Monday Giveaway: The Social Network

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Pitted against ‘The Kings Speech’ and ‘The Black Swan’ to take Best Movie at this year’s Oscars, we thought we’d start the week by giving away a copy of David Fincher’s, ‘The Social Network’.

In 2003 Harvard undergrad and computer programmer Mark Zuckerberg (Jessie Eisenberg) begins work on a new networking idea called Facebook. What begins as an experiment with friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) quickly snowballs into a modern revolution in communication, catapulting Zuckerberg into the limelight and making him the youngest billionaire in history.

As usual with Blu-ray Monday, you have two chances to win. For your first entry, simply retweet the following post on Twitter: Tweet this

Then for a second entry, leave a comment on this post to the following question:

Fincher’s film brilliantly portrays the real life story of Mark Zuckerberg’s creation which became a modern day phenomenon. From inspiring biopic films like Ali, Ray or Ghandi, to individual tales of struggle and endurance like Milk, Catch Me If You Can or 127 Hours, what is your favourite film based on a true story and why? Or perhaps you know of a real life story that you think should be told on the big screen? If so what is it and why do you think it would make a great movie?

To make it easier for us to contact you, leave your Twitter details with your comment. We look forward to your suggestions!

104 Responses to “Monday Giveaway: The Social Network”

  1. 1 Melanie l February 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    So many great suggestions. I had forgotten about some of the movies. I really enjoyed, Mask, Silkwood and Erin Brockovich.


  2. 2 Jonathan Wilson February 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    @altaranga My favourite film based on a true story would have to be Fargo. Written, directed and produced by the Coen brothers it opens with the text “THIS IS A TRUE STORY”, even though it is actually a work of fiction. Genius!!

  3. 3 claire February 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    not seen it yet, but can’t wait until i watch The King’s Speech. really like the reputations documentary about King George VI that was on the TV the other day, so am already fascinated by the story and can’t wait to see the award winning performances.


  4. 4 claire February 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    not seen it yet, but can’t wait until i watch The King’s Speech. really like the reputations documentary about King George VI that was on the TV the other day, so am already fascinated by the story and can’t wait to see the award winning performances.

  5. 5 Lisa Garrett February 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Bindside. It was such a feel good story.
    Tweeted: @lag32583

  6. 6 Frankie Light February 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Erin Brockovich. Inspiring, albeit sad, story and Julia Roberts was superb as the bulshy, fiesty Erin!

    I have also entered via Twitter (@LoveWinning).

    F x

  7. 7 SickPigeon February 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I like Rudy a lot.

  8. 8 Christine (LiveLaughLoveCj) February 14, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Brian’s Song (1971) The story about Brian Piccolo who played for the Chicago Bears starring James Caan and Billy Dee Williams.


  9. 9 MOM4everandever February 14, 2011 at 3:03 am

    radio, erin brokivich…catch me if you can was great- I love the true stories thy inspire you to be a little better withut realizing the influenece

  10. 10 Jeannine m February 14, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Walk the line


  11. 11 Lisa G February 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Heard great things about this movie. I haven’t seen it yet but saw the reviews and have heard what people said. Got those awards too. I love true based stories. I am always watching Dateline or those true detective shows. I really enjoyed The blind side.

  12. 12 diane bassette February 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Actually I don’t have any good stories for a movie..not very exciting in my neck of the woods..tweeting @saraminda

  13. 13 rob February 11, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Would love to win this film which I havent seen yet. Have just retweeted (MRLOFT)

  14. 14 Katie February 11, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    I really had no interest in seeing this movie based on the commercials, but the oscar buzz and word of mouth has converted me. I’d love to check it out based solely on that. Thanks.

  15. 15 Lindy Hine February 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I liked Catch Me If You Can – a vey engaging film.
    Have tweeted @LindyHine

  16. 16 February 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    A boy called it – not a movie but a truely moving and heartbreaking story would open ones eyes to child abuse that does still happen behind closed doors
    @nuttynel xxx

  17. 17 @jennyp19 February 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    The King Speech will take some beating – had all the emotions going

  18. 18 February 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Would be a good one to watch – the Kings Speech will take some beating

  19. 19 Krob5858 February 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I would have to say Pursuit of Happiness. It was a great story about a man who did everything imaginable to provide a better life for himself and his son. Truly inspiring.

