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Is it safe? - A Clerks animated reference question


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#1 of 25 OFFLINE   Bjorn Olav Nyberg

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Posted November 16 2002 - 03:33 AM

Hello A very short and probably stupid question A friend of mine is kind of bugging me with this line. I've got him to admit it is a Clerks animated thing, but nothing more. What kind of response could he possible be hoping for?
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#2 of 25 OFFLINE   Brad Porter

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Posted November 16 2002 - 03:48 AM

"Is it safe?" is the question that Dr. Szell (Laurence Olivier) repeatedly asks Babe Levy (Dustin Hoffman) while performing dental torture on him in Marathon Man. If it was mentioned in Clerks, it was a reference to this scene. Brad
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#3 of 25 OFFLINE   Allan Petersen

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Posted November 16 2002 - 04:05 AM

Creepy scene (in Marathon Man). It's been used in quite a few movies over the years. Off the top of my head I can recall Hot Shots and Gremlins 2 as having direct references.

#4 of 25 OFFLINE   Josh Lowe

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Posted November 16 2002 - 04:26 AM

LOTR:Fellowship postdates Clerks, but the one early preview there was back then showed Gandalf popping out of the shadows, wild-eyed, asking "Is it secret?! Is it safe?!" But I think it was a Marathon Man ref.. that's a great movie. My favorite scene is the shot of the sinister Asian guy playing pinball while staring across the street.

#5 of 25 OFFLINE   Agee Bassett

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Posted November 16 2002 - 05:48 AM

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"Is it safe?"


An appropriate response, per Dustin Hoffman, would be "Yes, it's safe, it's very safe, it's so safe you wouldn't believe it."

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#6 of 25 OFFLINE   Allan Petersen

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Posted November 16 2002 - 09:50 AM

Josh, I think you may be right about the LotR reference. Although I loved the movie (and the EE) I never made that connection, myself. Silly me, I guess.

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Posted November 16 2002 - 05:50 PM

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Posted November 16 2002 - 09:50 PM

Per Goldman's book (to which I thrilled more than 25 years ago; ouch!! :b ), the elixir offered by Szell in his left hand is Oil of Cloves, to offset the pain inflicted by the dental implement in his right. "Is it safe?", indeed!! Cheers, gang! DS.
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#9 of 25 OFFLINE   HenrikTull

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Posted November 16 2002 - 11:49 PM

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#10 of 25 OFFLINE   Bjorn Olav Nyberg

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Posted November 16 2002 - 11:51 PM

Aaargh! Are you gonna start up here as well? Wasn't it enough to drive me up the walls on ICQ? Posted Image

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#11 of 25 OFFLINE   HenrikTull

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Posted November 16 2002 - 11:59 PM

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#12 of 25 OFFLINE   Bjorn Olav Nyberg

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Posted November 17 2002 - 12:05 AM

No "oil of cloves" for you
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Posted November 27 2002 - 06:12 AM

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Posted November 27 2002 - 06:12 AM

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#15 of 25 OFFLINE   Mark C Sherman

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Posted November 27 2002 - 06:15 AM

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#16 of 25 OFFLINE   Lew Crippen

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Posted November 27 2002 - 06:31 AM

Personally I think that I’ll keep as many as I can swallow. Posted Image
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#17 of 25 OFFLINE   HenrikTull

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Posted December 02 2002 - 06:13 AM

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#18 of 25 OFFLINE   Scott McGillivray

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Posted December 02 2002 - 07:16 AM

No, it's not safe, it's very dangerous, be careful.
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#19 of 25 OFFLINE   HenrikTull

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Posted December 14 2002 - 10:20 PM

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Posted January 10 2003 - 02:32 AM

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