From the early days of silent Nickelodeons, Hollywood loves stories torn from the headlines. Tinseltown is also an avid CGI fan of exploding robots or franchise sequels to weariness – but occasionally they do it right. From Amadeus to Zulu films based on real events or real people have produced some of the greatest films in the history of cinema.
So grab popcorn and enjoy this list of exciting real life stories waiting to be told on the big screen. This could very well force us to wipe our tuxedo and write an Oscar speech.
0th Kingsized Wonder
Question: Which group conquered the music scene in 1963 with a hit single that became one of the most recorded pop songs in history? The Beatles? Nope. The Rolling Stones? Not even close. If you had guessed "The Monkees" you would still not be right, but it is getting warmer. The correct answer is The Kingsmen whose garbled reproduction of "Louie Louie" catapulted an obscure, youthful garage band from Portland, Oregon into rock and roll kings.
For Jack Ely, like many other children who grew up in the 1950s, television with Elvis Presley changed everything. He and his childhood friend, Lynn Easton, would soon form a band with a few other spotty musicians and call themselves The Kingsmen. While playing local gigs in the Portland region, they heard a cover of Richard Berry's song "Louie, Louie" and decided to record their version. On April 6, 1963, the guys from Stumptown together paid $ 36 for a one-hour studio session at Northwest Recorders and a date with shame.
The small room was only set up for an instrumental arrangement, forcing Ely to step on her toes to be heard by a microphone dangling from the ceiling. In addition to the difficulty, he also wore braces at the time and spawned his soon to legendary mumbled words. The band's only recording did not go exactly as planned. Ely sang early in the third verse and Easton dropped his drumstick (he screams a muffled F-bomb after 54 seconds).
The botched session left the band disappointed. Her manager, a local DJ named Ken Chase (19659009), still viewed raw production as an asset and negotiated regional sales with the independent labels Jerand and Wand Records. In the meantime, a deadly mix of gang fighting and toxic teen testosterone reached a boiling point. Easton felt that the band needed a new direction and took on the role of front man. Ely then stopped and took the bass player with him. 15-year-old keyboard player Don Gallucci also left because he was not old enough to tour.
As a rule, most bands disappear here so that they will never be heard again. But not this time. In the fall of 1963, "Louie Louie" had started to rise in the charts, which soon became an out of control freight train. The success also brought with it a steady flow of complaints, battles and dramatic twists worthy of Shakespeare's. As the title suggests, Kingsized Wonder tells the story of a hell of a hit and the fascinating (and bittersweet) background story.
. 9 Roy's War
When President Ronald Reagan Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez presented the Medal of Honor in 1981, the former actor turned to the press and said, “If the story of his heroism were a script, you would not to believe. “Even more remarkable, however, is that Benavidez showed courage and bravery both on and off the battlefield.
Raul Perez "Roy" Benavidez fought his whole life against systemic racism and bureaucracy and finally against an enemy opponent in a distant country. Benevidez, the son of a Mexican-American tenant and a Yaqui mother, lost both parents to tuberculosis when he was five years old. He then lived with relatives and attended school sporadically before dropping out at the age of 15 to support his extended family. He eventually joined the army and became a member of the acclaimed 5th Special Forces Group (Green Berets) during the Vietnam War. After stepping on a land mine during a covert mission, Benavidez shared with doctors that he would never go again. However, the wounded warrior saw the setback as another challenge to be overcome. He underwent strenuous rehab for a year (sometimes just crawling on his elbows and chin) and, faithful to his persistent decision, returned to active service. On May 2, 1968, his nine-man special forces team was raided by over 1,000 North Vietnamese troops. Benavidez was armed only with a knife and carried medical supplies. He hurriedly jumped into an evacuation helicopter and hurried to the place. "When I got to this helicopter, I hardly knew we were going to spend six hours in hell," he later recalled.
By the end of the siege, the sergeant had saved at least eight men when he was shot seven times, stabbed with a bayonet and hit by 28 fragments. His mutilated, bullet-ridden corpse had been put in a body bag, but before the medics could zip it shut, the barely conscious soldier spat blood into a doctor's face, letting him know he wasn't dead yet. Not that soldier.
Two years after receiving his country's highest military award, the hardened soldier went to war again – but this time with the social security agency. A cost-cutting program designed to block disability payments to veterans, including those from a specific MOH recipient named Roy Benavidez. Of course, the Green Beret strapped on his boots and marched to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. There, on behalf of thousands of combat veterinarians, he persuaded Congress to give up the misleading movement. Or in military jargon Sierra Tango Foxtrot uniform.
