Questions tagged [realism]

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

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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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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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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 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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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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How did the kidney transplant work?

Close to the beginning of Going in Style we see Willie talking to the doctor about his kidney failure, and how he will need a transplant. The dialogue goes something like this: Doctor: Have you ...
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Why wasn't Cole Williams ever convicted of assault?

In 21 (2008), Cole Williams beats up counters in a basement and apparently has been doing that for years. How is it possible that he was never charged for assault?
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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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Is it really possible to create a mind palace?

In Sherlock the BBC TV series the protagonist Sherlock and the villain Magnussen are able to recall information from their mind similar to searching for a file in Windows. Is this really possible? If ...
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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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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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Where exactly in Italy to where in Russia is the train going?

In the film Stalingrad (1993), where exactly are they passing while on the the train in one scene here? It is supposed to be in Italy, going to Russia. Where exactly in Italy to where exactly in ...
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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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Why does this character look like this after the treatment?

VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED This is about Martyrs from 2008 (France / Canada), not the remake. There are two female leads, Lucie and Anna. Lucie commits suicide and Anna is captured. Finally, Anna ...
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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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Is it possible to debug 2 million lines of code? (The scene with Nedry at Jurassic Park) [closed]

In a famous scene with John Hammond and Nedry, Nedry says that he is the only one who can debug 2 million lines of code. So after that scene and with my frustration I googled and some websites say ...
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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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Uri Based on Real story?

As per the movie prologue, Uri: The surgical strike is based on a real story, but how many incidents of the movie are real and do they have the real connection? Let's say certain events of the movie ...
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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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Would a DeLorean actually break apart into a million pieces if hit by a freight train?

The scene in Back to the Future III where the freight train destroys the DeLorean seems a bit unrealistic to me. It makes the car look like it was made of wood or cinder blocks. Maybe if the train was ...
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How far from reality is 'Black Hawk Down' when a Delta sergeant carries an unsecured weapon during a barbecue?

In a scene from the film Black Hawk Down the soldiers are having a barbecue at the base, and while grabbing some salad a Delta operator is confronted by a Ranger about his "hot" weapon (safety off and ...
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Is there any science behind tasting (dinosaur) poop?

In the scene from Primeval S1E05 around 26:43, a team member tastes the Pteranodon dung. It reminded me of the famous Jurassic Park scene with Triceratops poop. Except now the paleontologist is ...
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Does the US really use C64 computers for the launch control of their missiles?

In Season 09 E07 of NCIS Los Angeles we can see the inside of a launch control center for nuclear missiles. The two terrorists that brought the control center under their control are clearly using a ...
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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 ...
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Was the American interview at the end of “La Vie En Rose” real?

In one of the final scenes of the Oscar-winning Edith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose (2007), a now elderly Edith is sitting on a beach and approached by an American reporter conducting an interview for an ...
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Can veterans bring home any weapons as will?

In the TV show, True Detective season 3, episode 4~5, Brett Woodard, while being chased by his fellow town folks, runs home and sets up several traps with grenades and a claymore anti-infantry mine. ...
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How realistic is fund transfer in seconds or minute? [closed]

Fund transfer be it from villain's side or hero's side, it is often depicted as a less-than-a-minute operation. But in reality, fund transfer takes multiple steps. And when it's a 6 digit amount, it ...
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Were the sex scenes in “The Handmaiden” perceived as inauthentic, e.g. by lesbian reviewers?

The Handmaiden features several sex scenes between its two women protagonists, Hideko and Sook-Hee. These move the plot along, serve to characterise the two women and their relationship and fit into ...
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How realistic is V The Serial?

V The Serial is an Indian soap opera based on the real life of Indian TV actors. How much of the show is real? Are there any non-celebrity character that are also played by the same person? How real ...
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How did Brian blow out the floor plate in his car?

In The Fast & The Furious (2001), during Brian's first race with Dominic Toretto, he engages the NOS and the car has a burst of speed. During that burst, the front floor plate of his car comes ...
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Would the Post Office really deliver a letter decades after postage like in Back To The Future?

Not that it ruins my enjoyment of the movie, but I'm curious about the scene in BTTF2, where a postman shows up in 1955 where the Doc had been blasted back to 1885 and gives Marty a letter that the ...
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Why didn't the electric charge affect Holmes when he attacks Dredger?

I saw the movie Sherlock Holmes. In that movie, there is a scene where Holmes and Doctor fights with Dredger in Ginger Midget's place. To attack Dredger, Holmes used a weapon which contained ...
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Can JARVIS be for real?

I know how naive I seem asking this question but was far too fascinated by the character JARVIS in the Iron Man movies to not ask this. Well JARVIS is nothing but Tony Stark's personal assistant ...
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Why take that “glass floor” risk in the museum?

In The Walking Dead's 'A New Beginning' (season 9 episode 1 / S09E01), a team led by Rick Grimes enters the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, in order to find useful materials and tools for their ...
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How realistic is parachute jumping from Caesars Palace in Hangover?

In Hangover III Leslie Chow jumps off Caesars Palace to escape capture by Phil. Parachute jumps are to be made from plane at sufficient altitude. A quick Google ...
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Is the Unix command used by the system analyst in Jurassic World 2 valid?

The Jurassic Park franchise has always been pretty good at being scientifically accurate even with computers, as can be seen here. Jurassic World 2 seems to be no exception. At some point the system ...
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Is Strickland's candy based on a real candy?

In the movie The Shape of Water, the government agent Strickland has a favorite type of candy that he often chews. He mentioned that the candy is cheap and common. Is that candy based on actual candy ...
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How accurate is this computer hardware in the movie Wall Street?

In the movie Wall Street, there are two monitors that look like some kind of computers with funny looking keypads. What are they? Did they really use this kind of equipment back then?
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Weed Smoking in This is the End

This is the End (2013) features scenes where Seth Rogen smokes weed. It's no secret that Seth Rogen likes to smoke weed, and from this link, it would seem they often did it off camera. On camera; is ...
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Can time really slow down due to earth revolution?

From The Elseworlds episode 3 (Supergirl season 4 episode 9), When Evil Superman (Dr. Deegan) regained The Book of Destiny and started to rewrite reality (@26:13 min), Flash (Barry Allen) suggested ...
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Is it possible for this character to have died so quickly from that wound?

In Tangled, when Mother Gothel stabbing Eugene, is it possible for him to die that fast from that wound?
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How realistic is qualifying for so many badges worn by Vicky Kaushal?

Recently saw the Uri: The Surgical Strike trailer starring Vicky Kaushal. I recognize some badges worn by him. Namely the paratrooper badge and special forces badge. ...
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How realistic was Gus Fring's demise scene?

Always wondered about this one scene in Breaking Bad, when Hector blows up the hospital and we see Gustavo Fring walking out of the room while fixing his tie. We are then revealed that half of his ...