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Offline libertyBeaver

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recommended movies
« on: May 24, 2015, 09:12:21 PM »
Being new to this history, I admit it's difficult, if not impossible to find books & movies that accurately portray events... but one can hope...

And so to that end I lean on my esteemed colleagues here for their suggestions in movie department. Has Hollywood, been able to get it right regarding 4/19/1775?

For example, what about "The Patriot" or the John Adams mini-series? I remember the Sons of Liberty being mentioned in the latter...

Looking forward to any & all recommendations...


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Re: recommended movies
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2015, 10:50:49 PM »
April Morning and Johnny Tremaine are the only two about April 19, 1775, I have found yet. They are both stories of young men coming of age in the Revolution. I had a little bit of problems relating to each because it wasn't the way I remember it, but I was looking to see what was good about the stuff as presented.

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2015, 12:58:32 AM »
There was a 6 part miniseries entitled The Revolutionary War on the History channel that did a very good job [(1) Rebels and Redcoats, (2) Independence, (3) Misfortunes of War, (4) A War Without End, (5) The Dark Days, and (6) The Harvest of Victory]. I hope you can find it.
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2015, 01:14:37 AM »
I bought a NEW copy of "April Morning" on Amazon for like $7. It is about event at Lexington Green. It has some big name actors in it such as Tommy Lee Jones. It was fairly accurate. The mini series DrRichP mentioned on History Channel was petty good. Unfortunately my wife accidentally dumped it off my DVR. I need to try to find it on DVDs. If you find any other good ones let us know.
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2015, 02:17:22 AM »
Unfortunately, there isn't much. The more I read about April 19, the more I think it would make such an epic movie or mini-series, without embellishment, but it just hasn't been done. Sons of Liberty was painful to watch once you know what really happened. After almost 20 years in various historical groups, I can attest, there is very little you can glean from Hollywood that can't be better depicted by picking up a book, of which there are many good resources. (Paul Revere's Ride, etc.) And that's partly the point of Appleseed. Turn off the TV, pick up a book or a rifle and experience the Liberty that Hollywood refuses to understand or depict with any real understanding of events. The History channel's 6 part series wasn't bad, but it barely glossed over April 19. April Morning and John Adams were OK but not stellar.  A great place to start on the events of April 19 is a simple little booklet you can get from the Concord Chamber of Commerce here: http://concordchamberofcommerce.org/store/

I would also recommend, of course, Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer., the writings of Thomas Paine, Thoreau's Civil Disobedience, Lion of Liberty (about Patrick Henry), The First Stroke by Thomas Fleming, Lexington and Concord by Arthur B. Tourtellot and also The Law by Frederic Bastiat. It's important to understand the motivations of our forefathers beyond just the history. In that time, winning wasn't a foregone conclusion and most of their glorious tales of fighting for Liberty ended badly. (Read up on the battle of Thermopylae) It seems they truly understood sacrifice on a level we can't even fathom today. Happy Memorial Day!
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Re: recommended movies
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2015, 10:24:10 AM »
Many thanks all!

I shall get those books, and while I'm waiting for them to arrive, I'll watch the movies :)

Hope to see many of you at MapleSeed...

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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2015, 05:52:39 PM »
While the video below is not a movie, it is a excellent story told-I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this gentleman.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k6zq_Y_IzA
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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2015, 11:42:30 PM »
Forget hollywood, read a book. tommy lee jones= anti gunner. What gets me is that, They make money off of what they preach against, makes me sick. Enough said before I cross the line of cpr.

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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2015, 02:11:47 AM »
Just finished, for the third time, the movie Revolution: Revisited, it has nothing to do with April 19. 1775, starting as it does in 1776 before the Declaration of Independence. The battle scene with the British Regiment moving into attack is worthy, the remainder of the film has to do with the problems of culture and privilege and what was needed when... I did like it was filmed in England, that costume and weapons and fortifications and buildings were close to what was when.

Since I am reading The Crossing by David Hackett Fisher at the same time, I am golden, I have the DVD The Crossing also, but there is so much more in the book. I am beginning to wonder why I watch DVDs when my mind will color the story so much better. I am with Three O'Eight, the books are better and deeper, and I will one day list my book recommendations for History and texture on my blog page. Another task for the procrastination pile. See you on the trail, I have been training Canadians for a bit here in Washington State.
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