7.9/10
319
5 user 1 critic

George Washington 

The early life and career of the American General and President through his participation in the Revolutionary War.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1984  
Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The life of George Washington as the first President of the United States of America and his 8 years running his country. The trials he faces dealing with mobs and riots while keeping the country together.

Director: William A. Graham
Stars: Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke, Jeffrey Jones
The Crossing (TV Movie 2000)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A dramatization of George Washington's perilous gamble of crossing the Delaware River and attacking the Hessian forces at Trenton.

Director: Robert Harmon
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Roger Rees, Sebastian Roché
The Red House (1947)
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandoned farmhouse, located deep in the woods.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson
Rough Riders (TV Mini-Series 1997)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Undersecretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt resigns to form a volunteer militia unit called "The Rough Riders" to fight in the Spanish-American War.

Stars: Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott, Gary Busey
Certificate: Passed Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An eccentric woman learns she is not dying of radium poisoning as earlier assumed, but when she meets a reporter looking for a story, she feigns sickness again for her own profit.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Charles Winninger
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.

Stars: Stacy Keach, John Hammond, Julia Duffy
Ellis Island (1984)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The lives and struggles of some of the countless immigrants who arrived on Ellis Island during the 19th century in search of the American Dream.

Stars: Peter Riegert, Gregory Paul Martin, Claire Bloom
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After leaving her family's farm to study nursing in the city, a young woman finds herself on an unexpected path towards politics.

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore
Unconquered (1947)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Intrepid frontiersman Chris Holden foils the political and personal ambitions of renegade Martin Garth in the Ohio Valley following the French and Indian War.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Howard Da Silva
Dark Shadows (1991)
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Victoria Winters comes to Collinwood, an isolated mansion in Maine, to work as a governess, but soon finds herself drawn into a strange world of vampires, ghosts and curses.

Stars: Ben Cross, Barbara Blackburn, Jim Fyfe
Alien Nation (1989–1990)
Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A flying saucer crashed in the Mojave Desert and its inhabitants turned out to be alien slaves, bred to be super intelligent and strong, and controllable by their Overseers. These ... See full summary »

Stars: Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An LAPD detective and his rookie partner are on the trail of a psychopathic young man who is murdering young women.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Barry Bostwick ...  George Washington 3 episodes, 1984
Patty Duke ...  Martha Washington 3 episodes, 1984
David Dukes ...  Will Fairfax 3 episodes, 1984
Jaclyn Smith ...  Sally Fairfax 3 episodes, 1984
Farnham Scott ...  General Henry Knox / ... 3 episodes, 1984
Lloyd Bridges ...  Caleb Quinn 3 episodes, 1984
José Ferrer ...  Governor Dinwiddie / ... 3 episodes, 1984
Hal Holbrook ...  John Adams 3 episodes, 1984
Trevor Howard ...  Lord Fairfax 3 episodes, 1984
Jeremy Kemp ...  General Gates 3 episodes, 1984
Richard Kiley ...  George Mason 3 episodes, 1984
Stephen Macht ...  General Benedict Arnold 3 episodes, 1984
James Mason ...  General Braddock 3 episodes, 1984
Rosemary Murphy ...  Mary Ball Washington 3 episodes, 1984
Clive Revill ...  Lord Loudoun 3 episodes, 1984
Robert Stack ...  General Stark 3 episodes, 1984
Anthony Zerbe ...  General St. Pierre 3 episodes, 1984
Tony Devon ...  Aide 2 episodes, 1984
Mark C. Pollock Mark C. Pollock ...  (1984) 2 episodes, 1984
Edit

Storyline

The early life and career of the American General and President through his participation in the Revolutionary War.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

George Washington See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The crew from the U.S.S. Olympia (SSN 717) were extras in the filming at Yorktown See more »

Quotes

General Clinton: I pray that on the march to New York, Washington attacks us. I'll turn on him and crush him in one blow. Then let the French try to save him.
See more »

Connections

Followed by George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Story of America's Greatest Hero
9 February 2000 | by F6PilotSee all my reviews

This mini-series is without a doubt the best depiction of the life of George Washington that has ever been put to screen. From the acting, to the battle sequences, to the music to the montage of paintings that open each episode, the mini- series shows the life and times of Washington and his experiences in the French and Indian War, and the American Revolution.

