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Was "fong" a Middle English word?

I just watched the movie A Knight's Tale, and the character Wat repeatedly threatens to "fong" people (as in "I'll fong you," clearly meaning some kind of bodily violence.) There are claims around ...
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Midnight Cowboy quote that I can't understand

In Midnight Cowboy, Dustin Hoffman's character (Ratso Rizzo) says: "You can't scratch yourself without getting a bellybutton up the old kazoo there." This was when he was talking about going to ...
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what is the difference between movie/film and theater? [closed]

what is difference between movie/film and theater?. Do these differences make movies "better" than theater,or simply "different"? thank you for your answer:)))
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Meaning of dialogue in “Madam Secretary” episode

I am watching American Drama "Madam Secretary" season 1, episode 14. And there are some dialogues I can't understand. I wonder what the meaning of last two sentences is. Please help me! Russell:I'm ...
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Movie Title, Director, and the Use of an Apostrophe

Which sentence is correct: "Menace II Society co-director Allen Hughes liked the location." "Menace II Society's co-director Allen Hughes liked the location."
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What does being back to something mean?

What does the phrase "Now it's back to all the brightness, and everything I hate" mean? (Riddicks s dialogue in The Chronicles of Riddicks movie) https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/...
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Word that describes a dramatic change that is visible through similar events

(This might spoil some of the plot from Bridge of Spies, so Spoiler Warning!) In Bridge of Spies, when the main character is on a train in Berlin, he sees people try to climb over the Berlin wall, ...
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What does the idiom "That's the way it crumbles, cookie-wise" mean?

I just watched the movie The apartment (by Billy Wilder, 1960) and hear the main character say: That's the way it crumbles, cookie-wise I kind of understand it as "that's life", as someone would ...
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Why my care instead of your care?

In the movie called Big Hero 6, the white robot Baymax is the inflatable healthcare companion robot. He takes care of whoever needs help. And once done, the person taken care should say, I'am ...
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What verbs can you use in a sentence "The movie "Boyhood" runs for three hours"?

What verbs can you use to express the duration of a movie other than "run"? Example sentence: Boyhood runs for three hours.
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"Digital computer" in the 1940s

I was watching the DVD movie Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the British mathematician who helped crack the Nazi's enigma code in WWII. In one key scene, Turing uses the ...
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What is the word for a 'hint' that might help give the solution at the end of movies?

For example, in The DaVinci Code (movie), there's an upside-down pyramid shown at the beginning of the movie. When the movie comes to an end, the whole story kind of "gathers" around this pyramid. I ...
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Are punctuations ignored in movie titles? [closed]

There happen to be many movies which are not punctuated correctly. Since English is not my native language, I don't know whether punctuation usage in movie titles is just like punctuation usage for ...
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Does "sb's ass" have a special meaning here, or just mean sb him/herself?

It may be a stupid question on this site, but it is somewhat bothering me: WARNING: containing strong language. In the movie Pulp Fiction, the character Marsellus Wallace says to Butch: You see, ...
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What does "Maybe I wasn't breast-fed as a child" mean in the following excerpt? [closed]

In the film Blood Diamond, journalist Maddy Bowen and smuggler Danny Archer have a conversation: M: Hi. I'm Maddy Bowen. D: How about you dance with me? M: No, I don't dance. D: ...
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What does "Come on, let's wrangle up the cattle" mean?

Andy said this to Woody in Toy Story 1. Is this idiom?
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What are the scenes in action movies where two cars try to ram each other head-on called?

You know, like when one guy in one car "takes" on the other guy in another car "athwart" the alleyway in a deadly chicken-play and whoever "flinches" first is the "loser/pussy". Such scenes are ...
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Is there a word or short phrase to describe a movie that wins many awards?

Like "award reaper" or "award sweeper". I know they may not be correct so I need a right one.
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What is the meaning of "old sport"?

In the film "The Great Gatsby," Mr. Gatsby says "Sorry, old sport, I thought you knew"; what is the meaning of old sport?
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What does "circle the flame" mean?

In the movie American Sniper, when Chris was holding his baby girl, Taya said this sentence "You can only circle the flames so long." to him. What does it mean? I couldn't find any definition for ...
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What does "movie/film" actually mean?

I'm a native Vietnamese speaker. In Vietnamese we used the word "phim" (which is taken from French or English "film") to refer to just about any type of recorded cinematic video. I've tried to look in ...
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"Movie film" : hybrid word or just a tautology?

Could anyone please explain me if there is a difference between words 'movie film', 'film', and 'movie'? When it is appropriate to use a 'movie film'? I thought it was a mistake to say so, but then ...
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Is there a term to refer to movies in which one or more actors died during production period and stand-ins were used?

The best I can think of is "movie with late actors", but it sounds weird and not very concise. I wonder if there's a technical term to refer to that type of movies.
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In the 2011 film “bad teacher”, there is an exchange between several characters [closed]

Squirrel: I am so excited we're gonna be across-the-hall mates. But I'm so sad… it's because your relationship ended. Elizabeth: Who are you again? Squirrel: Amy Squirrel. Elizabeth: Squirrel? ...
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Is It Correct to Say ‘I Care Not’?

I was watching the film ‘The Devil’s Violinist’ (which takes place a long time ago) when I noticed the following sentence in a dialogue: I need not and I care not. Here, need is used as a modal ...
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When Harry met Sally - idiomatic expression

In the 1989 movie "When Harry met Sally" the expression: When X met Y Has some other meaning other than the obvious one, or there's a hidden idiomatic expression or a pun?
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"Ronnie's wife keeps his social calendar where she keeps his balls: in her purse."

