Questions tagged [realism]

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

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Would a Royal Navy submarine Commanding Officer be OF-5 or OF-4?

I fully hrok the distinction between the RANK of OF-4 (Commander) v. Commanding Officer, the official title of the skipper of a ship. BBC's Vigil, Season 1, Episode 4 has a continuity error that ...
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Is the protective armour in the shooting scene in Wrath of Man realistic?

There is quite a long shooting scene in the movie, where antagonists wear some sort of protective armour that is capable of protecting them from numerous bullet hits from the relatively close range. ...
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Could Hank really have pulled footage of Jesse's RV from the ATM?

In Season 3 Episode 4 ("Green Light") of Breaking Bad, Hank is able to determine what Jesse's RV looks like by pulling footage from a gas station ATM camera: It was my understanding that ...
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Can a lone gunshot flip over a moving SUV?

In The Marksman (2021), Liam Neeson's character fires two gunshots at a Chevrolet SUV. The first penetrates the windshield and kills the driver. Where exactly does he fire the second shot at? 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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What is the programming language seen in The Martian?

In the "systems shutdown" scene in The Martian, they show some code. Is that a real programming language (best guess Haskell) or just some hacking-movie-fake-code-with-random-math thing? ...
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Do they really have apartments that vibrate with trains in New York?

In the movie, Se7en, Detective Mills and Tracy live in an apartment that vibrate when a train comes by. How realistic is it? I would imagine building quality inspector would have disapproved its ...
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What is E-DEATH based on in Sense8?

In Sense8 S02E05 "Fear Never Fixed Anything", Bug helps Naomi have (apparently all?) traces of her identity removed, such that the authorities no longer have warrants for her, with the help of a ...
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Between Frasier and Niles who can actually afford their lifestyle and dwelling?

So after doing a little digging and taking a look at the possible earnings for both Frasier and Niles I'm still not sure as to who can actually afford the standard of living shown in the show. Frasier ...
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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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Does the red flag scene in Ozark make any sense?

In Ozark episode S3:E4 Boss Fight, Marty Byrde fixes a red flag (frozen funds) on a Panamanian bank account. He says: You have a red flag on a Panamanian deposit account. That happens. All you have ...
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Does this method really work to catch rats? [closed]

In Manu (2018), Manu use this method to catch rats: A strong rope, three tomatoes, a cycle bar, some oil and an iron box. It's the only trap to catch rats safely. They smell the tomatoes, crawl onto ...
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Why do the agents knock on the doors?

While watching The Mentalist I observed that whenever the agents went to the families for interrogation, they always knocked on the door of the house to declare that they were there. In some of ...
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Ending of Cruella

At the end of Cruella (2021): Is this according to the law? That is, does a woman who murders her daughter, go to prison and lose her fortune to her daughter's heir? According to Wikipedia, the movie ...
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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 do the children not cry when they are taken from their homes?

Some spoilers may be found ahead At the end of season three, when the kids are walking to the plane, it appears to me as weird that none of the kids are crying or protesting, because they were ...
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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 advises Jesse to buy the spa/salon to help him launder money. The idea can probably work, but Jesse will still have to explain how he bought a spa that cost a ...
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Why does the roadrunner say "beep beep"?

What is the reasoning behind having the roadrunner say "beep beep" constantly? Do real roadrunner birds make a similar sound?
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Is it realistic to live in a motel (a la "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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Why are they not wearing safety belts while driving an armoured truck?

In this movie Wrath of Man, when Bullet is informing H that their truck will be jacked soon and warn H not to resist; I noticed Bullet is not wearing his safety belt. I am wondering if this scene is ...
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Is it real that USA military find specialists to help in specific disaster situations?

In many Hollywood movies (specially movies with catastrophes like earthquakes, aliens, tsunamis, tornadoes...) military personal always wake up some scientists at their houses and take them (sometimes ...
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Was the Norwegian container house based on a real building?

In The Midnight Sky, the main character finds an abandoned container-like house in the Arctic landscape where they take shelter. This container has a Norwegian flag and some text on it. Is it based on ...
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Why are computer hackers shown to either be geniuses, or show them doing it in fantastic ways?

I was watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Lisbeth Salander was really good at hacking computers as well as other security breaking skills, to the point where it was way too easy to do from a ...
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Why does the boy say stamps cost $30?

In the second episode of the first season of Resident Alien, there is the following dialog between a boy and an alien: -- If you work at the post office, how much does a stamp cost? -- $100. -- I ...
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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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Could someone actually survive an F-5 category tornado in this manner?

In Twister, there is a scene near the end of the film featuring Bill and Jo strapping themselves onto a metal pipe that apparently goes down into the ground 30 feet. Here! These pipes go down at ...
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Did the Romans have any other sources of news announcement apart from this speaker? [closed]

In the TV show, Rome, this news announcer delivers news to the public. I am wondering if the Romans had any other ways to spread the news? For news to be passed on ...
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How much money did the local sheriff manage? [closed]

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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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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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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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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