Why do movies that claim to be based on a true story often depict things that didn’t happen in the event they are based on?

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Why do movies that claim to be based on a true story often depict things that didn’t happen in the event they are based on?

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Real life isn’t usually as interesting as a movie and an uninteresting movie doesn’t make money.

This is because of a few things. The #1 thing is a purely true story exactly how it happened wouldnt be as entertainimg to watch. Another reason is a true story might happen, but if you went of just that the movie wouldnt be 2 hours long. Lastly, a true story is still a story. Noone ever tells every single detail of what happened.

The cue is in ‘based’, the movie might take some liberties to make it more watchable. Deepening of plot, faster or just to make it more popular.
Sometimes this goes too far.
Example; The movie U-571 was about cracking the nazi secret messaging codes during WW2, the film was riddled with inaccuracies most notably the fact that in the movie the Americans cracked the code whilst in reality it was the British.

Because you should never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Remember that – it will serve you well.

Because a movie’s first job is to entertain. Even if it’s covering an important topic or sending out a message that’s important, it’s not going to attract viewers, positive reviews, and recommendations unless it’s entertaining and concise.

So events get fudged to make the movie easier to follow and more fun to watch. The HBO miniseries *Chernobyl* that’s just come out and been well-reviewed is a great example. Literally dozens of scientists who worked on the cleanup of Chernobyl and investigated the disaster were combined into one (fictional) female scientist who was added to the story. Then the testimony at trial of dozens of experts was folded into the testimony of the lead scientist, because the audience is more invested in his story and the consequences it had for him. It wouldn’t make sense to watch hours of unknown characters presenting evidence if it doesn’t enhance the narrative being presented to us, and it’s easier to follow a few important characters than dozens of extras.