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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 »
At the beginning of the movie, Arnold is shown to be on foot when he is wounded at the battle of Bemis Heights. He was, in fact on horseback. His leg was broken by a combination of the shot and the weight of his falling horse. See more »
Benedict Arnold the tragic patriot made all that followed possible but never was to share in any of it. A hero in battle, admired by the troops, Benedict Arnold is the one patriot we are allowed to see the human side of. The rest now ensconced in stone it remembered were equally also human.
The traditional tragic story line is well staged in this movie. The gold leaf of the CiC well rests on Kelsey Grammer's shoulders who caught the charm and duplicity, the joy and pain, the courage and the ambition of the father of his country.
Aiden Quinn captured the anguish of Arnold trapped between love of country and of his shallow self-centered immature wife facing financial ruin and suffering egregious physical and psychological scars. Not shown in the movie was the usual "cure" of the pre-pencillin days. Arnold was probably drunk most the time all the plotting was done around him.
If there are bitter tears to be shed, it is for Arnold, the person who was simply over-reached and over-played.
Comparable films include John Ford's classic: The Informer and Scarlet Coat.
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