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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Where do Gregor and Konrad meet up with British soldiers in episode 4 of World on Fire? How could they have gotten there alone?

In episode 4 of World on Fire, Gregor and Konrad meet a British army unit in the scene that starts at 32m57s after the two had last been seen escaping (while there was still snow on the ground) a ...
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Is it historically true that Ip Man beat a Japanese General in a martial-art match?

In the film Ip Man (2008), Ip Man fights Japanese Army general Miura in a martial arts match and beats him. Is that incident historically true? If not, what was the real incident?
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Sound-proof, anti-Soviet spies room

In the movie "The Coldest Game" (2019), taking place during the Cold War, a special room of the Polish embassy is shown. The room contains a sound-proof glass box, raised from the floor, inside which ...
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What is the painting J. Paul Getty buys in 'All the Money in the World'? [closed]

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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Scene in “12 Strong” on women's education in Afghanistan based on what?

In the movie "12 Strong" (2018) there is a scene in which a Taliban imam in Afghanistan publicly executes a woman for educating her children and after he does so, he raises up a book and says that it ...
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Why was the Hollywood sign destroyed?

Why was the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles destroyed in the movie "Argo"? Was the sign also destroyed in real life during 1980?
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Does isolation in Moana reflect a real island?

I know polynesians went through a period where they generally didn't discover new islands. I've heard the movie Moana was meant to reflect the period when they stopped exploring. But this is a lot ...
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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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Is the scene where Schindler discusses miscalibrating machines taken from true events?

I realize that the movie has many inaccuracies, but is this bit one of them? Is there any evidence that the Oskar Schindler wanted Germany to lose the war?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Brad Pitt's weapon in Fury

In Fury, we see Brad Pitt wielding a German manufactured Stg-44 assault rifle-the first ever. My understanding was that they were only issued to some Waffen SS and mostly to fighters on the Eastern ...
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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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How historically accurate is the climactic briefing scene in Downfall?

Despite a usual number of goofs and some controversy about its historical accuracy, the 2004 German film Downfall (Der Untergang) is generally acknowledged to contain many authentic parts. Various ...
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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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Is the sword fighting historically accurate?

I recently watched Game of Thrones. The show is set in a pseudo-medieval world. I'm wondering whether the sword fights and the swords are authentic representations. Here're an example:
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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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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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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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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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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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How accurate is American Crime Story: OJ Simpson?

Beware of minor spoilers if you know nothing about the OJ Simpson story. How accurate is the series American Crime Story: People V OJ Simpson? All the trials/hearings were televised (according to the ...
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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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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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In 10000 BC, is the Persian-like civilization connected to any real history?

I have watched 10,000BC and have understood the story. But I am curious as to whether the Persian-like Pyramid-building civilization has any link to a real civilization that have existed during those ...
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Did the following incident/statement from the 2007 movie Persepolis really happen?

It was mentioned in Persepolis (2007) that people who were against the revolution were executed by the state. It also mentions that women from this group were executed in a different manner. Is ...
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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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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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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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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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Straight Outta Compton - claims of police abuse

I recently saw the film Straight Outta Compton (2015) and found the scenes of police encounters disturbing. Conflict between NWA, the Compton community and the police was a constant undercurrent in ...
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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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Were gladiators forced to fight in historical reenactments, as they did in “Gladiator”?

In the 2000 movie Gladiator, Maximus is forced to fight in a gladiator coliseum in a reenactment of the Battle of Zama. He is on the team of the Carthaginians, who are expected to lose as they did ...
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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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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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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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How accurate is the depiction of the KGB?

The movie Commander Hamilton (orig.: Hamilton) seems to be set roughly at the time it was produced (1998), due to its use of cell phones and Russia instead of the Soviet Union, as well as the ...
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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 ...