Questions tagged [realism]

The general attempt to depict things accurately in films and tv shows.

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How can an actor “fake” an American accent so convincingly?

Actors assume accents that aren't their natural language/heritage frequently in movies and on TV. Obviously, some of them are better than others. Some are downright laughable, but some are ...
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Were new prisoners in Alcatraz made to walk without clothes as Frank Morris was made to do?

In Escape from Alcatraz, Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood), upon entry into Alcatraz (after being processed), is shown walking down the cell corridor naked (if memory serves me correctly, he is holding ...
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What is the name of this medical practice in the VVitch?

In the movie The VVitch, Caleb returns to his family after being seduced by a witch. Then he receives a cut into his right temple to allow bloodletting, what is the name of this medical practice?
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Can corns be grown the way in the VVitch?

In the movie, the VVitch, William is seen cut down corns; previously I thought corns had been harvested but it turns out they were farming corns in this way. How realistic is this way of corn farming?...
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Was Tim's reaction to the electric fence realistic?

In Jurassic Park when Tim, Dr. Grant and Lex are climbing the fence and Tim gets shocked, he immediately goes flying off the fence. How realistic was this behavior?
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Was a supercomputer really needed in “The Martian”?

In "The Martian", Rich Parnell uses a supercomputer to calculate a life saving slingshot trajectory that allows Watney to be saved. The entire film is renowned for its scientific care, so I was ...
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Pretending to be an FBI profiler in Resurrection

In Resurrection (1999), the serial killer successfully pretends to be an FBI profiler and gets access to all the information the police has about his murderers. Later, the police finds that he is not ...
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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 accurate are deportation policies depicted in the show?

In one of the episode from the last season of Orange is the New Black, a character was deported even though she didn't commit any crime (except entering the country illegally) and moreover has two ...
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Is Thomas Shelby's meeting with Churchill and his connection with Oswald Mosley real or fiction?

In season 5 of Peaky Blinders, we saw Thomas Shelby meeting Churchill, and telling him about how he killed a person back in Birmingham. And all the connection and storyline between him and Oswald ...
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With the Spa laundering money idea, how would Jesse explain the Spa buying in first place?

In the episode Kafkaesque (S03E09), Saul gives advice to Jesse to buy the Spa saloon to help him laundering money. The idea can probably work, but Jesse will still have to explain how he bought a Spa ...
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When shooting laser cannons etc. from spaceships, why do advanced beings miss their targets?

In many movies and TV series (Star Wars, Star Trek, etc.), we see space battles in which spaceships miss their targets. I can't understand how such advanced beings can simply "miss", but perhaps ...
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What happens when two bullets strike each other?

In Preacher S04E01 during the fight between Lara and Tulip, they shot each other and their bullet strike each other and fall down. Is this depiction realistic? Can this happen in the same way in ...
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Magic behind 3.6 roentgen/hour in Chernobyl TV series

I'm wondering about origins of this value that comrade Dyatlov said, "Not great, not terrible". The movie and some documentaries mention that they did not know or that they undervalued the danger of ...
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How can everyone in a large crowd hear the speaker from a long distance away?

I always wonder about this particular scenario, where in a large area, the lead speaks and all of the audience listen although they are quite far away. In some motivational speeches, the army ...
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Can a private company make decisions over prisoners' freedom?

In Orange Is the new Black, the prison is bought by a private company - MCC (later known as PolyCon). There are numerous instances depicted whereby this privately-owned company makes decisions over ...
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Why does public show no reaction to killings in John Wick 3?

The entire movie felt like there's been a bit of a disconnect from the surrounding world every time John Wick was fighting. So what really bothered me were a few scenes where he is slashing foes in ...
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Couldn't Duncan be sued for doing this?

In the Seinfeld episode "The Race", Duncan Meyer threatens to fire Jerry's girlfriend unless Jerry agrees to repeat a race Duncan lost to Jerry in high school. It seems to me that firing her over ...
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What explains the changes to history other than the oblivion of the Beatles?

In the Yesterday Movie, a miracle somehow consigns the Beatles to oblivion. But it also produces several other changes that are mentioned in the movie without much explanation. Cigarette smoking seems ...
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How real is Vanishing Twin Syndrome in Savyasachi?

There is a Telugu movie titled Savyasachi, which shows something called Vanishing Twin Syndrome. How real is the depiction of the disease? Is it possible to have the consciousness of a twin in ...
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How accurate is the Fear the Walking Dead's depiction of a nuclear meltdown?

In this latest season of Fear the Walking Dead there's a nuclear power plant with two reactors, one of which has melted down and the other of which is about to. My question is... how accurate is ...
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Roark Junior suffers damage to groin [closed]

In the movie, Sin City(I believe in the comic book as well), there is a scene in the beginning of the episode of “That Yellow Bastard”, where the character, Hartigan, after disarming Roark Junior, ...
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Why does Sherlock (BBC) use miles?

I've just started watching the BBC series Sherlock on Netflix. In the first 5 episodes, we've noticed that Sherlock and Watson always refer to long distances in miles rather than kilometers. It was my ...
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What programming language is Mr. Glass using? [closed]

I assume that because (2019) Glass is a movie, and in my experience film makers don't feel they need too much reality to tell a story, that this code is gibberish. But I also wonder if maybe it might ...
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How realistic is Detective Vic Manning's eye surgery recovery?

In Stuber, Detective Vic Manning has Lasik surgery. Immediately after the surgery, everything is blurry. Over the next 12 or so hours, his vision slowly comes back into focus. The one person I knew ...
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Would this be allowed to happen in real life?

