Questions tagged [realism]

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

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How much money did the local sheriff manage?

In any western movie, the bounty hunter is paid his money on the spot, amounting to hundreds to thousands of dollars. That was a lot of money, and I have a hard time believing that the small town ...
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How realistic is Mark Watney's self-operation?

After returning to the Mars station in The Martian, Mark Watney self-operates his wound. How realistic is that self-treatment?
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Ring the bells. But how?

Just before Daenerys 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 are the operators so sloppy in hiding themselves?

In the movie, Sicario - Day of the Soldado, the American operators set up a surveillance team above the high school campus where they would kidnap a cartel's boss's daughter. but we can see form this ...
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How realistic is Kidd's job as a news reader?

In the movie, News of the world, Kidd travels around and makes a living by reading the news to others. I understand back then in the USA, people were likely to be illiterate. But did people really ...
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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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Why was Captain Ranvijay Singh's dead body released in the sea in the movie “The Ghazi Attack”?

In Ghazi (also called The Ghazi Attack), after Captain Ranvijay Singh died, his body was released in the sea. Is it due to religious reasons or is a naval code? This page mentions Cremation is the ...
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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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Why isn't Robin Williams in Sean's military photo?

In Good Will Hunting (1997) during the scene where Will and Sean have their first session, Will notices a photo of Sean and his buddies in Vietnam. The photo is shown below. My question is why Robin ...
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Did The Wire invent the “Jump 5” cipher?

This is a version of a question I asked on Security.SE, this time with a focus on the TV side of it. In S01E05 of The Wire, at around the 45:00 mark, it's revealed that: In more detail: Each digit ...
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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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Did the actors in All Creatures Great and Small actually have their hands in the animals?

During the holidays I started watching the old BBC show, All Creatures Great and Small again. Some scenes in the Yorkshire stables seem a little strange. Did Christopher Timothy actually have his hand ...
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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 didn't the Army Rangers use scoped rifles?

I refer not to weapons that usually has default iron sights like the M249. I'm uncertain if the M16A4 could've been mounted with a forward scope in 1993. If yes, why didn't the Army Rangers scope ...
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Are the homes in The Americans realistic for the economy in America in the 1980s?

I've been watching The Americans, which is set in metro-DC (America) in the 1980s. I noticed that the stars, whose income comes from their jobs as travel agents, live in a home I'd estimate as ...
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Is Jack and Rose's love story real?

In the film Titanic, did the story of Jack and Rose actually happen in real life?
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How realistic is it for a democratic decision to be concluded by listening to aye and nay?

In House of Cards, there are several occasions that a democratic decision is reached by asking people to yell out Aye in agreement or Nay in disagreement. There is a particularly occasion in Season 4, ...
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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 is ...
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Did they allow smoking in the USA Courts in 1960s?

This is the scene from The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020): Did they allow smoking in the USA Courts?
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How did Jack get the boom to swing across and hit Will?

In the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, when Will and Jack are having a debate about whether Will's father was a pirate, Jack turns the ship's wheel, causing the boom to swing across and hit Will,...
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Are public speeches in The Crown accurate?

The Crown tries to present a dramatisation of Queen Elizabeth's rise into power (or rather, the early years, at least in the first two seasons, I am aware that it will jump into a later period in ...
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Why do people show their backs to The Queen all the time in The Crown?

I've heard that you should never show your backside to the Queen. That means that leaving the room you walk backwards, and so on. Yet in The Crown the vast majority of characters, and not just the ...
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How realistic was the communication between the troglodytes?

I saw the rather fascinating Bone Tomahawk recently. In it, a group of troglodytes kidnap a few people, leading to a suspenseful chase across the arid country in search of them and their victims. ...
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How real is to have Muscovites gather on the doors of the tournament center to see the chess players after their matches?

In the 6th and 7th episode of The Queen's Gambit, Beth plays the Moscow Invitational, an important chess tournament (that is fictional) in Russia. Some of the best players from around the world play ...
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Do people really open wine bottles with an army sword?

In Hannibal, season 3, ep 1, Antipasto, There is a scene where waiters open sealed wine bottles with an army sword by cutting them open. Do people really do this in real life? I am not even sure this ...
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Jumping onto a horse in movie stunts

I've seen a number of movies where the hero escapes by jumping from up high onto a horseback and riding away. My question is how practical is this in real life? To me it seems that such a stunt ...
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Is it true that police only do an outline of a body with chalk if that person is alive and taken to hospital?

Season 1, Ep 3, Hannibal, Abigail returns home after waking up from her coma and sees the word "cannibals" painted on their garage door. Then Abigail asks Will if a place is where her mom ...
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Would messmate really be helping gun crew during the battle?

