- SKU: 19669282
- Release Date: 01/10/2012
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Ratings & Reviews
- Closed Captioned
This film is part one of a four-part series that looks at the human dimension of the events of the American Revolution. With re-enactments of key events, and through period artwork, the personal stories of the founding fathers are told. Voices are provided by actors including Burt Reynolds, James Woods, Brian Dennehy, Hal Holbrook, Michael York, Peter Coyote, and Beau Bridges. In this episode, the various taxes the British placed on their American subjects are the subject of discontent. These onerous taxes led to an unlikely alliance between two Bostonians: the failed businessman Samuel Adams and the wealthy, aristocratic John Hancock. Together, they staged the Boston Tea Party, and the Continental Congress was convened. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi
Founding Fathers: You Say You Want a Revolution
This is the final episode in a four-part series on the story of the American Revolution and the men who made it happen. The film gets personal, providing insight into the background and character of each of the major players, from Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Jefferson to John Calhoun. They were men of sharply divergent backgrounds and temperaments; yet, they came together on the issue of freedom. This installment focuses on the momentous year, 1776, when the revolutionaries met, amidst cries of treason and fears of betrayal, to write the Declaration of Independence, declaring that the United States was a new nation, free of British domination. The film tells the story with re-enactments, period imagery, and the voices of well-known Hollywood actors. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi
Founding Fathers: A Healthy Constitution
This film is an episode in the four-part series from the History Channel on the founding fathers. The documentary takes a distinctly humanistic approach to the subject. Rather than focusing on the events of the revolution, the film explores the personalities of the men behind them. The story takes up with the Continental Congress, and how these very different men -- from womanizer Ben Franklin to rich playboy John Hancock to the patrician Thomas Jefferson -- came to agree on a plan to resist the oppression of the British. These disparate personalities managed to forge the United States Constitution, a document that is admired and emulated around the world today. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi
Founding Fathers: Taking Liberties
This is another volume in the four-part series from The History Channel on the stories of the architects of the American Revolution. The documentary puts real faces on the men Americans call the "founding fathers." With re-enactments and period art, their stories are brought to life, with voices provided by some of Hollywood's leading actors. The story in this episode begins in the year 1775. The colonies are balking at the oppressive measures of the British. Some, like John Hancock, fear the onerous taxes will destroy their wealth. Others, like Thomas Paine, see a chance to express the democratic ideal through oratory. The film gives the viewer the inside story on the motivations of the men who led the fight for freedom. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Burt Reynolds
- James Woods
- Brian Dennehy
- Michael York
- Edward Herrmann - Narrator
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