Questions tagged [historical-accuracy]

Questions about the precise conformity of events or characters portrayed in films or TV shows to real figures/events.

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How real is the ending of the movie Ford v Ferrari?

The movie Ford v Ferrari (2019) starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale shows how Ford Motors built a car that beat Ferrari in Le Mans 24 hour race. In the end of the movie, the three Ford cars cross ...
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Was Prince Bertie actually known to do this?

I'm rewatching the British historical series, Victoria about the life of Queen Victoria. During the third season we jump ahead in time to a point where Victoria already has sever children, including ...
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How true to reality is the film Queen of the Desert?

Queen of the Desert is a 2015 biographical film about Gertrude Bell, an Englishwoman who spent most of her life in the Middle East and played a part in the establishment of some Arab states in the ...
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Why do cars in movies set in earlier eras always look brand new?

Whenever I watch a movie or TV show set in an earlier era, all the cars look brand new. In fact, better than brand new; the paint is rich and deep, highly polished. They all look as though they ...
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Why does Brigitte Mohnhaupt deliberately destroy the execution myth and how accurate is her closing dialogue?

At the very end of The Baader Meinhof Complex, after the efforts for pressing the RAF leaders free have failed and they thus commited suicide in Stammheim prison, Brigitte Mohnhaupt speaks to the next ...
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Why is Havana covered in 5-digit numbers in Our Man in Havana?

In the 1959 film version of Our Man in Havana, the streets of Havana are littered in signs with 4- and 5-digit numbers on them. Here's an example: Notice the "00260", "19072", and "42857" left of ...
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Is HBO's Chernobyl accurate about the sequence of instructions causing reactor stall?

In the series finale of Chernobyl on HBO, Dyatlov orders Akimov and Toptenov to bring the reactor power down to 700 MW, as per the written test instructions, and then leaves the room without giving a ...
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Did the movie Trumbo change the director of Spartacus?

Shortly after Trumbo writes the script for Spartacus, he meets Otto Preminger, who says that he is "the director". It sounds like he is claiming to be the director of Spartacus, and this is why he has ...
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How accurate was the use of the slogan “Wer hat uns verraten? Sozialdemokraten!”?

In Babylon Berlin S01E07 Gereon Rath attends a party at Bruno's appartment which includes many veterans from the Great War, including Major General Seegers. It seems to be a commemoration of the war ...
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Was the character of Nicol based on a real person?

In Welcome to Marwen, Mark Hogancamp meets Nicol. Eventually, he chooses to rename the fictional town of "Marwen" to "Marwencol", named after himself, his rescuer Wendy, and now Nicol. According to ...
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Did Queen's performance really cause Live Aid to clear $1,000,000 in donations?

In Bohemian Rhapsody, Bob Geldof is shown pleading with viewers to donate money. The phone bank operators are waiting for their phones to ring. Then, Queen gets on stage, the phone banks are busy, and ...
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Is Mirzapur based on a real story?

Is the TV-series Mirzapur based on a real story? Mirzapur is an actual city in Uttar Pradesh. Also, Wikipedia says this place is famous for carpet business and this was aptly shown in the series with ...
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Impact of Wonder Woman's action on the end of World War I?

In the 2017 film Wonder Woman, Diana finally kills Ares and we learn that World War I is over, but how does the killing of Ares impact World War I? Is there any parallel to this with the real events ...
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What is the historic origin of these Indian burial grounds?

I've recently watched two movies that feature the Indian burial ground as a plot point, however in these two films they both actually show a physical burial ground, which appears to be made up of ...
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Did Neil Armstrong really do this on the Moon?

The film First Man (2018) is about Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon. In the movie, one scene shows Did he actually do this in real life or was this a fictional plot device added ...
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Is the bird killing in The Prestige based on historical reality?

In The Prestige (2006), there is a magic trick in which a bird is made to disappear and it is revealed that the bird is secretly killed by crushing it flat to make it "disappear". Is this trick from ...
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When is Shane (1953) set?

The movie Shane (1953) is based on the novel Shane (1949) by Jack Shaefer. It is obvious that the novel Shane (1949) could have a precise setting date or a vague possible date range, and the movie ...
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Does Captain Tracey (Star Trek “The Omega Glory”) resemble a figure from American history?

In the Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy" (1969), I consider the character Garth a George Washington figure (whether consciously intended or not). He was a great military leader; also, his "...
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Why do the Vikings warriors train with real weapons?

In the Vikings TV show we often see warriors training with each others using real weapons. This can be seen both for vikings' and other kingdoms' warriors. As far I know warriors used to train with ...
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Did people in Elizabethan London really speak like they do in “Upstart Crow”?

Did people in Elizabethan London really speak like they do in "Upstart Crow"? I'm specifically thinking of the way Greene says Sirra instead of Sir.
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Is Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk historically inaccurate in portraying absence of the Indian army?

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk has been accused of ignoring Indian soldiers' presence in Dunkirk. But is there any proof that there were Indian soldiers stuck there too in the first place? The British ...
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Did Churchill really talk to people on the London Underground?

In the pivotal scene of "Darkest Hour" Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), on his way to Parliament, ditches his car and takes the Tube. On the train he talks with some regular Londoners and this ...
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In what time period the series Arang and the Magistrate set?

Based on the costumes and the setting, which dynasty or time period served as an inspiration for the historical drama series Arang?
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Was there already birthday cake in Roman empire?

In the TV show, Rome, during the battle of Philippi, there is a conversation between two rebel Roman commanders. It goes something like, is today your birthday? Oh yes, I want a birthday cake. Please ...
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Did Oskar Schindler really lament not having saved more Jews?

