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    10 Most Inaccurate Biographical Films

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    Re: 10 Most Inaccurate Biographical Films

    I'll go with the movie Patton. Historically slanted may be a better way to say it. It was based on a book written by General Omar Bradley, who was no fan of General George S. Patton. While the portrayal was still interesting and in fact garnered Patton a lot of admiration, I do not think that was it's intent.



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    Re: 10 Most Inaccurate Biographical Films

    My guess is by the end of today "W." should top this list...


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    Re: 10 Most Inaccurate Biographical Films

    I'm disappointed that "A Beautiful Mind" was on there.

    To be sure, they left a bunch of stuff out, but I've chatted at length with the author of the book, (Nasar) and based on some other Hollywood botch jobs, she (and I) figured it was a "good enough" movie for a biography.

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    The film has been criticized for its inaccurate portrayal of Nash's life and his ordeal with schizophrenia as well as for the over-simplified representation of the Nash equilibrium. The filmmakers later stated that the film was not meant to be a literal representation. The difficulty was in portraying stress and mental illness within one person's mind.[20] Sylvia Nasar stated that the filmmakers "invented a narrative that, while far from a literal telling, is true to the spirit of Nash's story".[21] It made his hallucinations visual and auditory when, in fact, they were exclusively auditory. It is true that his handlers, both from faculty and administration, had to introduce him to assistants and strangers.[22][3] The PBS documentary A Brilliant Madness attempts to portray his life more accurately.[23]
    The film had other major departures from Nash's life. No mention is made of Nash's supposed homosexual experiences at RAND.[21] Nash later denounced these accusations.[24] Nash also fathered a son, John David Stier (born 19 June 1953), by Eleanor Agnes Stier (1921–2005), a nurse whom he abandoned when informed of her pregnancy.[25] In 1962, Alicia filed for divorce. It was not until Nash won the Nobel Memorial Prize that they renewed their relationship.[21]
    Nash is shown to join Wheeler Laboratory at MIT, but there is no such lab. He was appointed as C.L.E. Moore Instructor at MIT.[26] The pen ceremony tradition at Princeton shown in the film is completely fictitious.[27][3] The film has Nash saying around the time of his Nobel prize in 1994: "I take the newer medications", when in fact Nash did not take any medication from 1970 onwards, something Nash's biography highlights. Howard later stated that they added the line of dialogue because it was felt as though the film was encouraging the notion that all schizophrenics can overcome their illness without medication.[3] Nash also never gave an acceptance speech for his Nobel prize.[27] Around the time of the Oscar nominations, Nash was accused of being anti-semitic. Nash denied this and it was speculated that the accusation was designed to affect the votes inside the Academy Awards.[24]
    Silvia divorced John, when he repeatedly kept trying to flee the US for France, claiming that US special agents were trying to capture him. While they were divorced, John came back to live with Silvia, and she rather heroically (or stupidly) stood by him, as we sought to beat his mental illness without the use of drugs.

    Oddly enough, two of my other favorite historical figures, Teddy Roosevelt and Robert Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) treated their own mental illnesses through the use of mental conditioning exercises.

    On a side note, I have a severe head injury, and still suffer from visual and auditory hallucinations. And psychosomatic hives. And mental conditioning is the heat.... I've had my symptoms under control for 10 years, now....


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    Re: 10 Most Inaccurate Biographical Films

    Phaedrus---I believe I've said this before, but it deserves repeating----you're the Forest Gump of CycloneFanatic.

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    Re: 10 Most Inaccurate Biographical Films

    Quote Originally Posted by dosry5 View Post
    Phaedrus---I believe I've said this before, but it deserves repeating----you're the Forest Gump of CycloneFanatic.

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    Re: 10 Most Inaccurate Biographical Films

    Fixed it for ya...



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    Re: 10 Most Inaccurate Biographical Films

    You mean Hollywod tells stories for their own benefit. Next, I suppose Santa Claus is really a Ruskie.


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    Re: 10 Most Inaccurate Biographical Films

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    You mean Hollywod tells stories for their own benefit. Next, I suppose Santa Claus is really a Ruskie.
    He sure has a thing for red..


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    Re: 10 Most Inaccurate Biographical Films

    I've never seen "a beautiful mind" the movie but loved the book. And im glad one of my favorite movies "Cinderella Man" was not on there even though i have heard a few things about it


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    Re: 10 Most Inaccurate Biographical Films

    I noticed "Almost Heroes" wasn't on the list. I can only assume that Lewis and Clark did have competition to reach the Pacific. I am surprised that Pratt's shepherd pie story was historically accurate.



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    Re: 10 Most Inaccurate Biographical Films

    Quote Originally Posted by RyCy04 View Post
    I noticed "Almost Heroes" wasn't on the list. I can only assume that Lewis and Clark did have competition to reach the Pacific. I am surprised that Pratt's shepherd pie story was historically accurate.
    That is because Almost Heroes is completely historically accurate. Bartholomew Hunt reallly did exist and they beat Lewis and Clark to the Pacific, and walked to Asia. "Go Home Losers."

    Hidalgo reallly was searching for the lost city of gold in the Rockies and his hair really did shine with a light from within.

    Also, Pratt really didn't have a brother, and he really did eat the sheep feces.



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    Re: 10 Most Inaccurate Biographical Films

    Quote Originally Posted by RyCy04 View Post
    I noticed "Almost Heroes" wasn't on the list. I can only assume that Lewis and Clark did have competition to reach the Pacific. I am surprised that Pratt's shepherd pie story was historically accurate.
    It was all accurate. I'm still trying to figure out what happened to Fontenot.



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    Re: 10 Most Inaccurate Biographical Films

    Personally I think Sherlock Holmes in the Case of the Half-eaten Cracker (we all know that the Brits eat biscuits) and/or Indiana Jones in the Search for the Horus Wagner Football (baseball) Card should be on the list. Don't even get me started on Knute Rockne.


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    Re: 10 Most Inaccurate Biographical Films

    Quote Originally Posted by GuyFonteClone View Post
    It was all accurate. I'm still trying to figure out what happened to Fontenot.
    Well, it was his idea for the corn.


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