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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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What really happened in the black hole in Interstellar? [duplicate]

I am always confused about the end of the movie Interstellar. What really happened in that black hole? How could he survive in that black hole and then get out?
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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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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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Why is Cooper Station orbiting Saturn?

The last 20 minutes of Interstellar are as confusing as confusion gets. I would like to state my interpretation and put the question then. My Understanding: Based on a blog post I read (which has ...
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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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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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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. Cooper: ...
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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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Who was Getty and why was he hostile towards Tom?

Near the end of the 2014 film Interstellar, the protagonist's daughter Murph (Jessica Chastain) is in her old room while a man outside yells for her to hurry. The man outside is portrayed by Topher ...
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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 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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References to Voyager 1 / Cassini photographs?

Voyager - a famous interstellar mission - produced pictures after passing Saturn. To me it seems too much of a coincidence that a shot in the film Interstellar featuring a distant shot of the space ...
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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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What was Cooper's plan after docking?

In Interstellar, when Mann wrecked the docking hub, Cooper and Brand are puzzled for a moment. But Cooper soon tries to dock his Ranger with the Endurance, which is spinning off. After successful ...
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Is the scene with Romilly different between the IMAX and DVD/BluRay releases of Interstellar?

I originally saw the UK IMAX release of Interstellar and recently saw the BluRay version of it and, did I dream this: When Cooper et al. return from Millers planet (3 hours their time, 23 years ...
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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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Why did the mission control go down?

In Interstellar, Cooper mentions that "Delhi mission control went down same as ours". Could you explain why the mission control was down? And it seems to be explained in the first space craft ...
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Why didn't Cooper exit the black hole thousands of years into the future after entering the event horizon? [duplicate]

In the scene where Cooper is sending a signal back to his daughter back on Earth, him and the robot are inside the event horizon for a few hours. However after they exit the black hole, it appears ...
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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 ...
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Why does Coop have to sneak out to rejoin Amelia Brand?

At the end of Intestellar, Why does he do it secretly, stealing a spacecraft? He's following the order of someone who, if not in charge anymore due to old age, at least should have enough leverage to ...
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Why aren't the planets orbiting Gargantua sucked in?

My understanding is that the gravitational pull of a black hole is so intense nothing can escape it, not even light. So how is it in "Interstellar" that the planets orbiting Gargantua can withstand ...
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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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Why does time flow differently on Miller's planet?

When the crew in Interstellar went down to Miller's planet then came back up we find that 23 years have passed for Romilly. Can someone please explain why and how did that happen? IIRC it was ...
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Which Star do we see at the end of Interstellar?

Is there a name for the star that we see at the end of Interstellar? While Cooper is exiting the Tesseract, we see a bright shining star. I was wondering if anyone knew more about it.
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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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Is Gargantua a black hole or a wormhole?

I will write the events in sequence but in a brief manner. Later on questions will be asked. Correct me if I'm wrong anywhere. First of all Cooper and his crew go through a wormhole that is near ...
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Was Interstellar an infinite loop?

As we can see in the movie that Cooper brought themselves in the Tesseract and sent NASA coordinates etc. But when the bulk beings close the Tesseract, we saw him floating and redirecting back to the ...
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Why did Cooper chase the drone across the field when food is so scarce?

When food is already so scarce on earth in Interstellar, why did Cooper crush the crops while chasing that drone? Was the drone really that valuable?
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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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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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Connection between Interstellar and 'Flora's Letter'?

I work in a cinema, and today we received our copy of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar: which came packaged and labelled as "Flora's Letter" As is quite well known, film's are distributed (and ...
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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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IMAX DMR vs 35mm film

I am planning to watch Interstellar, but I'm wondering which version I should watch. It has been released on a wide variety of media, among them classic 35mm film and IMAX. So I'm not sure if I should ...
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How many years away from Earth did Cooper experience in Interstellar?

Same as in the title: how many years did Cooper experience away from Earth? In the end they waste 23+ years on the water planet and 51+ years when the Endurance gets almost destroyed, but while for ...
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Can you explain the true identity of Murph's ghost? [duplicate]

In Interstella, when Murph was young she discovers something with gravity and calls it a ghost. But in the end of the movie she discovers it was Cooper. I still don't understand.
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How can Cooper communicate with his daughter before the time he went to space?

In the movie Interstellar it's shown that after Cooper fell into the Black Hole, he communicates with his daughter Murph through some codes as Ghost. My doubt is how can he communicate to his daughter ...
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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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Why did humans want to solve the gravity equation? [duplicate]

In the movie Interstellar, there's a lot of things that I don't get. Humans, most significantly Dr Brand, were hard at work for years solving the gravity equation. Brand wanted to do something to ...
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How did Dr. Brand decelerate when reaching Edmunds' Planet?

At the end of Interstellar all fuel from main engines of the Landers and Rangers was used to escape Gargantua's (the black hole) gravity well. They accelerated enough to break free. So how did Dr. ...
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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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What “promise” does Coop make to Murph?

In the film Interstellar, the granddad said that Coop needs to sort it out with Murphy before he goes, and not to make any promises he couldn't keep. But at the end of the film, while Coop was ...
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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 much of a gravitational time dilation did the three planets in Interstellar experience?

In Interstellar, there are multiple planets that are accessible via a worm hole/gravitational anomaly near Saturn. Of twelve, only 3 were considered the most promising, and the ones that returned a ...
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Why is there a huge sound when Dr. Mann's spacecraft destroys the part of the Endurance?

We all know that sound doesn't travel through space. The Director, Nolan, avoided sounds in space through most of Interstellar, but when Mann's (Matt Damon) spacecraft is destroyed, a huge sound is ...
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Why does the message embedded by Cooper in the second hand of the wristwatch run on a loop? [duplicate]

At the end of Interstellar, when Cooper is trapped inside the Tesseract, he figures out a way to convey the quantum data recorded inside the singularity to his daughter Murph. He does so by embedding ...
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Why did Tom want to name his kid Coop?

In Interstellar Tom, in his record, says that he wanted to name his first kid (Jesse) 'Coop' but his wife said "next time." But Cooper is a last name in the movie, not the first name of the character. ...
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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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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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How can a small girl solve codes, she even decoded “STAY” word 100% correctly, but how?

In Interstellar, how can the small girl solve codes? She even decoded correctly and accurately the "STAY" word but how? In The Imitation Game, the boy learnt codes from his school days, that's why ...