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Archive for the ‘based on a true story’ Category

Sorry guys, I’m with the studio on this one

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 27 November 2007

From IMDb:

Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe’s hit new movie American Gangster is at the center of a new legal fight, after upsetting a retired Drug Enforcement agent in New York. The narcotics detectives are far from happy with the way they are depicted in the gritty new movie, which follows the fortunes of 1970s heroin kingpin Frank Lucas and the cops trying to bring him to justice. And one of the police officers, who worked the Lucas case, is now threatening to sue movie studio bosses at Universal for what he claims are “false and defamatory statements.” Gregory Korniloff’s attorney Dominic Amorosa has sent a cease and desist letter to the studio heads demanding a retraction of statements made in the film, according to The letter alleges that several key facts in the movie are misleading. Korniloff was the case agent for the DEA and “personally participated in the search of Lucas’ house… and the arrest of Lucas.”

I suspect that the DEA will lose this suit because the movie isn’t presented as a documentary but rather based on/inspired by actual events.  That gives the writers/directors/producers quite a bit of leeway and poetic license to add/remove facts as they wish (or as I call it, to Hollywood-ise the story).


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Hollywood brings the War home

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 19 August 2007

[This post’s sources are linked within the post itself, instead of at the end.  Assume the description of each movie is from the linked source unless otherwise indicated.]

A number of movies centring on the war in Iraq are due out over the next eight months or so, a surprising, possibly risky, move given the war-weary status of the country.

The onslaught of films begins 9 November with Lions of Lambs.  It stars Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, and Robert Redford, who took double-duty by also directing it.

Lions for Lambs interweaves the stories of two American students who end up in Afghanistan, their idealistic professor, a senator and a journalist. The trailer shows Cruise, who plays the senator, in his office on Capitol Hill shouting at the journalist, Streep: “Do you want to win the war on terror? Yes or no? This is the quintessential yes or no question of our time.”

Next comes Rendition (Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, and Alan Arkin) about a CIA terror suspect who disappears.

his American wife and a CIA analyst find themselves caught up in a struggle to secure his release from a secret detention facility somewhere outside the US.

In The Valley of Elah stars Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon.  Based on a true story

It is about post-combat stress and is based on a real incident in which a soldier was murdered while on a drinking spree with his comrades on return from Iraq.

There are a lot more-I’m not going to list them all.  The links for all the above except Rendition are the same, and will take you to a good story that talks about more of the films.

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