The Real Story

The Real Story uses reconstruction and eyewitness testimony to explore the real stories behind movies such as American Sniper, Donnie Brasco, Munich and others. They've thrilled us, horrified us, and devastated us. They've raised questions about our past and given us hope for a brighter future. They are five of Hollywood's biggest hits, all works of fiction, but all inspired by real events more dramatic than anything a screenwriter could dream up. Join us as we go behind the scenes of "Live Free or Die Hard," "Scream," "Platoon," "The Da Vinci Code," and "Star Trek," and uncover the actual characters and true stories that inspired some of Hollywood's most famous blockbusters. This series unpicks fact from fiction with interviews from the real people behind these extraordinary events. Each story is brought to life with enthralling dramatic reconstruction and archive footage of the actual events. What really happened is more intriguing, more thrilling and more revealing than the fiction.

Show Info

Airs on: United States REELZ (2008 - now)
Schedule: Tuesdays at 21:00 (60 min)
Status: Running
Show Type: Documentary

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Episode 6x05; Sep 20, 2016

The real story behind "Unbroken," the Hollywood movie that explains only some of the horrors and triumphs that Louis Zamperini went through.

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
6x05: UnbrokenSep 20, 2016
6x04: MunichSep 13, 2016
6x03: American SniperSep 6, 2016
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