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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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  • 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?
  • Annieirene
    10/13/2014 at 2:40am


    I was at Cuttington College in Liberia, West Africa, where my father was a visiting professor for a year. I was 8 years old. My brothers and I and some other kids were coming back on a van from children's activities at a nearby Lutheran run mission and saw a group of the Liberian college students gathered by the gates to the college around a battery-powered radio. It was night and very dark except for flashlights or something they held. We stopped to ask them what was going on, and they told us President Kennedy had been shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. They were shocked and upset. We drove on to our house where my parents had also heard the news. We had all campaigned for JFK (to the extent kids can, we had helped), so it was particularly sad for us, but other people in that community were distraught as well. People from Haiti, Germany, Canada, Liberia, England, as well as Americans, both black and white.

    from Where Were YOU When Kennedy Was Shot?
  • Kressel
    07/17/2014 at 9:59am


    Not quite an American hero, but this sounded interesting:

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • Kressel
    12/30/2013 at 4:22pm


    Sarah Vowell's ASSASSINATION VACATION taught me all about the assassinations of Lincoln, McKinley, and Garfield. I followed up on the Lincoln assassination with MANHUNT by James Swanson, which is really about the chase for John Wilkes Booth. Together, both books are good preparation for "The Conspirator," but though "Parkland" does not advocate any conspiracy theories, the John Wilkes Booth conspiracy is what convinced me that a conspiracy was behind JFK, too. On the other hand, the McKinley and Garfield assassinations were both perpetrated by lone wolves, so I suppose it is possible.

    from Presidents in Peril
  • Kressel
    12/30/2013 at 11:57am


    I just saw the film last night. How is it known that the young FBI agent burned the files on Lee Harvey Oswald? Did he tell the world that before he died?

    from Untold Stories from the JFK Assassination
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