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Old 01-25-2015, 07:02 PM   #1
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Which historically-renowned person's life would you most like to see as a movie?

I'll go with Nelson.

Check his wiki, which should be top of the 'list of badasses' page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio...iscount_Nelson

Anyone with a section in their wikipedia page entitled 'Hunting the French' has got to be worth at least one movie.
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Old 01-27-2015, 02:19 PM   #2
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Re: Which historically-renowned person's life would you most like to see as a movie?

I suggest two for starters:

Lo Hsing Han; Heroin King & Business Tycoon

He died in 2013 and was given a sumptuous funeral in Yangon. His was a life well spent with many an adventure both up and downs.




And since this is a history forum having the life of an Historian would be appropriate so I'll just toss out Flavius Josephus, who had a very interesting life, and besides being an historian, was also a priest (Pharisees) and a general. He was a witness to the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. He lived some of his life in Rome and died there.


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Old 01-28-2015, 04:10 AM   #3
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Re: Which historically-renowned person's life would you most like to see as a movie?

Antonio López de Santa Anna
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:11 AM   #4
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Antonio López de Santa Anna
If this is the guy who I think it is. I sure hope not the guy is an ass, he did not believe in taking prisoners so he would kill them and he died alone because everyone hated him.

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Old 01-28-2015, 01:00 PM   #5
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Lucien Maxwell. His life would make an epic western. He left home at 15 to seek his fortune. He knew and worked with Kit Carson and John C. Fremont (old JC's life would also make a great movie). He at one time held title to more than 1.7 million acres of land in New Mexico and Colorado (Maxwell Land Grant). He was everything from a mountain man to rancher, entrepreneur and also involved in gold mining. He is mostly unknown today and to cast his life in a movie with the more well known characters as side men would make a very good film.
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Old 01-28-2015, 01:21 PM   #6
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If this is the guy who I think it is. I sure hope not the guy is an ass, he did not believe in taking prisoners so he would kill them and he died alone because everyone hated him.
Antonio López de Santa Anna would be such a great character for a movie that it would have to be a Trilogy and still then it would probably not do him justice. He was an epic character in a cast of characters. Right up there with Lord Nelson and Napoleon Bonaparte.
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Old 01-29-2015, 06:50 AM   #7
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Antonio López de Santa Anna would be such a great character for a movie that it would have to be a Trilogy and still then it would probably not do him justice. He was an epic character in a cast of characters. Right up there with Lord Nelson and Napoleon Bonaparte.
Professionals like Taylor and Scott ran over him pretty easily. Read Smith "The War with Mexico" from vol 2 page 312 on. If you read that book, no need for the movie.

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Old 01-29-2015, 02:21 PM   #8
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Professionals like Taylor and Scott ran over him pretty easily. Read Smith "The War with Mexico" from vol 2 page 312 on. If you read that book, no need for the movie.
You are way too serious and you miss the point of movies, besides the totality of Santa Anna's life is one long rip-roaring ride of fun and games and up and downs and fantastic political craziness. In addition, at 50 years old Santa Anna remarried, to a 16-year old cutie pie. He also had a number (still unknown how many) of illegitimate children throughout his life. He even whooped it up a bit while living for a spell in New York City later in life. His peg leg (at least one of them anyway) is still worshiped and gawked at by ignorant and dumbfounded Mexicans to this day.
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:30 PM   #9
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Old 01-29-2015, 06:43 PM   #10
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Oliver Wendell Homes.
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Old 01-30-2015, 07:06 AM   #11
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If this is the guy who I think it is. I sure hope not the guy is an ass, he did not believe in taking prisoners so he would kill them and he died alone because everyone hated him.
You're missing the point. It doesn't have to be a guy that everyone loves.

I'd like to see a new movie on possible the greatest sniper of all time, Simo Hayha.
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:18 AM   #12
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Caesar.
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Old 02-03-2015, 05:59 PM   #13
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Re: Which historically-renowned person's life would you most like to see as a movie?

Lot's of them! I read a lot of biographies and so many of them could be really epic movies (or mini-series like what HBO did with John Adams).

