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Johnny Tremain [DVD] [1957]

  • SKU: 7193315
  • Release Date: 08/02/2005
  • Rating: NR

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • "The Liberty Story" - The Making of Johnny Tremain
    • "Johnny Tremain on TV" (Parts One and Two) - hosted by Walt Disney
    • Dolby Digital Mono sound
    • Full screen (1.33:1)
    • Closed Captioned


    Johnny Tremain
    This Walt Disney filmization of Esther Forbes' Revolutionary-War novel Johnny Tremain was appropriately released on July 4, 1957. New Disney discovery Hal Stalmaster plays the title character, an apprentice silversmith in 1773 Boston. An on-the-job injury prevents Johnny from finding a job, but he is welcomed with open arms at the headquarters of the Revolution. After standing trial on a trumped-up robbery charge brought about by British sympathizer Jonathan Lyte (Sebastian Cabot), Johnny is set free, whereupon he joins the Sons of Liberty during their execution of the Boston Tea Party. Later on, General Gage (Ralph Clanton), the officer in charge of the colonies, does his best to stem the activities of the Sons of the Liberty without resorting to violence but this becomes a moot point after the battle of Lexington Green. If the storyline of Johnny Tremain seems to be divided into two even halves, it is because the film was originally intended as a two-part installment of the Disneyland TV anthology. As it turned out, the film did receive TV exposure on Walt Disney Presents, divided (as planned) into two segments: "The Boston Tea Party" (first telecast November 21, 1958) and "The Shot That Was Heard Around the World" (December 5, 1958). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Hal Stalmaster
      Hal Stalmaster - Johnny Tremain
    • Luana Patten
      Luana Patten - Cilla Lapham
    • Jeff York
      Jeff York - James Otis
    • Sebastian Cabot
      Sebastian Cabot - Jonathan Lyte
    • Richard Beymer
      Richard Beymer - Rab Silsbee

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    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Family-friendly faithful adaptation


      As a child, I would go to Colonial Williamsburg nearly every year on school breaks. I adored anything having to do with colonial history, and fell in love with Johnny Tremain (book first, then movie) instantly. Esther Forbes' classic novel tells the rousing tale of a haughty Boston silversmith's apprentice, Johnny Tremain, who, when maimed in an accident with molten silver, gives up his apprenticeship, hits all new lows as he is turned down for jobs because of his deformed hand, and is accused of theft by one of Boston's elite. He matures from boy to man as he joins up with the Sons of Liberty and participates in the planning of the American Revolution (along with some of colonial Boston's most brilliant minds). Disney's 1957 film adaptation starring Hal Stalmaster was made for TV but also shown in theaters. The costumes, music, and sets are fairly convincing at portraying colonial Boston. The film, at 81 minutes, cuts out a lot of backstory regarding Johnny's inner process of maturation and changes a crucial plot point near the end (presumably to make the film more child-friendly), but generally remains faithful to the spirit of the original book. The transfer is generally very clean and crisp, amazing for a movie of this age. Amazingly, we actually saw an old reel copy of Johnny Tremain in my fifth grade class ( this was in the early 1990s), and until now, the only copy I owned was a disintegrating VHS tape that'd I'd recorded from the Disney Channel. The DVD release features wonderful extras: Walt Disney talking about the making of the film, and the introductions that were played with each part (the original film was divided into two episodes), basically shameless marketing for other Disney films and a Liberty Square theme park experiment that never came to fruition, but fascinating nonetheless that these extras were saved and presented with the film. The only disappointment is that the excellent animated short "Ben and Me," about a mouse who shares a home with Benjamin Franklin, wasn't included (it's referenced in the two segments, but has never been released to DVD). A great little family film for history buffs and a real treat those who grew up on classic 1950's Disney live-action fare (Swamp Fox, Spin and Marty, Davy Crockett). Given, this is a Disney movie, and some of the danger and sacrifice from the book have been removed to make it more family-friendly, but it's still worth seeing.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Johnny tremain

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Bought this for my son he is into history movies so i grabbed it for him and he enjoyed it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Love these old Disney movies

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      I love these old Disney movies that are family friend and based on actual events.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great revolutionary drama

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      A great movie to bring to life what you learned in U.S. History class.

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