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

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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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Why do movies think the speed of sound is as fast as the speed of light?

In action movies where things blow up or heroes are shot by snipers from a long distance, or where fireworks are shown, the sound and the flash of the thing making the sound usually occur ...
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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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Why is Discovery One covered in sulphur in “2010: The Year We Make Contact”?

In the first half of 2010: The Year We Make Contact, the Soviet ship Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov is tasked with approaching the American USSC Discovery One, the main craft from 2001: Among the first ...
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Why didn't the electric charge affect Holmes when he attacks Dredger?

I saw the movie Sherlock Holmes. In that movie, there is a scene where Holmes and Doctor fights with Dredger in Ginger Midget's place. To attack Dredger, Holmes used a weapon which contained ...
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How realistic was the communication between the troglodytes?

I saw the rather fascinating Bone Tomahawk recently. In it, a group of troglodytes kidnap a few people, leading to a suspenseful chase across the arid country in search of them and their victims. ...
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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 result shown from the explosion realistic?

In The Hurt Locker, During a raid on a warehouse, James discovers the body of a young boy, in which a live bomb has been surgically implanted. During evacuation, Lieutenant Colonel John Cambridge ...
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Is the electric track the tour vehicles follow on in Jurassic Park actually possible?

Based on the image above and examination while viewing Jurassic Park, it appears there is no physical connection between truck and track (though there may be). Is the proposed method of moving the ...
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How long was that Runway?

In the final showdown of Furious 6 when Shaw's crew go to escape on the plane that was described by Roman as "a planet" the entire showdown is on a continuous strait stretch of runway with Dom's crew ...
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Why didn't the bomb cause a tsunami in Dark Knight Rises?

As far as I know, even smaller earthquakes measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale in Japan have triggered tsunamis. Was the atom bomb used in The Dark Knight Rises not this powerful?
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Is it possible to activate two vocal cords together as stated by the prosecutor?

In The Exorcism of Emily Rose, for the explanation of voices in tape, the prosecutor says that humans have two vocal cords and Emily had activated the other one too, which made her sound like two ...
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Why doesn't the bomb cause radiation poisoning to Gotham City?

The ending to me makes no sense. Batman put his plane on auto pilot that was carrying the bomb away from the city, but they should be affected for many years to come just like Hiroshima. How come ...
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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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On what basis was Milkin's transfer possible?

In the 4th episode of the 4th season of House of Cards Donald Blythe follows Claire's advice and decides to send Igor Milkin (at the time on a plane circling over the North Sea) to China. What makes ...
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How did Carl survive the eyeshot?

Spoiler Alert! In season 6 of the Walking Dead, we watch the group attempting to walk through a horde of walkers while covered in guts. We then observe Sam Anderson getting killed with his mother ...
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Did Sean Gullette actually trepan himself in Pi (1998)?

In the final scene of Pi, we see the character depicted by Sean Gullette put a drill directly to a tumorous bulge on his head. There's a noticeable blood splatter and the character doesn't flinch. In ...
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How credible is the ending of Collateral?

Here's what happens at the end of Collateral (2004): The taxi driver manages to defeat a highly skilled hitman. Is it mere luck? Should we accept this as a screw-up on the part of the movie ...
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How real are Bear Grylls TV shows? (Ultimate Survival in particular)

In Ultimate Survival on Discovery channel, we see Bear Grylls do amazing stuff, hunting dangerous animals, climbing dangerous mountains and all that fun stuff. There was another similar show on that ...
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How realistic is the depiction of court proceedings in Law & Order?

I am wondering, how accurate is the depiction of the court proceedings in Law & Order? By this I mean the vocabulary they use, and also if the sentences they make using that (legal) vocabulary ...
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Is “Greek School” really a thing as portrayed in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”

At the end of the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" it shows the protagonist sending her first child to Greek School to learn the language Is this actually common in the Greco-American community? ...
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How accurate is the plot in Netflix's show 'Orange is the New Black'?

So I know the premise of Netflix's Orange is the New Black is based on a true story, but how closely does the show follow true events? Are the actual events/goings-on in the TV story based on details ...
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Las Vegas power outage shown in Ocean's Eleven

Is the power outage in L as Vegas using the "pinch" shown in Ocean's Eleven realistic? Or is it one of those instances where the writers took some creative leeway in the script? Since a majority of ...
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Can you really drink from Root Beer Barrels?

In Pee-wee's Big Holiday, we often see someone grab a candy "Root Beer Barrel" and use a tiny straw to drink the Root Beer inside the candy. I've never tried this candy before and when I was ...
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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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Is this depiction of fatal brain trauma realistic?

Tonight in S06E14 of The Walking Dead, we see a character receive fatal brain trauma (not exactly an uncommon occurrence on this show). Specifically: Clearly this is a fatal injury, and the ...
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Is there a measure for movie realism?

I am a big fan of life-close movies where things are portrayed close to what could have happened in real life. Such movies usually attempt preserving realism and follow high level of detail. Is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Is Eisenheim's sword illusion realistic?

Eisenheim performs a sword illusion in The Illusionist (2006). Is this illusion realistic? Could it be practiced in real life? Here is a YouTube video showing what I mean: ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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. ...