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Old 08-20-2013, 09:44 AM
 
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My favorites are:

Patton - Bio pic of general GS Patton far superior to the McCarthur pic.

Little Big Man - Encounters of Plains indians with Lt. Col. Gearge Custer we know how it ends up.

Son of The Morning Star - More about the flamboyant boy general

Above and Beyond - Story of Col. PW Tibbets and the dropping of the atomic bomb and all the work that was involved in making this event happen.

Hanoi Hilton - Vietnam war POW's
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:22 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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................do recall that, but since it has been so long since last viewed it, am uncertain as to it's historical accuracy.
Historical accuracy is no longer an issue, if one can judge by some of the nominees.

Apocalypse Now? Bridge on the River Kwai? And Forest Gump!? Those are not historically accurate films.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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I like these threads as they introduce me to many new films that I didn't know about. People posting took the time to let us know that they watched and enjoyed it. I fully realize that this is the city-data History board, and being the op I did not set any ground rules.

Rules? As Walter Sobchak said in The Big Lebowski, Smokey this is not 'nam. This is bowling. There are rules.

Well, Forrest Gump does have actual historic footage, albeit doctored with a certain Tom Hanks edited in for laughs. Apocalypse Now? Not based on actual events, but based on an actual war, seems to sum it up. And then there's this:
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the film was also deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" and was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 2000
The Bridge on the River Kwai? Based on an actual Japanese led slave labor built bridge, the movie has very little to show for accurately recounting what accually occured. But historically, there was a bridge and it was built by POWs.

I guess those who frequent the History board are geared more toward the most accurate type of history film. I can dig it. But some great history films have more inaccuracies, and trying to draw the line between popularity or major star attraction and having only a set amount of just plain wrong information, is not attainable, imho, and ymmv.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:28 AM
 
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Just thinking of the John Ford..

'When the legend becomes fact, print the legend'....
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:31 AM
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To be frank and to the point ................... None of them.

The search for historical fact and the distortions created by Hollywood simply don't mix.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:46 AM
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The Lion in Winter. Although I know it is historically inaccurate in many ways, the sets showing what things looked like in those days andseeing actors playing the Plantagent family were priceless to a person like me who loves medieval English historical fiction.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:47 AM
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To be frank and to the point ................... None of them.

The search for historical fact and the distortions created by Hollywood simply don't mix.
Well, yes, there's that.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:49 AM
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Typo perhaps? Eleanor 1122-1204 was certainly one of the most powerful and influential women of the Middle Ages, not just the 12th century. The Lion In Winter was good, do recall that, but since it has been so long since last viewed it, am uncertain as to it's historical accuracy.
Hadn't read this before I posted.

No, it's not accurate. Henry didn't hold a Christmas Court in that place in that year, and there are other inaccuracies that I can't remember, but it's a damn good movie!
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:54 AM
 
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Hmmm, probably Gettysburg (1993).
It stars Jeff Daniels, Tom Beringer, Martin Sheen, a lots of other great actors.
The uneditied version was over 3 hours (I think) - and worth it.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:55 AM
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Gone With the Wind
Did you ever read Southern Daughter, the biography of Margaret Mitchell? She wasn't happy with the way the movie was presented, particularly the plantation of Tara. She hated that they made it into a typical stately ante-bellum home. She said they did not understand that the area she wrote about was "so raw, so new", and that the white plantation owners she depicts in her novel have only become wealthy in the past generation because of the cotton boom.

I love the book so much more than the movie, but I enjoy the depiction of life during the Civil War in the movie.
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