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Based on a true story - Yeah Right!

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1. Kinky Boots (2005)
The Film: A factory owner's fiance wants to sell the failing shoe factory off to a property developer. But the owner wants to save his family's history, and protect his workforce. So with the help of a drag queen he revitalises his business selling kinky boots to transvestites, and finds his true love on the factory floor.

The Fact: A factory owner tries selling shoes to transvestites, but when that fails he sells the factory to a property developer and lives happily ever after with his wife and kids.
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2. Gladiator (2000)
The film: A Roman general loses his family and becomes a slave, then he learns to be a gladiator, a gladiator who defied the emperor and fights to the death.

The Fact: The emperor wasn't the villain as portrayed, in fact he was held in high esteem by the senate and ruled for a successful 13 years (rather than the few months shown in the film). The emperor also wasn't killed by a gladiator, but by a wrestler named Narcissus in a bath.
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3. 300 (2006)
The film: 300 Spartans stand fast against the invading Persian empire.

The Fact: The film was based on a graphic novel, so whilst true to the print, it wasn't meant to be historically accurate. If you want to see just how different the truth is you need to read history, The Battle of Thermopylae in particular. The lead character in fact had a huge army, but knowing he was being outflanked the bulk of the Greek army was dismisssed to protect and build up defences. The 300 Spartans also had at their side 700 Thespian, 400 Thebans and a few hundred others, to guard the rear.
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4. The Hurricane (1999)
The Film: A boxer boasting great talent, was a promising middleweight who was falsely accused and convicted of a triple homicide, derailing his boxing career. In the movie there is a scene where 'Hurricane' beats Giardello, an inferior white boxer, only to lose when blatantly racist judges award the fight to the white man.

The Fact: In real life, Hurricane lost the fight so badly that the real Giardello sued the filmmakers over the scene and got a nice settlement out of it. LOL Sometimes it pays to keep it real!
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5. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
The Film: An anti-war liberal is given a radio show where he is anarchic and rants about the establishment and Army. For his troubles he is sent off to be killed but is saved by one of the locals he has befriended and when he returns safely he is booted out of the Army.

The Fact: The lead character did indeed play some good records, but he rarely did comedy bits, and has stated for the record that everything Williams did in the film would have gotten him court-martialed. He was also never booted from the military, but went home when his tour was over.
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6. 21 (2008)
The Film: A young white Math genius excelling at MIT, joins the Blackjack team, then is whisked off to Las Vegas to win big, or so they hope. But things don't go according to plan.

The Fact: The main characters upon which the movie is based were all Asian. Although you wouldn't think so from the cast!

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7. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
The Film: A hard-working and good man wants to earn enough money to provide for his son. Wanting to pass the test to become a stock broker, he toils for months, sleeping in subways and churches with his son at his side. In the end it all pays off when he claims the opening at Dean Witter.

The Fact: A man so focused on getting a job and earning millions that he didn't even know where his son was for the first few months of the program. He also isn't the angel of the movie, being accused of domestic violence, doing and selling drugs, having a mistress on the side and his son was conceived whilst he was still married to another woman.
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8. Braveheart (1995)
The Film: The story of William Wallace and his fight for FRREEEEDOM.

The Fact: William Wallace was actually from a very noble family, his father Malcolm wasn't killed by the English, but fought on the English side in exchange for political favor. Oh and no Scots wore belted plaids, let alone kilts of any kind at that time! I could go on and on, but I'll just say treat this as a film based on a poem!.
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9. 10,000 BC (2008)
The Film: Horse-riding warlords kidnap the main characters woman, so a small group of hunters head off to rescue them.

The Fact: Hmm pre-history isn't my major, but I don't think Pyramids were popular back then and not in that location.
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10. Fargo (1996)
The Film: A car salesman hires two men to kidnap his wife for a ransom of $80,000. This sets off a chain of murders, which in turn are investigated by pregnant small-town police chief.

The Fact: None, not a bit, it's all fiction. Although I do believe there are real life car salesmen and police chiefs out there!
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11. Victory (1981)
The Film: Allied prisoners of war must play the Germans in a game of football (soccer) - during the match they hope to escape to victory, but the need to win at all costs sees them play to the end.


The Fact: No British, Americans or even Pele took part! It was a 100% Ukrainian team, whose players were spotted by the Germans and were invited to play against an army team - the Ukrainians won. The team then played a series of matches against German teams, emerging victorious in all of them. In the end the Gestapo started to pick on team members and all were sent to prison. Most of the team died in prison, but a few survived, certainly no escape to victory!
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12. Hidalgo (2004)
The Film: American cowboy Frank T. Hopkins is the first outsider to be invited by a wealthy Sheik to race in the greatest long-distance horse race ever run. Hopkins was once a dispatch rider for the U.S. cavalry and is known as the greatest long-distance rider in the West. While Hopkins is working in the Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, the Sheik's emissary challenges him to enter the race, which he accepts. This race has been held every year for the last thousand years, and has only been open to the purest line of Arabian horses ever bred. Hopkins' horse, Hidalgo, a small mixed-breed mustang, was regarded as impure, and therefore shouldn't be in the race with pure-bred Arabian stallions. The `Ocean of Fire' race is a gruelling 3,000-mile survival horse race across the Arabian Desert with the winner receiving $100,000 as prize money and the honour of being the best in the world. The 100-entry race is a battle of endurance and survival and only a few make it to the finish line, alive.

