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Old 12-26-2006, 10:21 PM  
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We watched Pursuit of Happyness this afternoon. Good movie. Inspiring and touching.

One question though: At the beginning of the film, the film indicated it was INSPIRED by a true story.

That's nothing new. But, what I want to know is this- what's the difference between INSPIRED by a true story and BASED upon a true story?

Both are vague. Is it a matter of preference? Or is there a definitive difference between the two? Anyone know? Or care to elaborate?
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:24 PM   #2
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"Based" carries a stronger connection than "Inspired", IMHO.
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:24 PM   #3
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I think being inspired by a true story gives you more creative license than being based on a true story.
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:25 PM   #4
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Inspired to me means they took a hell of alot of liberties with the facts. For dramatic purposes or manipulation.
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:33 PM   #5
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I think being inspired by a true story gives you more creative license than being based on a true story.
I agree. However, the Pursuit of Happyness is based on the best-selling true life memoir of Chris Gardner. (I think that's the correct name).

So, if the movie is based off the book- then why didn't they say BASED on a true story?

Since they said, Inspired by a true story, does this mean they altered a great deal from the book to the movie?
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:47 PM   #6
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Old 12-26-2006, 11:22 PM   #7
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Old 12-26-2006, 11:25 PM   #8
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I like how every book is a "Best-seller"
Every book is a best seller....


for that particular book.
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Old 12-27-2006, 12:28 AM   #10
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Watched it tonight as well. There are some things that are definately a reach in that story. I'll tell you though after being in taht field for awhile it really is very hard to make it in that business at any real level. IF I had known it was gong to be this hard I would have done something else. The next couple years should everything not blow up it will finally start becoming worth it. Even he sold out to have his liquidity event. Bet you he still isn't in the business either.
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Old 12-27-2006, 12:35 AM   #11
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I agree. However, the Pursuit of Happyness is based on the best-selling true life memoir of Chris Gardner. (I think that's the correct name).

So, if the movie is based off the book- then why didn't they say BASED on a true story?

Since they said, Inspired by a true story, does this mean they altered a great deal from the book to the movie?
Did the character's name change from the book to the movie? To me if something is based on a true story, then the characters are the same. Actors even study the person they are representing to better mimmick they're actions/habits. If is is inspired by a true story, then the plot in similar, but they have changed names and the actors have more freedom in developing the character however they interpret them.
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Old 12-27-2006, 12:44 AM   #12
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There were several things that were not accurate.

1. Brokerages don't give their own series 7 exams.
2. Nobody ever asks you to give them a call so they can discuss giving you money. At least not anybody that has real money.
3. He could never bring his kid to day care and pick him up before 5. You are in at 6:30 AM on the West coast and you wouldn't leave until 6 PM or later especially back then being an intern.
4. You don't close accounts as an intern it's illegal.

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Old 12-27-2006, 09:50 AM   #13
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Did the character's name change from the book to the movie? To me if something is based on a true story, then the characters are the same.
The movie was based on the real life experiences of Chris Gardner. The names of the protagonist and his son did not change. So, if what you are saying is true, then the movie should have said, "Based on a true story."

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If is is inspired by a true story, then the plot in similar, but they have changed names and the actors have more freedom in developing the character however they interpret them.
The names were not altered. I'm sure events and circumstances were altered because not all true-life films are entirely true. Which makes this all the more confusing. I honestly believe that "based" and "inspired" mean the same thing- it's just a matter of how the film's producers wish to entitle it.
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Old 12-27-2006, 09:54 AM   #15
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I watched the movie last weekend and I was really disappointed. It has be one of the most boring movies I have ever watched.
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