. 8 No No for Jimbo
So far there have been 303 no-hitters in Major League Baseball history. The list includes Dock Ellis who threw himself on acid when he stumbled ( yes, really ) and Nolan Ryan who threw a record of 7 hit-free gemstones, including one at the mature age of 44. But on September 4, 1993, the Yankees Jim Abbott recorded his name in the record books by closing the Cleveland Indians 4-0 – a performance even more remarkably because he was without right hand was born.
Abbott showed tremendous talent as a pitcher and quarterback in his childhood in Flint, Michigan. He received a baseball scholarship from the University of Michigan, where he won the James E. Sullivan Award for Best Amateur Athlete in the country in his junior year. The Wolverine dominated the conference game as the Big 10 athlete of 1988 and later won a gold medal for Team USA later that season at the Summer Olympics in Seoul. Upon graduation, the California Angels chose Abbott in the first round of the 1988 MLB draft.
After solid spring training, Abbott won a place in the Angels' starting rotation when a beginner NEVER played a small league game. Its performance improved steadily and in 1991 set an impressive 18:11 record with 2.89 ERA. He finished third in the vote on the Cy Young Award. The winner of the year, Roger Clemens, was later exposed for fisting steroids twice during his soiled career.
Abbott also had good wood in addition to pitch. Although he spent most of his career in the American League, which uses the designated hitter, the former teammate and Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera claimed that he had seen the left hits in punch training. Abbott played ten seasons in the big with four different teams before retiring in 1999. Now he travels the country and shares his inspiring life as a motivational spokesman. In 2014, Abbott's unlikely story was humorously portrayed in the second season of "Comedy Central" (19659051). Azorian Project
In the spring of 1968, a Soviet submarine with atomically armed ballistic missiles accidentally sank in the Pacific, killing all 98 crew members on board. The USSR spent the next two months desperately looking for the K-129 wreck, but ultimately never found the missing submarine. However, the United States soon found it and eagerly launched a covert operation to recover the sunken ship, which was believed to contain important information. Of course they called Howard Hughes to the rescue.
Codename Project Azorian Government officials teamed up with the famous industrialist to build a $ 350 million drill ship that can carry 1,750 ton submarines located three miles below that water surface. The CIA developed a detailed cover story, stating that Hughes had built the massive equipment as part of his recent commercial venture to mine valuable seabed minerals.
In a recently released memo, a secret service agent described him as the ideal front to implement her top secret plans: "Mr. Howard Hughes … is considered a pioneering entrepreneur with a wide range of business interests. he has the necessary financial means; he usually works in secret; and his personal eccentricities are so great that media coverage and speculation about his activities often range from the truth to complete fiction. “
The Glomar Hughes Explorer was officially put into operation in the summer of 1974 and was almost immediately plagued by mechanical problems. Leaked media reports that linked Hughes to the subterfuge also surfaced, and eventually the entire expensive project to appease the Soviets ended. Although the surreal trick offers a lot of material for a full feature, the story inspired some plot elements for the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.
6. Fast Eddie
The recent success of World War I 1917 should increase interest in the life of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker the most successful American pilot in World War I. Before his heroic deeds in the air, he was a racing champion before swapping uniforms and registering 26 kills in the air over Europe. Although the notorious Manfred ("The Red Baron") from Richthofen is recognized for more run-down planes (80), most military historians agree that Rickenbacker's expertise in gas and truncheons and the naturally born killer instinct him cause a class to do so.
As one of eight children of Swiss immigrants in Columbus, Ohio, Rickenbacker's strange rise is a story of talent and determination. After entering the United States in World War I, he joined the army and became a chauffeur with General John Pershing's staff. Rickenbacker aspired to become a pilot in the newly established Army Air Service, but at 26, he exceeded the age limit by two years and did not have the training required to fly. With perseverance and undeniable skills, however, he soon acquired his wings and became commander of the 94th Aero Squadron "Hat-in-the-Ring". Once in the air, he wasted little time in establishing his reputation as a deadly fighter.
On September 25, 1918, Rickenbacker showed his talent with the stuff of legend during a voluntary solo patrol behind enemy lines in France. He attacked a squadron of German aircraft (including five Fokker D.VIIs ) behind the sun and plunged his Spad biplane into a force jump – a skilful maneuver that became his signature for the unsuspecting enemy. After shooting down two of the planes, he returned to the base to welcome a well-deserved hero. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on that day. In addition, Rickenbacker received seven Distinguished Service Crosses and the French Croix de Guerre.
Incredible, his life after the war would turn out to be far more dangerous since he experienced two almost fatal plane crashes and was at sea for 24 days. Somehow he managed to survive and became a successful businessman and CEO of Eastern Airlines.
