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(The Week)   Every year, the long list of Oscar contenders includes a handful of movies claiming to be "based on a true story." How truthful are they this year?   (theweek.com) divider line 23
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2013-12-22 11:20:47 AM  
Personally I blame the failure of the public school system for people's inability to discern how much wiggle room is conferred by "based on" preceding "a true story."
 
2013-12-22 11:34:42 AM  

Prey4reign: Personally I blame the failure of the public school system for people's inability to discern how much wiggle room is conferred by "based on" preceding "a true story."


"Inspired by actual events" is even worse. What story - other than, I guess, pure fantasy - can't be described that way?
 
2013-12-22 11:58:15 AM  
Let's put it this way... the most truthful movie this year was "The Hobbit".
 
2013-12-22 12:13:24 PM  
Oh...shut up and watch the damn movie.
 
2013-12-22 12:14:34 PM  
The opening card of "American Hustle" simply states that "Some of this actually happened"

That's about as accurate as I need it to be.
 
2013-12-22 12:18:49 PM  
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.....
 
2013-12-22 12:22:20 PM  

SpdrJay: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.....


Naw, Lucas took a lot of liberties with that story...
 
2013-12-22 12:28:30 PM  
47 Ronin on the list?
 
2013-12-22 12:36:57 PM  
Was Fear And Loathing based on a true hallucination?
 
2013-12-22 12:38:15 PM  
"Based on a true story" ALWAYS means "excessive dramatic license expected". Who the fark doesn't know this(aside from the writer,that is)?
 
2013-12-22 12:46:31 PM  
FTFA: One of Phillips' crew, a man who goes by the name ATM...

This throwaway line made me giggle.  Let's see, on a long-haul cargo ship, staffed entirely by men, somehow I doubt the cash machine definition is the most likely one.
 
2013-12-22 01:06:43 PM  

SpdrJay: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.....


Although it was a long time ago, the truth is the galaxy was only just far away and not far, far away.
 
2013-12-22 02:26:56 PM  
You want to see the absolute greatest fabrication of a "inspired by" movie? They made a movie called, I think, "Badass" based on the crazy dude who beat down the black guy on a bus. They made him a Hispanic version of Charles Bronson's "Death Wish" character. It was truly hilarious.
 
2013-12-22 02:28:21 PM  
Basically it means that a story was optioned (the person with rights to the actual story is paid not to allow anyone else to buy it), then they do as much research on the story from publicly searchable resources (such as published new stories), then they fill in the holes with fiction, tell the person they don't want to buy the story, then they make the movie based on a true story.
 
2013-12-22 03:44:25 PM  
Doesn't Fargo start with "Based on a true story"?

If a movie is good, it's good regardless if it's true it not. And if you go see Hollywood movies to learn history, you're an idiot.
 
2013-12-22 04:03:56 PM  
So, according to TFA, there is more or less artistic license, time compression, and use of composite characters, but all are pretty clearly based on true stories.
 
2013-12-22 04:45:34 PM  

"Also: Disney was a notorious chain smoker, which was entirely left out of the movie, complying with modern Hollywood's unwritten rule that only bad guys can smoke."


 Well, except for the fact that he smokes in the movie, albeit only one scene (when Travers bursts into his office his staff try and stop her, because Disney is smoking)

 
2013-12-22 04:50:29 PM  
(Can't believe Philomena seemed opposed to the people who stole a woman's child and sold him to strangers. Why can't they teach the controversy? Maybe that girl had it coming, for having loose morals and all)
 
2013-12-22 05:55:50 PM  

LonMead: The opening card of "American Hustle" simply states that "Some of this actually happened"

That's about as accurate as I need it to be.


Came here to mention this. Surprised that one wasn't on the list.


wildcardjack: Was Fear And Loathing based on a true hallucination?


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/have me a signed copy
 
2013-12-22 08:33:47 PM  

leisurejack: Doesn't Fargo start with "Based on a true story"?

If a movie is good, it's good regardless if it's true it not. And if you go see Hollywood movies to learn history, you're an idiot.


Putting that at the start of a complete fiction was brilliant.
 
2013-12-22 10:32:53 PM  

LonMead: SpdrJay: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.....

Naw, Lucas took a lot of liberties with that story...


It really wasn't as far away as they made it out to be.
 
2013-12-22 11:51:42 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: LonMead: SpdrJay: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.....

Naw, Lucas took a lot of liberties with that story...

It really wasn't as far away as they made it out to be.


Governor Tarkin was much taller.

And there's no way that Luke could have gotten to Tosche Station to get some power converters and back in one day.
 
2013-12-23 07:20:43 AM  
A true Story: Pretty much the way it happened
Based on a true Story: Most names and some events are somewhat accurate, a bit of artistic license has been used
Inspired by a true story: We used a couple of their names, but the rest is bull shiat
 
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