The mini Series is divided into 3 episodes. In general, part 1 covers Washington's life in the French and Indian War, part 2 shows the coming and commencement of the Revolutionary War, and part 3 is victory and Independence from England.

Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City) gleams in this image of the adventurous, courageous Virginian whose thirst for excitement and knowledge of the wilderness lead him on his career in the Virginia militia. When hostilities break out between England and France for control of this wilderness, it is Washington himself who sheds the first blood. Washington is personally involved in several battles during the war, earning a reputation for courage, competence, and cool-headedness, this despite the fact that most of the battles he fights are complete British disasters.

After the war, Washington wants nothing more then to live in peace at his new home, Mount Vernon with his new wife Martha. Fate however has different plans. Hostilities open up between England and her 13 colonies. When Washington rides north to Philadelphia to pledge support of the Virginia House of Burgesses to Congress, he is immediately voted into command of the ragtag Continental Army in Massachusetts. Throughout the Revolutionary War, Washington leads his poorly disciplined, ill fed, badly shod army into battle after battle. Several times the army, and the dream of independence teeter on the brink of total annihilation. Of course, the day is always saved more often then not by Washington's stubbornness and courage alone.

After 7 years of destructive conflict, the War is over and the United States of America is created. Recognizing that the military must be the servant of the civil power he restrains his angry soldiers from marching on a negligent congress, and resigns his own commission to congress, his duty done, and his assigned task complete.

I have almost no complaints for this mini series, just a regret that they couldn't have made it 4 episodes long, to show more battles. The series has large and frequent time gaps, and the battles that took place in these gaps (that Washington was present for) are explained away in a few lines of dialogue. To a student of history, the battles of Harlem Hights, White Plains, Fort Washington, Brandywine, and Germantown are missed. Other battles that were important despite Washington's absence, such as Lexington, Bunker Hill, Saratoga and Camden are mentioned for their impact on the war, and we learn about them at the same time Washington does.

The mini series reenacts the battles of Fort Necessity, and Braddock's defeat in the French and Indian War and also the battles of Brooklyn Heights, Trenton, Monmouth and Yorktown. The action sequences are broad, lengthy, and exciting, calling together a cast of thousands of reinactors to play British, American, Scottish, Hessian and French soldiers.

Washington's life consisted of more then battles, of course. the mini series also examines the other hardships and triumphs in his life. Pay close attention to the agony Washington goes through watching his men freeze and starve to death at Valley Forge, and the personal trauma he experiences as Benedict Arnold, one of his most trusted and courageous generals turns traitor. Washington also endures the Conway cabal, a sort of coup by jealous officers to oust him from command.

Truly heartwarming scenes involve the idealism of Lafayette (Philip Casanoff) and Von Steuben, the strength and supportive cheeriness of Martha (Patty Duke) the farewell Washington gives to his officers at the end, and any scene involving Sally Fairfax, (Jaclyn Smith), wife of Washington's best friend Will (David Dukes).

Washington's alleged forbidden attraction to the lovely Sally is examined in a family friendly way and depicts Washington in the most flattering and virtuous light possible given what little evidence there is about what did/didn't happen. The series puts any flirtatious and teasing behavior on Sally's shoulders, which may or may not be accurate. Portraying it any other way, however would be out of step with the heroic deeds that Washington accomplished in his life.

This show is probably the only project that studies the Washington story with such attention to detail. It's available on video, if you know where to look, and belongs on the shelf of every flag-waving patriot. I wish it were a 4th of July tradition to show it on networks the way The Ten Commandments is around Passover/Easter time. George Washington is the story of America's Greatest Hero.


25 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed