The general attempt to depict things accurately in film/tv shows.

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What is the inspiration for Trial by Combat?

We have seen that Tyrion has asked for trial by combat two times. How realistic is it? Was it a common practice during medieval times? Is it inspired from any medieval time custom? It does not look ...
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Weapon results in “The Transporter”

I was watching "The Transporter", and I was wondering about the results of the weapon impacts during the attack on Frank's house. It looks as if the bullets go right through the walls, as if the walls ...
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How technically accurate is TV series Mr. Robot?

How accurate are technical parts of the show Mr. Robot? How accurate it is in portraying the lives of hackers? I'm interested in tehnical jargon and the way Elliot get's his information. I didn't ...
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What inspired the vacuum tube train near the end?

What inspired the vacuum tube train near the end of Kingsman: The Secret Service...was it the Scientific American article by L.K.Edwards 50 years ago? The one buried under New York made a brief ...
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Why were mouse holes often represented in cartoons and movies like this?

I was recollecting on some old Tom & Jerry cartoons and began to wonder why mouse holes were often represented like the picture below. Did it just have to do with the cartoonist trying to ...
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Is it really as easy to knock someone out in real life as in the movies?

As a child I watched (with my father) a boxing match which lasted 12 rounds. At the end neither fighter resembled his previous pretty self, but nobody got knocked out either. I just watched Terra ...
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Are there any real-world equivalents to spitting fuel into the engine?

I saw Mad Max: Fury Road this weekend, its an incredible film that relies heavily on storytelling through visuals. A lot of the film is open to interpretation but what I want to know is: When fuel is ...
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How much of Interstellar is based on real effects? [closed]

When I watched the movie Interstellar, I felt that there was a lot of use of real events, real calculations and real experiment. I then found out that the director, Christopher Nolan, passed 4 years ...
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Lie To Me Paradox

Lie To Me is a scripted TV series where Dr Lightman "reads" a person's body language and expressions to deduce if a person is lying or being honest. However, its just a fictional TV series where all ...
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Is the time on the 100$ bill actually fixed?

In National Treasure Ben asks for a 100$ bill from a shopkeeper to get the timing at which he must follow the shadow (at Independence Hall). As far as I remember the timing was 2 or 3 or something. I ...
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How “directed” were the activities filmed in Disney's Monkey Kingdom?

While watching the plot of Monkey Kingdom unfold, I became very curious about just how directed many of the scenes were. This is perhaps a slightly broad question, but I think it's still a good one. ...
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How realistic is the tornadoes in Into the storm 2014

Specifically Pete, when he flew inside the tornado in his car. Can it be possible to survive such an extremely high fall like that.
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What's the purpose of people shouting “Hello” into the phone several times after they've clearly been disconnected?

This is usually done with a landline phone. The character calls someone or someone is calling him, they talk for a while and then for any reason the other person hangs up earlier than the character ...
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Wouldn’t Underwood’s plan for Sharp in season 3 of House of Cards be obvious?

In episode 11 of season 3 of House of Cards, would it not have been obvious that Sharp was “in concert” with Underwood if she had announced her support for him, as planned, rather than for Dunbar, ...
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What is the real story behind movie Badlapur?

During the interviews makers said that Badlapur is based on true events happened in central Europe in 1980s. Some say these events actually happened in Pune itself. Does anybody know the exact real ...
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How to find out whether a reality show is scripted

So, a lot of 'reality television' is (partially) scripted. Now, normally with some Google-fu I am able to find out whether it was scripted, or at least people claiming such things (sometimes with good ...
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Is the torpedo redirection maneuver from The Hunt For Red October remotely plausible? [closed]

In the final moments of The Hunt For Red October, there are three submarines engaged in combat from anywhere from thousands to dozens of yards apart, depending on the moment, and there's a scene where ...
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Does the music festival really exist?

I saw Project Almanac today and I am not even going to ask about any of the highly illogical time travel events of the movie. Instead I want to ask about one of the events that takes place and the ...
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Is the ring smaller than normal in the Rocky movies?

I was watching Drago pummel Apollo Creed in Rocky IV and it seemed like the ring was smaller than a regulation ring. Normally, pro rings are 18x18 or 20x20, but the ring in Rocky IV seemed a lot ...
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A Question about the little girl in red dress in Schindler's List

I am not asking about the significance of this little girl in red dress. In the movie, this girl in red dress eventually perishes. However, in the book (Schindler's Ark), the little girl in the red ...
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Do the ancient Japanese healing methods really work?

Do the ancient Japanese healing methods that Raizo performs on himself in the movie Ninja Assassin really work?
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Do kidnappers typically use authentication by newspaper? [closed]

Authentication by newspaper is the trope where the front page of a newspaper is displayed to indicate that a photo must have been taken on the day of publication, or later. Fictional examples of the ...
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How realistic is the hacking depicted in Blackhat?

The movie Blackhat (2015) shows professional hackers sabotaging an atomic reactor and the stock market, as well as counterhackers trying to get on the blackhat's trail, finding out their identity. As ...
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Do the “miners” on Gold Rush make money other than the gold they find?

The TV show Gold Rush is wildly popular. Does anyone know if the miners make money from the advertisers, have endorsements with the equipment manufacturers, are they compensated by the Discovery ...
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Is Suburgatory's characterisation of the NY suburbs remotely correct?