At the end of Schindler's List, there is a scene where Oskar Schindler realises, almost breaking down in tears in front of all of his workers, that each of the extravagances/luxuries he still has ...
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In The Color Purple how is it a black person can have so much wealth in the south?

The film The Color Purple takes place between 1910 and 1940. So how can an African American (Mr. or Albert Johnson) have a huge house, a plantation, a farm/ranch (animals as well), prosperity, and a ...
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What is the painting J. Paul Getty buys in 'All the Money in the World'?

In Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World", J. Paul Getty forks a sizable chunk of money for a painting instead of paying his grandson's ransom. To me, the painting looked like Raphael's Madonna ...
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Is “Anonymous” based on a true story?

I watched Anonymous (2011). The movie shows that Shakespeare was fraud and all his writing originally belongs to some nobleman. Is it true? If yes, then what is the source of the story and what is ...
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Did these events in 7th episode 2nd season of Netflix 'El Chapo' actually happen?

At the end of the 7th episode of the 2nd season of Netflix's El Chapo two events happen: Firstly Los Emes massacred multiple civilians and burned down a remote village leaving the message for El ...
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Does the village of Motunui as depicted in “Moana” accurately depict a Polynesian village?

Moana lives in a village called Motunui (which appears to be an actual place?). We get a fairly in-depth view of how the village works during the song "Where you Are" - there's a chief, he answers ...
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How many of the events in The Death of Stalin are based on historical fact?

The Death of Stalin is a dark black comedy based on the events happening after the Soviet leader's death. Clearly we don't have records about who said or did what during that period. And there appear ...
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How realistic are the dogfight scenes in Dunkirk [closed]

I saw the film Dunkirk yesterday with some friends and thoroughly enjoyed it. One of my friends had some quibbles with the dogfight scenes, however. How realistic are they? Any reliable sources ...
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Is the shadow organization in Munich real?

This group sells information to Mossad agents. I am wondering if this organization has its real world counterpart or just a convenient way to advance movie plot?
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Why is there an iPhone in “All Eyez On Me”?

In the new 2pac movie, All Eyez On Me, there is a scene where Faith is taking a picture with 2pac and there is an iPhone. This is chronologically impossible since the iPhone was released in 2007 and ...
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Why did Spielberg use fictional characters (informants Louis and Papa) in Munich

Background to the Movie Steven Spielberg has said, that the Munich is about vengeance, regret and dilemmas one faces when making hard personal decisions, while visualising empathy and human ...
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Did the Battle of Iwo Jima really happen on black soil?

In Flags of Our Fathers, there are whole war scenes shot on black soil near some sea. Did the Battle of Iwo Jima really happen on black soil or was this added by the movie production crew?
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Did Mark Zuckerberg answer a question in similar circumstances to this?

In the Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) answers a question in a lecture: Now I know this most likely is just the clique scene to make ...
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Did they really make ice cream/cake in shape of “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” as shown in the movie?

In Flags of our Fathers, after the completion of the war, the soldiers get an invitation for celebrations. In one scene the soldiers get an ice cream cake in the shape of "Raising the Flag on Iwo ...
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Is Billy Breckenridge gay?

In Tombstone, there are certain implications that Billy Breckenridge (portrayed by Jason Priestley) is gay. This is especially noticeable in a particular scene at the theater when a cowboy is ...
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In A Man For All Seasons, which lines are historical?

In the film version of A Man For All Seasons, Thomas More (the character) gives several magnificent speeches. The real More was in fact a prolific writer, so I wonder whether the character’s lines are ...
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Did John Glenn really ask for that?

In Hidden Figures when John Glenn's rocket was about to be launched into space there was some uncertainty regarding the calculation results provided by IBM 7090. Al Harrison was discussing this with ...
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What is Morgan smoking?

In the episode The Battle of Bardon Pass of the TV show Camelot, Morgan Pendragon is shown smoking a pipe: What is she smoking? Since the show is taking place in Post-Roman Britain, it can't be ...
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Which King Henry were Bill and Ted referring to?

In Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bill and Ted land in what we are told is "Medieval England." Bill mentions that they are at the castle of King Henry and that they are in 15th century England: ...
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Was “The Princess Bride” popular enough to have been birthday party theme? (as seen in 'This is Us') [closed]

In Season 1, episode 13 of "This is Us", Kevin asks for a "Princess Bride" theme birthday party. Of course in hindsight, given the cult status the film has now attained and it's immediate recognition ...
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Is the misquotation “politics is war by other means” by Lyndon B. Johnson authentic?

In the 2016 TV movie All the Way, the character President Lyndon B. Johnson prominently explains (in a voice-over to the audience): Clausewitz said “Politics is war by other means.” … Bullshit. ...
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Did Julius Caesar really get raped by the son of Crassus?

In Spartacus: War of the Damned Episode 8, Tiberius Licinius Crassus raped Julius Caesar to show him his place. Is this event really based on history or was it only done to achieve dramatical effect?
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How accurate is the portrayal of vikings in the TV series Vikings

I'm not too worried about the historical accuracy of the events in the tv series, but my question is specific to the portrayal of the viking's way of life, their appearance etc. I know that we don't ...
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Portrayal of women and children in Jones County revolt against the Confederacy

I am curious about the portrayal of children and women in the movie Free State of Jones - how accurate it is? No doubt they had an impact, but I am not sure they took part in real battles and fight ...
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Openess about the Pope's children in the Borgias

In the series The Borgias there is a large degree of transparency about the fact that Pope Alexander VI has four children. This is taken to the point where he can marry off said children to political ...
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Was the depiction of George Méliès accurate to what we know about his life?

The 2011 movie Hugo was about a boy of the same name who fixes an automaton that was built by George Méliès. Hugo learns that the man was a film maker and eventually inspires him to take pride in his ...