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Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot (1957)

This is a 37-minute orientation film, filmed in the spring of 1956, for visitors to historic Colonial Williamsburg, and photographed in the area restored by the Rockerfeller Foundation. The... See full summary »

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John Fry
Leora Dana ...
Anne Fry
Margery Maude ...
Madam Fry
Richard Striker ...
Robert Fry
Karin Wolfe ...
Caroline Fry
Robert Carroll ...
Charles G. Martin ...
Frederic Warriner ...
Francis Compton ...
George Wythe
Michael Laurence ...
John Randolph
Ralph Sumpter ...
House Jameson ...
William Byrd III
Clarence Derwent ...
Lord Botetourt
John Goodbody ...
The Reverend Mr. Price
Orin M. Bullock Jr. ...
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This is a 37-minute orientation film, filmed in the spring of 1956, for visitors to historic Colonial Williamsburg, and photographed in the area restored by the Rockerfeller Foundation. The plot follows a fictional Virginia planter, John Fry (Jack Lord), who becomes a member of Virginia's House of Burgesses. Through contact with Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and other patriots, he gradually loses his ties with the pro-British faction and casts his lot with the rebels. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Circa 1977: Two specially-designed theaters in the Information Center are used, utilizing 70 mm projection equipment with six-channel Todd-AO sound. Each print averages 1,250 runs at the two auditoriums , and ten prints are exhausted in the course of 9,000 showings each year. The print is cleaned by hand after each showing. See more »

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Patriot -- dated but still works
22 August 2003 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

I was just a kid that last time I saw The Patriot at Williamsburg thirty some years ago. I recently revisited and saw the film again with my kids. It's well made, but its 50s cinematic style is a little difficult to take. Nicely shot, the acting plays a little pretentious and pious by today's standards-- the patriot's son's stiff performance draws laughs from the audience. No doubt this is a remarkable story about people in and an extraordinary situation. I'd love to see a updated version where it isn't presented quite so piously -- a story about regular people rising to the challenges of extraordinary circumstances and succeeding. Now that truly would be inspiring-- something we could all identify with. Having said that however, the costume work and actual settings definately makes The Patriot worth watching.


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