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Mayflower: The Pilgrims' Adventure (1979)

In 1620, the Assembly of the Pilgrims decides to emigrate to the young America because of the persecution they suffer by the English crown. The film tells the adventurous journey of the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Jones
John Heffernan ...
Paul Sparer ...
The Sheriff
W.B. Brydon ...
Robert Cushman (as W.B.Brydon)
William Converse-Roberts ...
George Bennett
Guy Sorel ...
Captain Reynolds
George Taylor ...
Dr. Giles Heale


In 1620, the Assembly of the Pilgrims decides to emigrate to the young America because of the persecution they suffer by the English crown. The film tells the adventurous journey of the Pilgrims to an unknown land and future. Written by Volker Boehm

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21 November 1979 (USA)  »

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Il viaggio della Mayflower  »

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Opening credits prologue: Of the 103 men, women and children who sailed for 66 days aboard the Mayflower, 51 died during the first winter in the New World. John Alden and Priscilla Mullins married, and had eleven children. Captain Myles Standish was instrumental in establishing friendly relations with the native Indians. Rose Standish died shortly after arrival. William Brewster continued to provide inspired spiritual leadership to the people of Plymouth Colony. And Captain Christopher Jones stayed on in The New World for six months before sailing back to England and retiring. The Plymouth Colony flourished... Perhaps no other group would ever so completely epitomize the courage, hopes and dreams of what would become AMERICA. See more »

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Believably brings the Puritans' Atlantic crossing to life
13 November 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

From our early school days, we may remember the basics of the Puritans' story of first coming to America. "Mayflower: The Pilgrims' Adventure" brings their story to life. A 41 year old Anthony Hopkins is excellent as Mayflower Captain Christopher Jones. Richard Crenna at 52 is a very believable and appealing Reverend William Brewster. Great supporting cast. Excellent costuming and believable performances all around.

Pleasingly simple in its approach and production, this film focuses on the story of the pilgrims and their difficult crossing. The other familiar characters are here – John Alden and Priscilla Mullens, Captain Myles Standish and the cynical, crusty sailors who don't like the Bible-thumping passengers. In the end, all aboard seemed changed by the epic journey.

However missing without explanation are two key figures - John Carver and William Bradford. Bradford was one of the most important Separatists and served for many years as Plymouth Colony's governor.

There were earlier English colonies but THIS trip of the Pilgrims in 1620 and the colony they started in Massachusetts (not part of the film) was the foundation on which the United States was built.

The politics, the devout, God-fearing religious values and the faith of these early settlers are all well-portrayed. A highly worthwhile film for anyone who wants to get a better sense of what the Pilgrims adventure was all about. Great for viewing in November around Thanksgiving and essential viewing before any trip to Plymouth, Mass.

FOOTNOTE: Five years later, Hopkins would star as William Bligh - another sea captain in the 1984 film - "The Bounty".

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