Movies based on historical events, or done as period pieces, frequently play fast and loose with actual history. This is something we can usually deal with, but sometimes it just goes too far. Sometimes movies don't so much as bend historical fact to suit their plot as they snap it into several pieces and bury it in the backyard.
Many of these movies are pure fiction, and some are purported to be based on actual events. However, in every case, there is at least one moment which is so blatantly in conflict with historical fact that we're forced to stand up and call bullshit right there in the theater. Here are seven times when our suspension of disbelief was broken by reality. How often does this happen to you?
Shakespeare in Love
Yes, the entire plot of Shakespeare in Love is a fictionalized version of the playwright's actual life. There was no character like the one portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow in the film. We can deal with that. But is it too much to ask to get the order of the plays right? At the end of Shakespeare in Love, the Queen of England commissions a play from William "for Twelfth Night." Since the plot of the play Twelfth Night shares plot elements with the movie we've just seen, we all smile at the connection. The problem is that Shakespeare apparently didn't get the play done in time for the holiday, or the next five for that matter. Nearly a dozen plays, and a several years, separate Twelfth Night from Romeo and Juliet. The queen was probably ticked off.
The Shawshank Redemption
Movie posters of beautiful actresses play an important role in the story of The Shawshank Redemption. The original novella title of Stephen King's story even includes Rita Hayworth's name. However, the most important poster in the movie is the last one, the poster of Raquel Welch in a fur bikini from the movie One Million Years B.C. It's that poster which is on the wall when Andy Dufresne escapes from Shawshank Prison, which, Red tells us in voice over, took place in 1966. The only problem is that One Million Years B.C. didn't come out in the States until 1967. We're sort of movie fans here, so this is important. It's not like the movie couldn't have kept him in prison a few more months. Maybe they released the poster super early?