Questions tagged [movie]

This tag has three different uses: for questions specifically about the movie version of a work which has been adapted for different media (use together with the work tag); for questions seeking identification of a movie (use together with the [story-identification] tag); or for wider genre questions about movies as a whole (generally together with the [history-of] tag).

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Why was Hermione always late when she used the Time Turner?

There are multiple scenes in the PoA movie where Harry and Ron are startled by Hermione "appearing from nowhere" to chime in during a lesson. They would ask her where she came from, and she never gave ...
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Movie with magical book showing events of any day in history, except missing days of the Gregorian calendar change

I once saw a movie on the TV sometime in the 1990s. I don't remember a whole lot (maybe I didn't even see the whole movie), only one particular scene, which made quite an impression on my young self, ...
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Is this a laptop in the Weasley's house?

Recently I've watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 again and a little piece of something made me curious. It's definitely thin enough for being a laptop (display), it's tilted like a ...
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Why do people say that Peter Jackson can not make LOTR/Hobbit sequels?

I was reading a couple of posts on forums where people said that "The Silmarillion" would make a great basis for an action movie, a sequel (or would that be prequel?) to LOTR and Hobbit. But someone ...
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Who was the student that previously brewed a potion of sufficient quality to claim the Felix Felicis?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince during the potions class Slughorn claimed that the prize of Felix Felicis was won only once before by a student. I should point out, however, only once did ...
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Spaceship from a film or show that is semi circular in shape with a section jutting out of the middle

I was out with friends last night and we went into a sci-fi bar where they have props and models all over the place. We had fun identifying all the ships, costumes and stuff, but one model had us ...
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Movie about a boy, two men, a robot and a war

I saw this movie about 12 years ago (2005) when I was about 8 years old but it probably came out way earlier than that since I saw it on local TV in West Africa. I remember there being a little boy ...
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Why model Smaug after a cat?

In the 1977 animated film version of the Hobbit, the dragon Smaug is drawn similar to a cat- the shape of his head is distinctly feline (complete with whiskers), and his posture when awoken from his ...
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What is “the prop” used in many Sci-Fi movies?

While watching the Crew Commentary on the Babylon 5 Pilot Movie "The Gathering", I heard JMS and John Navarro talk about "the mystery object", a prop which has supposedly been passed around and ...
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Why did Peter Jackson add the Nazgûls attack scene in Bree when it was not present in the original story, nor very important for the plot?

Although it's a very good scene from the film, I don't see why Peter Jackson added it to the story (remember). In the books, the Hobbits do not meet the Nazgûl in Bree, and that does not really ...
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1980s live-action movie where individually-coloured nations on clouds fight

I saw this movie in July or August 1986. It wasn't a commercial movie - I didn't see it in a normal movie theatre. The story takes place somewhere there are 3 nations, each on its own cloud. The ...
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Who do these helmets belong to?

A recent image presented by none other than SQB in Mos has arisen, and it's my turn to post. There's a shirt currently available on Busted Tees which features several helmets from the SFF genre. ...
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Why don't Merry and Pippin seem taller than Frodo and Sam, even after drinking ent-draught?

I believe that in the 2nd movie, Merry and Pip meet Treebeard and drink ent-draught from Fangorn. They didn't appear any taller when we see them in ROTK though, very strangely they are the same ...
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Movie where protagonist time-travels to dystopian future when people become mentally degraded

Please help me identify a movie referred by an acquaintance. (I haven't watched it.) No cast or director info is available. The protagonist is today's average man who participates in a scientific ...
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The boy at the bottom of the river who spent 2,000 years looking at a statue of an angel?

I'd really like to re-watch this sci-fi flick: a young boy is presumed dead because he fell into a river/was in a car that drove off a pier in New York. He freezes but doesn't die, and spends +/- 2,...
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What is that high-pitched sound from all those 50s sci-fi B-movies?

