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"Based on a true story...."

 
 
Roberta
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2014 05:12 pm
How about Birdman of Alcatraz?
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2014 05:49 pm
@Roberta,
Great role for Burt Lancaster. No idea how close to historical accuracy the picture sticks. Not too close, I suspect. I have read that the real historic 'birdman' -- Robert Stroud -- was a violent, unpredictable alcoholic/addict and that his main reason for beginning the bird project in his cell was to be able to obtain medicinal substances suitable for bootlegging alcohol. The prison authorities, not familiar with the devious ways of addicts, obliged him.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2014 09:29 pm
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Director: Oliver Stone
Writers: Ron Kovic (book), Oliver Stone (screenplay), 1 more credit ยป
Stars: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava |
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Mon 1 Sep, 2014 01:55 am
@edgarblythe,
A couple of Steven Spielberg's epics come to mind --
Amistad
Shindler's List
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 1 Sep, 2014 08:45 am
@Lustig Andrei,
I wanted to add Amistad, but could not recall the title.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2014 06:45 pm
To Hell and Back - Audie Murphy

Sgt York - Gary Cooper
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2014 07:15 pm
@edgarblythe,
Just finished watching Meet John Doe with Gary Cooper. Saw that movie about 50 years ago!
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2014 07:21 pm
@cicerone imposter,
I love those old movies.
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2014 09:31 pm
Gandhi, anyone?

Lawrence of Arabia?
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2014 09:35 pm
And one for the boys has to be Apollo 13.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2014 10:50 pm
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:

I saw this question asked elsewhere and thought it was interesting:

What MOVIE, based on a true story, do you think is the best of breed? It can either be because you think it is the most accurate, the most cinematic, or something else. I'm limiting it to movies because I know we have some serious history buffs here and if I included books it could get wild.

I pick "Badlands" as my favorite. I think it told the story well and the photography was amazing.

What are your picks?
How about: "Tora, Tora, Tora"
in honor of the anniversary of the Japanese Surrender yesterday ?
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2014 11:32 pm
@boomerang,
"The Day of the Seige", 2012. Sept 11, 1683, the greatest day in Polish history and one of the worst days in Turkish and muslim history.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 3 Sep, 2014 12:28 am
@gungasnake,
gungasnake wrote:

"The Day of the Seige", 2012. Sept 11, 1683, the greatest day in Polish history and one of the worst days in Turkish and muslim history.
A fictional film which got the worst critics from Poland due to historical fakes.
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Wed 3 Sep, 2014 04:12 am
http://www.historytoday.com/walter-leitsch/1683-siege-vienna
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 3 Sep, 2014 05:10 am
@gungasnake,
My response was related to the film.

And, of course, the Siege of Vienna (1485), the Siege of Vienna (1529), and the Battle of Vienna of 1683 are taught when you study history at a university (and part of the history curriculum in schools).
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 3 Sep, 2014 12:05 pm
"Heavenly Creatures" about a couple of Australian school girls who conspire to murder one of their mothers. The world was introduced to Kate Winslet in that movie.
Lacy456
 
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Reply Mon 8 Sep, 2014 06:43 pm
@InfraBlue,
This seems to be a nice movie.. I should download and watch this later.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 7 Oct, 2014 01:15 pm
@Lacy456,
I recently saw "The Railway Man" based on a true story. It was an excellent movie with an unexpected ending that will surprise all who see it.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2015 05:45 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
I didn't like Gandhi or Schindler's List but then I do not like the actor who starred in Shindler. I think Amistad was wonderful.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2015 05:53 pm
@edgarblythe,
I liked Judgment at Nuremberg as well. Burt Lancaster was a much better actor than he is sometimes credited as being.
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