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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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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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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Is Tony Arcaro based on a real-world personality?

The Miami Vice episode "Out Where the Buses Don't Run" (S02E03) is centered around deranged ex-detective Hank Weldon's hunt for the mysterious Tony Arcaro, who is described by him as Mr. founding ...
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Why did King Henry V have Cambridge and Grey’s heads cut off?

In Netflix movie The King (2019), what mistakes have Cambridge and Grey made to have King Henry V have their heads cut off? Wikipedia article on this movie didn't give me clear explanation on this.
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Which Inca deities are shown in “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”?

In the movie Dora and the Lost City of Gold, when the kids enter the temple a giant monkey-like deity (made of gold) is shown. Which Inca deity is it? Here is an image of the poster: Two deities are ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Why do post-war Hollywood WWII-themed movies ignore Japan?

According to Wikipedia, of 13 new US-made WW2-themed war movies for 2014, only one is about fighting Japan. In fact, Wikipedia tallies 41 of these US-made or co-produced WW2-themed productions since ...
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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 ...
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Is the Entertainment Weekly article real?

The titular character in The Great Buck Howard (2008) is based on The Amazing Kreskin. In a pivotal moment in the story, Buck Howard passes out after discovering he had been mocked in the pages of ...
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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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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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If Japan won WWII, why would they write from right to left and in kyujitai form?

Can someone please expound the following comment based on the screenshot below? I don't speak Japanese, so please forgive my benightedness. How does Japan's imaginary winning World War II affect ...
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Does mutiny and ship ownership make any sense for pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean?

Jack Sparrow complains of the mutiny against him and the taking of his ship, but who enforces him being captain or ownership of the ship, if not the crew itself? So why would he talk in such terms? I'...

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