The Fact: No record exists of a Mr. Frank Hopkins birth or residence at Ft. Laramie exists; His name wasn't discovered in the U.S. Calvary records where he claims to have been the best of the best.
A race he claims to have won between Galveston and Vermont is not documented in any newspapers or oral histories; Mr. Hopkins claimed he was born in 1865, yet when he married in the 1900s, he listed his birth date as 1886 (or somewhere around that year). If true, he would have been only 3 years old when the Arabian race was run; Oceans of Fire, the Arabian race, which had supposedly been a yearly event for 1,000 years, has never been documented by writing or by oral tradition.
No record exists of Mr. Hopkins ever working with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show; No facts could be found about Mr. Hopkins participating in any races at all.

Submitted by CelShader


 

Based on a true story, yeah right! Don't trust your eyes or ears if what you learn comes in Movie form. Even when its based on a true story, not every tale told by Hollywood is really truthful. Even when the film is about real events, Hollywood seems to believe that the truth needs 'improving'.

This is a list of just some of the movies that are supposed to be based on real facts/history/actual events. Yeah right and I have magic beans for sale.

Enjoy!

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Comments

Posted: 5 years ago at Nov 26 21:50
You might want to add A Beautiful Mind up there. More info on the flaws you can find from IMDB or Wikipedia.
Posted: 4 years, 12 months ago at Dec 24 2:13
Very interesting contrasts given here. Movies often do a good deal of white-washing reality.
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Apr 26 10:16
Invictus deserves one place
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jun 30 4:35
WHY DID YOU RUIN THE MOVIE MAGIC WITH FACTS!!! lol jk
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Aug 1 1:11
Sorry Leloi - I'm nonfiction guy!
Edit: 4 years, 4 months ago
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Aug 24 13:29
10,000 BC u r jokin!!!
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Mar 27 9:17
HAHAHA love list like this, wud love you 2 add more,,,hollywood can sure stretch the truth
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Jun 22 5:03
Gladiator is an "alternate" history. Of course, the Roman republic was never re-established.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Oct 17 13:06
Very interesting and fun list! Well done.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Oct 17 14:50
The people who made 21 are racist. The end.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Oct 17 15:51
paranormal activity?
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Oct 17 18:27
Interesting list. Every consider a list of the worst book to film adaptations?
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Oct 18 1:22
This is kinda fun. Allow me to....

1. The real story sounds like it's actually a better story, so thanks for sharing. :D

2. A wrestler is kinda like a gladiator. Think about "The Breakfast Club", which is probably the only movie from the 80s worth watching, lol..... The rest is just the insanity of Russell Crowe.

3. You're supposed to think that it's 'historical' because the Vulcans haven't landed yet-- let it go.

4. Whoops. hahahaha. But, hey, 90s film, lol.

5. Well.... yeah, that sounds unrealistic. But it was in the 80s. Movies sucked back then. It was *before Seinfeld*! It was the year 4 B.S.!

6. Remake with Kunal Nayyar.... and some white people. ^^

(And, to be fair, I think that in the film "Twilight", the school was rather carefully multi-cultural, I think, even though in the book it's sorta implied that it was all in this hickish little town with only white people.... Hollywood really isn't all about smashing the fascist boot down on Raj's face. Also, Raj was reading one of the books in one of the episodes, lol.)

7. Awww, c'mon, let the bastard be a hero!

8. At least it wasn't about the IRA. We should all be thankful that Mel Gibson hasn't gone *there*, at least.

9. One time Napoleon fought a battle near the Pyramids. Against Egyptians. ^^

10. The day that a pregnant woman is allowed to be the police chief is the day that I write Congress an angry letter demanding that all loyal Americans be required to watch the film "Juno" on some random day in June.

11. Remake with Alexandr Dolgopolov (since I don't watch soccer)

12. I didn't like Viggo Mortensen anyway. Fucking liar. ^^

So, yeah, thanks. That was kinda fun.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Oct 18 1:48
And the cast of "21" *has Asians*. So, maybe they just didn't want it to make it look like it was all this weird Asian-hacker subculture, or that all Chinese people hack into casinos because they want to help fund North Korea's nuclear fiasco.

Or maybe they just liked Jim Sturgess. I mean, he was in "The Other Boleyn Girl", (another racist movie, since it was set in England before there were immigrants), and maybe they just saw that and said, Man, if you can be Anne Boleyn's brother George and get accused of incest with Natalie Portman, then you can do anything! Even the casinos can't stop you!

And, you know, one of the non-Asians was Laurence Fishburne, so.... maybe "The Matrix" is racist too?

In fact, I actually think that it is, since I fucking hate that movie, lol.

And we all know that Laurence Fishburne is a better actor than Keanu Reeves-- they just let him have it, because he's, "Canadian". ;)

"The Great White North", as Robin Scherbatsky likes it call it.

And, you know, the cast of "How I Met Your Mother" is mostly racist, I mean, white, too.... Until you meet Barney's gay black brother!!!

Although it is true that one time there was a ghost in their apartment, and it was a racist Confederate ghost. But actually, there was no ghost; Marshall made it up because he didn't want to tell Lily that the apartment that they'd spent all of their money getting into was.... crooked. Like the floor.... you know. It was messed up, right.

Anyway, I'm sorry about that, you guys.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Oct 18 2:11
And you should know that I'm a racist, because I used to be in the Confederate Army before I got turned into a vampire, just like Jasper Hale. (And you know that the Hales pwn the Cullens.) So, you know, I may be crazy evil, but I'll still be 23 forever.

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