. 5 Overcoming barriers
Shortly after the end of the Second World War, the 1945 World Baseball Championship in military service took place on the former National Socialist parade ground in Nuremberg . The match consisted of the highly privileged 71st Infantry Division "Red Circlers" – a team loaded with senior Major Leaguers – and part of the Third Army, praised by General George S. Patton. Her opponent, the chunky Overseas Invasion Service Expedition All-Stars (OISE), was led by a former Brooklyn Dodger pitcher and a part-time attorney named "Subway" Sam Nahem (see picture above). 19659031] The competition also served as a forerunner for the future of sport. OISE set up an integrated team that included two outstanding Negro League players, Willard "Home Run" Brown and Leon Day which allowed them to shine on the grass Hitler promoted his message of Aryan superiority. The most exciting game in the five-game series boiled down to outsiders winning the title and the right to military bragging rights.
Two years later Jackie Robinson would break the color barrier of the Major Leagues. However, getting to the show proved difficult for other black players, which made Robinson's performance all the more remarkable. Hostile teammates, stubborn fans, and a constant barrage of racist epithets required determination and relentless restraint that few people, of any ethnicity, could endure.
Day did not make the leap from the negro leagues and continued his dominance with the Newark Eagles, where he opened the 1946 season with a no-hitter. Brown briefly played with the unfortunate St. Louis Browns and became the first black player in the American League to hit a roundtripper. But the indescribable vitriol of the so-called fans finally took its toll and led to his release after 21 games. The bat then returned to the Kansas City Monarchs – a Negro League team that was far superior to his previous employer (including the legends Satchel Paige and Buck O'Neil ). Though it took decades, Day and Brown were later anchored in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
After Nahem pioneered his integrated army team, he worked as a lawyer, worked on the docks, and worked part-time for a local Semipro team, the Brooklyn Bushwicks. In 1948, he tried to flee to the majors one last time to briefly coordinate with the Phillies as a relief mug. He continued to fight for social justice and became a union organizer – he never lost trust in humanity – or his weird sense of humor. "I was mentioned in the same breath as Koufax. Usually the breath is" Sam Nahem is not Sandy Koufax . "
4. All the Queen's men
INT. PALAST – EGYPT – 48 BC
CLEOPATRA, the most powerful woman in the world, sits on her huge throne, studded with gold and jewels, flanked by her girls and several muscular guards, while a pair of eunuchs fanned them with ostrich feathers the soft glow of the candlelight emphasizes the opulent surroundings with exotic animals and underlines the breathtaking beauty of the queen.A suddenly a booming voice sounds: CUT!
We are no longer in Egypt, but a stage in London in 1960. One of the peacocks poked just against the camera and ruined the previous shot on another day of the marathon. To make matters worse, the lead actress of the film, Elizabeth Taylor,  doesn't feel comfortable and scurries back to her trailer.
The scene just described sets the tone for the massive production and subsequent chaos that occurred during the creation of the Cleopatra . Until its release in 1963, the epic film with sandals and swords was the most expensive film ever made (over $ 300 million today) and almost bankrupted the 20th Century Fox. However, the actual action took place off-screen when Taylor ("Cleopatra") and Richard Burton ("Mark Antony") had a scandalous affair, even though both stars were married at the time. The first director was fired and the studio handed over to Joseph Mankiewicz's Herculean task of keeping pyramid-sized egos in check while at the same time preventing the out of control budget from losing more shekels. Juggling chainsaws on a unicycle in the dark would have been easier. In the meantime, "Liz and Dick" continued their steaming romance fueled with alcohol and tablets, and supplied endless tabloid food. Costly delays, re-castings and re-recordings made production even more difficult – and Mankiewicz intensified the chaos by recording a 6-hour cut of the film.
In the end, however, the film became a huge success at the blockbuster and finally (hardly) made a profit after selling television broadcasting rights to ABC in 1966. All The Queen & # 39; s Men wouldn't have a hard time finding an actress on the A-list who portrays the troubled, if beaming, Taylor. However, finding a peacock that can take a direction can turn out to be the most difficult task of making this peacock green.
. 3 Maxine
Talented, beautiful and clever provides only a sparse description of the Broadway legend Maxine Elliott . Courted by kings and venerated by the plebs, in her remarkable life she threw a wide web that included immense deeds of humanity in the First World War. Elliott's story would be a plum role for any lead actress today – and would be placed in the hands of any number of outstanding female directors. Psst… hey, Oscar … watch out – we'll talk to you.
