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Based on real life

Why do movies that are supposedly based on real life not follow the real-life story?

I recently watched the movie “The worlds fastest Indian” only to discover after some googling that so much of the story had been changed that it didn’t resemble what happened at all.


How come the real-life story is seemingly good enough to do a story about and yet the directors then have to bastardise the facts until they are no longer recognisable.

This is true for every “based on a real story” movie I have seen including

  • Braveheart
  • Beowulf

If the story is worth telling, tell it in as historically accurate a way as possible or don’t bother just say. This is a story we made up to make money at the box office and doesn’t reflect reality at all except

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