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Feb 22, 2010 at 4:49pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Ron Howard is no stranger to American history. Having found great success with APOLLO 13 and A BEAUTIFUL MIND, 2005's CINDERELLA MAN disappointed in its profits. So Howard went smaller. He looked to the stage and Peter Morgan's critically acclaimed play "Frost/Nixon."


Feb 22, 2010 at 4:32pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Laura Hillenbrand probably never anticipated her non-fiction horseracing book would become a Best Picture nominee, grossing more than $120 million at the box office. Gary Ross set out to make a period film that would hopefully capture the hearts of movie audiences, just as his equine subject did sixty-five years earlier.

“Black Hawk Down”

Feb 22, 2010 at 4:26pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Black Hawk Down
While many history-based films struggle to recreate the past because of the sheer lack of available record, films that focus on more recent history have a distinct advantage. Such is the case with Ridley Scott’s BLACK HAWK DOWN, based largely on Mark Bowden’s book of the same name.

“Motives for the Assassination”

Jan 28, 2011 at 4:18pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Motives for the Assassination
The public in 1865 had no trouble comprehending John Wilkes Booth's motive in striking at Lincoln and members of his administration...
from The Conspirator 14 comments

“Apollo 13”

Feb 22, 2010 at 4:25pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Apollo 13
Less than a year after Apollo 11 introduced a world where man had walked on the moon, NASA was far from finished sending its finest back, even if the rest of civilization was losing interest. In 1995, the world took interest again in the space program, thanks to Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's APOLLO 13.


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  • Palette
    11/28/2015 at 4:32pm


    I would just like to point out that the image of Mary Surratt in the slideshow on this site has been heavily retouched to the point of changing the structure of her face, especially her nose. It is a dishonest image of Mary. The result of these alterations make her appearance more feminine, softer and more refined than she actually looked. There are two photographs of Mary Surratt. This altered version has been derived from the picture of a younger Mary. At the time of her involvement in the conspiracy she looked more like the photo of her when she was clearly older and heavier.

    from The Private Life of Mary Surratt
  • borderlne
    11/19/2014 at 2:51pm


    Judging from the things I see today, governments, even our own, can do anything they want. I have never been privy to Mary Surratt's mind and as such have no idea of her guilt or innocence. I do think the movie was well made.

    from Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
  • Kressel
    06/24/2013 at 12:30pm


    After reading MANHUNT and ASSASSINATION VACATION, I cannot think of Edwin Stanton as anything other than a hero.

    from Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?
  • GRClarkfan
    09/05/2012 at 5:10pm


    I find Stanton to be a very interesting historical individual who, like Mary Surrat, was vilified through exaggeration and misunderstanding. Was Mary Surrat guilty as charged? Did Stanton truly hate the South and force a reign of terror? Does either one deserve to be vilified or exonerated according to the evidence and prejudice history has left behind? The truth is we'll never actually know the truth because history is about facts and stories and not what someone was thinking at a moment when they couldn't write it down.

    Personally, I think that Stanton did go too far with the military tribunal and suspension of personal freedom, however Lincoln did the same in a time of war. Stanton stacked the deck against the conspirators, but he should have been satisfied with the tribunal's judgement of life in prison for Mrs. Surrat. I think his grief and anger fueled his thirst for revenge and I think he and others did take some advantage of the situation (like Bush did after 9/11) to create an atmosphere of fear, but I think he truly did want to see justice done, but his justice was not true justice. He may have seen the constitution as a hindrance or a guideline rather than the law. I don't think anyone is truly good or evil and I think that personal experiences and prejudices guide one's actions in a time of stress and uncertainty more than a societal norm or an inborn moral compass.

    from Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?
  • Florence
    08/22/2012 at 3:11pm


    As a new member I think The American Film Company's mission to make films of American historic events (historically accurate) is a fantastic way to educate those people who take pride in their country,and want to learn more about our American stories.

    from Slavery, race, and the assassination
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“Historians View the Assassination”

87 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

In April of 1865 most northerners had little trouble discerning who was behind the assassination; they were convinced the Confederate government was involved. More

“Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal”

73 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

Joseph Holt, a Kentucky lawyer and staunch Unionist, was confirmed by the Congress as President Lincoln's Judge Advocate General on September 3, 1862. This made Holt the top lawyer in the Army, and the principal legal advisor to Lincoln on all military legal matters. More

“Slavery, race, and the assassination”

56 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

On the evening of April 11, 1865, a large crowd gathered on the south lawn of the White House in Washington to hear President Abraham Lincoln deliver a speech from a second-floor balcony... More

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