On the glorious battlefields of the American Revolution, two great generals distinguished themselves; George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Washington is remembered as America's founding ... See full summary »
On the glorious battlefields of the American Revolution, two great generals distinguished themselves; George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Washington is remembered as America's founding father, Arnold as America's most notorious traitor. Benedict Arnold rose from humble origins to become the most respected and feared of America's generals. He won brilliant military victories against the English colonists and was Washington's favorite soldier. But two conflicting forces battled inside Arnold's heart; a deep concern for his country and his passionate love for an enchanting and manipulative English woman, Peggy Shippen. Blinded by desire, Arnold defected to the English army, orchestrating an attempt to assassinate his own mentor, George Washington. Written by
Kelsey Grammer voiced the part of Benedict Arnold in the A&E documentary mini-series, "The American Revolution", reading off-screen extracts from Arnold's letters and papers as Arnold was portrayed on-screen by another actor. See more »
In the opening segment, Arnold leads the assault on Quebec. In reality, the battle took place at night during a snowstorm. The battle also occurred within the city, not the outskirts. See more »
The costuming was fairly good (except officers would not wear a baldric under their epaulet) but while the actors were all solid by previous performances, the writing of the script for this was so incredibly stilted one would think the screenplay was trying for a Shakespearean mode.
I highly doubt anyone spoke in the manner portrayed in this film. Certainly they WROTE letters in this fashion, but even today, written word is far more formal than spoken word.
What's more, Arnold doesn't gradually fall -- it's too sudden.
There is some accuracy here, but it is out of place and so on.
If only there was a HISTORIAN included...
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