MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 19,782 this week

George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | History  -  21 September 1986 (USA)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 72 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Add a Plot

Director:

Writers:

, (biography)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 69 titles
created 27 Mar 2011
 
a list of 1946 titles
created 15 Sep 2011
 
a list of 69 titles
created 24 Jun 2012
 
a list of 540 titles
created 30 Apr 2013
 
a list of 37 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (TV Movie 1986)

George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (TV Movie 1986) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation.
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

MacArthur (1977)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander during World War II and United Nations Commander for the Korean War. "MacArthur" begins in 1942, following the ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Gregory Peck, Dan O'Herlihy, Ed Flanders
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A group of children, in a depressed small town, band together to cover up a tragic mistake one summer.

Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Candace Evanofski, Donald Holden, Damian Jewan Lee
The Adams Chronicles (TV Mini-Series 1976)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Ambitious multipart PBS production that brings to life five generations of one of America's leading political and historical families. It traces their lives from John Adams early years as a... See full summary »

Stars: David Elliott, Albert Stratton, Michael Tolan
John Adams (TV Mini-Series 2008)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett
The Real George Washington (TV Movie 2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Tucker Bowen
Stars: Bruce Chadwick, Kathryn Coombs, Daniel Cross
A Fine Romance (TV Movie 1983)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Hal Cooper
Stars: Julie Kavner, Leo Burmester, Kevin Conroy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Penny Fuller ...
Eliza Powel
...
Anne Bingham
Guy Paul ...
Norman Snow ...
Edmund Randolph
Lise Hilboldt ...
Maria Reynolds
Robert Kelly ...
...
Henrietta Liston
...
Sam Tsoutsouvas ...
Citizen Genet
Farnham Scott ...
...
Eban Krutch
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 September 1986 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke, Leo Burmester, and Farnham Scott are the only actors from the original mini-series to reprise their roles in this mini-series. Richard Fancy played Samuel Adams in the original Washington Series. See more »

Connections

Version of John Adams: Unite or Die (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Our First President
7 June 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Continuing the story of George Washington the mini-series from two years earlier is George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation. Taken again from that most accessible and readable of Washington biographies by James Thomas Flexner, this series deals with Washington as our first president under the new Constitution.

Barry Bostwick and Patty Duke continue with their roles as George and Martha Washington and have a good cast of supporting players in roles that step from the history books.

Washington as president dealt with working out the forms the government would operate under. In every single decision he made, he was mindful of the fact would set a precedent for all 42 of his successors to follow. In fact it was the general understanding that Washington would be the first president by the makers of the Constitution in 1788.

This series unfortunately gets a little too deep into the complexity of the issues facing Washington. Historians would love it, but I do fear that the general public would have trouble following it. Though there's no doubt of what they would see in the antagonism of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton played here by Jeffrey Jones and Richard Bekins respectively.

Washington did have one rather foolish notion that today would strike us as quaint. He really believed that political parties such as developed in the British Parliamentary system would be left behind in Europe. The quarrel between Jefferson and Hamilton with both eventually leaving the cabinet was the foundation of our two party system. Washington did make a concerted effort to at first govern non partisanly, but eventually came down on the side of Hamiltonian Federalists. It was with a Federalist cabinet that he left the presidency after his second term in March of 1797.

George and Martha must have been lonely figures in retirement. He did in fact come down on the side of the Federalists. But his native Virginia was now under the domination of Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. With the exception of future Chief Justice John Marshall, all the prominent figures in Virginia were Jeffersonian followers down the line.

The Forging of a Nation is a good mini-series for classrooms, but it's very scholarly tone does not make it as good as the first series dealing with Washington through the American Revolution. I liked this series a lot, but fear it might be too complex for the average viewer.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This film is on Starz jtf87
Write MGM for a DVD release of George Washington II bs1996w

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?