Questions tagged [realism]

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

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How realistic was Gus Fring's demise scene?

I have always wondered about this one scene in Breaking Bad where Hector blows up the hospital and then we see Gustavo Fring walking out of the room while fixing his tie. It is then revealed that half ...
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Meaning of the 'single white lighting bolt on black background' symbol in JoJo Rabbit?

There were two different 'single lightning bolt' symbols. The first on is a badge awarded within the hitlerjugend afaik: The second one has different colors and is portrayed on a flag. What's its ...
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What could have resulted in such a huge crater in WW I?

In the movie, 1917, there is huge crater filled with muddy water and bodies, what could have caused it? It is a bit too big for an artillery shell.
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Electric portable lamps in 1917 - how realistic is this depiction?

I've just seen "1917" and when Schofield and Blake were in enemy trenches - the rat tripwire scene - they were using some portable lamps. My question is - how realistic is this depiction and if it ...
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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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What is the significance of this song in 1917?

In the World War 1 movie 1917, when Lance Corporal Schofield washes ashore the river, he hears a person singing a song. He then advances towards the voice and finds a number of soldiers sitting around ...
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Is the drug used to stop infection in The Rock real?

In The Rock (1996), Nicolas Cage used an injection to stop himself from being infected by the deadly virus. Is that a real drug in real life or just some fictional creation? How does it stop virus ...
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How come characters use such words?

I believe that the more realistic the movie is, the more it is liked by the audience and the more it struck cords with them. Yet I have seen many movies and TV serials in both Hollywood and Bollywood ...
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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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How does humanity survive after half of the population returns?

In the Avengers the villain snaps his fingers and half the universe population disappears. Later, after several years have passed this half returns, effectively doubling the world population in one ...
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Why didn't the USS Nathan James use air defense with SM-2 and ESSM in the opening scene?

In the series The Last Ship in S1 E1 they have an Arleigh Burke class destroyer which supposedly is at EMCON Alpha (radio silence). At some point they notice some enemy helicopters approaching the ...
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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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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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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 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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Does Maximus' blocking an axe with the sharp edge of his gladius make sense?

At 0:10:31, in the battle with a Germanic tribe, Maximus is placing the sharp edge of his gladius on his palm to block an axe swing. Wouldn't the impact simply bury the gladius into his hand? Do you ...
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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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Are Top Gun 2 dogfights & airplane maneuvers real?

In the 2nd trailer of Top Gun 2, a plethora of swift airplane maneuvers and at least one dogfight take place. Are those scenes real, captured by a chase airplane? Or they're just simulation (Computer ...
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Soup, Courage or Faith? [closed]

In TBBT S03E08 (The Adhesive Duck Deficiency), Sheldon notices a tattoo on Penny's body as he helps her dress in preparation for a trip to the hospital due to 'a lack of adhesive ducks'. Sheldon ...
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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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Do the symbols used in the TV series Evil, actually exist?

In Robert & Michelle King's latest TV series, Evil, a priest in training, a forensic psychologist/mother of four, and skeptic techie-carpenter/contractor investigate for the Vatican: the potential ...
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How real is the ending of the movie Ford v Ferrari?

The movie Ford v Ferrari (2019) starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale shows how Ford Motors built a car that beat Ferrari in Le Mans 24 hour race. In the end of the movie, the three Ford cars cross ...
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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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Is man capable of tearing off a car trunk lid as shown in U.N.C.L.E.?

As far as I understood, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was not a science fiction movie. However, the scene where the Russian agent is chasing after the American agent and the girl, the agent tearing off the ...
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Could HMS Devonshire have deduced her location despite Gupta's IT hacks?

Before 1:25, HMS Devonshire's RN Commander (three rings of gold braid of equal length) asks Are we absolutely sure of our position? The Lt Cdr (two medium gold braid stripes with one thin gold ...
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Couldn't HMS Devonshire have spotted Carver's stealth ship?

This comment for the post-opening of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) at 2:37 proclaims: fully agree. Even in full battle condition you have bridge watch keepers. Is this accurate? The screenshot above ...
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Was the atomic bombing of Nagasaki visible from Shanghai, as in the film “Empire of the Sun”?

Near the end the film Empire of the Sun (Spielberg 1987), the protagonist finds himself in (or near) Shanghai. He then sees the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. The bright light appears to be the pika ...
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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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How can an actor “fake” an American accent so convincingly?

