155: Les Miserables with Maurice Samuels

Maurice Samuels, Author and Yale’s Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French, joins the Based on a True Story podcast to separate fact from the fiction we saw in 1998’s depiction of Les Miserables. Get Maurice’s book Find out more about Maurice’s work Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying […]

125: Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek stars in the blockbuster film about Freddie Mercury’s life. Since it’s release, there have been many reviews who have dinged the film for its historical accuracy. Are they right? Let’s compare history with Bohemian Rhapsody!  Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources Queen – Live […]

123: The Greatest Showman (Revisited)

A couple years ago, we covered The Greatest Showman as a pre-release episode. In other words, the podcast episode came out before the movie did. In that episode, we learned about the life of P.T. Barnum. In this episode, we’re going back to Barnum’s life as this time we give The Greatest Showman the typical Based on a True […]

119: Finding Neverland

The 2004 film Finding Neverland stars Johnny Depp as J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. How much of the movie was true and how much was changed? Let’s find out…  Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources THEATER REVIEW; The Man Who Created ‘Peter Pan’ […]

84: The Greatest Showman

Just in time for Christmas day, a new film being released tells the story of a young P.T. Barnum’s rise to riches. But who was the real P.T. Barnum and how did he really begin the “greatest show on earth”? Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources […]

53: Cadillac Records

In a special listener request, we’ll cover Cadillac Records and learn the true story behind the history of blues in Chicago. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters: Robert Gordon: 9780316164948: Amazon.com: Books Spinning Blues Into Gold: The Chess […]

47: Newsies

Newsies tells the story of the little guys (quite literally, the young newsboys) against “the man”. In this case, “the man” being newspaper barons Joseph Pulitzer and William Hearst. As fun as the movie may be, is it historically accurate? Let’s find out! Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me […]

39: Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins was made with a low budget of only about $30 million and released in 2016. After its release, the critics loved the film as it went on to be nominated for two Oscars, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Meryl Streep and Best Achievement in Costume Design […]

29: The Sound of Music

There are few movies that stand near the top of the all-time list for income. One of those movies is The Sound of Music. With a budget of about $8 million when it was produced in the 1960s, it was one of the bigger budget films when it was made. That $8 million is about […]