How Much of ‘Ford v Ferrari’ Is True?


Director James Mangold has made a name for himself making “old-fashioned” genre movies that feel like they belong to a different era. While he’s dabbled in franchise fair with blockbusters like Logan and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Mangold has managed to prove that classic westerns (3:10 to Yuma), whodunit mystery thrillers (Identity), issue focused melodramas (Girl, Interrupted), and musical biopics (Walk the Line) still have a foothold with audiences. Mangold added the sports rivalry racing drama Ford v Ferrari to his filmography in 2019, which became both a commercial hit and a critical darling, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Although it certainly draws inspiration from classic sports dramas like Le Mans and Grand Prix, Ford v Ferrari is a fairly accurate depiction of an amazing underdog racing story.


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