Questions tagged [historical-accuracy]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
6
votes
1answer
903 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
3k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
200 views

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?
2
votes
1answer
53k views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
8k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
712 views

Is the beard on Toshiro Mifune's samurai characters an exception?

I'm not sure whether historically samurai — members of the Japanese warrior caste — were supposed to always be clean-shaven or not. But I seem to recall that samurai characters in film are mostly ...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

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?
4
votes
1answer
782 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
332 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
15k views

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 ...
8
votes
0answers
447 views

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 ...
17
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
292 views

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 ...
12
votes
1answer
2k views

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: ...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

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. ...
9
votes
1answer
41k views

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?
11
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
68 views

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 ...
7
votes
0answers
247 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
896 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
433 views

What is the term the street thugs called the policemen in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows?

When Holmes is following Irene Adler with the package near the start of the movie, he's waylaid by some thugs escorting her and gets into a fight with them. The fight stops as some policemen (bobbies)...
10
votes
1answer
5k views

How true-to-life was 'Joyeux Noel'?

So, some years back, I remember watching an absolutely wonderful film called Joyeux Noel, which is apparently based on actual events during World War I (Namely, the Christmas Truce of 1914). I know ...
5
votes
0answers
388 views

"The Liberator" and Bolívar's death

In the film "The Liberator" (Spanish: Libertador), a 2013 Spanish-Venezuelan movie starring Edgar Ramírez, the death of Simón Bolívar is depicted as he being murdered, as opposed to accepted history ...
7
votes
2answers
6k views

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 ...
11
votes
1answer
10k views

How accurate is Sully?

Beware of minor spoilers if you know nothing about the Hudson Miracle story. How accurate is the movie Sully? The hearing was (according to the movie) public, and I'm guessing most of the facts are ...
15
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
542 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
198 views

Why did Kundun show India to have achieved independence that early?

In the movie Kundun before this scene, which means 5 Years before i.e 1942. There is an expression: India is a newly independent nation. They are struggling. They are in no position to help us. ...
2
votes
0answers
315 views

Why was the story watered down in Nobody Knows (2004, Japan)?

The movie Nobody Knows was based on an actual event, which apparently was considerably more horrific (Wikipedia) than the story depicted in the movie. So why did the director-writer choose to water ...
20
votes
1answer
4k views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
258 views

What type of law is this?

In Barry Lyndon (1975), if a person commits mistake on another person, then both person were given a gun, then point the gun towards each other and then shoot. This type of law was used two times in ...
5
votes
1answer
751 views

Why do Ragnar Lothbrok's men carry their own banners?

Throughout Vikings, when the soldiers of other earls are shown, they carry shields bearing the banner of their liege, in all cases except Ragnar's. Is there a historical or canonical reason for this, ...
11
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
6k views

Is the scene from Rush where Niki Lauda meets his future wife really the way it happened?

A cursory search on the internet points to a few truth vs fact points about the movie "Rush", but none of them addresses the popular scene where Niki Lauda meets and wins over his future wife when he ...
8
votes
2answers
7k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
26k views

What is Bone Tomahawk based on?

What is the movie Bone Tomahawk based on? Who are the cannibals in the movie? Is there a historic reference to these cannibals?
5
votes
1answer
793 views

How much of the film Baahubali: The Beginning is inspired from actual history of India?

I have heard that the name and places of Baahubali: The Beginning are taken from real history. But I have also heard that its quite inspired from Mahabharata for the character of Kattappa which is ...
3
votes
1answer
402 views

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? Is ...
6
votes
2answers
6k views

How did Mastani die in 'Bajirao Mastani'?

In Bajirao Mastani movie, how did Mastani actually die? We saw her under arrest! Whereas on one side Bajirao died near Narmada River and at same time she died but there is no clue what happened to ...
16
votes
3answers
3k views

Have there been any movies about or with realistic ninjas?

Ninjas in fiction are usually very dramatic, highly visible acrobats, dressed in black pajamas and ski masks, who kill people with weapons like nunchakus, throwing stars, etc. To the best of my ...
20
votes
3answers
507k views

What is the connection between Ragnar from Vikings and Ragnar from The Last Kingdom?

The popular History series Vikings is run by Ragnar Lothbrok, the main character who is a Viking that set his eyes on England. Vikings is inspired by historical events. In The Last Kingdom we follow ...
6
votes
2answers
31k views

What kind of glasses is Ronnie Kray wearing?

In the trailer [Youtube.com] for the upcoming ganster movie Legend, we see Ronnie Kray (cast by Tom Hardy) wearing the following glasses: Are these glasses accurate for the timespan (1950 - 1960)? ...
4
votes
1answer
119 views

Was the absence of black people in Jacques Tati's Play Time normal at that time and just a reflection on social norms of Paris?

The movie Play Time by director Jacques Tati is generally regarded to be his masterpiece. However one thing that a kind of puzzled me is that there were absolutely no black people in the movie besides ...
5
votes
1answer
895 views

Was the superstition in Vikings historically accurate?

In season 1 of Vikings, most of the content was filled with superstitions and prayers. It seemed as if everything was linked with gods and omens, which seemed unusual to me. I am trying to ask, were ...
3
votes
0answers
179 views

Are those historical portrayal 100% or mostly real?

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Tv SHOW A great deep view with simple way into our discoveries & inventions so far. In this series Neil deGrasse Tyson explained many things about time and space. And ...
4
votes
4answers
33k views

Dragon Blade - true story?

Is the movie Dragon Blade based on real events? Were the Romans ever in China?
2
votes
1answer
214 views

Is a whiteboard anachronistic in Ashes to Ashes?

In Series 1 Episode 1 of Ashes to Ashes, DI Alex Drake employs a whiteboard as she reasons out her situation with Shaz and Chris. Were whiteboards in general use in 1981? Is this an anachronism?
4
votes
1answer
634 views

How faithful is "American Sniper" to the book?

I loved American Sniper, but one thing that bugged me was that his spotter was always depicted as a lazy do-nothing. In the real world, snipers work as a two man team and the spotter is just as ...
9
votes
1answer
4k views

Did Hugo Cabret and other characters really exist?

In Hugo, forgotten Georges Méliès's life, success and master piece films are revealed to us, but the movie was not just about him. It was about the boy Hugo and all his courageous deeds. My question ...
10
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...