Suburgatory is a TV show about a teen girl and her family who move from inner city Manhattan to a outer-suburb (unnamed). The suburban people are shown as incredibly affluent. Lots of expensive ...
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Source code on Nedry's workstation: real programming language/s?

There is what seems to be source code depicted on Nedry's work station before he shuts down the gates, I wanted to know if this belongs to real programming language/s? A quick Google found an ...
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Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?

Why does the depiction of the black hole Gargantua in Interstellar look the way it does? I understand why the ring is bright (due to the friction) but why does it loop around what seems to be two ...
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How did the machine work before this realisation?

Perhaps this would fit the History SE or another, but I'm asking here because I don't know how historically accurate the film is. In the film The Imitation Game, Alan Turing's team has created a ...
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Prison cell doors in Gothika?

In the film 'Gothika' (which takes place in circa 2003), the principal actress is held in a prison for the criminally insane. The door to her cell is a fortified glass of some sort, and does not ...
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Why do most characters have perfect, white teeth even if the film's setting makes them unlikely? [closed]

I understand the premium that's placed on perfectly straight pearly white teeth in American society (or at least I think I do) but one thing that really irks me is the dental perfection on display in ...
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Sign language used in The Tingler - Is it real?

I'm sure many of the current movies out today, in an effort to obtain as much realism as possible, hire consultants to ensure the sign language used in movies is as accurate as any other language used ...
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Scientific accuracy of Jurassic Park's premise?

I was just watching a documentary about dinosaurs and this question came to my mind. In Jurassic Park, the whole story is based on the premise that dinosaurs were recreated using the blood found in an ...
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What happens if you call 0118 999 881 999 119 7253?

An IT Crowd episode included a parody of the new directory inquiries services: What would happen if someone (in the UK) actually called that number? I suspect they ...
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Is this laser experiment shown on Big Bang Theory possible?

In Season 3 episode 23 they use a laser to measure the distance between the Moon and the Earth though in the episode Leonard states the conclusion of the experiment as being the only experimental ...
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Is the tank scene in the A-Team physically possible?

The scene where the A-Team are in the tank and its falling from the air, they fire the canon and it stops from falling for a moment before falling again. Is this possible from a Physics point of view? ...
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Terminator Haircut Change

Is there a reason why Terminator haircut changes after he crashes into the wall? Is there a deleted scene by any chance that was cut out as one can see that haircut of terminator changes. This is in ...
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Other Species' Lifespan Compared to Lions'

In The Lion King, we are shown a family of lion royalty over multiple generations, as well as its subjects and other animals involved with its kingdom, the Pride Lands. Recently, I have noticed how ...
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How close is Masters of Sex to the actual events?

Masters of Sex tells the Story of the research team consisting of William Masters and Virginia Johnson researching sexuality in the 1950s. The persons really existed as well as their study, so I ...
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Are those movie masks for real where A impersonates B? [duplicate]

You know the kind I mean. At the intro of Mission Impossible, we see Tom Cruise, who suddenly hooks a hand beneath his jaw and tears of his face, which turns out to be one of those vinyl masks. ...
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The need of a Matrix [duplicate]

I always wondered why the hassle creating the Matrix anyway? Yes, the machines need energy which can be harvested in the form of biological energy from humans. But why did they not just take animals, ...
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Why is it Okay for movies / TV shows, to show that their story is based on real events when it is actually not?

I just finished watching the TV show Fargo. Each episode begins with the lines that this is based on real events. When I looked for it on Wikipedia, it said However, this claim is completely ...
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In the movies - Do wire transfers really work?

In a lot of the movies the bad guys seem to prefer wire transfers as their payment method of choice. In the recent movie Non-Stop, the terrorist provides a bank account number and demands a payment of ...
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Why do people in movies commit suicide by slitting their wrists in the wrong direction?

It is commonly known that the probability of surviving while slitting your wrists is much higher if you cut horizontally and that you should cut along the forearm to cut a longer portion of the vein ...
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What is the equivalent of 555 for postal addresses?

We all know the 555-0100 to 555-0199 numbers used for fake phone numbers. Suppose there's a letter on screen for a short time, addressed to the villain, with the address on there and clearly visible ...
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Equivalent of 555 for IP addresses

I came across a tweet complaining about 24 using 2.718.281.828 as an IP address, which obviously wouldn't work. Others responded that using a non-functional IP address is like using 555 for phone ...
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Why do movies & TV use this police radio clip over and over?

Quick background The sound I am referring to can be heard in this video, in the police radio at 0.26. It sounds like, "one-four-one celibacy". I've noticed this sound for a long time. So, the ...
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How realistic is the brainwashing shown during Season 3 and 4?

In Season 3 of Game of Thrones, karma really has it in for one of the main characters, who after betraying his friend ends up in a very unfortunate position: After being betrayed by his own troops ...
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Does After Earth's sci-fi jargon have any basis in reality or is it complete gibberish?

One of the most quoted lines from After Earth is: Graviton buildup could be a precursor to mass expansion. This phrase is not only very memorable, but it's also quoted in many reviews as ...
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Realism of the responsibilities of the senior staff in the West Wing

I am in the middle of a West Wing marathon and I was wondering regarding the powers and responsibilities that the Communications director and Deputy Communications director, as portrayed in the ...
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Can the police lie to make a suspect confess?

In The Mentalist S6 Ep 17 "Silver Wings of Time" they construct an elaborate deception to trick the real killer into confessing. How realistic is this concept? Can the police actually lie and trick ...