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

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Why did the airbag not deploy on Statham's Maserati in Furious 7?

While watching Furious 7 (2015), I've noticed that in the head-on collision between Vin Diesel and Jason Statham, the air bag on Statham's Maserati has not deployed! It was a direct hit, at speeds ...
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Can a headshot from a sniper really cause muscle spasm?

It seems like a common thing in television and movies to have a bad guy in a stand down with the cops but they won't shoot him even though they have a clear shot because he has a gun on a hostage or ...
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Were these films actually available in Germany during the time represented in “Bridge of Spies”?

As Bridge of Spies builds toward its climax, there is a scene in front of a Berlin 'cineplex' which is showing four films (titles translated to English)... One, Two, Three Spartacus The Damned ...
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Is it scientifically possible to grow potatoes in Martian soil?

In The Martian (2015) we see the protagonist planting potatoes in soil that he dug out from the surface of Mars. Wouldn't the soil be incapable of sustaining life for the potatoes (let alone giving ...
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Can you tell me about the Saint George day in Time of the Gypsies?

In Time of the Gypsies, Perhan and his Girlfriend make love at the Saint George's day feast which takes place on a river: Could you tell me more about this feast, from the Gypsies' point of view? ...
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How possible is it to rip someone's eye out of its socket?

So this question may seem somewhat obvious, but I was watching Deadwood and during one of the most brutal fight scenes I've seen in a while, Dan Dority rips Captain Joe Turner's eyeball out of its ...
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Head-on Collision Survival Chances in Furious 7

In The Furious 7, when Vin Diesel accelerates towards Jason Statham and collides head on, is it even remotely possible to walk away from such an accident? If I am not mistaken, Vin Diesel didn't even ...
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How did Utah and Bodhi survive 800 meter waterfall drop?

In the movie Point Break (2015) how could the two men survive near 800 meter drop from Venezuela's Angel Falls?
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Is “The Conspiracy” based on a real secret society?

For lack of better options, I watched the movie "The Conspiracy" and in the end there was a strange brotherhood-type ritual where they placed a cows head on an unsuspecting victim and attacked him ...
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Can you really infuse someone with a coconut?

In the movie "Who Am I" starring Jackie Chan we see a character giving someone an coconut infusion after they've suffered blood loss. Does this really work?
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Was it that easy to fake identities back in the 1950s?

In S01E12 of Mad Men which was titled "Nixon vs. Kennedy", there is a flashback of the story of How Don Draper (Dick Whitman) exchanged identity with his fellow soldier after the explosion accident in ...
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Is it a trope that exposed electric wire in a pool causes electrocution?

We see in Movies and TV Shows that electricity and water don't mix. And when they do, fatal results take place. But I've heard that this is only an exaggeration for the dramatic effect. I've read a ...
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Is it common for a groom to walk the bride down the aisle?

I just started rewatching What Dreams May Come and noticed at the beginning where Chris and Annie are getting married, he is walking with her down the aisle in what is apparently a Catholic church. ...
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Why tracking phone takes some few minutes

Many times the protagonist (or sometimes the kidnappers) is on the run, he/she is being tracked by the authorities through phone calls in order to be located. Why do they need to have the person being ...
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What's with the unusual siren sounds throughout Blochin?

The first season of Blochin: Die Lebenden und die Toten naturally featured many sirens of police cars to be heard throughout the story. However, what was very confusing to me about those sirens was ...
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Is man capable of tearing off a car trunk lid like shown in U.N.C.L.E.?

As far as I understood, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was not a science fiction movie, however, the scene where the Russian agent is chasing after the American agent and the girl and then tears off the car ...
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How realistic is Mark Watney's self-operation?

After returning to the Mars station in The Martian, Mark Watney self-operates his wound. How realistic is that self-treatment?
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Can someone really video chat from space as Howard Wolowitz did?