George Washington
Alexander Hamilton
Cornelius Vanderbilt
Jay Gould
John D. Rockefeller
Chester Nimitz
Teddy Roosevelt
Dwight Eisenhower

This is just a few but there are many who would be riveting subjects.
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:32 PM   #14
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Empress Dowager Cixi; (29 November 1835 – 15 November 1908), of the Manchu Yehenara clan, was a powerful and charismatic woman who effectively controlled the Chinese government for 47 years, from 1861 to her death in 1908.

James Boswell

David Hume

Samuel Johnson

Alexander Hamilton

Livia Drusilla (30 January 58 BC– 28 September AD 29), was the wife of the Roman emperor Augustus throughout his reign, as well as his adviser. She was the mother of the emperor Tiberius, paternal grandmother of the emperor Claudius, paternal great-grandmother of the emperor Caligula, and maternal great-great-grandmother of the emperor Nero. She was deified by Claudius who acknowledged her title of Augusta.
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Old 02-14-2015, 05:52 PM   #15
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Re: Which historically-renowned person's life would you most like to see as a movie?

Nancy Wake: The White Mouse. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Wake

During WWII she was the Gestapo's most wanted person and the
Allies most decorated servicewoman.

She helped over 1000 escaped POW's reach Spain.

She led 7000 troops in guerilla warfare.

She rode for 71hrs straight to deliver wireless codes.

She killed at least one Nazi with her bare hands.

Her life would make a fascinating movie.
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Old 02-14-2015, 06:28 PM   #16
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Nancy Wake: The White Mouse. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Wake

During WWII she was the Gestapo's most wanted person and the
Allies most decorated servicewoman.

She helped over 1000 escaped POW's reach Spain.

She led 7000 troops in guerilla warfare.

She rode for 71hrs straight to deliver wireless codes.

She killed at least one Nazi with her bare hands.

Her life would make a fascinating movie.

wow, nice find.
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Old 02-16-2015, 12:38 PM   #17
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Re: Which historically-renowned person's life would you most like to see as a movie?

Alice Roosevelt

Ludwig Wittgenstein
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:47 PM   #18
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Re: Which historically-renowned person's life would you most like to see as a movie?

Please do not just list name but give a reason why.

One nice thing about youtube is that a lot of the old movie biographies are there if you look hard enough. Of course, you can't trust Hollywood. Look how they messed up Selma.
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:23 AM   #19
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Xenophon, the original Indianna Jones.
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Old 06-23-2015, 04:27 PM   #20
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Nancy Wake: The White Mouse. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Wake

During WWII she was the Gestapo's most wanted person and the
Allies most decorated servicewoman.

She helped over 1000 escaped POW's reach Spain.

She led 7000 troops in guerilla warfare.

She rode for 71hrs straight to deliver wireless codes.

She killed at least one Nazi with her bare hands.

Her life would make a fascinating movie.

this would be epic as long as it was made by a filmmaker that could avoid the Hollywood cliches where they turn it into a dumb romance film.
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Old 06-24-2015, 05:07 AM   #21
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Simo Häyhä - Greatest sniper of all time
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Old 06-24-2015, 08:31 AM   #22
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Leonard Bernstein - consummate artist, complex and fascinating personal life, at the absolute top of his field for so many years, not sure a 'good' film could be made about the entirety of his life but maybe a few select episodes.

Andrei Sakharov - his transformation from to believer to dissident, a great mind of the 20th century, wife also a fascinating person in her own right.

Mark Ames - drugs, sex, Russia in the 1990s, persecution by Russian authorities, a film about the founding and running of The Exile could make a good flick.
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Old 06-24-2015, 01:58 PM   #23
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Philo Taylor Farnsworth
Inventor of the first fully electronic television
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Genghis Khan.

GOAT person. Born from nothing, merged warring tribes to form the most powerful army of its time.
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Old 06-25-2015, 09:22 AM   #25
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Genghis Khan.

GOAT person. Born from nothing, merged warring tribes to form the most powerful army of its time.
Hollywood is way ahead of you!

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