History Main / VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory

16th Jan '16 12:21:22 AM Anddrix
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Very Loosely Based On A True Story often occurs because of ExecutiveMeddling, especially if some of the characters are based on living persons who might sue them if the depiction is too unsympathetic. Another reason can be to make characters less three-dimensional so as not to [[ViewersAreMorons confuse the viewers]], whom they believe won't accept a socialist, atheist, or gay hero or a villain who loves his spouse. Sometimes historical incidents will be changed because they don't fit into HollywoodHistory or because the truth would be inconvenient, as when cowboys in old Westerns were all played by white actors when [[RaceLift many real cowboys were black, Hispanic, or American Indian]].
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Very Loosely Based On A True Story often occurs because of ExecutiveMeddling, especially if some of the characters are based on living persons who might sue them if the depiction is too unsympathetic. Another reason can be to make characters less three-dimensional so as not to [[ViewersAreMorons confuse the viewers]], viewers, whom they believe won't accept a socialist, atheist, or gay hero or a villain who loves his spouse. Sometimes historical incidents will be changed because they don't fit into HollywoodHistory or because the truth would be inconvenient, as when cowboys in old Westerns were all played by white actors when [[RaceLift many real cowboys were black, Hispanic, or American Indian]].
5th Jan '16 9:47:17 AM zoop
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* There's an in-universe example in ''Literature/{{Relativity}}:'' There's a comic book based on the adventures of the first Black Torrent, but the comic writers had very little access to the truth about what he was involved in, so most of it is made-up.
3rd Jan '16 9:07:01 AM CaptEquinox
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* ''{{Film/Thunderheart}}'': The film is based on actual incidents on and around the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota during the 1970s, which John Trudell (Jimmy Looks Twice) participated in personally. His characters also bears a great resemblance to his friend Leonard Peltier, who was controversially convicted in the murders of two FBI agents (Peltier remains imprisoned, and a documentary about this came out in the same year, entitled ''Incident at Oglala''). The Aboriginal Rights Movements clearly represents the American Indian Movement as well, which both Trudell and Peltier were prominent members of. Jack Milton (Fred Ward) is pretty clearly an {{expy}} of pro-government tribal council president Dick Wilson, whose followers are alleged to have murdered numerous dissidents. The Guardians of the Oglala Nation (GOONs) appear much as they're reported to have behaved.
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* ''{{Film/Thunderheart}}'': The film is based on actual incidents on and around the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota during the 1970s, which John Trudell (Jimmy Looks Twice) participated in personally. personally (he was chairman of AIM). His characters character also bears a great resemblance to his friend Leonard Peltier, who was controversially convicted in the murders of two FBI agents (Peltier remains imprisoned, and a documentary about this came out in the same year, entitled ''Incident at Oglala''). The Aboriginal Rights Movements clearly represents the American Indian Movement as well, which both Trudell and Peltier were prominent members of. Jack Milton (Fred Ward) is pretty clearly an {{expy}} of pro-government tribal council president Dick Wilson, whose followers are alleged to have murdered numerous dissidents. The Guardians of the Oglala Nation (GOONs) ([=GOONs=]) appear much as they're reported to have behaved. The schoolteacher Maggie Eagle Bear is based on Anna Mae Pictou Aquash (Mi'kmaq), the highest ranking woman in AIM -- [[spoiler: including her rape and murder, which remains officially unsolved although Russell Means and others believe it was an inside job by AIM members who believed she was an FBI informant]].
3rd Jan '16 7:45:45 AM CaptEquinox
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* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' deserves special mention here, the movie is the first Disney animated story that is claimed to be "based on a true story", and by that of course, that Colonial Virginia had talking trees, magical Native Americans, numerous cliffs and nature scenes that are no where to be found in coastal Virginia and to beat a language barrier, one only need to "listen with their heart". The creators made a point of doing the research and then ignoring it in order to make the story seem more of a ''legend'', so to speak. (And that's not even touching on other inaccuracies, such as the ages of Pocahontas and John Smith, and whether the whole "save Smith from execution" story was actually true or not.)
