Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Disney Movies Based on True Stories pt.1

Did you know I loved movies? Shocker, I know, but I do. I especially love Disney movies and I am very much a fan of one thing* inparticular that they do extra well - movies based on or inspired by real life events - and there are a lot of them!
(* Technically they do all things super well, the best in many cases infact!)
Although they are based on or 'inspired by' some are a lot more accurate than others and as you will tell from the titles below, many are related to sporting stories. Here's a look at a handful from the past 10-15 years or so...

Queen of Katwe [2016] 💗💗💗💗💗
 ''A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.''

The Finest Hours [2016] 💗💗💗
'' The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.''

McFarland, USA [2015] 💗💗💗💗
'' Jim White moves his family after losing his last job as a football coach. He sees that some of the students are worth starting a cross-country team and turns seven students with no hope into one of the best cross-country teams.''

Million Dollar Arm [2014] 💗💗💗
'' A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.''

Saving Mr Banks [2013] 💗💗💗💗💗
'' Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.''

Secretariat [2010] 💗💗💗💗
'' Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.''

Invincible [2006] 💗💗💗
'' Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976. ''

Eight Below [2006] 💗💗💗💗
'' Brutal cold forces two Antarctic explorers to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for their survival. ''

Glory Road [2006] 💗💗💗💗
'' In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship. ''

The Greatest Game Ever Played [2005] 💗💗💗
'' In the 1913 US Open, 20-year-old Francis Ouimet played against his idol, 1900 US Open champion, Englishman Harry Vardon. ''

Miracle [2004] 💗💗💗
'' Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad. ''

Full-Court Miracle [2003] 💗💗💗💗
'' An African American college basketball star becomes the head coach of a yeshiva's struggling basketball team in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after a knee injury forces him to leave the game. Based on the true story of Lamont Carr. ''

You'll probably have gathered that the hearts represent my personal score out of 5 for each movie and you'll also see that none have less than 3 hearts as they are all nothing short of fantastic, those with 5 being simply perfect.
Obviously, with true story movies they are easier to fall into, become invested in and, in a way, build an emotional connection to, knowing that although these may be actors and not the real people it is someone's real life. It happened. It wasn't imagined or dreamed but happened. I for one appreciate and respect those movies so much.

Anyway, are you a fan of any of those listed above?? If there are any you haven't seen, do any stand out as something you'd like to?
I have a part 2 of this coming soon so look out for it and let me know if you'd like a non-Disney version too ;)

*FYI all descriptions are those that are shown on one of my most visted and favorite websites haha.


  1. Oh Queen of Katwe - I need to see this film so badly! I've heard it's amazing and I love that it's based on a true story too, I didn't know that! Eight Below is great too, as is Secretariat, and I adore Saving Mr Banks - such a good film! Loved this post Danielle. - Tasha

    1. It's a good one. Just rubbish that it isn't available on DVD over here :( Goodness knows why. Hope you get to see it at some point, I think you'd really enjoy it.