Osiris II wrote:
A prime example of liberties taken by Hollywood is the epic "Troy". They took a story that had be around for 2000 years and radically atered it, to fit there conception of a "wonderful, entertaining movie", that, in my humble opinion, really smelled! A 10 year war was cut to a couple of days, Paris and Helen ran off together and, presumably, lived happily ever after, Agememmon was killed in Troy, etc. etc.
Wholesale alterations of historical known facts seems to be Hollywood's metre.
The good thing about Troy though, is that it was so horribly inaccurate that no one would be able to watch it and then think that they've learned anything about the Trojan war. Some movies/novels will have the odd half truth, so many members of the ignorant masses go out and watch/read it and then suddenly believe themselves to be an "expert" on the subject.
After Meneleaus (ok, I have no clue how to spell that...) died, any form of accuracy was so hopeless that I could just sit back, forget about correcting it, and appreciate all the hot actors.