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14 May 1979 (USA) See more »
Philip Kent(Andrew Stevens) takes part in the american revolution and the newly formed congress. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Andrew Stevens ... Philip Kent

Don Johnson ... Judson Fletcher

Doug McClure ... Eph Tait

Jim Backus ... John Hancock

Richard Basehart ... Duke of Kentland

Joan Blondell ... Mrs. Brumple

Tom Bosley ... Benjamin Franklin
Macdonald Carey ... Dr. Church

Rory Calhoun ... Breen

Kim Cattrall ... Anne Kent

John Chappell ... Henry Knox

William Daniels ... John Adams

Anne Francis ... Mrs. Harris

Peter Graves ... George Washington

Pamela Hensley ... Charlotte Waverly

Gwen Humble ... Peggy McLean

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Gen. Howe

Nehemiah Persoff ... Baron Von Steuben

William Smith ... John Waverly

Warren Stevens ... Ambrose Waverly

Kevin Tighe ... Thomas Jefferson

Bobby Troup ... Sam Gill

Forrest Tucker ... Angus Fletcher
Tanya Tucker ... Rachel

Robert Vaughn ... Seth McLean

William Conrad ... Narrator (voice)
David Matthau
Ben Davidson

Paul Fix
Deborah Richter
Chip Johnson
Duncan Gamble
Ted Gehring
Sammy Jackson

Gordon Steel

Timothy O'Hagan
John Rayner

Tom Williams
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marc Vahanian ... The Marquis de LaFayette

Guy Madison ... Lieutenant Mayo (uncredited)
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Directed by
Russ Mayberry 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sean Bain 
Robert A. Cinader 
John Jakes  novel

Produced by
Robert A. Cinader .... executive producer
Gino Grimaldi .... producer
Bernadette Joyce .... associate producer
Hannah Louise Shearer .... producer
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
Cinematography by
Frank Thackery 
Film Editing by
John Kaufman 
Skip Lusk 
Art Direction by
William L. Campbell 
Costume Design by
Jean-Pierre Dorléac 
Loren Janes .... stunts
Neil Summers .... stunts
Brian J. Williams .... stunt performer
Harold 'Hal' Frizzell .... stunts (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"The Rebels: Part 2 of the Kent Family Chronicles" - USA (video title)
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240 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Well Done TV Movie, 22 March 2006
Author: rhoward-14 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Although I have seen and heard much criticism of this made-for-TV movie and the other John Jakes, "Kent Family Chronicles" made into film, I think this one is undoubtedly the best. Andrew Stevens, whose acting career later declined, plays a very earnest, somewhat naive Philip Kent, and seemingly symbolizes the perceived idealism of many Americans at the time of Revolutionary War. The characters of Judson Fletcher and Eph Tait, were finely portrayed by Don Johnson and Doug McClure, who give the Movie a rousing, period Revolutionary flavor to it. Other fine TV Actors, such as Peter Graves as George Washington, and Tom Bosley as Bejamin Franklin, do a more credible job than you might anticipate. The film was made on a modest budget, as there are no major battles shown, but rather a few small action scenes in the form of smaller skirmishes, intrigues and a duel. As a spoiler, I can tell you that the movie is entirely different from the book. As one example, Kent and Fletcher become best friends in the film, whereas they never even meet one another in the novel. The movie script in my opinion, was an improvement over the book, although I still very much admire John Jakes, having read all his Kent Family Chronicles Books and North and South Series. I wish they would make more films of the former (the latter already having been memorialized into Movies).

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