Jessie C. Dermott, born February 5, 1873 in Rockland, Maine, spent much of her childhood on a sailing ship as the daughter of a ship's captain. At the tender age of 16, she landed in New York and adopted a more elegant stage name that was to become known worldwide. She endured a lot of hard knocks along the way, including failed marriages and the usual shark-infested waters of the show business before taking a long break on the legendary "The Great White Way".
Elliott soon enjoyed immense popularity on the stage, which gradually transformed her into financial assets. She played "Portia" in the Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice in 1901 after negotiating a contract with which she made half of the profit. At the height of her fame, she reached another milestone by founding the Maxine Elliott & # 39; s Theater on Thirty-Ninth Street in Manhattan, which lasted until 1960.
The famous actress also launched a number of beauty products and took advantage of her good looks and talent – not to mention her smart business acumen. She performed frequently in London and made friends with a variety of British kings and aristocrats, including King Edward VII, the Duke of Windsor and Winston Churchill.
In 1910, Elliott fell in love with the tennis superstar Anthony Wilding a four-time Wimbledon individual champion and fifteen years younger than her. When Wilding was later killed in World War I, Elliott devoted himself to helping wounded soldiers by turning a barge into a floating hospital in Belgium. She later tried silent films before retiring to a quiet life as a rich woman.
. 2 Raised fists
The athletics competition at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City produced one breathtaking performance after another. Al Oerter won his fourth gold medal in a row in the discus; Bob Beamon wiped out the world record in long jump by almost two feet; and a thin child from Medford, Oregon, shocked the world with his revolutionary "Fosbury Flop" technique . But without question, the most memorable moment concerned two African-American sprinters and had nothing to do with running.
Tommy Smith and John Carlos were teammates and rivals with different personalities. The exuberant Carlos came from the streets of Harlem, whereas the quietly spoken Smith preferred to let his actions all talk on the route. They were also two of the fastest men on the planet. Although they routinely set world records in the state of San Jose (aka "Speed City"), they almost didn't make it to the United States. The men were part of a large contingent of athletes considering boycotting the games in support of the civil rights movement.
But Smith and Carlos competed, won gold and bronze in the 200-meter final . What followed next would become both controversial and iconic. During the award ceremony, the Americans bowed their heads and raised their fists to protest the stars and stripes. Their actions led to death threats and were removed from the Olympic village.
The event recently celebrated its 50th anniversary to gain widespread media coverage, but the gestures are still polarizing and are often misunderstood as a purely militant "black power" salute. However, a closer look reveals a variety of issues, including social injustice, poverty, and spirituality – all under the umbrella of the Olympic Human Rights Project (OPHR). It is also worth noting that the silver medalist in the race, a white sprinter from Australia named Peter Norman, wore an OPHR badge to give his support.
Why hasn't this film been made yet? Despite some progress in equality, racism is still deeply rooted in American culture. There is also the continuing problem of the enemies Smith and Carlos, who have very different versions of the incident. Nevertheless, Raised Fists has the potential to achieve a far greater breakthrough than Rocky XXIII.
. 1 G for Guts
On March 24, 1945, American gliders stationed in France awoke early to a hearty breakfast of steak and eggs. Many wondered if it would be their last meal. This was followed by unusually well attended services. Soon they would take part in the largest one-day airlift in history and the final fall of the war. Previous airborne missions had suffered some of the highest casualty rates in the war. The Rhine crossing into the heart of Nazi Germany would be no different. Operation Varsity presented a particularly formidable challenge: delivery of heavy equipment, troops and medical supplies behind well-fortified, enemy lines in slowly moving "flying coffins" made of plywood.
The men who fly them unarmed. Motorless aircraft were a unique soldier race that served both as a pilot and as an infantry – an unenviable task that doubled their chances of being killed. In fact, the men didn't even get parachutes because they were usually flown too low to get out in time. These inherent dangers awakened the aviators to a devil may care attitude that also bore a hard-earned silver winged needle with a capital letter G, an armada of over 4,000 Allied aircraft, including 906 American “Waco” sailors. Enemy snipers held strategic positions in the nearby Diersford forest, and flamethrowers contributed to the chaos in fields made with Rommel's Asparagus (19459004) (19459003) – wooden posts planted in areas that should disrupt landings (19659006) despite suffering General Eisenhower called Varsity "the most successful flight operation to date". Germany surrendered six weeks later. By the beginning of the next war, combat gliders had been replaced by helicopters, increasing the number of descending weapons of war, such as observation balloons and Hannibal's combat elephants. But the sacrifices and courage of a small group of pilots will never be forgotten, which reminds us all that the G stood for courage.
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