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The "April Morning" here is the famous April 19, 1775 upon which the "Shot heard 'round the world" was fired, signaling the start of the American Revolution. Faithful to author Howard Fast's somewhat revisionist view that the skirmishes between the Colonial militia and the British troops in Lexington and Concord (Massachusetts) were precipitated as much by fervent American patriots led by Solomon Chandler as by any "Redcoat" belligerence. Written by Robert James O'Brien <Robert.O'>

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24 April 1988 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: April Morning (#37.4)  »

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This was also the title and subject of the last film project of John Ford, but it is not clear whether the script was the one which Ford tried to make. There were other connections between James Lee Barrett and Ford, most notably that Barrett wrote the script of the TV remake of Ford's Stagecoach (1939) (Stagecoach (1986)). See more »


When the patriots crouch behind the stone walls of the road leading away from Concord to ambush the British, one of the Americans brushes against a stone wall and it moves. See more »


Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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A poor, melodramatic historical drama.
20 October 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"April Morning" tells of the skirmish between colonial militia and the English army at Lexington, MA which is regarded as the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. The film is a melodramatic made-for-tv drama which spends more time with fictional accounts of the April 19th battle than it does with matters of history and warfare. Obviously conceived to be palatable for prime time viewing and sell commercial products, this film is a poor American history lesson. Nonetheless, poor may be better than none at all.

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