180: The Last Samurai with Dr. Brian Dirck

In 2003’s The Last Samurai we learn the story of Captain Nathan Algren, an American soldier who travels to Japan to train the early Imperial Japanese Army to fight off a rebellion against the Emperor. How much of it actually happened? That’s what we’ll look at in this episode. Dr. Brian Dirck joins us again to […]

177: The Duellists with Alexander Mikaberidze

We’re going back to 1977 and Ridley Scott’s feature film directorial debut, The Duellists. The movie tells the tale of two soldiers in Napoleon’s army who duel with each other for over a decade. Historian and professor at Louisiana State University, Alexander Mikaberidze, returns to help us separate fact from fiction in the movie. The Battle of […]

176: Greyhound with Gordon Laco

Released in 2020, Greyhound was written by Tom Hanks, who also starred in the lead role. The movie was based on a novel by C.S. Forester called The Good Shepherd. Today, we’ll be joined by the Naval Consultant on the film, Gordon Laco, to discuss its historical accuracy. Gordon’s website Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based […]

174: Waterloo with Alexander Mikaberidze

Today we’ll learn about the classic 1970 film Waterloo and its depiction of Napoleon’s final defeat. Joining us to discuss the historical accuracy of Waterloo is historian and professor at Louisiana State University, Alexander Mikaberidze. Alexander has also written numerous books on the Napoleonic era, including his latest which is called The Napoleonic Wars: A Global […]

172: The Alamo with Stephen L. Hardin

How much of 2004’s The Alamo really happened? To help us separate fact from fiction in the movie, we’ll be chatting with professor, historian and author Stephen L. Hardin. Stephen was also a historical consultant on the movie we’ll be chatting about today, so we’ll get some extra insight into the production of the film […]

171: Wake Island with Gregory J. W. Urwin

Wake Island was attacked on the same day as Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 (December 8th on Wake Island across the International Date Line). A few months later, on August 11th, 1942, Paramount Pictures released the war propaganda film Wake Island. To help us separate fact from fiction in the movie, we’ll be chatting […]

170: Lincoln with Dr. Brian Dirck

How historically accurate was 2012’s Lincoln? To help us separate fact from fiction in the movie, we’ll be chatting with Dr. Brian Dirck, who is a Professor of History at Anderson University and author of multiple books on President Lincoln, including Lincoln and the Constitution, The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death and Lincoln the […]

169: Glory with Gregory J. W. Urwin

1989’s Glory is currently the most requested movie to cover. Gregory J.W. Urwin is an author, military historian and Professor at Temple University. He’ll join us today to separate fact from fiction in Glory. A Brave Black Regiment Black Flag Over Dixie: Racial Atrocities and Reprisals in the Civil War Blue-Eyed Child of Fortune: The […]

166: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with Chris Wimmer

Chris Wimmer is the host and producer of the extremely popular Legends of the Old West and Infamous America podcasts. He joins us today to help make the longest episode name ever as we compare history with the 2007 movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Subscribe to Legends of the Old West Subscribe to Infamous […]

164: Windtalkers with Judith Avila

The 2002 John Woo movie ‘Windtalkers’ tells the story of a Navajo code talker during World War II. Is the film historically accurate? Judith Avila is the author of Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII. Get Judith’s book ‘Code Talker’ Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based […]

163: Patton with Furman Daniel

Author Furman Daniel joins us today to separate fact from fiction in the classic World War II film Patton. Furman is the author of multiple books about Patton, including his latest called Patton: Battling with History. Get Furman’s book, Patton: Battling with History 21st Century Patton: Strategic Insights for the Modern Era Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on […]