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2014 American science fiction movie directed by Christopher Nolan about a crew of astronauts searching for a new home for a dying human society.

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How could the human race be saved in Interstellar?

In Interstellar (2014) the human race seemed to be facing pretty poor odds until they discovered a convenient wormhole placed by an unknown entity expressed as "they". Later in the movie, we discover ...
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Why were people led to believe that the Apollo mission was fake in Interstellar?

In the movie Interstellar, Cooper goes to school where he and Murph's teachers have this conversation. Teacher: It's an old federal textbook. We've replaced them with the corrected versions. ...
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Why are there not any MRI machines available in Interstellar?

In Interstellar, Cooper mentions that they don't have any MRI machines while talking to his kid's teacher. The dialogue goes as follows: One of those useless machines they used to make was called ...
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Why does Dr Mann act so stupidly?

When Cooper and Tars figure what Dr Mann is up to in Interstellar, he tries to escape with a shuttle and manually docks the Endurance but he doesn't manage to get a secure lock. As a highly-trained ...
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How did Murph know about Edmunds?

During the end of Interstellar Murph says to her father to go seek Brand as she is all alone on their "new planet". How could Murph know that Wolf Edmunds was dead?
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Why did it take a rocket to lift off the Earth but just shuttles to lift off the other planets?

I remember gravity in both the planets in Interstellar being comparable to that of Earth's. 80% of Earth gravity in case of Mann's planet and 130% in case of Miller's planet. So, why did it take a ...
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Why wasn't Interstellar shot in 3D?

A large part of the story in Interstellar takes place in space and hence there are many occasions when it feels like "wouldn't it have been better to watch this scene in 3D?". Especially after Gravity,...
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If Cooper wanted to stay, why did he send the NASA Coordinates?

In Interstellar, after Cooper arrives in the Tesseract, Cooper tries to send the message STAY to his daughter in the past so she won't let him go on the mission. If that was his intention then why did ...
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What was Mann's motivation?

In Interstellar (2014), the crew members visited the second planet and found Mann. Soon after finding Mann, they discover that he has lied about the data. And then he tried to kill Cooper as he ...
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How did the watch do what it did?

In Interstellar, after young Murph places the watch on the bookshelf in her bedroom, her father - in the same bedroom but from another dimension - moved the second hand and recorded data in a Morse-...
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Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?

Why does the depiction of the black hole Gargantua in Interstellar look the way it does? I understand why the ring is bright (due to the friction) but why does it loop around what seems to be two ...
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How does Cooper get out of the black hole?

In the movie Interstellar, Cooper (played by Matthew McConaughey) enters a black hole and sends a message to Murph (his daughter). Later, he is found by rangers, but I don't understand how he gets ...
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In what time does Interstellar take place?

Any ideas on the timeline of Interstellar's plot? How many years from now does the story take place? We know that it begins in near future, but any approximations or clues about "how many years from ...
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Why doesn't Murph tell her dad that she knew who the 'ghost' was?

In Interstellar, Cooper goes into the black hole and into the 5th dimension. There he starts communicating with his daughter in the past, which she thought was a 'ghost' trying to communicate with her....
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How does the high gravity on Miller's planet create big waves?

In Interstellar the gravity on Millers planet was about 130% of earth's gravity, which made everything heavy. Shouldn't the waves be low, fast and heavy as well?
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What happened to the other 9 astronauts?

In the beginning of the mission, it's mentioned that 12 pioneers went out to try to find a new world for humanity. During the duration of the film, they only visit 3 of those 12 planets and respective ...
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Why did Mann's base explode?

After the scuffle between Mann (Damon) and Cooper (McConaughey) in Interstellar, our protagonist gets a hold of a radio and alerts his shipmates to Mann's duplicity. Then his ship explodes. What ...
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How was Plan B supposed to work?

In the movie Interstellar, a backup plan was made in case the primary plan to evacuate earth failed. The plan entailed deployment of frozen human embryos on the new planet to essentially restart the ...
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Why did Murph's brother and his wife refuse a doctor for their son in Interstellar?

In Interstellar, when Murph visits her brother and his wife, she notices that their son is coughing hard, and she offers to arrange a visit from a doctor for him. The brother and his wife refuse, ...
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Why was the wormhole in Interstellar placed near Saturn?

Why was the wormhole placed near Saturn in Interstellar? If 'they' (advanced future humans) placed the wormhole from future, why didn't they place it near Earth or at-least near the planet Mars? ...
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Where is this quote about overcoming the impossible said in “Interstellar”?

On IMDb, a quote from Interstellar says: Cooper: We've always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to ...
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Who are “they” in Interstellar?

In Interstellar, NASA scientists keep saying "they" in most of their conversation with Cooper. Does "they" refer to some alien or supernatural race?
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Condition of Earth in Interstellar

What caused the earth condition in Interstellar in the first place? Was it global warming that caused the dust storms because of soil erosion?
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At the end of Interstellar, who built the colony?

At the end of Interstellar, we see a colony-camp built on Wolf Edmunds' planet. Is it built by Dr. Brand after her arrival or was it built by Edmunds for the arrival of the human race?
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Why did they go to visit the first water planet in Interstellar?