Actors assume accents that aren't their natural language/heritage frequently in movies and on TV. Obviously, some of them are better than others. Some are downright laughable, but some are ...
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Real world impact of The Blair Witch Project

In the beginning of Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, some reports are shown about the original Blair Witch Project, claiming that the town of Burkittsville was filled with believers wanting to explore ...
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When shooting laser cannons etc. from spaceships, why do advanced beings miss their targets?

In many movies and TV series (Star Wars, Star Trek, etc.), we see space battles in which spaceships miss their targets. I can't understand how such advanced beings can simply "miss", but perhaps ...
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Is there a real life inspiration behind Dexter?

The show Dexter opens up an interesting yet controversial subject of saving innocent lives by eliminating potentially dangerous subjects (killer that kills other killers). Is this a complete novelty ...
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Were new prisoners in Alcatraz made to walk without clothes as Frank Morris was made to do?

In Escape from Alcatraz, Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood), upon entry into Alcatraz (after being processed), is shown walking down the cell corridor naked (if memory serves me correctly, he is holding ...
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Was Tim's reaction to the electric fence realistic?

In Jurassic Park when Tim, Dr. Grant and Lex are climbing the fence and Tim gets shocked, he immediately goes flying off the fence. How realistic was this behavior?
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Can corns be grown the way in the VVitch?

In the movie, the VVitch, William is seen cut down corns; previously I thought corns had been harvested but it turns out they were farming corns in this way. How realistic is this way of corn farming?...
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What is the name of this medical practice in the VVitch?

In the movie The VVitch, Caleb returns to his family after being seduced by a witch. Then he receives a cut into his right temple to allow bloodletting, what is the name of this medical practice?
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Was a supercomputer really needed in “The Martian”?

In "The Martian", Rich Parnell uses a supercomputer to calculate a life saving slingshot trajectory that allows Watney to be saved. The entire film is renowned for its scientific care, so I was ...
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Pretending to be an FBI profiler in Resurrection

In Resurrection (1999), the serial killer successfully pretends to be an FBI profiler and gets access to all the information the police has about his murderers. Later, the police finds that he is not ...
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What building in the final scene of Assassins Creed? (spoiler)

The final scene crawls across the skyline of London to a building fronting the Thames. I recognized the Millennium Bridge and the London Eye, so I'm sure the scene was realistic. The remaining ...
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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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With the Spa laundering money idea, how would Jesse explain the Spa buying in first place?

In the episode Kafkaesque (S03E09), Saul gives advice to Jesse to buy the Spa saloon to help him laundering money. The idea can probably work, but Jesse will still have to explain how he bought a Spa ...
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How accurate are deportation policies depicted in the show?

In one of the episode from the last season of Orange is the New Black, a character was deported even though she didn't commit any crime (except entering the country illegally) and moreover has two ...
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Is Thomas Shelby's meeting with Churchill and his connection with Oswald Mosley real or fiction?

In season 5 of Peaky Blinders, we saw Thomas Shelby meeting Churchill, and telling him about how he killed a person back in Birmingham. And all the connection and storyline between him and Oswald ...
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Are the methods and tools used by Veronica Mars plausible?

While I was watching the three seasons of Veronica Mars and Veronica Mars (movie) I was surprised by some of the ways she used to investigate people and therefore to close cases. In particular, a ...
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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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Why did Miami Vice department take all sorts of cases?

In the 80's TV show Miami Vice, the main protagonists took all types of cases - drug dealing, murders and even protecting celebrities. But isn't there a separate police department that deals with ...
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What happens when two bullets strike each other?

In Preacher S04E01 during the fight between Lara and Tulip, they shot each other and their bullet strike each other and fall down. Is this depiction realistic? Can this happen in the same way in ...
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Is it really as easy to knock someone out in real life as in the movies?

As a child I watched (with my father) a boxing match which lasted 12 rounds. At the end neither fighter resembled his previous pretty self, but nobody got knocked out either. I just watched Terra ...
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Is the tank scene in the A-Team physically possible?

The scene where the A-Team is in the tank and its falling from the air, they fire the canon and it stops from falling for a moment before falling again. Is this possible from a Physics point of view?
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Couldn't Duncan be sued for doing this?

In the Seinfeld episode "The Race", Duncan Meyer threatens to fire Jerry's girlfriend unless Jerry agrees to repeat a race Duncan lost to Jerry in high school. It seems to me that firing her over ...

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