It's an iconic sound but I have no idea what makes it and not much of an idea how to describe it. but I'll give it a try. It's an artificial, high-pitched whistling sort of sound. You normally hear it ...
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Why did people look at each others hands in The Book of Eli?

In the movie The Book of Eli, some of the characters look at each others hands the first time they meet. I don't recall any explanation of this behavior in the movie. What were they doing and why?
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Did Ariana Dumbledore's portrait dig the tunnel to Hogwarts? [duplicate]

The entertaining but often deliberately inaccurate CinemaSins channel put out this video some time ago: At 5:24, they have this dialogue: RON: Don't remember this ...
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Time as money movie

I'm looking for the name of a short black and white movie in which people were given an allotted amount of time at birth, and used that time to buy things. For example, a can of beans in the store ...
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Why did Ron sacrifice himself in the game of wizard chess?

At the end of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Ron sacrifices himself in a game of wizard chess so that Harry would be free to checkmate the king. However, I don't understand why Ron was even ...
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Film about some dude who fell in love with a star (a literal stellar object)

Yes, the plot is pretty weird. There is this "star" (whose incarnation is a woman dressed in white) and some random guy who falls in love with her. There's the arc of "if you cross a specific border ...
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Movie where a boy is transported into the future by an alien spaceship

I am attempting to find the title of a live action (not animated) movie I once watched on a VHS tape years ago, sometime around 2000-ish, although I believe that the movie had existed long before I ...
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How is it that Legolas always has a quiver full of arrows?

In the movie version of Lord of the Rings, Legolas is seen many times shooting arrow after arrow, yet he never seems to run out. For example, after the long battle at the end of The Fellowship of the ...
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Why was it likely that the Ents went to their doom?

When the Ents marched on Isengard in the movie version of The Two Towers, Treebeard said that "it is likely that we go to our doom". In the battle itself, however, the Ents seemed to do better than ...
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Movie about a civilization with limited life span and an integrated light indicator in their hands showing when they were about to die

I recall when I was young (about 30+ years ago) I saw on TV a movie about a civilization (possibly humans in the future) with limited life span (they died young) and if I recall correctly, an ...
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What powers does Galadriel have?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie Galadriel is able to speak telepathically with Gandalf, also doing so later with Frodo in The Fellowship of The Ring. Also she shows Frodo what she calls "...
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Which characters have been recast in the Harry Potter films?

Which characters in the Harry Potter films have been recast? As the same character being played by two different actors in different films. Which characters from the Harry Potter films have been ...
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Old part-animated live action movie musical; single mom takes a correspondence course on magic

A question yesterday gave me a flashback about a movie I saw a part of long ago, and I'm wondering if someone here could identify it for me. I seem to recall the colors striking me as technicolor, and ...
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Why was the breaking of the wall of Helm's Deep so important in “The Two Towers” movie?

I have not read the book, and I am referring here to the movie only. I saw in the movie that the way that lead to the inside of Helm's Deep was through a gate, from a somewhat steeply inclined ramp; ...
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How did the Witch-king break Gandalf's staff in the movie?

In the movie, the Witch-king breaks Gandalf's staff. How did this happen and why (since it's not in the book)?
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Why did Saruman seem to believe that Sauron wouldn't return?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, when Gandalf is meeting with Saruman, Galadriel and Elrond in Rivendell, they are discussing the Necromancer. When Gandalf suggests that it is Sauron returning, ...
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Why is Galadriel so awesome?

In The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies Surely, at least Saruman should be more powerful (in the modern sense of wizards being powerful) than Elrond and Galadriel, as they aren't minor gods. I ...
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In Star Trek (2009), what did the Romulans do for 25 years while waiting?

