April Morning (1988)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  24 April 1988 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Moses Cooper
Joseph Simmons
Adam Cooper
Sarah Cooper
Ruth Simmons
Solomon Chandler
Joan Heney ...
Granny Cooper
Nicholas Kilbertus ...
John Parker
Griffith Brewer ...
Samuel Hadley
Thor Bishopric ...
Jonathan Harrington
Joel Miller ...
The Reverend
Brian Furlong ...
Joash Smith
Simon Casper (as Tony Ulc)
Philip Spensley ...
John Buckman
Peter Colvey ...


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'Brien@fct-cf.x400.gc.ca>

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Release Date:

24 April 1988 (USA)  »

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

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Did You Know?


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 great fiction movie about the start of the revolutionary war.
17 November 2004 | by (niles,illinois,u.s.a.) – See all my reviews

i thought this movie was great! i saw it in my social studies class, and loved it. they really gave you some great information about how the war began. it may have been about a fictional boy and how he wanted to join the militia to impress his dad, but it had some real things that happened. one of them was not when the guy was riding on the horse screaming about the British coming. someone in my class thought that his job was cool because he got to ride on a horse through the town screaming about the British coming.. he then said if the British caught him, he would cover his eyes. i'm very glad my social studies teacher had us watch this movie, because it taught me more about how the war began. i give this movie two thumbs up.

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