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Based on a true story, based on actual events?

Based on a true story, based on actual events? Topic: Newspaper writers are called
July 17, 2019 / By Amittai
Question: Why do movies that are based on true stories and actual events still have "any similarities to actual events or situations or actual people are purely coincidental" in the credits? The same thing happens with movies that writers and directors even confirm that they were inspired by something they read, saw on the news or read in the newspaper. The original "Final Destination" comes to mind; the writer said he read something in the paper about a woman being warned not to board a plane because her mother called her and told her that she felt that it was going to explode and sure enough it did, yet in the credits of "Final Destination" it says any similarities to actual events are purely coincidental. Why do they do that?
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Tilly Tilly | 2 days ago
The John Ford movie They Were Expendable portrayed a PT Boat squadron during the Phillipine campaign. The actors portrayed real people and two of them sued after the movie was released saying the movie portrayed them too closely. After that the disclaimer has been added to all movies based on real life incidents.
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Tilly Originally Answered: Do u believe the story of the exorcism of Emily Rose?Where can I find the true story that the film is based on
The "real" Emily Rose was a young German woman named Anneliese Michel. Here is some info about her death: "July 1, 1976 – on the day that Anneliese had predicted as the day of her liberation, she died in her sleep. At midnight when, according to what she said, the demons had to leave her, she stopped raging. Exhausted but peaceful, she finally went to sleep and never woke up. According to Physicians Desk Reference, taking Tegretol may cause epileptic obnubilation, (a lowered level of consciousness with loss of ability to respond properly to external stimuli) with fever and hypoxemia (lack of oxygen in blood). Anneliese had all these symptoms, which gave rise to the theory that the cause of death was suffocation." See the story of her life here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anneliese_M... Here's some info about possession and whether it is possible: http://paranormal.about.com/od/demonsand... Personally, I don't think she was really possessed, I think she had a mental illness. See, in modern times, we hardly ever hear about possession cases - even though they were more common back then. Why? Are there fewer ghosts? I think it's just because when you get a mental illness, you understand what is happening to you based on your place in history. So since our age is obsessed with science, someone who is mentally ill now is more likely to search for a scientific reason. Whereas back then, when people were more superstitious about ghosts and supernatural events, that reason made sense. Just my guess anyway!
Tilly Originally Answered: Do u believe the story of the exorcism of Emily Rose?Where can I find the true story that the film is based on
yes it is real how can you even question that...have u seen the movie? well if u havnt watch it and if ur lookin for a book go to a library and she didnt suddenly die her good spirit asked her if she wanted to be free and go to heaven or stay in earth the way she was misserable and in pain...she chose to stay and then the deman had killed her

Roxie Roxie
A True Story is usually a single story about a person or a family or a community. It's telling the story of that event with a bit of dramatic licence thrown in to keep everyone interested. A story based on Actual Events may combine several different stories into a single movie since any one event would not be considered sufficient to carry the whole movie. The True Story may also vary very little from the true events. Anything with "based" in the description means that more dramatic licence has been taken. The movie, "The Hunt for Red October" differed enough from the actual book by Tom Clancy that the titles included the phrase "Based on the book by Tom Clancy". It meant that they didn't have to follow it exactly This can be to budgetary constraints or physical constraints - even CGI cannot reproduce everything.
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Natalee Natalee
most writers get inspiration from real life or previous movies televisions and books. in order to use a real live person as the subject in at movie you have to get written permission from them. thats why the disclaimer is in the end of final destination. really all the writer did was elaborate on the idea of being able to see some ones death in the future. in alot of recent horror movies they have been saying they were based on "actual events". such as the remake of texas chainsaw massacre. i am from texas and a big fan of those films and i can tell you that the only thing about the remake that was based on an actual event was the making of the original movie. its just a gimmick that they like to use these days. when they say based on a true story that means that there where dramatic elements added in that are not true in order to make the movie flow better and give it a correct story structure. they will try anything these days to get peeps to the theater. i wouldn't be suprised if avatar started out by saying based on true events.
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Natalee Originally Answered: My Son has written a short story based off a story he found which was published in 1939.? Is this legal?
Most everyone will "update" a novel. I'm not sure what exactly you mean, like did he write a new book that branches from the novel he found or did he completely revamp the original piece for modern times? If it's the first, he just needs to give credit to the author for the original novel and make sure others understand it's a separate work. If it's the second, it can be considered plagiarism if it is done without the author's consent, regardless of the time the copyright ended. For this, I'd speak with a publisher for the legalities. The copyright may have expired or it may have not, but either way he still needs to give credit to the original author. Even authors like "Pride and Prejudice with Zombies" it still reads as "A Jane Austin Novel."

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