132: Eight Men Out

This is the story of the 1919 Black Sox scandal that rocked the world of Major League Baseball.  Resources Eight Men Out Eight Men Out (1988) – IMDb Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series: Eliot Asinof, Stephen Jay Gould: 9780805065374: Amazon.com: Gateway The Cincinnati Reds were Once Renamed the […]

131: Seabiscuit

It’s been called a rags to riches story, and an inspiration to millions. But how much of 2003’s Seabiscuit actually happened? Let’s find out!  Resources Seabiscuit (2003) – IMDb – Synposis The Story of Seabiscuit – Wikipedia Seabiscuit – Wikipedia SEABISCUIT – Documentary – YouTube Biography: Seabiscuit | American Experience | PBS Seabiscuit: An […]

124: The Catcher Was a Spy

Going from Major League Baseball player to spy isn’t your average change in jobs. But then, Moe Berg wasn’t your average baseball player. Let’s dig into Moe’s life as we compare The Catcher Was a Spy with history.  Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources The Catcher Was […]

118: Hidalgo

In his first movie after Lord of the Rings, Viggo Mortensen portrays Frank T. Hopkins as he rides on his horse, Hidalgo, in The Ocean of Fire long-distance race. How much of the movie really happened? Let’s find out…  Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources Is […]

71: Ip Man

If you’re a fan of Kung Fu movies, Ip Man is one you’ve already seen. If you think everything you saw on the screen actually happened, you might be surprised with the true story. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources Were the movies “Ip Man 1+2” […]

70: Rush

Formula One racing in the 1970s was about more than just fast cars. This week we’ll compare history with the 2013 Ron Howard movie Rush. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources Rush (2013 film) – Wikipedia Rush True Story vs Movie – Real Niki Lauda Crash, […]

63: Cool Runnings

Jamaica we have a bobsled team! Every sports fan loves the story of an underdog’s rise to success. Disney’s Cool Runnings is that and more. But is it historically accurate? That’s what we aim to discover on this week’s episode. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources Cool Runnings […]

55: A League of Their Own

On May 30th, 1943, women took the field in what would become the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. This is something that many people only know through the film A League of Their Own. But how accurate was the movie? Let’s find out. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a […]

42: Everest

The movie Everest tells the tale of what was at the time, the single most disastrous day on Mount Everest in 1996. Two of the survivors of that tale went on to write books about their experiences. Despite this, both Simon and William decided not to use those books as the basis of their movie. […]

16: Pawn Sacrifice

Pawn Sacrifice tells the story of one of the greatest chess players of all time—Bobby Fischer. How do you make the game of chess into an interesting story? With Bobby Fischer’s life, you don’t need to stretch it too far. Despite its low numbers, critics raved about the film. With a great cast that includes Tobey […]

11: Ali

Will Smith would say Ali was the film he was most proud of as an actor. And it tells a very important story of a true legend: Muhammad Ali. Although it wasn’t a box office success by the numbers, Will Smith and Jon Voight would go on to be nominated for their own Academy Awards […]