Questions tagged [realism]

The general attempt to depict things accurately in film/tv shows.

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Why did the airbag not deploy on Statham's Maserati in Furious 7?

While watching Furious 7 (2015), I've noticed that in the head-on collision between Vin Diesel and Jason Statham, the air bag on Statham's Maserati has not deployed! It was a direct hit, at speeds ...
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What was the tube Torreto removed from the Cuban car in order to make it go faster?

In the first scene of The Fate of the Furious, Torreto disconnects some sort of a tube from his cousin's car in order to make it faster. What is that tube and does this trick work in real life?
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Why do movies think the moons in alien skies are really large?

Many science fiction movies involve scenes set on the surface of alien planets. In many of these scenes we see objects in the sky of the alien planet; sometimes a sun or suns; more often one or more ...
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How long was that Runway?

In the final showdown of Furious 6 when Shaw's crew go to escape on the plane that was described by Roman as "a planet" the entire showdown is on a continuous strait stretch of runway with Dom's crew ...
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Why does Himiko's face deteriorate in Tomb Raider?

*spoilers ahead* In Tomb Raider, the sarcophagus of Himiko is opened. Her face is white and masklike. The white mask starts to disintegrate into a gray dust, and over the course of several seconds it ...
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Is the microwave scene in Batman Returns realistic?

In the 1992 film "Batman Returns", Catwoman places a few spray cans in a microwave, hops out of range and the whole building blows up. "Meow" is right. The film is set in a realistic universe, but ...
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Unsane - Being held against will

In the movie Unsane (2018), the protagonist, Sawyer Valentini, goes a private psychiatric clinic because she suffers from stress after having been stalked. She briefly speaks with a doctor who asks ...
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Contempt of court in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

In the legal drama film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.", the protagonist attorney is fined $5,000 for court contempt because, during a preliminary hearing, he claimed that the civil rights of his client had ...
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Is this laser experiment shown on Big Bang Theory possible?

In Season 3 episode 23 they use a laser to measure the distance between the Moon and the Earth though in the episode Leonard states the conclusion of the experiment as being the only experimental ...
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Why is Frank allowed to run a Casino in True Detective Season 2?

In the TV show, True Detective Season 2, Frank is running a Casino in a fictional town, Vinci, California. To my understanding, Casinos in the USA can only be owned and operated by Indians on their ...
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How does a rifle fire backwards?

In the movie, The American, Jack modifies a rifle for a female assassin; later he realises this rifle will be used to kill him so he modifies it further without telling the female assassin. When the ...
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It is possible for water to freeze so quickly as happened on Lost in Space?

On the first episode of Netflix Lost in Space, Accordingly to what was said on the episode, we know: The planet's environment: "earth-like atmosphere, air-pressure and gravity" The lake's depth: "...
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Why does Prince T'Challa have a 6-sided TV in “Black Panther”?

Early in Black Panther, Prince T'Challa is shown in a control room, watching the regular news on a TV that has 6 sides instead of being rectangular. This is a mock-up of what I mean: Is there any ...
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Was the Iron Man video phone technology ever used in real life?

At the very beginning of Iron Man (and in other parts of the movie) we see Tony Stark, inventor of technology so advanced he can create a suit that builds itself, use a phone with a flip-out video ...
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What's the explosion that we see when Amon Göth shoots from the balcony?

In Schindler's list there's a scene in which Amon Göth, the commandant of the concentration camp, shoots some prisoners from his balcony. His first victim is a woman that stopped to tie her shoes. He ...
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Considering his wound, wouldn't Cheyenne have suffered far more?

In Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West, Cheyenne gets shot on the left side, just above the belt (intestines?) by Morton. This is revealed only at the end of the film, when he finally succumbs ...
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Are scorpions frequent in US suburb gardens or is this a plot exaggeration?

In Walt Disney Pictures-produced comic science-fiction 1989 movie Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, the Shrunken Kids are faced with a scorpion when trying to find their way back home from the jungle of their ...
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Is it really possible to produce 99.9% crystal meth?

In Breaking Bad Walter White is known to be the master chef of blue meth, while yielding unheard of 99.9% purity. Is this possible or it is a big myth from the beginning?
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Is it possible for lions to survive in real life on bugs

The song Hakuna Matata from The Lion King is all about eating bugs when you are a lion. I was wondering if this is actually a real life fact that lions can survive on bugs or did the Lion King makers ...
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Is a pair of boots hanging outside of a door a sign of brothel?

In the TV show, The Alienist, episode 1, after the commissioner orders the brothel to be shutdown, they simply move across the street and re-open for business again. The brothel owners hang a pair of ...
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Does the wooden puzzle from Tomb Raider really exist?

In the film Tomb Raider (2018) there is a wooden puzzle with rotating sections. See this section of the trailer. Is the one featured in the trailer built in the style of/based on a real puzzle? See ...
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Why do the Vikings warriors train with real weapons?

In the Vikings TV show we often see warriors training with each others using real weapons. This can be seen both for vikings' and other kingdoms' warriors. As far I know warriors used to train with ...
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Is Doraemon really based on a story of a kid who committed suicide?

In the famous anime Doraemon, the main character is Nobita who takes help from a robot called Doraemon but there is a repeatedly circulation story about Nobita's character being based on a kid with ...
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Could Thrax from Osmosis Jones have caused that high fever in reality?

It can be checked that according to wikipedia Thrax from Osmosis Jones caused a very high fever to one of the protagonists of the film (that almost caused their death) by removing one DNA bead from ...
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How possible is it to rip someone's eye out of its socket?