In the Greyhound movie, we can see a black messmate (or is it "messman"?) Cleveland regularly bringing food to the captain. When the U-boats attack, there is a moment, when we can see ...
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Does Nick pay Tanner his retainer fee in the end of Gone Girl?

In the movie, Gone Girl, Nick hires a lawyer from New York, Tanner, whose legal retainer is 100k. I searched a bit on the internet, a legal retainer is an upfront fee that you pay for in order to ...
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Advanced grifting techniques

Community season 6 episode 9: Grifting 101 Jeff Winger says: How was grifting class? Did you teach some advanced techniques; only you could understand? The Brown Betty, The Texas Well Baby, The ...
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Colonizing Mars with Crops

In The Martian, after Mark Watney reestablishes contact with Earth, he says this: I’ve gotten e-mail from rock stars, athletes, actors and actresses, and even the President. One of them was from my ...
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Is kelp tape real?

In season 2 episode 7 of Archer, Rona Thorne suggests using a kelp tape cleansing technique. I was able to find some reference to kelp as a cleanser on the Google, but nothing mentioning 'tape' ...
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Why was this sailor painting a Swastika on a US Destroyer?

In the WWII movie Greyhound (2020), at about 25:00 we can see a sailor painting a Swastika symbol on the ship. This happens right after they have sunk a Nazi U-Boat. Why was this sailor painting a ...
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How realistic is the bear attack in Walker: Texas Ranger?

In the episode "The Bachelor Party" there is a bear that attacks the two campers who are fishing, then goes after the rangers. How realistic is that in real life and what would make a bear ...
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Why doesn't the bomb cause radiation poisoning to Gotham City?

The ending to me makes no sense. Batman put his plane on auto pilot that was carrying the bomb away from the city, but they should be affected for many years to come just like Hiroshima. How come ...
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What would the penalty for this be? [closed]

In the beginning of Scarface, when he realizes the Miami authorities have figured out he did time in Cuba, Tony says he was imprisoned for "buying dollars"- someone on Movie Mistakes told me ...
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How credible is the ending of Collateral?

Here's what happens at the end of Collateral (2004): The taxi driver manages to defeat a highly skilled hitman. Is it mere luck? Should we accept this as a screw-up on the part of the movie ...
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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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Do astronauts really have to pay for pillows and blankets as shown in Ad Astra?

Is it really true that astronauts actually have to pay for pillows and blankets during space-flights as shown in Ad Astra? I would rather say it sounds like paying for drinking water or maybe at best ...
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In 1917, would a British Army Colonel truly have told a Lance Corporal to “fuck off”?

At 2:07 of this clip from the 2019 movie 1917, Colonel MacKenzie (of the Second Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment), whose "decorations indicate he's a veteran of the Boer War as well", ...
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Why weren't Hitler's actual facial features used in The Man in the High Castle?

I've started watching The Man in the High Castle (2015) and became quite impressed with the overall idea and presentation of the post-WWII alternative reality. It looked like the producers chose to ...
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How can KGB officers, born and bred in USSR, speak perfect accentless American English?

I know Matthew Rhys's (who portrays Phillip Jennings) first language is Welsh, and speaks English with a Welsh accent, so he's imitating the US accent in The Americans. But US-born actors with ...
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Is this rifle, that can pivot 90° around corners, real?

I don't know if this is a rifle or SMG. 0:11.
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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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Lost: Can People Use Stadiums for Exercise?

In Lost seasons 1 and 2, Jack Shepherd (and later Desmond) are seen running the steps in a stadium. One could assume this is either a university or local city stadium of some sort. Usually those are ...
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If Japan won WWII, why would they write from right to left and in kyujitai form?

Can someone please expound the following comment based on the screenshot below? I don't speak Japanese, so please forgive my benightedness. How does Japan's imaginary winning World War II affect ...
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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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Do US private schools ask Chinese students to get referral letters from the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association to join them? [closed]

In Ip Man 4, the principal of an American private school asks Ip Man to get references from the CCBA so his son can be considered for enrollment in the school. Do US private schools ask Chinese ...
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Can there be sunlight in Australia and Texas at the same time?

In the third season of The Leftovers, episode 3, there is a scene where Kevin Garvey, Sr. calls Matt Jamison from a pay phone outside of Melbourne, AU. Matt is in Miracle, TX, however both locations ...
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What's the meaning of the performance of I Will Survive at the end of Man On The Moon?

Man On The Moon is the story of the career of Andy Kaufman. One of the personas that Andy sometimes adopted was Tony Clifton, an obnoxious and terrible lounge singer. Tony is an alter-ego for Andy. In ...

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