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29th Aug '16 8:00:34 AM Umbethi
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* ''Film/InTheHeartOfTheSea'' is correctly presented as the inspiration for Moby Dick, but the film greatly exaggerates this angle, choosing to portray the whale in question as albino (it wasn't), exaggerating its size and giving it a legendary status. The film has the Essex crew meet the crew of another whaler who reveal that their ship too was sunk by the "white whale". After the Essex is sunk, the whale is shown stalking and further harassing the crew in the open boats. In reality, there is no evidence that the whale was ever seen before or after sinking the Essex. The film also invents a drama between Captain George Pollard and First Mate Owen Chase where none existed before. Furthermore, the premise is shown to be based around Herman Melville interviewing the elderly Thomas Nickerson. The two never met in real life; Melville's primary source was Chase's own book about the incident.
7th Aug '16 7:42:11 PM Umbethi
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* ''Film/FireInTheSky'': After a long night getting drunk in the woods with his buddies in the summer of 1975, Travis Walton wanders off, gets lost, and turns up five days later, dehydrated, delirious, and amnesiac. The film shows him being beamed aboard a flying saucer in full view of his friends. Travis Walton's actual story differs utterly and completely from the horrorfest portrayed in the film. According to his official story he awakened in a room with creatures with big eyes and orange jumpsuits. He had a metal device around his chest. He struggled to his feet and picked up a red rod from a nearby table to defend himself, and the beings left. Walton walked down a corridor and found a room where he made "stars" on the ceiling move, and then was escorted to another room by a tall alien who ignored his questions. He and a few other tall aliens encouraged Walton to get onto a table and they put something over his face and he passed out, next finding himself in the woods. This is ''nothing like'' the being shrink wrapped while having needles and milk put into his eyes as he tried to scream that the film portrayed.

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* ''Film/FireInTheSky'': After a long night getting drunk in the woods with his buddies in the summer of 1975, Travis Walton wanders off, gets lost, and turns up five days later, dehydrated, delirious, and amnesiac. The film shows him being beamed aboard a flying saucer in full view of his friends. real Travis Walton's actual story differs utterly and completely from the horrorfest portrayed (if you choose to take his word for it) is nothing like what is shown in the film. According The encounter onboard the UFO was spiced up to his official make it scarier, and quite frankly, because the story he awakened in a room with creatures with big eyes and orange jumpsuits. He had a metal device around his chest. He struggled to his feet and picked up a red rod from a nearby table to defend himself, and the beings left. told by Walton walked down a corridor was cheesy and found a room where he made "stars" on the ceiling move, and then was escorted to another room by a tall alien who ignored his questions. He and a few other tall aliens encouraged Walton to get onto a table and they put something over his face and he passed out, next finding himself in the woods. This is ''nothing like'' the being shrink wrapped while having needles and milk put into his eyes as he tried to scream that the film portrayed.absurd.
7th Aug '16 7:26:41 PM Umbethi
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* The events of ''Film/TheMothmanProphecies'' already leave plenty of room for skepticism. Perhaps sensing this, director Mark Pellington chose to make the entire plot fictional (even setting it in the present day). The only significant things consistent between the stories are the Mothman itself and [[spoiler:the climactic Silver Bridge collapse]].
7th Aug '16 7:19:51 PM Umbethi
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* ''Literature/ThePoseidonAdventure'' was based around an incident in which the RMS Queen Mary was ''nearly'' capsized by a rogue wave.
28th Jul '16 8:45:55 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheyDiedWithTheirBootsOn'' pretty much makes up everything besides the fact that George Armstrong Custer served in the Civil War, and was killed with all his men by Indians. An EnforcedTrope, up to a point, as there are several conflicting versions of events from Native American sources and historians are still trying to piece together the details even today.

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* ''Film/TheyDiedWithTheirBootsOn'' pretty much makes up everything besides the fact that George Armstrong Custer served in the Civil War, and was killed with all his men by Indians. An EnforcedTrope, up to a point, as there are several conflicting versions of events from Native American sources and historians are still trying to piece together the details even today.
27th Jul '16 3:56:45 PM nombretomado
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* ''The Curse of Steptoe'', a docudrama by TheBBC about the making of ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'' proved to be ''too'' loosely based on the true story. Following complaints from Harry H. Corbett's family it was edited before being repeated, and preceded by a declaration "The following drama is inspired by the lives of real people. For the purpose of the narrative some events have been invented or conflated". Following ''further'' complaints it was edited ''again''. Following more complaints, the BBC Trust ruled that it just shouldn't be shown and the [=DVDs=] should be recalled. The sticking point was the implication that Corbett's relationship with his second wife preceded the breakup of his first marriage, although it was also pointed out that the basic idea behind the story - that Corbett and Brambell hated each other and felt the show ruined their careers - was not supported by anyone who knew them.