In interstellar, the first planet they visit is the closest one to Gargantua, and hence the one with the biggest time dilation effect (1 hour on the planet = 7 years in the Earth). Now, if we make ...
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What is the significance of Murphy's law?

What is significance of Murphy's law in the film Interstellar. What is the message behind it and how is it related to the plot?
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How did Romilly survive 23 years on the Endurance?

It is stated in Interstellar that each one hour spent on Miller's Planet equals seven years earth time. Cooper and his colleagues spend some time on the planet, and by the time they return, Romilly ...
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Why didn't NASA contact Cooper?

If Dr. Brand knew Cooper, and knew him well enough to know that he was capable of flying the mission, why didn't he just contact him? It seems like they were pouring a ton of resources into the ...
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What do Murph and NASA do to save humanity after solving Brand's equation?

In Interstellar, what do Murph and NASA do to save humanity after solving Brand's equation? Do they get the entire human race on giant space ships and transport them to a habitable planet? (How ...
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What is the significance of the robot names in Interstellar?

In Interstellar, robots are quite unconventional looking (which I have discussed already here), but they all have quite catchy names like TARS, KIPP, CASE and PLEX (in game). So what is the ...
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Why the Robots were so unconventional?

In Interstellar, why robots are so different from conventional robots. Robot from Intersteller: They look more like a refrigerator. I mean, mostly its tried to made robot more human looking but ...
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What's with Interstellar's strange sound mixing?

I hope this question doesn't come across as too opinion-based, but when watching Interstellar I noticed, that the sound mixing was a bit "off". Dialogue was sometimes very hard to understand and ...
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How did Murph figure it out?

From Interstellar we learn that What I don't get is how did she connect all this weird happenings to this fact? I find this a little too far fetched.
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Is Nolan citing Borges?

When I was watching Interstellar a few days ago and Cooper passed the black hole horizon to find himself in a "non-space" on the other side of his daughter's bookshelves where he had access to all ...
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How was Cooper confident about landing his Ranger on Miller's planet?

When Cooper enters Miller's planet in Interstellar, how does he know that he can land the ranger on the water surface? Also, when Brand and Doyle hop out of the ranger to collect data, how are they so ...
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Significance of Dr. Brand's poem

Do not go gentle into that good night; Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light These are famous lines from a poem by Dylan Thomas. These lines are ...
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Why does the Endurance rotate in Interstellar?

In the 2014 film Interstellar, why does the spacecraft Endurance spin? I think it really has to do something with physics?
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How was the main problem dealt with?

  [Source] In Interstellar a pathogenic organism (the blight) is responsible for a global food shortage. Corn seems to be the last crop that can be grown, although it is hinted that it's only ...
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How did Cooper find the location of NASA from the patterns?

How did Cooper find the location of NASA from the patterns in the dust in Interstellar? But what I don't get from the movie is how did Cooper make to it to be the coordinates since that data could be ...
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Was Gargantua not a “real” black hole?

A black hole presents a gravitational pull that nothing, not even light can escape as it is the housing for a singularity -- a collapsed star. But in Interstellar Cooper escapes the black hole because,...
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Why is the “STAY” message sent in Interstellar?

In the movie Interstellar, why does Cooper send the “STAY” message? When Cooper winds up in the tesseract (event Z), there are two related events that are in his past that he knows about: the ...
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Why was the Chinese drone replaced with an Indian drone by the filmmakers?

In the beginning of Interstellar Cooper follows an Indian drone. There are claims all over the internet that the drone was supposed to be Chinese in the initial scripts, but was changed to an Indian ...
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How does Cooper know that jumping in blackhole can gain back years?

After being hit by first wave at Miller's planet in Interstellar, Cooper and Amelia discuss something about time slippage etc. At that time Cooper says that, "can't we just jump in black hole to gain ...
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Why this way of making earth uninhabitable in Interstellar?

In Interstellar we see that in Earth's future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. However, current projections are the scarcity of oil, ...
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Why Cooper or Dr. Brand can't send message?

In Interstellar, we saw Murph, Tom, Prof. Brand are able to send message to Cooper. Then why Cooper or Dr. Brand can't send message as well?
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Why did those trucks/tractors act in a strange way?

In Interstellar Cooper has those completely automated robotic farm trucks. As we have seen they perform their tasks without any human interaction. Somewhere in the middle of the movie there is a ...
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What was Prof. Brand's plan?

Having rewatched "Interstellar" (2014), I realized that I don't understand the original plan. We learn that Prof. Brand never intended to go through with Plan A, as he was convinced that it cannot be ...
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What happened to Lazarus mission's Endurance?

In the events of Interstellar, Brand finally reaches Edmund's planet on the starship Endurance, via Miller's and Mann's planet. Where is the equivalent vehicle for the original 12 probes which were a ...
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In what way was Murph's quantum data from her Dad's watch helpful?

How was humanity able to use the quantum data that Murph received from her dad's watch in Interstellar?
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How is Cooper's age justified?

In Interstellar the course of events to my knowledge is the following: The time taken to travel from Earth to the wormhole is 2yrs (Aggregate = 2). After that we don't know how much time passed on ...