the car coming with a black man, but Agent J is a black man, so what would be the difference?

Answer: J probably requested a black "driver", but the point is a comment on DWB stops by police - Driving While Black, the fact that minorities are pulled over far more often statistically than white people.

Phoenix

Question: When Mr. Sir goes to the warden's house with Stanley to tell her he stole the sunflower seeds, he puts something green in his mouth, what is it?

Answer: He's eating a candy 'fruit' wedge. I remember him holding them when Stanley is first shown into his tent so I assume that he confiscated them from Stanley.

Question: In the tape, we see some fingers in a box and something white running down a black screen (a comb through the hair maybe?), but what is the relevance of this to Samara?

Answer: Seven fingers in the box represents the seven days she was alive in the well. The hair combing represents Samara's view of the world, since her hair always covered her face.

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Question: What happened to Ben? He's been missing ever since series 7 or 8.

Answer: He's hardly "missing" - he was only ever an occasional guest character. He has appeared once or twice, but since none of the plots really involve him, Carol or Susan, he hasn't been in it that much.

Shay

The whole storyline with Emma would probably replace Ben because the show wouldn't be able to handle two of Ross' families.

Question: I've just watched this movie, but I'm a bit puzzled by what happens with Dorian Grey...what's the thing with the painting and why does he decompose at the end? I'm not up on the novels these characters come from.

Answer: In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian has a painting that reflects himself. But while the painting grows older, Dorian remains young - the opposite of real life. In the movie, another benefit of this was that Dorian remained impervious to harm while the painting was preserved. When he finally looks at it, the pattern reverses and his body finally reflects the reality depicted by the painting, causing him to age past his own death very quickly. The other characters are from Dracula (Mina Harker), King Solomon's Mines (Allan Quatermain), The Invisible Man (Skinner, in concept if not in person), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Captain Nemo), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer), and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde). Some other characters also reflect classic literature, but these are the primaries.

Phoenix

Question: Is this movie related (ie producer, director) to the Austin Powers films? The main character's name is Scotty, and the old lady in the confessional is from Austin Powers.

Answer: There doesn't appear to be any significant overlap. Scott is hardly an uncommon name and seeing an actress from one film in another isn't exactly uncommon either - neither implies any greater link.

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Bart vs. Australia - S6-E16

Question: In the scene where Bart was about to get kicked by the Australian Prime Minister Bart jumps forward. After that he says "...and this is for the United States of America." He shows his butt with the words "Don't tread on me" and hums the American national anthem. Does this imply that America can get away with anything or was there a different message being implied?

Answer: During the American Revolution one of the early flags used, known as the Gadsden Flag, was a coiled rattle snake on a field of yellow, with the words, "Don't Tread on Me", written below. This a good site for a more in depth story into the origins. http://www.gadsden.info/history.html

pross79

Question: During the film class scene, Mickey states that Stu Macher & Billy Loomis patterned themselves "after two serial killers who have been immortalized on film." Who are these serial killers?

Answer: You're mistaken. Mickey was stating that the person or persons who killed Omar Epps and Jada Pinkett were patterning themselves after Stu and Billy.

K.C. Sierra

Question: People are saying that Neo is dead. But the Oracle said to Sati 'it is likely that we will see him one day'. Is she talking about the next version of the Matrix? I feel kind of sad about the ending, I wanted a happy ending, not a horrible sad ending.

Answer: It is not clear whether Neo is dead or not, so the Oracle may be alluding to the fact that he is still alive or that there will be a future "One".

Sol Parker

Question: What is the chant the Toros say after the other cheerleading team tells them they suck during the football game?

Answer: If you're referring to the scene I think you are, the chant is "That's alright, that's OK, you're gonna pump our gas someday!"

Shay

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