American Sniper

7 False Facts From The American Sniper Movie Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movies are never totally based on true stories. Writers and directors are at liberty to change whatever they see fit to make the story more compelling. As a result, we are more or less left with a story that is just as fictitious as other works of fiction that are not based on a real event or person. We’re looking to find out what is fact and what is fiction in “American Sniper.” The story is based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s memoir of the same name and something tells us that the story that we saw on the big screen is just as much fact as it is fiction. Here are 7 false facts from the Academy Award-winning film.


In the film, Chris Kyle – who is played by Bradley Cooper – says that he is 30 when he enlists in the U.S. Navy; however, in the memoir, he says that he reported for basic training in 1999. He was born in 1974, so he was really 25-years-old. Source: Huffington Post


Chris Kyle did not quit bull riding to join the Navy Seals. His bull riding career ended when he fell off a bronco and severely injured his arm. The incident was so severe that he needed pins in his wrist. Source: Wikipedia


In the movie, Chris Kyle applies to join the Navy Seals after he sees coverage of the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Tanzania on TV. This isn’t actually true. Although he did enlist after the attacks, they did not factor into his decision-making. Source: People


One of the first scenes in the movie shows Chris Kyle shooting a boy and his mother after he sees that they are concealing a KG-3 Russian Anti-Tank grenade and approaching a U.S. Marine convoy. In the memoir, a woman does come out of a house with her child, but she has a Chinese grenade. Kyle didn’t shoot the child, but he did shoot the woman, which caused the grenade to go off. Source:


Chris Kyle’s friend in the movie Ryan “Biggles” Job was in fact blinded by Syrian sniper Mustafa. The main difference between the book and the movie is that, in the book, Biggles actually lives for a few years after the accident while in the movie he lives just long enough to propose to his girlfriend. Source:


Chris Kyle and the other Navy SEALS pursue a man named “the Butcher” in the film version of “American Sniper;” however, in the book, he never mentions anyone by that name. The Butcher was created to give the movie a dramatic arc. Source: AceShowbiz


In the movie, Chris Kyle kills the Syrian sniper Mustafa; however, in real life, he never actually encountered him. He believes that other U.S. snipers killed him. Source: Entertainment Weekly
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