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* ''The Curse of Steptoe'', a docudrama by TheBBC Creator/TheBBC about the making of ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'' proved to be ''too'' loosely based on the true story. Following complaints from Harry H. Corbett's family it was edited before being repeated, and preceded by a declaration "The following drama is inspired by the lives of real people. For the purpose of the narrative some events have been invented or conflated". Following ''further'' complaints it was edited ''again''. Following more complaints, the BBC Trust ruled that it just shouldn't be shown and the [=DVDs=] should be recalled. The sticking point was the implication that Corbett's relationship with his second wife preceded the breakup of his first marriage, although it was also pointed out that the basic idea behind the story - that Corbett and Brambell hated each other and felt the show ruined their careers - was not supported by anyone who knew them.
15th Jul '16 6:37:49 PM darkchiefy
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* ''Literature/TheSecretAgent": While the characters are fictional, the 1920s author note discussed a conversation Conrad had with a friend about the Greenwich Bombing of 1894 where an anarchist died gruesomly when the bombs he was carrying denoted prematurely. While the motives were not truly known, many believe the person was trying to bomb the Greenwich Observatory. The anarchist's sister also apparently committed suicide not long after her brother was killed.
13th Jul '16 2:01:51 AM PaulA
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* ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' was allegedly a fictionalized telling of true events, as claimed by Creator/VCAndrews in a pitch letter for the book to her agent. Years after her death, Jennifer, the owner of the fansite ''The Complete V.C. Andrews'', had come into contact with a relative of Andrews' who said that the story was inspired by a doctor of her's that she had a crush on (a possible inspiration of Chris) who was locked up in an attic for several years along with his siblings.
** Speaking of Creator/VCAndrews, ''Heaven'', the first of the ''Casteel'' series, was originally the autobiography of a woman who had been sold by her father. The book was rejected on the grounds that the quality wasn't suitable for publishing, but Andrews' editor (who confirmed all of this) had bought the story for Andrews to write. The original author, who's identity is still unknown, ended up contributing notes for the story.

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* ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' was allegedly a fictionalized telling of true events, as claimed by Creator/VCAndrews in a pitch letter for the book to her agent. Years after her death, Jennifer, the owner of the fansite ''The Complete V.C. Andrews'', had come into contact with a relative of Andrews' who said that the story was inspired by a doctor of her's hers that she had a crush on (a possible inspiration of Chris) who was locked up in an attic for several years along with his siblings.
** * Speaking of Creator/VCAndrews, ''Heaven'', the first of the ''Casteel'' series, Literature/TheCasteelSeries, was originally the autobiography of a woman who had been sold by her father. The book was rejected on the grounds that the quality wasn't suitable for publishing, but Andrews' editor (who confirmed all of this) had bought the story for Andrews to write. The original author, who's whose identity is still unknown, ended up contributing notes for the story.story. The sequels are entirely invented, however.
6th Jul '16 7:10:42 AM Quanyails
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* ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' is a retelling of the 1904 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perdicaris#Perdicaris_incident "Perdicaris incident,"]] in which a Berber bandit (Creator/SeanConnery) kidnaps an American (Creator/CandiceBergen), leading UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt to send in the [[SemperFi Marines]] . . . except, in real life, Perdicaris was a man, and there was a lot less shooting and swordplay than the movie suggests.

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* ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion'' is a retelling of the 1904 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perdicaris#Perdicaris_incident "Perdicaris incident,"]] in which a Berber bandit (Creator/SeanConnery) kidnaps an American (Creator/CandiceBergen), leading UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt to send in the [[SemperFi Marines]] . . .Marines]]... except, in real life, Perdicaris was a man, and there was a lot less shooting and swordplay than the movie suggests.
5th Jul '16 10:51:33 PM JBsteeple
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* Done intentionally by Creator/WilliamWordsworth in his poem 'Paul Revere's Ride' in order to create modern American heroes. It heavily fictionalized the ride, and totally ignored the fact that Revere was captured and did not complete the ride (although he did make it with Dawes to Lexington and warned John Hancock and John Adams that they were to be arrested), and totally ignores the other riders, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott. All three were captured, but Dawes and Prescott managed to escape, and Prescott even finished the ride to Concord and warned the Militia of the approaching British army.
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