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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

    • TV & Film
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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.

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with Gordon Laco

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with Gordon Laco

    Today we'll learn about the historical accuracy of 2003's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Helping us separate fact from fiction is Gordon Laco, who was the Lead Technical Advisor and Historical Consultant for the movie.
    Want to learn more?
    Learn more about Gordon's work as a historical consultant to film and television at gordonlaco.com
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    The Last Samurai with Dr. Brian Dirck

    The Last Samurai with Dr. Brian Dirck

    In 2003's The Last Samurai we learn the story of Captain Nathan Algren, an American soldier who travels to Japan to train the early Imperial Japanese Army to fight off a rebellion against the Emperor. How much of it actually happened? That's what we'll look at in this episode. Dr. Brian Dirck joins us again to separate fact from fiction in the film. Dr. Dirck is a Professor of History at Anderson University.
    Pick up some of Dr. Dirck's great books:
    The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death
    https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780809337026 Lincoln and the Constitution
    https://www.amazon.com/Lincoln-Constitution-Concise-Library/dp/0809331179 Lincoln the Lawyer
    https://www.amazon.com/Lincoln-Lawyer-Brian-R-Dirck-dp-0252031814/dp/0252031814/  
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    The Passion of The Christ with Dr. David Chapman

    The Passion of The Christ with Dr. David Chapman

    In Christianity, Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Today we're going to learn about the depiction of that event on screen as we saw in 2004's The Passion of The Christ. To help us learn more, we'll be joined by the Professor of New Testament and Archaeology at Covenant Theological Seminary, Dr. David Chapman.
    Want to learn more about the crucifixion? Pick up one of David's books:
    The Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus: Ancient Texts and Modern Commentary: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781683072669 Ancient Jewish and Christian Perceptions of Crucifixion: https://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Jewish-Christian-Perceptions-Crucifixion/dp/0801039053 Find more of David's work: https://www.covenantseminary.edu/faculty/david-chapman/  
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    The Highwaymen with John Neal Phillips

    The Highwaymen with John Neal Phillips

    On this episode of Based on a True Story, we'll learn from the research consultant on The Highwaymen about the historical accuracy of the film. John Neal Phillips is a historian and author of Running With Bonnie and Clyde: The Fast Yen Years of Ralph Fults and editor of Blanche Barrow's memoir, My Life with Bonnie and Clyde.
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    The Duellists with Alexander Mikaberidze

    The Duellists with Alexander Mikaberidze

    We're going back to 1977 and Ridley Scott's feature film directorial debut, The Duellists. The movie tells the tale of two soldiers in Napoleon's army who duel with each other for over a decade. Historian and professor at Louisiana State University, Alexander Mikaberidze, returns to help us separate fact from fiction in the movie.
    Want to learn more about the Napoleonic era? Get one (or more) of Alexander's great books:
    The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780199951062 The Battle of the Berezina: Napoleon's Great Escape  https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781844159208 The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Against Kutuzov  https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781848844049 Russian Eyewitnesses of the Campaign of 1807  https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781848327627 The Russian Officer Corps of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: 1792-1815 https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781932714029 Find more of Alexander's books at https://bookshop.org/contributors/alexander-mikaberidze  
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    Greyhound with Gordon Laco

    Greyhound with Gordon Laco

    Released in 2020, Greyhound was written by Tom Hanks, who also starred in the lead role. The movie was based on a novel by C.S. Forester called The Good Shepherd. Today, we'll be joined by the Naval Consultant on the film, Gordon Laco, to discuss its historical accuracy.
    Want to learn more?
    Learn more about Gordon's work as a historical consultant to film and television at gordonlaco.com
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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
349 Ratings

349 Ratings

Kev1580 ,

Good info, interesting but...

Good info, interesting but wowzers the mispronunciations.

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Amazing

Co worker wondered upon this and it’s the best podcast I’ve listened to in awhile love this keep it up Dan please amazing job

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Miss the April fools episodes!

Love this podcast, first review I’ve written. I’ve gone through the backlog and listened to all the movies I’ve ever wanted to know the real story on.
But I love the April fools episodes! Once I heard all the difference in the LOTR books vs the movies. I wanted to read the books even more. It reminds me of the Harry Potter series and the difference there too. I would love to hear you cover those. Great Job Dan! Keep up the amazing work.
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