So this question may seem somewhat obvious, but I was watching Deadwood and during one of the most brutal fight scenes I've seen in a while, Dan Dority rips Captain Joe Turner's eyeball out of its ...
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Is it really so cold in Albuquerque?

While watching the series I was wondering if it's really so cold in New Mexico that all the main characters almost all the time wear long sleeves. I checked the climate data for Albuquerque and it ...
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Does Chewbacca have a real language?

Much has been written about various languages created for the Star Wars universe. There is even a Huttese translator to convert English into something Jabba the Hutt would say. But Chewie's grunts and ...
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In “Million Dollar Baby”, could old Morgan Freeman really knock out that young punk in the ring?

In Million Dollar Baby, there is a scene where Eddie "Scrap Iron" Dupris(Morgan Freeman) decides to teach a lesson to some young boxers at the gym who are picking on a weaker, less-experienced boxer. ...
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Why always 555?

It's always bothered me that US TV shows invariably use 555 in telephone numbers, which makes them obviously fake, whereas in the UK phone numbers always look real, down to correct area code and a ...
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Is GCPD's bullet giving ritual is based on real life or is it from comics?

In Gotham S04E08 we see GCPD have a ritual of distributing bullet caps to the surviving officers. Is this ritual based on some real thing or is it from DC comics?
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What's the name of the painting above the fireplace in Village of the Damned (1960) [closed]

I want to know the name of the painting that is above the fireplace in which the clock is located. It seems like a classic (around 16th or 17th century) painting, but it could also be a prop. ...
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Is it realistic to live in a motel, The Florida Project

In the movie The Florida Project, several struggling families all live in motels around the Disney World. In my personal experience, motels are not cheap. I have not been to Florida myself, but I ...
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Is “Greek School” really a thing as portrayed in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”

At the end of the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" it shows the protagonist sending her first child to Greek School to learn the language Is this actually common in the Greco-American community? ...
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Daredevil increased senses realism

Since daredevil is blind, he has increased senses in everything other than sight, is this an actual thing in real life or is it just made up to go with the story? It would be really cool if it was a ...
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In The Greatest Showman, are all of the “freaks” representative of actual biological variations?

In The Greatest Showman, P.T. Barnum hires many people with "biological rarities", including: a woman with a beard a person with long hair covering all of his/her face an albino woman conjoined twins ...
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Is Captain Jackson’s accent authentic?

In BBC detective drama Ripper Street there is an American character, captain Homer Jackson (played by American actor Adam Rothenberg): former U.S. Army surgeon, ex-Pinkerton agent etc. For the story ...
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Like in Independence Day, can a President fight on the front lines?

In the 1996 movie Independence Day, the President takes to the skies in a fighter plane to help fight the aliens in the climactic battle. It makes for an engaging action movie, but seems very ...
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Does the Discovery show 'Moonshiner' show the truth?

I love Discovery channel because it's so American and most of the time there's such a drama for nothing, but I have to admit that seeing Moonshiners was some kind of a surprise. I guess that people ...
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What kind of weapon is Lippe using against Bond in “Never say Never Again”

Lippe, played by Pat Roach, is a thug ordered to kill Bond. As you will see, he is very strong and tough, but not on a level with Jaws or Oddjob (Bond can at least hurt and move Lippe in contrast to ...
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Why would a teen TV show need an FBI warning inside the Young Justice universe?

In Young Justice S01E21, when Garfield plays the pilot episode of his mother's TV show Hello Megan, a statutory warning appears: It is not clear enough to read the whole text, but why would a teen ...
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Is a corn-only diet sufficient enough for the nutritional needs of the human body?

In Interstellar, due to crop blight they can only grow corn now. But is corn really sufficient enough to fulfill the nutritional needs of the human body? All the characters seem healthy enough, how is ...
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Does Amondi's English accent in Sense8 reflect her wealth?

Disclaimer: Spoilers within for Season 1 Episode 6 of Sense8. In Netflix's show Sense8, Capheus is charged with transporting Kenyan crime lord Silas Kabaka's daughter Amondi to a treatment clinic for ...
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What is the earliest time in history a non-science fiction movie or TV show is set in?

I am not talking about science fiction film, more so a realistic representation of PEOPLE living in these old times. One such example is '10,000 BC' the film. It shows the thinking of people living ...
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Is it difficult to obtain pornography in the UK?

This is in reference to Broadchurch (series 3). Ellie's son is suspended from school because he has been caught with pornography on his phone, and he has been sharing it with other students. ...
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Are cars really allowed to join the race in the middle?

In the climax scenes of Cars 3 , there is a wreck on the race car track. There's a dialogue between two cars. Well, the green light is on and the pit road is open. Everybody is coming in. At ...
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How realistic is beating facial recognition?

In Prison Break season 5 Michael Scofield prints Jacob's face on his hand to beat facial recognition system to access his office. Wouldn't it be easy to fool system with printing on paper or 3-D cast ...
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Can Parallel Trials Like This Happen in Real Life?

"Battle of the Proxies" -- episode 10 of season 4 of The Good Wife -- features parallel trials in different Illinois Counties with two different murder suspects being accused of killing the same women ...
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Is GLOW inspired by a real-life show?

On Netflix's original series GLOW, a down-in-the-dumps director along with a young, inexperienced producer hire several unpopular actresses and work hard to make wrestling history. Has a similar ...
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Does lead lining really work against a nuclear explosion?

In Indiana Jones: Kingdom of Crystal Skull, Jones is able to escape a nuclear explosion by using a lead lined fridge. I read here What Makes Lead Good for Radiation ...
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How close is Masters of Sex to the actual events?

Masters of Sex tells the Story of the research team consisting of William Masters and Virginia Johnson researching sexuality in the 1950s. The persons really existed as well as their study, so I ...