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

Based on a True Story Dan LeFebvre

    • Film History
    • 4.5, 274 Ratings

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

    Operation Finale

    Operation Finale

    Our story today covers the capture of the notorious Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann. The operation to hunt him down and bring him to justice was depicted in the movie Operation Finale, and today we'll find out how many of the things we saw on screen actually happened.
     
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    • 53 min
    Just Mercy with Erica Kelley

    Just Mercy with Erica Kelley

    Erica Kelley is the host of the Southern Fried True Crime podcast. She joins us today to separate fact from the fiction in the 2019 movie Just Mercy.
    Want to learn more about the real story?
    Listen to Erica's episode on the murder of Rhonda Morrison and the framing of Walter McMillian: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/85-the-murder-of-ronda-morrison-the-framing-of-walter-mcmillian
    Subscribe to Erica's podcast: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/
     
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Gettysburg with Jim Hessler and Eric Lindblade

    Gettysburg with Jim Hessler and Eric Lindblade

    Today marks the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863).
    How much of the movie's depiction of the battle is historically accurate? I'm joined by Jim Hessler and Eric Lindblade to find out. Jim and Eric are both Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides and are the co-hosts of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast.
    Want to learn more about Gettybsurg?
    Subscribe to The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast: https://anchor.fm/battleofgettysburgpodcast
    Or follow Jim and Eric at: https://www.facebook.com/gettysburgpodcast/
     
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Saving Private Ryan with Marty Morgan

    Saving Private Ryan with Marty Morgan

    June 6th, 1944. D-Day.
    Fast forward 76 years and on June 6th, 2020, we'll chat with author and historian Marty Morgan to separate fact from fiction in one of the most popular movies depicting D-Day, Saving Private Ryan.
    Want to learn more about the real history of D-Day?
    Get Marty's book: D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion
    Or his other book: Down to Earth: The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Normandy
    Learn more about Marty's work on his site.
     
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    • 2 hr 4 min
    Midway with Craig Symonds

    Midway with Craig Symonds

    Craig Symonds is the Earnest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the Naval War College as well as Professor Emeritus of History at the U.S. Naval Academy. He also has a great book called The Battle of Midway that dives into the true history behind the battle. He joins us today to discuss the historical accuracy of the 2019 movie Midway.
    Want to learn more about the real Battle of Midway?
    Get your copy of Craig's book here: https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Midway-Craig-L-Symonds/dp/1480528390
    Get the audiobook version: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Battle-of-Midway-Pivotal-Moments-in-American-History-Audiobook/B0084F1TYE
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Alexander with Ryan Stitt

    Alexander with Ryan Stitt

    Ryan Stitt is the host of The History of Ancient Greece Podcast, and he joins us today to separate fact from the fiction in the 2004 movie Alexander.
    Subscribe to Ryan's podcast: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/
     
     
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    • 1 hr 30 min

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274 Ratings

274 Ratings

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....it shows.

It shows when someone cares. It shows when someone doesn’t. As far as deciphering when a person is apathetic or not it’s not rocket surgery.
Dan absolutely cares about the root objective which is making an accurate comparison of what is spewed to the masses through cinema and what is/was real when it happened.
Good job Dan. You are King Pimp of the media.

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Flyingandhi ,

Great pod cast!

I love the comparison of real life and movies. The host does a great job and there several very knowledgeable guests too. I would like to see a podcast on the movie “White Squall” sometime. I’m sure it would be great.

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