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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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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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)? ...
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Is The Warriors an accurate depiction of gang relations in 1970s New York City?

From the numerous gangs with their specific outfits and mannerisms, to the way they interacted and the meetings were arranged, was The Warriors an accurate depiction of 1970s gang relations in New ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Who is the employee that Steve Jobs fired?

In Jobs (2013) there is a scene whereby Steve Jobs fire an employee for disagreeing with him on "fonts": Who is the employee who disagreed with Steve Jobs on the "...
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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)...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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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How historically accurate is the TV series 'The Tudors'?

The TV series The Tudors (2008-2010) depicts the reign of Henry VIII. So far I've not noticed any historical inaccuracies. How truthful to history is it?
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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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What is Wakko wearing in the “about the 90s” part in the “Catch Up Song” in the 2020 Animaniacs reboot?

In the first episode of the 2020 Animaniacs reboot, the Warner siblings sing a song about what happened between 1996 (when the last episode took place) and 2017 (when the reboot was being written). At ...
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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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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?
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Dragon Blade - true story?

Is the movie Dragon Blade based on real events? Were the Romans ever in China?
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Why was Charlie Chan talking about the US in WWII 3 months before Pearl Harbor?

In the final scene in Charlie Chan in Rio, released in September, 1941, Jimmy Chan gets drafted into the US army. He moans about having a war on his hands but brags that with him in the army, "...
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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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Were children subjected to shock therapy in the 1960s, as implied in Moonrise Kingdom?

In "Moonrise Kingdom" a social-services agent implies that an orphan with behavior problems could be subjected to shock therapy (aka electro-convulsive therapy or ECT). Were children really subjected ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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 ...
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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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Joey wearing pants - is it realistic?

In "El Dorado", Joey McDonald, the daughter of Kevin McDonald, is wearing pants whenever she rides a horse. Was it socially acceptable for a girl to wear pants in the Wild West?
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How historically accurate is the movie Celluloid?

The movie Celluloid is about the story of J. C. Daniel, who is the father of Malayalam film and Vigathakumaran was the first Malayalam movie released in 1928. The story explains Daniel's exile and ...
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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. ...
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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? Is ...
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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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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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Is Jimmi Lee Jackson's Eulogy accurate as presented in Selma?

I'm trying to determine how historically accurate the speech from the movie Selma (2014) given by Martin Luther King, Jr. at Jimmi Lee Jackson's funeral is, but I can't find a transcript of the actual ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Why was Shakuntala Devi's husband not gay in the film?

The film Shakuntala Devi is based on the real-life personality, and in real life it was all over the news that her husband was gay after she mentioned it during the release of her book The World of ...
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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?