Based on a True Story: Fact and Fantasy in 100 Favorite Movies
Title: Based on a True Story: Fact and Fantasy in 100 Favorite Movies
Author: Jonathan Vankin & John Whalen
Reveals how Hollywood alters history for movies, examines the facts behind some well-known films, and shows alterations to the “true story” such as concocted love affairs, character motivations, and trumped-up movie endings.
Exposing the real stories behind 100 hit reality-based movies, this captivating resource offers interesting facts about some of the most well-respected and much-loved films. For both film buffs and casual moviegoers, this invaluable guide explores Hollywood’s ardent and often uncomfortable relationship with the factual accounts it converts into fantasy. Illuminating films such as A Beautiful Mind, Adaptation, Apollo 13, Black Hawk Down, Catch Me If You Can, Erin Brockovich, The French Connection, The Perfect Storm, and Titanic, this work reveals how Hollywood alters history for movie fans, leaving filmgoers often unable to tell the difference between fact and fiction. A riveting examination, this volume focuses on alterations to the “true story” such as concocted love affairs, annoyingly obvious character motivations, trumped-up endings, bigger explosions, more car crashes, and spontaneous songs, all created for the sake of entertainment.