What does it mean? "Ronnie's wife keeps his social calendar where she keeps his balls: in her purse." I guess it means Ronnie's wife is on top of Ronnie's social life and he is under her control.
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Definite article before "cinema"?

I'd like to speak about cinema as an invention. Do we say The cinema was invented in 1895. or Cinema was invented in 1895.
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"You are not your f***ing khakis" - What does "khakis" exactly mean in the Fight Club movie?

You are not the car you drive You are not your fucking khakis! I absolutely love Fight Club - this is a cult movie. I know that khakis mean a special color used for army dresses; but I want to ...
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What do the expressions "offshore", "blind filing" and "operating at a total loss" mean?

In the 2014 film The Other Woman, there is an exchange between several characters: Carmela - Yay.- Mark's not just a cheating scumbag, he's also a thief. Look what I found. This is a list of all of ...
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What did Kate mean when she said: "(....)? Or did Big Pussy and Meadow miss you too much?"

In the 2014 film “The Other Woman”, there is an exchange between several characters Phil: Who's this? Carmela: I'm Carmela, Kate's decorator. Phil: Oh. Really? When did you fire ...
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Use of the opening roll for corny/pointless exposition?

(Please note - indeed @Dan Bron came up with the word exposition, which is now used to further clarify the question.) There are many specific terms for different types of corny exposition in films. ...
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What does "ambush Prince Charming's wife" mean? [closed]

In the 2014 film “The Other Woman”, there is an exchange between several characters King Kate: So what do I do now? So I'm, now I'm Barb Melman? Barb Melman got divorced and now she has cheek ...
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Informal Vocabulary - 'Mank you'

I understand the character is being sarcastic but I don't understand why exactly he says 'mank you'. I looked up the word 'mank' and it doesn't make sense in the context so I suppose 'mank you' is ...
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What does "A Gossip Girl in Sweet Valley with traveling pants" mean?

In the 2010 film Easy A, there is an exchange between several characters: Rhiannon: Aren't you supposed to be like, eternally in love with him, and shit? Olive Penderghast: Yes, I believe so....
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"He disagreed with something that ate him." (spoilers)

In The Living Daylights (a James Bond film), there is a man named Felix Leiter who is [partially] eaten by a shark. The villain writes a paper that says: 'He disagreed with something that ate him.' Is ...
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"Have to split" in the film "The Running Man"

In the film The Running Man (1987), Arnold Schwarzenegger cut a man into two halves. His name was Buzz Saw. Then another man said: "Where did Buzz Saw go?" And Arnold Schwarzenegger said: "He had to ...
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Can a colon be preceded by a conjunction or: Is the title of Dr. Strangelove okay?

The full name of the movie often called "Dr. Strangelove" is Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. I find it odd that there is a colon after a conjunction like "or." ...
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Word for "A Song that Sets a Scene in a Particular Region or Culture"

This is a technical term in theater and movie arts for a stereotyped piece of music that is played to cue the audience that a scene is set in a particular location. E.g. London --> Rule ...
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Meaning of "garn" in My Fair Lady

At the beginning of the My Fair Lady movie, there is a monologue of prof. Higgins like this: Hear a Yorkshireman, or worse Hear a Cornishman converse I'd rather hear a choir singing flat Chickens ...
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Translation of slang *pass*

I have a movie (The wolf of wall street) I'm translating (subtitling) with the dialog below, and I really don't have a clue what this pass is about. I'd appreciate a help understanding it. -I'm not ...
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Austin Powers: "Oh Behave" - what does it mean?

In famous Austin Powers movie series Austin often says: "Oh behave" What does it mean?
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Word choices in Spartacus series

Note of importance before I start: I'm not a native English speaker. With that out of way, I wonder about word choices in the Spartacus series. I have watched the first series so far and I have ...
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Quote from a movie: "To make a pounce"

While watching the excellent 1972 picture "Cabaret", I came across an interesting quote using the expression "to make a pounce". The context it is used in can be found on subzin.com. While I have ...
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How can I improve my comprehension of rapid dialogue? [duplicate]

I have difficulty understanding dialogue in movies when the characters speak fast. For example, I was watching The Lord of the Rings and became frustrated with my listening comprehension. I could not ...
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Question instead of simple sentence

In a movie, when adults adore children, they used to ask question instead of a simple sentence. For instance, normally one would say You're so sweet. But they said Oh, aren't you sweet? which ...
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Can "hidden in plain sight" be used in a sentence?

I learned from google that "Hidden in Plain Sight" is a movie title. Since I caught up the expression without context, I tried to use it. Now, I'm not sure whether it can be used without making ...
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What is meant by "Nothing up your sleeves"

Background: Hi, this one is my first question on this site. Until now I was just a developer asking for help on stackoverflow.com. So today I was watching the movie Now you see me, where they all ...
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Accents in Pacific Rim

In a smililar vein to the question Accents of characters in Downton Abbey: I recently saw the movie Pacific Rim. One of the conceits of the movie appeared to be that the main characters were all from ...
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In which accent does Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) speak?

I don't know if Stack Exchange is the right place to ask this question but I am very keen to find out: Which accent has Brad Pitt adopted in the movie Inglourious Basterds for the role of Lieutenant ...