  20. 20 Ann McElhinney February 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Milk was the first movie in a LONG time that captured my interest so intently that I couldn’t believe how fast the time flew by. I find myself picking up my phone to read tweets during some movies because they have slow points that bore me. Not the story of Harvey Milk! Fast-paced, well-written, and so touching! Tragic and beautiful at the same time. Thank you.

  21. 21 Sharon Bell February 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I would have to go with Titanic I know the love story bit didnt happen..altho haven’t said that who’s to say it never! But actually seeing how we believe now how the events unfolded of that darkened day/night was interesting. Brilliantly written, brilliantly acted!

    Alternatively I’m sure my life would make for some good viewing..haha!

    @mackemprincess is my twitter!

  22. 22 Karen February 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I would have to say Remember The Titans. Even though I have the DVD, I still watch it every time it’s on TV, even when they do the back to back “encore” performances 🙂


  23. 23 Georgie February 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I really enjoyed Terminal, such an inspiring story.


  24. 24 Shela February 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    would love to see this movie as social networking becomes an interest to our society!!

  25. 25 Marvin C. February 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    My favorite movie based on a true story is Enemy at the Gates starring Jude Law. The movie from beginning to end captures the audience with it’s gritty portrayal of WWII Russia. I loved the concept of the story of how the whole country is depending on 1 sniper’s success in the war, especially since he’s needed to boost morale for the already downtrodden Russian soldiers. It’s a story of survival and hope, and what it takes to be a hero. To this day it’s one of my favorite movies, and if you haven’t seen it you should watch it because there aren’t many WWII era based films on Russia’s perspective.

    RT’d @VeridisQuo1

  26. 26 Neil February 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    “Tucker: A man and his dream” always sucks me in his its history and Jeff Bridges factor

  27. 27 mmachiro February 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    The Pursuit of Happiness. Great story of rags to riches. Fathers strive to succeed was inspiring.


  28. 28 Richard Peterson February 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Catch me if you can. Scanner with different alter egos.

  29. 29 Lizzi February 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    127 hours even though I couldn’t wait for it to end

  30. 30 stephen odonnell February 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    My fav film based on a true story is Walk the Line about Johnny Cash. great cast and brilliant acting and signing.

    entered on Twitter @steve5424

  31. 31 Karina Braekkan February 10, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Catch Me If You Can was amazing! I can’t believe how clever Frank Abagnale was to fool all those people and it was such an entertaining film.

    Wolf Creek was supposedly based on true events, and if so then it’s the only horror to actually scare me!

    Oh and I just saw The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke definitely deserved that award for portraying Randy “The Ram”.

    Retweeted on Twitter, username @diadelosmuert0s. x

  32. 32 Lena February 10, 2011 at 3:36 am

    I just watched Sanctum, a great movie about survival and perseverance.


  33. 33 Mariana S. February 10, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Eight Below – it’s a 2006 Disney movie not that known that I simply love. It’s a wonderful, heartwarming film about a dog sled team abandoned in Antarctica. The 8 canine actors steal your heart with their performance and the whole story about them. The movie is an amazing story about friendship and survival and it manages to bring you to tears.

    On Twitter: “mariyssa”

  34. 34 kelly ward February 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Hi, I have tweeted @bluekit15

    I really want to see this film, I am halfway through the book ‘The facebook effect’ it’s brilliant!

    Good luck all


  35. 35 Karen Foster February 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I thought A Beautiful Mind was fabulous – probably the best true-life film I’ve ever seen.
    As for one that I’d like to see made, the miracle of the Chilean Miners is something I’m looking forward to.

  36. 36 Diana Cotter February 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I’m going back a bit, but the film with Robin Williams, based on Awakenings by Oliver Sacks, had a tremendous impact on me. I can’t imagine what it would be like to wake from a coma after so many years.

    Tweeted @happyfox

  37. 37 James bolton February 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    My favourite true story film is Rescue Dawn, which was directed by Werner Herzog and starred Christian Bale. We know that Christian has undergone a physical transformation on a number of films, but here it accompanies a tale of hunger, desperation and redemption that really captures the human spirit.

