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Real Life Stories Made Into Real Great Films

Tanya "monkeyfish4"
 
Chopper [2000] [DVD]
Chopper [2000] [DVD]
"He's mad, bad and he's Australian.  DVD has interviews with the real 'Chopper' - unmissable!"
The Straight Story [DVD] [1999]
The Straight Story [DVD] [1999]
"David Lynch brings to life this quriky story about one man's quest - on a lawnmower - to reunite with his estranged brother."
Midnight Express [DVD]
Midnight Express [DVD]
"Smuggling drugs out of Turkey was never a good idea.  Alan Parker directs."
The Honeymoon Killers [DVD]
The Honeymoon Killers [DVD]
"Re-telling of the Lonely Hearts Killers story.  These two are scary!"
Rated X [DVD]
Rated X [DVD]
"Two brothers who made it big in the porn industry, but couldn't handle it.  The Sheen boys do a great job here, should have been called Under-rated X."
Donnie Brasco (1997) [DVD]
Donnie Brasco (1997) [DVD]
"Pacino and Depp are both brilliant in this story of the undercover guy who nearly goes too far under."
Kundun [DVD] [1998]
Kundun [DVD] [1998]
"Inspiring and beautiful story of the current Dalai Lama and his exile from Tibet.  Scorsese's portrait was slammed by the Chinese govt who forced a scaled down release.  A must see!"
The Elephant Man [DVD] [1980]
The Elephant Man [DVD] [1980]
"David Lynch again treats his subject matter with great respect and so paints a sympathetic and moving portrait of this crippled man who struggled for acceptance in the most horrifying of circumstances"
Frances [VHS] [1982]
Frances [VHS] [1982]
"The Hollywood starlet who wouldn't succumb to tinsel town's stereotyping and whose life in and out of asylums is well-documented here."
Silkwood [DVD] [1984]
Silkwood [DVD] [1984]
"Karen Silkwood's story revolves around the nuclear plant she worked in, which she believed to have serious safety issues.  Streep, Cher and Russell all give fine performances."
Raging Bull (Wide Screen) [DVD] [1981]
Raging Bull (Wide Screen) [DVD] [1981]
"Scorsese's tribute to fighter Jake LaMotta is searingly honest and brilliantly shot.  Watch it again and again."
In The Name Of The Father [DVD] [1994]
In The Name Of The Father [DVD] [1994]
"The story of Gerry Conlon, wrongly accused and imprisoned, along with others including his father, for the bombing of an English pub.  Day-Lewis and Thompson head a passionate cast."
Immortal Beloved [VHS] [1995]
Immortal Beloved [VHS] [1995]
"This is worth it just for the music.  How much is true is up for debate, but Beethoven is Beethoven."
Heavenly Creatures [VHS] [1995]
Heavenly Creatures [VHS] [1995]
"A murder that shocked sleepy 50s New Zealand, Peter Jackson handles this brilliantly - a real departure form his previous splatter-fests."
Let Him Have It [DVD] (1991)
Let Him Have It [DVD] (1991)
"Heart-breaking story of Derek Bentley who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Eccleston is great."
Dog Day Afternoon [DVD] [1975]
Dog Day Afternoon [DVD] [1975]
"Pacino's barn-storming performance as Sonny Wortzik whose attempt to rob a New York bank in 1972 went down in television history going out live as it happened."
Badlands [VHS]
Badlands [VHS]
"Kit and Holly (Charlie Sheen and Sissy Spacek) were teen lovers with nothing much to do.  Their killing spree across America in 1959 shocked the nation."
The Insider [DVD] [2000]
The Insider [DVD] [2000]
"Russel Crowe and Al Pacino are convincing in this story about a man who tried to expose the lies of the tobacco industry in the US."
Erin Brockovich [DVD] [2000]
Erin Brockovich [DVD] [2000]
"What a little corker!  I never knew Julia had it in her.  Riveting story and top performances."
Barfly [VHS]
Barfly [VHS]
"Mickey Rourke really pulled off the part of the alcoholic poet based on the life of Charles Bukowski.  Faye Dunaway is great as his lush girlfriend."
Goodfellas [1990] [DVD]
Goodfellas [1990] [DVD]
"Ray Liotta gives his best performance in this Scorsese mob movie based on a wiseguy who turned state's evidence."
Sweet Dreams [VHS] [1985]
Sweet Dreams [VHS] [1985]
"The story of Patsy Cline with another stand-out performance from Jessica Lange.  See also 'A Coalminer's Daughter', with Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn."
The Infiltrator [VHS]
The Infiltrator [VHS]
"Oliver Platt plays Jewish journalist, Yaron Svoray, who infiltrated the neo-Nazi movement in Germany.  Scary stuff."
The Hurricane [DVD] [2000]
The Hurricane [DVD] [2000]
"This is the one Denzel should have got the Oscar for.  Incredible story."
Sid And Nancy [DVD]
Sid And Nancy [DVD]
"Chloe Webb and Gary Oldman are compelling as the ill-fated punk couple."