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Film Reviews Four fictional movie musicians based on real-life people

This film image released by CBS FIlms shows, from left, Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver in a scene from "Inside Llewyn Davis."

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The opening epigraph of Danny Collins mischievously explains that the film about an aging rock star is "kind of based on a true story a little bit." So, while, rock 'n' roll never forgets (as Bob Seger told us), Hollywood is a bit more free with its memories. Here are four movies with musician characters and stories based loosely on real events and people.

Almost Famous (2000)

Cameron Crowe's rock-journalist coming-of-age story is semi-autobiographical, with a semi-fictional seventies rock band called Stillwater – Southern rockers Stillwater actually did exist – standing in for an amalgamation of Led Zeppelin, the Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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The Rutles: All You Need is Cash (1978)

As TV Guide described Eric Idle's television mockumentary, the Rutles' resemblance to the Beatles was "purely – and satirically – intentional."

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

The quirky Coen brothers' comedy-drama is insecurely based on the life and times of folk icon Dave Van Ronk – also possibly his kitty – and the prefolk boom Greenwich Village scene he lays out in his posthumous memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street.

The Godfather (1972)

The fictional crooner John (Johnny) Fontane did it Frank Sinatra's way.

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