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sunshinehighway 02-26-2013 09:34 AM

Movies surprisingly based on true event
 
The Argo/British thread got me thinking. Anyone got any surprising examples of movies based on real events?

I saw a special all about how Jaws was inspired by a set of shark attacks in 1916 New Jersey.

luvmy3 02-26-2013 09:56 AM

One of my favorite movies is based on true events. The Mothman Prophecies. I'm not really sure how much I believe all that, but it made a great movie, even without Brit bashing :thumbsup2

msjprincess 02-26-2013 10:01 AM

The Exorcist book was inspired by an actual event.

sunshinehighway 02-26-2013 10:04 AM

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Originally Posted by msjprincess (Post 47632466)
The Exorcist book was inspired by an actual event.

I was just watching a show Sunday morning that was about the real story of The Exorcist. I can't remember what channel it was on.

sunshinehighway 02-26-2013 10:07 AM

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Originally Posted by luvmy3 (Post 47632422)
One of my favorite movies is based on true events. The Mothman Prophecies. I'm not really sure how much I believe all that, but it made a great movie, even without Brit bashing :thumbsup2

The Mothman is a creepy story.

They didn't say he wasn't British. He could have been.

luvmy3 02-26-2013 10:12 AM

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Originally Posted by sunshinehighway (Post 47632544)
The Mothman is a creepy story.

They didn't say he wasn't British. He could have been.

:rotfl2:

Sorsha 02-26-2013 10:29 AM

Most Disney fans here already know this, I am sure, but "Newsies" (a particular favorite of mine) was based on the true events of the Newsboys Strike of 1899.

HM 02-26-2013 10:36 AM

The Amityville Horror (first one that came to mind)

Here's a wikipedia link that lists all sorts of movies inspired by real events:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._actual_events

Janepod 02-26-2013 10:40 AM

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Originally Posted by sunshinehighway (Post 47632169)
The Argo/British thread got me thinking. Anyone got any surprising examples of movies based on real events?

I saw a special all about how Jaws was inspired by a set of shark attacks in 1916 New Jersey.

Yep! The town where we have our beach house! They show something about it every year during Shark Week.

mdsoccermom 02-26-2013 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by HM (Post 47632884)
The Amityville Horror (first one that came to mind)

Here's a wikipedia link that lists all sorts of movies inspired by real events:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._actual_events

The events in the Amityville Horor turned out to be a huge hoax.

sunshinehighway 02-26-2013 10:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Janepod (Post 47632928)
Yep! The town where we have our beach house! They show something about it every year during Shark Week.

Yes it was on during Shark Week. Jaws is one of my favorite movies and I had no idea it was inspired by real events until I saw that.

sunshinehighway 02-26-2013 10:53 AM

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Originally Posted by HM (Post 47632884)
The Amityville Horror (first one that came to mind)

Here's a wikipedia link that lists all sorts of movies inspired by real events:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._actual_events

Thanks for the link.

HM 02-26-2013 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by mdsoccermom (Post 47633005)
The events in the Amityville Horor turned out to be a huge hoax.

True, but when it was made, they didn't know that.

LuvOrlando 02-26-2013 11:33 AM

ET was fun, ;) JKJK, just being playful- I know you are being serious so how about "The Kings Speech" which was fab and I believe based on trueish events, also I have to say "What's Love got to do with it" floored me. So many great stories out there

gometros 02-26-2013 11:59 AM

Dreamgirls is loosely based on the Supremes.


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