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Lafayette (1961)

La Fayette (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 10 April 1963 (USA)
During the American War of Independence, French officer and nobleman La Fayette comes to America's aid with men, money and weapons and becomes a Major-General under George Washington's command.

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Cast

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Pascale Audret ...
Adrienne de La Fayette
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Michel Le Royer ...
Folco Lulli ...
Le Boursier
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Baron Kalb
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Silas Deane
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Comtesse de Simiane
Howard St. John ...
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Bancroft
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Jacques Castelot ...
Duc d'Ayen
Jean-Roger Caussimon ...
Jean-Jacques Delbo ...
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At 13 years old, Marie-Joseph Paul Roch Yves Gilbert Motier inherited from his parents a long name, a fortune bigger then that, and the title of Marquis de La Fayette. Barely past majority, he was a brilliant lieutenant and a King Musketeer, and married Adrienne, second daughter of the Duke of Ayen. Educated in the new ideas about religion, science, and humankind, supported by his lovely wife but against his conservative family, he became involved in politics, favouring the faction of Queen Marie Antoinette against that of the King Louis XVI. Therefore, in 1776, he was ready to offer much needed help when Silas Dean, a secret agent from the thirteen Rebel states, contacted him in Paris. In 1784, after years of political and logistical preparation, La Fayette freighted a ship to America, with a handful of men and much needed weapons and money. He became Washington's best friend, taught some military discipline and tactics to the voluntary Rebels, and fought battles alongside them ... Written by Artemis-9

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The Firebrand who helped forge a nation...with his courage...and his sword! See more »


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Involving 300 actors, 50,000 extras, and 5,000 horsemen, including a number of battle scenes and naval action, it was the most expensive film made until then. See more »

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A good movie, from what I remember.
4 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I also wonder why this has not been released on VHS or DVD. I saw the film as a young pup before it was released, chosen by our adviser to attend an advanced screening of it for New York City area high school papers, for our paper. We even had Howard St John at the screening, and we were able to interview him. Honestly, however, at that young age I really couldn't form an opinion on the film's worth, but I do remember that visually it was a good-looking film, and to my untrained eye I thought the acting was good, and basically made those points in my review at the time. I would be very interested in seeing it again, to see if it was as good as I thought it was.


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