In the film Star Trek (2009), Spock said Nero captain of the Romulan mining ship waited 25 years for him to arrive (in which were only seconds for Spock). So what did Nero and his band of misguided ...
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Ender's Game: Simulations before the graduation exam

This question is regarding the Ender's Game movie. After Ender returns to Earth and Valentine encourages him to continue, he travels to the former Formic colony on the planet Shakespeare, where he ...
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Movie about Space Pirates that have bodies tied to their ships

I'm trying to identify a Sci-Fi movie from I believe the 80's or 90's where a spaceship has to travel through a group of spaceships that belonged to cannibal people with bodies tied to their ships. ...
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What plans were there for Star Trek: DS9 or Voyager movies?

Obviously there were never any such movies made, and never will be. But I'm interested in how far any planning ever went. What were the firmest any plans to produce a movie featuring DS9 or Voyager ...
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Movie with Zoltar in a trailer park named Paradise and a boy playing a video game then being recruited by aliens to fight in space

The movie starts out in a trailer park named Paradise. A boy plays a video game and then is recruited to help fight in space for Aliens.
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Why did Peter Jackson replace Glorfindel's role with Arwen?

In the books, it was Glorfindel who saved Frodo from the Nazguls. Obviously, I'm talking about the movies, particularly the reason why Peter Jackson changed this scene from the book. Why did PJ ...
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Animation movie (80's-90's) with brain-sucking insects

I'm looking for a movie I've seen as a kid, the details are foggy and sparse but I'll try my best following the guide: What is it?: An animated movie. Tell us what it isn't: It is not Nausicaä of the ...
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Was the “Something Wicked This Way Comes” tag line to the Prisoner Of Azkaban movie poster taken from the 1962 Ray Bradbury novel of the same name?

I remember seeing this Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban poster when I was younger and thinking that the "Something Wicked This Way Comes" tag line was very catchy and incredibly clever. I was ...
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In the view at the end of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, where is Mordor?

This is a screenshot near the end of the movie Fellowship of the Ring: Frodo said: "Mordor...". I think he was talking about the area in front of him. Was the mountains area in front Mordor? Was ...
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Why Were the Weapons in Middle-earth So Rudimentary?

Again, I'm re-reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy and am still on book one, so my question is going to refer to the movies. During the time The Lord of the Rings stories take place, Middle-earth is ...
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Movie/telefilm in which a princess needed true love's kiss to revive from a poisonous apple

I don't remember when I watched this movie or telefilm, but I remember few details of it: The setting was modern i.e. 21st century or late 20th century, but the princess didn't belong to this time. ...
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Why is Arwen dying?

This question was inspired by xkcd #1256's Title text and refers specifically to a scene in the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). The exact quote is: ARAGORN: (bows) My ...
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What did Toothless draw?

In How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup is sitting on a rock drawing a picture in the sand with a stick. The picture he draws is clearly of Toothless - the Night Fury dragon. Toothless looks at the image ...
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What are the different works for Film and Television based on the works of Philip K. Dick?

I recently finished watching the great series "Total Recall 2070" that was based on Philip K. Dick's universe. Philip K. Dick's absurdist blendings of philosophical problems with Sci-Fi has a unique ...
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What Is the Significance of the Cyclonic Beam of Light in Minas Morgul in LOTR: ROTK?

In LOTR: ROTK, as Frodo, Sméagol, and Sam approach Minas Morgul to make their climb to the Cirith Ungol pass, Frodo is somehow drawn to Minas Morgul and stumbles a few paces up the road leading to ...
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Who is Dumbledore talking about “who made all the wrong choices”?

Albus Dumbledore: " Draco. Years ago, I knew a boy, who made all the wrong choices. Please, let me help you." Draco Malfoy: " I don't want your help! Don't you see?! I have to do this! I have ...
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Animated movie with fight scene in Big Ben

I vaguely recall a movie from my childhood (so probably some time in the 80s or 90s). It was an animated movie (not anime) and it culminated with a fight inside Big Ben or another huge clock tower, ...
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Can Jumanji kill someone?

In the Jumanji movie, the players were all in danger (or were they?) when each new element came out. But not one death was shown in the movie. Even an 11 year old boy was able to survive 26 years in a ...

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