We have seen Howard Wolowitz communicating with Bernadette Rostenkowski over screen. SO, I just wanted to confirm that is it really possible to communicate using video chat facilities like skype or ...
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Does Narcos use real corpses?

I was looking through Netflix and saw the Colombian druglord themed series called Narcos, it looked interesting so I checked out the details, where I saw this: While I can imagine that using a real ...
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Was the depiction of the police's reaction in the shootout accurate to how real police would behave?

It was difficult for me to absorb everything in the first viewing of Smokin' Aces (2006), so, I had to watch it couple more times. But each time, this scene in particular surprised me. The scene ...
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How realistic was Robinson Crusoe on Mars when it came out?

Having recently seen Robinson Crusoe on Mars, I of course noticed how unrealistic it is. However given that it was released in 1964, before the first landing of any space probe on Mars, I wonder how ...
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Are there real posts as consultants in detective departments like shown in TV shows in America?

There are shows like Castle, The Mentalist and more where the main character acts as a consultant to the detective team. Like in Castle, Richard Castle works as a consultant in NYPD (NewYork Police ...
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Could the Chief really have been able to throw the fountain out the window?

At the end of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Chief Bromden, a 6'5, 235 lb patient lifts a heavy fountain off the floor that was probably at least a good 1,000 lbs and throws it out the window. Even ...
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Is the movie I Origins based on a true story?

I recently watched the movie I Origins. In the end it is shown that there is actually an after life because the pattern of eye of two persons matches. On quora it is said that the movie is based on ...
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How realistic is the scene where Robocop bends barrel of a gun being held by a man?

There is a quite famous scene in the original movie where Robocop comes up to a guy, grabs barrel of his automatic gun and bends it downwards, while the guy continues holding the gun in shock. Isn't ...
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Is there a real life inspiration behind Dexter?

The show Dexter opens up an interesting yet controversial subject of saving innocent lives by eliminating potentially dangerous subjects (killer that kills other killers). Is this a complete novelty ...
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Why does the movie Pawn Sacrifice claim that game 6 was the greatest game of chess ever played?

The conclusion of the movie Pawn Sacrifice dramatizes the events of game 6 from the 1972 World Championship match featuring Bobby Fischer (portrayed by Tobey Maguire) vs. Boris Spassky (portrayed by ...
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How did Dr. Evil build his moonbase without anyone knowing about it?

How did Dr. Evil have his moon base laser constructed—and in 1969 no less—without any nation knowing about it even a teensy wheensy little bit. One would at least expect spies from various nations to ...
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How come characters use such words?

I believe that the more realistic the movie is, the more it is liked by the audience and the more it struck cords with them. Yet I have seen many movies and TV serials in both Hollywood and Bollywood ...
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Shouldn't the crew be in freefall while the ship is descending to earth?

In Star Trek: Into Darkness, there is a scene in which Khan disables the Enterprise' power, forcing it to be caught in Earth's gravity (Ch. 12). During this scene the crew members are seen falling ...
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Is it really possible to produce 99.9% crystal meth?

In Breaking Bad Walter White is known to be the master chef of blue meth, while yielding unheard of 99.9% purity. Is this possible or it is a big myth from the beginning?
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How realistic was the air traffic control mistake by Jane's father?

I still do not understand this part of Breaking Bad and really hope it was exaggerated. When Jane's father, heavily disturbed by loss of his daughter makes a deadly mistake while guiding air traffic, ...
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How realistic was Gus Fring's demise scene?

Always wondered about this one scene in Breaking Bad, when Hector blows up the hospital and we see Gustavo Fring walking out of the room while fixing his tie. We are then revealed that half of his ...
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MI: Rogue Nation; is it possible to have non metallic electronics?

One of the showpieces of MI:RN is an attempt by Ethan Hunt to free-dive (meaning swimming without an auxiliary oxygen supply) into a water cooled computer. The necessity for the free-dive is ...
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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 ...