  38. 38 Eric February 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Favorite movie based on a true story… not sure it’s my favorite, but the recent documentary Catfish was pretty interesting and creepy.

    @starkeee for Twitter

  39. 39 Justin Kaminski February 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Hard decision. I’d have to say my top 2 favorites would have to be black hawk down and zodiac. Black hawk down is probably the tip top though. The movie was just absolutely fantastic. While I know that not everything was 100% accurate it still told the story very well of what really did go on. Fantastic director mixed with fantastic actors made for a powerful film.

  40. 41 Abdala February 9, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I really like Remember the Titans.

    I retweeted. @thunder1321

  41. 42 Wendy February 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I loved Remember The Titans, Blind Side and Rudy. Movies that leave you with the feeling that everyone deserves a chance, regardless of size or the color of their skin. And how these movies ended with triumph always makes you feel hopeful.

  42. 43 lexy law February 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    im following a retweeted @alaw11

  43. 44 Simone February 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Fav movie would be “You Don’t Know Jack” with the one and only Al Pacino! Makes you think.

    @simonemiwood on Twitter

  44. 45 Ross W February 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Perhaps not a film about a singular person, rather a team.

    The film: Disney’s Remember The Titans. The tale: Despite being centered around a high school team trying to make their as a rags-to-riches American football team, a sport I detest, it’s the story about rising above adversity and putting aside racial prejudices which really brings the spark out in this film. Just love it!!

    Following and tweeted as @shapala84

  45. 46 Nicola Seary February 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I liked Erin Brokovich-an inspiration for all women.@n76seary

  46. 47 aniemels February 9, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Awakenings – it’s just such a sad & amazing true story & Leonard is brilliantly portrayed by Robert De Niro.

    Have tweeted via @aniemels

    Good Luck evryone xx

  47. 48 @SooperSandy February 9, 2011 at 2:50 am

    I have just recently watched the Richard Gere movie ‘Hachi: A Dog’s Tale’ and i blubbed through the whole film. It is a true story from Japan but given the Hollywood treatment. An adopted puppy is raised by Richard Gere’s character and they develop an amazing bond of trust and love.
    Every day the Akita ‘Hachi’ follows his master to the station and then goes back every night to meet him off the train. The master dies and for 10 long years the dog goes to the station and waits for his return. It is a beautiful story of the spirit of the dog and as a huge dog lover i cried buckets! There is a bronze statue of the dog at the Tokyo station where it happened for real. Just a lovely film.

  48. 49 Yvonne Brownsea February 8, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I think Walk The Line was fabulous. Joaquin Phoenix did a fantastic portrayal of Johnny Cash and it was nice to get an even better idea of the man behind the music. @alien_83 on Twitter.

  49. 50 Keith Bloomfield February 8, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    For me it’s the story of Karen Silkwood. The cast were all at the top of their game and the story is simply outstanding. If you’ve not seen Streep, Russell and Cher in Silkwood you should go and watch it now.

  50. 52 Gary S February 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I’d have to say 127 Hours. Imagine haven’t to cut off your own arm in order to save yourself.

    @slugbug55 on Twitter

  51. 53 Kerry Farrow February 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Mine is the latest and most brillaint film The King’s Speech! I cannot understand why this story was not told sooner, unless it had to be kept hidden. I love stories about our history, but especially when they revolve around people that you assume have grand live and no trials and tribulations. You would never have known that The King was actually subjected to child abuse! Incredible and amazing. Sensitively mastered. A true gem.

  52. 54 Laura S. February 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I am really looking forward to seeing this movie. We always wait for them to come out on Bluray now instead of going to see them at the theater. I like the made from true stories most of’s hard to choose a favorite. I’ll go with Erin Brokovich.

    Also tweeting @colliemomtoo

  53. 55 Tannie February 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    My favorite is The Blind Side!!


  54. 56 Josh February 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Darnit forgot my Twitter name – @quadacejj

  55. 57 Josh February 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Definitely Schindler’s List makes my top list of true stories.

  56. 58 Shela February 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    My fave movie would be Beautiful Mind. Great story!

    twitter .@sizzlyshell

  57. 59 Audrey H. February 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I really liked HBOs John Adams. I tweeted @pelletposy thanks!

