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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Saving Private Ryan” (1998)

In the film, there is a scene of two German soldiers surrendering, but the Americans kill them anyway and laugh it off.

The two soldiers were not speaking German, they were speaking Czech. They were trying to explain that they were forced by the Germans to fight for them.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Starship Troopers” (1997)

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Director Paul Verhoeven and Screenwriter Edward Neumeier repeatedly said in interviews that “audiences didn’t get the joke”. Here are some clues:
1. Earth’s Federation is basically a totalitarian government that limits citizen’s rights unless they serve military service. One soldier says she joined to get a special license to have children, and there are frequent references to how only citizens (those who serve the military) are the only ones with the right to vote.
2. Everybody on Earth has an unquestionable loyalty to the Federation. No crime, no rebellions, etc.
3. We are led to believe the bugs strategically attacked Earth by sending an asteroid to destroy a city. These bugs are not obviously mathematically sound, so it’s obvious they couldn’t have calculated the Earth’s position in the cosmos.
4. The use of WW2 style propaganda.

The joke is this: The bugs are totally innocent. Humans are the evil alien invaders.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Che” part two (2008)

To make this movie as close to how it really happened, the filmmakers actually got information declassified from both the American C.I.A. and the Bolivian government involving their partnership in successfully capturing Ernesto “Che” Guevara in October 1967.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Full Metal Jacket” (1987)

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Adam Baldwin’s character, Animal Mother, has the phrase “I am become Death” written on his helmet in the film. This is an obvious quote from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. The full quote reads, “Now, I am become Death. The destroyer of worlds.” This quote was famously used by Robert Oppenheimer when they detonated the first Atomic bomb.