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

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Why does the 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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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 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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Why use a slide rule and not an electronic calculator?

In Season 2 Episode 2 of The Wire at around 31:30, we see a guy (forensic medical examiner?) use a slide rule. Why not use a normal electronic calculator? I'm not really familiar with the show - is ...
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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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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 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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Is the electric fence from “The Last of Us” (2023) series realistic?

In episode 3 of The Last of Us TV series, Bill, a lonely survivalist, makes several traps around his place. He has a perimeter electric fence that is apparently powered by a generator or stationary ...
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How is the "light" trap at the beginning supposed to work?

In the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones encounters a trap where blocking a shaft of light with his hand causes spikes to shoot out of the wall next to him: ...
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How realistic are the drone live feed in Homeland

I'm currently watching Homeland season 4, a TV show taking place in Pakistan. The U.S. intelligence services and army forces make heavy use of drone imagery in the series, with huge consequences on ...
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How realistic are legal analysis panels like these?

In The Good Wife episode 7.15 titled, Targets, Alicia Florrick is selected for a small panel of legal advisers to partake an a legal analysis of some executive order that pertains to killing enemy ...
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In Sleight, how did Bo change the card in the young woman's hand?

Sleight (2017) included a lot of magic tricks. Some of the tricks involving magnetism had a "scientific" (but impossible/ridiculous) explanation. The movie also included card tricks. In one of Bo's ...
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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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How much of the movie "Meet the Patels" is fiction and how much is real?

Meet the Patels (2014) is an American romantic comedy documentary about an Indian-American who is of Gujarati origin and shows the cultural clash with his parents, focusing on marriage. I was ...
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Is this depiction of fatal brain trauma realistic?

Tonight in S06E14 of The Walking Dead, we see a character receive fatal brain trauma (not exactly an uncommon occurrence on this show). Specifically: Clearly this is a fatal injury, and the character ...
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What's with the unusual siren sounds throughout Blochin?

The first season of Blochin: Die Lebenden und die Toten naturally featured many sirens of police cars to be heard throughout the story. However, what was very confusing to me about those sirens was ...
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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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What did the writers mean by this detail in one scene of one episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" from 1957?

In the 26th episode of season two of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" titled, "I Killed The Count Part II", first aired in 1957, there is a short scene, or rather a brief moment of one scene, which ...
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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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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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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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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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Can you really have the International Star Registry name a star that you can easily see in an amateur telescope, like in A Walk to Remember?

In A Walk to Remember, there is a scene where Landon asks Jamie to look at a star in her telescope, then reveals that he named it after her. Landon: Can you find this ...
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Were Al Capone's family calling him Phonse?

In the 2020 film Capone, Al Capone's family always call him Phonse. His real name was Alphonse Capone (I didn't write his middle name). But everyone knew him by the name Al. So were his family really ...
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Is the character Johnny based on a real person?

According to the film's Wikipedia page, Armageddon Time by James Gray is "inspired by his childhood experiences". In the movie, there is a character named Johnny Davis, a rebellious African-...
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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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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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How medically accurate is this quote from Person of Interest?

In the TV drama Person Of Interest Season 2 Episode 15 (Title: Booked Solid), former CIA agent Reese encounters another agent Hershe and a fight ensues which later leads to a knife fight. Reese ...
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How can you tell distances/duration in Paths of the soul?

In Paths of the Soul, a group of Tibetan shepherd-folk make a pilgrimage to Lhasa. Occasionally we see milestones on the road they follow, with some kind of distance listed. However, it's not clear ...
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How realistic was the sword fight in Rob Roy?

One previous question asked about the authenticity of sword fights in Game of Thrones compared to actual "medieval" sword fighting--a rather vague standard. Naturally, such choreography is made for ...
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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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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 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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Why does "The Martian" show an inaccurate angle for "elongation" when Watney aims Pathfinder's antenna?

Elongation (in astronomy) is, in simple terms, the angle as measured from the sun of an inferior planet as observed from a point well outside the planet's orbit. Observing either Mercury or Venus from ...
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