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February 16, 2007 3:28 PM

A 'Breach' between history and Hollywood

The new film "Breach," starring Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe, depicts the true story of the FBI's most notorious mole – as seen through the lens of Hollywood, of course (see movie review). Anytime moviemakers stand in as history teachers – bearing the familiar disclaimer, "inspired by true events" – their tales often raise the question, "did it really happen like that?" After all, movies often favor drama over, well, facts.

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