  58. 60 Ben Sweeney February 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I would have to go with “The Blind Side”. That movie was very touching and moving, and from what I hear, pretty close to the actual true events.

    I also entered on twitter by RT, @sweeneyben

  59. 61 Cort K February 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Into The Wild leaves me feeling refreshed but also sad at the end!

  60. 62 Liv February 8, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Have retweeted about this comp

    My fave film based on a true story is The Social Network. It was so inspiring and as usual David Fincher is amazing and gets top notch performances out of his cast.

  61. 63 Caroline W February 8, 2011 at 4:06 am

    I would have to say ” A Beautiful Mind” an amazing insight into life with mental illness…

  62. 64 Mr. Chris February 8, 2011 at 2:16 am

    favorite film based on a true story? I’d have to go with “Erin brockovich” because she helped a lot of people get money from a company that was putting toxic chemicals in the water supply and making their children sick. Great story!

    Twitter: @PriusGuy2004

  63. 65 heather barrett February 8, 2011 at 1:44 am


  64. 66 Judy Bradley February 8, 2011 at 1:36 am

    There are so many wonderful stories of true events, one I really liked was “Rudy” I love his perseverance and faith in God.
    Twitter name is jbafaith

  65. 67 Kirsten February 8, 2011 at 1:32 am

    I ALWAYS forget to mention I entered on twitter: miriama59

  66. 68 Kirsten February 8, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Pursuit of Happyness. He lost it all but never gave up. It was incredibly heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Sad and inspiring. And good for all ages.

  67. 69 Michelle Simons February 8, 2011 at 1:29 am

    I am a tweeting and that looks like a great movie. @MCJunkie

  68. 70 Daniel February 8, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Have also re-tweeted @petts23

  69. 71 Daniel February 8, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Like some of the others here I really enjoyed the rendition of Apollo 13

  70. 72 Alex Totir February 8, 2011 at 12:03 am

    It may not be my favorite movie based on a true story ever but because I’ve seen it recently it’s the first one which comes in my mind right now: Unstoppable. It’s such a great action movie, so beautifuly shot and it features the awesome Denzel Washington. I guess that movies based on narrowly avoided disasters or with a happy end are one of my guilty pleasures 😀


  71. 73 Diana V February 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I was happy to see Milk made into a film. As a Californian the gay rights movement is a big part of out recent history and I knew so little about it except the phrase “Twinkle defense” and where it came from. @Slappy2001

  72. 74 Mel Butcher February 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    So many options, but my favourite without a doubt is Cool Runnings, it’s funny, emotional and a real feelgood film, it always picks me up when I feel rubbish, my kids love it too!
    I’m @melspur on Twitter.

  73. 75 Debra P February 7, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    The Departed is my favorite film based on a true story. Fascinating plot, and brilliantly acted by DeCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Wahlberg, Baldwin, etc. Not to mention the amazing direction of Scorcese and the music of the Dropkick Murphys. It all flows together brilliantly and an interesting tale.

    Tweeted @MissingLynxx

    thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  74. 76 Cathy Morgan February 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I loved Ray.

  75. 77 jo February 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    i’m going to go back quite a bit, but I’m gonna say Birdman of Alcatraz – for me, one of the most moving and interesting biogs on film

    tweeted to as @humanb3an

  76. 78 Blake Matthews February 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Shindler’s List as it tells the story of one man’s heroic attempts to save as many people as he could.

  77. 79 arctic00 February 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I enjoyed The Hurt Locker for its perspective on the bomb diffusal squads on active duty

  78. 80 Jo Kiely February 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I really love Catch me if you can! It is so well acted and scripted and beautifully staged!!!
    I love the story, I think it is incredible!!!

  79. 81 sean February 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Braveheart,what a fantastic film!

  80. 82 kerrie February 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Titanic – its an old classic and i never get tired of it

  81. 83 Debbie W February 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I entered on twitter as well @mommakoala

  82. 84 Debbie W February 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Not to be a copycat, but I love Apollo 13 as well. I feel it was an accurate movie detailing events as they happened, without some exaggeration that some films tend to include. I also feel that it was one of Ron Howard’s finest moments in directing, and I wish he received more acknowledgment for this film.l

  83. 85 julie henderson February 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Titanic was best – it gave us all a chance to see what it was actually like


  84. 86 Gordon Russell February 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    For me I have to admit the film Moon changed my life, literally. You’ll know me as Sam no.01 from the film, little did I know I was Sam no.01138 I now have a new identity @Gordon_Russell and i live my life from day to day trying to fit in, I’m currently in training at the European Space Program and will hopefully make it back to Sam no.02 before his 3 years are up.

