The True Story Behind Amazon MGM’s The Boys in the Boat

We’ve heard the tagline “based on a true story” for almost as long as films themselves have existed, though studios and creative teams often take as much liberty with that word “based” as possible. You have to make the true story fit for the movies, right? So, how do we know which elements of a “true story” are true and which elements are crafted by the Hollywood machine?

​ This George Clooney-directed flick about the U.S. at the 1936 Summer Olympics purports to be based on true events. But what’s the true story?