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Recently I saw film Fire in the Sky. At the beginning it was written:

Based On a True Story

Does it mean that Travis Walton was really abducted by aliens?

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Ha, I saw the same on some "Paranormal Activity"-esque horror film. – DisgruntledGoat Mar 24 '13 at 12:32
    
My word! Someone call SETI! – Richard Jan 1 at 11:55
    
"Based On a True Story" is mostly a marketing trick. Think of paranormal movies like "Deliver us from evil". – Lettmannen Jan 1 at 17:02
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It is based on the claims of Travis Walton that he was abducted. Whether the story is "true" or not is dependent upon whether you believe the story or not. Some do not believe it.

Travis Walton is an American logger who claims to have been abducted by a UFO on November 5, 1975, while working with a logging crew in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Walton could not be found, but reappeared after a five-day search. The Walton case received mainstream publicity and remains one of the best-known instances of alleged alien abduction.

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My uncle knows the fella that this film is based on – Matt Mar 23 '13 at 18:43
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and he believes that events were real? – Alex Mar 24 '13 at 15:05
    
Yeah, the fella totally maintaines his story – Matt Mar 26 '13 at 6:39

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