    I admit I was in a bad shape when I made it back to earth, but a girl at the local gym saw me on the treadmill and said I really should eat my 5 fruit and veg a day, and what do you know, now I’m looking better than ever.

    I play table-tennis with the girl every second Friday… I gave her the nickname GERTY : )


  85. 87 sarah allcoat February 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I love The Dish- such a little story made to feel big, pretty low budget and with the period setting gives a whole new angle to the moon landings in the 60’s.

    Have re-tweeted

  86. 88 Henry W Rouse February 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Secretariat. Great story of triumph. Heartwarming. Gives hope to all to live their dream.

    @RouseHW (twitter handle)

    tweeted the giveaway:

  87. 89 Ruth Tesdale February 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Australia is suffering from a series of disasters from floods and cyclones to forest fires. A film could be made perhaps around this perhaps based on the experiences of one family or community and showing peoples willingness to help each other and focus on the young boy who lost his life in the flood after putting his younger brother first.

  88. 90 Hugh February 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Black Hawk Down: ignoring the bias of the film it is actually a well orchestrated sequence of events that is well portrayed through a good script and good actors. The action is continuous throughout delivering the hard reality of war. There are moments that impact you directly as suffering and loss are occasionally explored but often quickly diverted by extreme events happening elsewhere. I would have liked to have seen a more balanced representation of events from both perspectives and not primarily the one. Perhaps the potential for another film to explain what had gone so badly wrong in Somalia that lead to the crisis we still see today.

  89. 91 Rebecca J February 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    The Blind Side! That was such a great movie, very inspiring. I know there was a lot of things added to the movie, but the outcome was true! Sandra Bullock was so good in it too! There are so many movies based on true stories that I love, going all the was back to Brian’s song and Mommy Dearest! True stories make the best movies because a lot of time truth is crazier then fiction!!

  90. 92 Raul -AngryCuban February 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I think schindlers list is up there in my favorite true stories. Because of one man many people were able to survive. The ending was very touching, to see the survivors and the generations of people that were created because of his heroism is beyond amazing.

    – @AngryCuban

  91. 93 zoe allen February 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I love moulin rouge ……….Theatrical and vibrant plus ho knew ewan mcgregor could sing xxxx

  92. 94 Leanne B February 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    My favourite film based on a true story is Mask starring Cher & Eric Stoltz. The storyline is dramatic yet touching and it makes you think about the shortcomings within todays society. Brilliantly acted & a truly remarkable true story.

  93. 95 cindy champion February 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I loved “Lord of War.” I thought it was interesting how business savvy he was, and how he could sell all those weapons without getting emotionally involved.


  94. 96 daniel February 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    @danielc8 also I think they should do a Michael Jackson film, the way they done Ray

  95. 97 @justbiglee February 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Best True story come film has to be Zodiac. Robert Downey jnr. was amazing (as was the rest of the cast) and the special features on the blu ray going into more detail on the killings were just as good as the film. Picture and sound quality were second to none.
    I could watch it once a week and not get bored.

  96. 98 Jane orford February 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Loved The Damned United, following Brian Cloughs stormy 44 days as manager of Leeds,full of humour and Michael Sheen portrayed him just right

  97. 99 Lionel Havenga February 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Braveheart. It portrayed the life and death of William Wollace perfectly!

  98. 100 daniel February 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    @danielc8 I love goodfellas, it was a classic …. A film that will never get boring or too old to watch.
    Scorsese and De niro a winning combination

  99. 101 simone lee February 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm


  100. 102 M williams February 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    It has to be the chilean miners story, that would make a great film. I also enjoyed Alive, scarey plane crash though!

  101. 104 February 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Apollo 13 still leaves me breathless! More so, because I watched it on TV when it was happening.

    Follow on twitter as @wins4me, tweeted.

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