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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 overview, first billed only:
Pascale Audret ...
Adrienne de La Fayette
Michel Le Royer ...
Folco Lulli ...
Le Boursier
Baron Kalb
Silas Deane
Georges Rivière ...
Comtesse de Simiane
Howard St. John ...
Jacques Castelot ...
Duc d'Ayen
Jean-Roger Caussimon ...
Jean-Jacques Delbo ...


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 shot heard round the world thunders across the screen !


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Italian censorship visa # 38443 delivered on 29-9-1962. See more »

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lafayette and liberty
21 May 2003 | by (The Society NY) – See all my reviews

The correct title should be Lafayete in the American Revolution. Lafayette was to have a second career in democratic revolutions in his own country. Yet as a story about the famous Franco-American hero in the american revolution, the story is excellent

The American revolution is an underrated subject in the American theatre. Regrettably the cause of liberty was allowed to slip to the french.

The film does have an important error in recording the Yorktown surrender which was France's only moment of glory on over 500 years of fighting the English.

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