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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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  • 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
  • Vanessa
    10/14/2013 at 12:17pm


    I still haven't been able to see the film yet, but I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was not quite 10 years old & remember hearing what happened that evening on the news from Walter Cronkite, it's burned into my memory forever. Then 2 days later I watched in horror with the rest of the country as Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald live on TV. The weirder thing for me and my family though is that my great aunt worked as a dancer for Jack Ruby at the time and had for several years. She was approached by the police and eventually by other authorities questioning her. I remember how our family wanted her to tell us what she knew & she claimed very loudly that she knew nothing. I always believed she knew more than she said & was just afraid for her life. I was right. In 2004, she finally talked about it to us for the first time, she was in her 80's & has since passed away. She told us in no uncertain terms, she fully believed Oswald was not a lone gunman & that she knew that there were people that had used him, and believed he was one of the shooters. However, she still would not take her story to anyone else & we just left it at that. It will forever be a true mystery in my opinion.

    from Untold Stories from the JFK Assassination
  • GeorgeHWBush
    10/05/2013 at 4:01pm


    I spent the night of Nov. 21, 1963 at the Dallas Sheraton Hotel. At the time of the assassination, I stood in front of the Texas School Book Depository engaged in my duties of support for our covert mission. Immediately following, I flew to Tyler, where I phoned the Houston FBI office to tell them I was in Tyler and asked that they include that in the record. When I am asked my whereabouts on 11/22/63, I always respond with "I don't remember."

    from Where Were YOU When Kennedy Was Shot?
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