In Spider-Man: Far From Home, the first post-credits scene, a news broadcast in a screen outside the Madison Square Garden announces and shows a video of Mysterio, before dying which was edited to ...
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In Lucy, is CPH4 based on something in real-life?

Lucy features CPH4, a drug that enhances physical and mental capabilities. Is this drug/molecule based on a real-life substance? Multiple real-life substances? Looking for in-universe or official ...
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How realistic is Lone Survivor when a soldier pulls a gun on a friendly pilot?

In a scene from Lone Survivor shortly after a soldier on the second helicopter pulls a gun on his own pilot, telling him to land despite the area clearly being a hot landing zone with a lot of gun ...
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Meaning of wall colors in Flashpoint?

The show Flashpoint is about a fictional SRU team (essentially SWAT). When they are on location at an incident, they refer to the various walls of a building using colors instead of directions. ("...
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Why did Grace take Morgan's staff after he killed the radioactive walker?

In Season 5 Episode 2 of Fear the Walking Dead, Morgan and Alicia meet up with Grace who tells them there was a meltdown at a nuclear plant nearby and so some of the walkers are radioactive. Morgan ...
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Ring the bells. But how?

Just before Deanarys goes completely Apocalypse Now on King's Landing in Game of Thrones S08E06, there is a moment of eerie quiet. After this brief moment of realizing the abysmal situation they're in,...
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Why did Admiral Nimitz say they had 3 to1 carrier advantage?

In the movie Midway after the Battle of Coral Sea Henry Fonda as Nimitz made the comment they had started out with a 3 to 1 carrier advantage was he implying the Pacific fleet had more carriers? Did ...
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Would Buck Strickland's scheme work?

In the episode Hanky Panky, Buck Strickand, anticipating his upcoming divorce, devises a way to avoid turning over half of ownership of a restaurant he owns by selling it to Hank Hill for petty cash ...
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Does animal tranquilizer really work as fast as we see on Dexter?

In the television show Dexter (2006-2013) whenever Dexter captures one of his victims, he does so by injecting them with a syringe of animal tranquilizer. Usually we see him inject them in the neck ...
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Why did energy level drop after switching to global automatic control?

In the 5th episode of HBO's Chernobyl at (30:25), Akimov should lower the energy level to 700 MW. However, when reaching 700MW, the energy level of the reactor drops quickly to 512MW. Legasov ...
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Is HBO's Chernobyl accurate about the sequence of instructions causing reactor stall?

In the series finale of Chernobyl on HBO, Dyatlov orders Akimov and Toptenov to bring the reactor power down to 700 MW, as per the written test instructions, and then leaves the room without giving a ...
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Ticket sales for Queen at the Live Aid

In the movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, the band's manager and lawyer Jim tells Queen that the entire line up for the show was ready and that all the tickets had already been sold out. Yet he managed to ...
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Do Game of Thrones' crossbows and scorpions work in a realistic way?

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 spoilers ahead. Those of you who have seen Episode 4 already must be very impressed by the capabilities of medieval projectile weapons like crossbow and scorpion. ...
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Does the Science of Deduction exist in real life?

Sherlock Holmes always talks about the "Science of Deduction", which is the ability to deduce anything about people just from observation. Does the "Science of Deduction" really exist, and does it ...
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Reason for the uncommon German license plates in “Hanna”

Being German myself, I've noticed that the German license plates in Hanna have quite a strange format, it's something like B-123-ABC whereas the common format is B-AB 1234 Where the first part (...
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Can a Knight grant Knighthood to another?

In Game of Thrones S08E02, Jaime Lannister said, “You don’t need a king. Any knight can make another knight". But is it right in the context of Game of Thrones? Is it legal to make anyone else ...
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Is the way Benji detects the plutonium realistic?

In Mission Impossible: Fallout, there is a scene where Benjamin Dunn is examining a plutonium core brought by Eastern European gangsters. He touched the core with some sort of a rod and when asked ...
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How did Seth Powers keep the ball spinning?

In Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Seth Powers is always (or almost always, not sure) seen with a basketball spinning on his fingers. Did the actor actually do this, or was it done by means ...
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Do Tinkers like the one from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” still exist?

I just wonder if "Tinkers" like the one in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" who has a cart of meat cleavers still exist to this day?
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Was interest rate in Brewster's Millions that high?

I was rewatching the movie Brewster's Millions (1985) the other day and there's this one scene that caught my attention: when the title character goes to check out his 30 millions at the bank the ...
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How come the ground shook for days after the bombing raids?

In The Nun father Anthony Burke encounters a damaged castle and asks Frenchie: Father Anthony Burke: A result of the war? Frenchie: Bombing raids, yes. I've heard stories of how the ground ...
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Can military police arrest civilians on US soil?

In the movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Jack Reacher has a sheriff arrested by military police because this sheriff is possibly involved human trafficking. Can military police arrest a civilian on ...
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Were the charges listed by Walsh legitimate?

On the flight to Las Vegas in Midnight Run, Walsh describes a list of charges the feds can apply to Serrano: Perry: There are no real computer disks. Is that right? Walsh: Right. Perry: If ...
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How realistic is using same ammo crate for different guns in this scene?

On a recent episode on Gotham, Oswald(Penguin) is making 9mm ammunition. Gordon and Bullock are in a gun fight and eventually run out of ammo. We can see in the next scene there is a cartridge can ...
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Normal in US to end phone calls abruptly?

In US movies it often happens that a person talks to someone on the phone and then hangs up after the relevant things are said without any further greeting like "goodbye" or "see you", "talk to you ...