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We've all seen movies that claim to be 'based on a true story', but have you ever wondered how accurate they are? That's what we'll find out as we compare Hollywood with history.

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We've all seen movies that claim to be 'based on a true story', but have you ever wondered how accurate they are? That's what we'll find out as we compare Hollywood with history.

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    Napoleon with Louis Sarkozy

    Napoleon with Louis Sarkozy

    Historians weren't there, but that doesn't mean they don't know the true story about one of the most documented people in all of human history. Let's put Napoleon's new film to the test with Louis Sarkozy, historian and author of "Napoleon's Library." Join us as we dissect the movie's portrayal, separate fact from fiction, and uncover the real Napoleon.
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    • 1 hr 49 min
    This Week: The Spirit of St. Louis, Amelia, The Messenger

    This Week: The Spirit of St. Louis, Amelia, The Messenger

    In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between May 20th and May 26th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history.

    Events from This Week in History

    The Spirit of St. Louis

    Amelia

    The Messenger


    Birthdays from This Week in History


    Monster | BOATS #217


    Houdini & Doyle

    Victoria


    A Historical Movie Released This Week in History
    Kandahar

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    • 49 min
    This Week: Darkest Hour, The New World, The Other Boleyn Girl

    This Week: Darkest Hour, The New World, The Other Boleyn Girl

    In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between May 13th and May 19th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history.

    Events from This Week in History


    Darkest Hour | BOATS #299


    The New World


    The Other Boleyn Girl | BOATS #92



    Birthdays from This Week in History

    American Gangster

    Behind the Candelabra

    The Perfect Game


    Historical Movie Releasing This Week

    Back to Black | Find showtimes near you


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    • 43 min
    This Week: The Hindenburg, Band of Brothers, Operation Finale

    This Week: The Hindenburg, Band of Brothers, Operation Finale

    In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between May 6th and May 12th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history.

    Events from This Week in History


    The Hindenburg | BOATS #91 | The Hindenburg Disaster Footage



    Band of Brothers | BOATS Miniseries



    Operation Finale | BOATS #162



    Birthdays from This Week in History

    Truman

    The Good Lord Bird

    Midnight in Paris


    Movies Released This Week in History
    Escape from Auschwitz

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    • 56 min
    Tombstone with Tom Clavin

    Tombstone with Tom Clavin

    Did Hollywood get it right? Join us as we delve into the iconic Western film Tombstone with a special guest: the author of the book Tombstone, New York Times bestselling author Tom Clavin! We'll separate myth from reality, analyzing the portrayal of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and the taming of a wild frontier town.

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    Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell https://links.boatspodcast.com/317book


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    Throne of Grace: A Mountain Man, an Epic Adventure, and the Bloody Conquest of the American West https://links.boatspodcast.com/317throneofgrace


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    This Week: The Pride of the Yankees, Gods and Generals, The Right Stuff

    This Week: The Pride of the Yankees, Gods and Generals, The Right Stuff

    In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between April 29th and May 5th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history.

    Events from This Week in History

    The Pride of the Yankees

    Gods and Generals


    The Right Stuff | BOATS #75


    Alan Shepard's photo from space


    Birthdays from This Week in History


    Hirohito in Midway (2019) | BOATS #158


    Calamity Jane in Deadwood: The Movie


    James Brown in Get On Up



    Movies Released This Week in History
    Ed Gein

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484 Ratings

484 Ratings

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I really enjoy this podcast. While it's obvious that Hollywood takes a few liberties - sometimes more than a few - with the truth when adapting a real story to the big screen, it's interesting to hear where fact deviates from fiction as the plot rolls along. In some cases, such as 'The Hunt for Red October,' I wasn't even aware there was a basis in fact. In others, such as 'The Sound of Music' or 'Free State of Jones,' it was cool to hear the factual details behind the tale. Overall, it's an enjoyable show. I'll keep listening since Tinseltown keeps cranking out movies with a basis in real life.

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