7 Heartbreaking Real-Life Stories That Were Turned Into Movies

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Whenever you watch a movie that was based on real-life events, be sure to check out how much of it was actually true as many directors like changing the story a little (or a lot) to make it more engaging and dramatic. 

Nexter.org prepared you a list of such movies and the things directors changed.

I, Tonya (2017)

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This is a story about a skater Tonya Harding and her rival Nancy Kerrigan, who was attacked by Tonya’s ex-husband and even though Tonya denied any involvement in this incident, she was still convicted for covering up for her husband and bodyguard and banned from skating for life. The movie follows stories of everyone involved and gives viewers a chance to pick a side.  

And the director, Craig Gillespie, didn’t change any pivotal events. Mostly he just added way more curse words than Tonya actually used.

 

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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Actually, real-life Frank Abagnale never saw his father again after he runs away from home. But Spielberg reunited them in the film to add more drama, this way he was able to show how Frank struggled to please his dad. Also, in reality, Abagnale disappeared from the back of the Boeing 737 and not through the bathroom.

 

The Pursuit of Happiness (2006)

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Will’s 5-year-old son replaced the baby boy in the movie to add more drama and because it’s easier to see the feelings and reflections of the child throughout the film. And also, in reality, Chris’s internship at the prestigious brokerage was actually paid.

 

127 Hours (2010) 

Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures/EastNews  

The man this movie is about, Aron Ralston, said that the film is so accurate it seems like a documentary. There were a couple of little changes though, like the one where Ralston meets 2 hikers and leads them to a hidden lagoon. In reality, he just showed them some climbing techniques and that’s it.

 

The Untouchables (2011)

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In the movie, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo is a widower when actually he was married and she passed 3 years after the incident. Their two adopted kids were also removed from the story. The ending differs from reality as well. Philippe moved to Morocco and found love again.

 

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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The movie tells us a story about the life of Nobel Prize winner, John Forbes Nash. There are some differences from the real story though. For instance, Nash didn’t give a speech when he received the Nobel Prize in Economics and he didn’t work with the US Department of Defense. Also, he was not a caring father at all. His son was born as a result of him cheating on his wife and he never cared about him.

 

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

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There are some little changes to the real story of Hachiko. Firstly, the real story happened in Tokyo, not the US. Secondly, the real Professor Hidesaburo Ueno died from a heart attack. And finally,  the real Hachiko was bought at a pet store, he was not found at a train station as we saw in the movie.

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Whenever you watch a movie that was based on real-life events, be sure to check out how much of it was actually true as many directors like changing the story a little (or a lot) to make it more engaging and dramatic.  Nexter.org prepared you a list of such movies and the things directors changed.
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