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* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' deserves special mention here, the movie is the first Disney animated story that is claimed to be "based on a true story", and by that of course, that Colonial Virginia had talking trees, magical Native Americans, numerous cliffs and nature scenes that are no where to be found in coastal Virginia and to beat a language barrier, one only need to "listen with their heart". The creators made a point of [[DidTheResearch doing the research research]] -- to the point of including detailed cultural advice from Russell Means (Lakhota) and Irene Bedard (Inupiat) -- and then ignoring it in order to make the story seem more of a ''legend'', so to speak. (And that's not even touching on other inaccuracies, such as the ages of Pocahontas and John Smith, and whether the whole "save Smith from execution" story was actually true or not.)) ** Russ Means did say some of the magical elements are consistent with Native spiritual beliefs.
2nd Jan '16 8:49:13 PM Gideoncrawle
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->''"The following is based on actual events. Only the names, locations, [[NoExceptYes and events]] have been changed."''
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->''"The following is based on actual events. Only the names, locations, [[NoExceptYes and events]] events have been changed."''
18th Dec '15 11:54:49 AM Morgenthaler
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Like A Badass Out Of Hell is being split into new tropes.
* Quite a few folk songs turn out to be this if you dig a bit. For instance, the traditional "Stagger Lee", recorded in dozens of very different versions by hundreds of artists including Mississippi John Hurt, Lloyd Price, Music/BobDylan, Music/TheClash and Music/NickCave, is based on the real-life murder of Billy Lyons by Lee "Stag" Shelton in 1895. The bit where Stagger goes to hell and [[LikeABadassOutOfHell kills Satan]] is presumably fictionalized, though.
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* Quite a few folk songs turn out to be this if you dig a bit. For instance, the traditional "Stagger Lee", recorded in dozens of very different versions by hundreds of artists including Mississippi John Hurt, Lloyd Price, Music/BobDylan, Music/TheClash and Music/NickCave, is based on the real-life murder of Billy Lyons by Lee "Stag" Shelton in 1895. The bit where Stagger goes to hell and [[LikeABadassOutOfHell [[HellHasNewManagement kills Satan]] is presumably fictionalized, though.
18th Dec '15 8:18:30 AM WildeOscar
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** Ip Man was never affiliated with the Communist Party in any way. At the time of the films, he was a card-carrying member of Kuomintang, the Chinese Nationalist Party.
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** Ip Man was never affiliated with the Communist Party in any way. At the time of the films, he was a card-carrying member of Kuomintang, the Chinese Nationalist Party. In fact, the Kuomintang were the sworn enemies of the Communists.
13th Dec '15 2:56:36 PM Divra
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** Ip Man was never affiliated with the Communist Party in any way. At the time films, he was a card-carrying member of Kuomintang, the Chinese Nationalist Party.
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** Ip Man was never affiliated with the Communist Party in any way. At the time of the films, he was a card-carrying member of Kuomintang, the Chinese Nationalist Party.
10th Dec '15 7:35:03 PM PaulA
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* ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' is set during the German occupation of the Channel Islands in World War II, but the series is more about exploring the dramatic possibilities of the situation than re-enacting history. All the characters who appear on-screen are fictional, including those prominent enough to have appeared in the historical record; for instance, the major in charge of the occupying forces, though he shares some similarities with his real-life counterpart, is basically an invented character with an invented name. The plots are likewise invented. Some of the scenes in the first episode depicting the arrival of the Germans are based on actual events, but even those take full advantage of dramatic license.
9th Dec '15 4:53:08 PM Divra
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** Also notable was that the athletes in the Calgary Olympic Games were extremely supportive of the Jamaican bobsledders, as oppose to [[TheRival their status in the movie]].
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** Also notable was that the athletes in the Calgary Olympic Games were extremely supportive of the Jamaican bobsledders, as oppose to [[TheRival their status in the movie]]. In fact, their main rivals in the film are the East German team, where the Real East German team provided the real Jamaicans with equipment and coaching.

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** Also notable Ip Man was that never a laborer in any Marxist-Leninist-Maoist sense. He worked as a police officer for most of his adult life. ** Ip Man was never affiliated with the athletes Communist Party in any way. At the Calgary Olympic Games were extremely supportive time films, he was a card-carrying member of Kuomintang, the Jamaican bobsledders, as oppose Chinese Nationalist Party. ** Ip Man fled to [[TheRival their status in Hong Kong to get away from the movie]].Communists, not the Japanese.
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