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April Morning (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 24 April 1988
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 »

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Howard Fast (novel), James Lee Barrett (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Moses Cooper
Susan Blakely ... Sarah Cooper
Chad Lowe ... Adam Cooper
Robert Urich ... Joseph Simmons
Meredith Salenger ... Ruth Simmons
Rip Torn ... Solomon Chandler
Joan Heney Joan Heney ... Granny Cooper
Nicholas Kilbertus Nicholas Kilbertus ... John Parker
Griffith Brewer Griffith Brewer ... Samuel Hadley
Thor Bishopric ... Jonathan Harrington
Joel Miller Joel Miller ... The Reverend
Brian Furlong ... Joash Smith
Anthony Ulc ... Simon Casper (as Tony Ulc)
Philip Spensley Philip Spensley ... John Buckman
Peter Colvey Peter Colvey ... Major John Pitcairn
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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. Opined by a European. Written by Robert James O'Brien <Robert.O'Brien@fct-cf.x400.gc.ca>

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Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Québec, Québec, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When the British were fighting against a group of militia, no one gave a command to fire, but they fired anyway. The British then initiated a charge, again without an order given. The British Army of the 18th Century was well disciplined and would never break discipline by acting without orders. See more »

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

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Television movie about the battle signed the initiation of American war of Independence
24 March 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This TV film is based correctly on historical events developed in April 19,1775 , beginning hostilities for a shot was fired and starting the American Revolution, skirmishes among the British troops and the colonial militia were in Lexington and Concorde(Massachusetts); the deeds are the following : The first battle of the American War of Independence was in Lexington,northwest of Boston.Anticipating a rebellion ,The British general Thomas Gage sent 800 troops to seize stores at Concord and arrest John Hancock and John Adams ,two prominent American rebels.The rebellious were warned by Paul Revere(Vlasta Vrana).An advance party under Major Pitcairn encountered a party of about 50 Minutemen ,American rebel militia troops,on Lexington Common.They refused to disperse when ordered to do so,and Pitcairn ordered his troops to open fire. Eight Minutemen were killed and the remainder retired.Fervants patriots(Tommy Lee Jones,Chad Lowe and Robert Urich) against redcoats were led by Salomon Chandler(Rip Torn). The British party turned back for Concord and was later ambushed ;it was only saved by reinforcements sent out from Concord .The total losses in two actions were 73 British killed and 174 wounded,49 Americans killed and 39 wounded.

The movie is a good adaptation upon the notorious historic events and based on a Howard Fast's(Spartacus) novel . The film is produced by Robert Halmi Jr from ¨Hallmark , Hall of fame¨ TV , which has produced several films and series about historical happenings and known personages , as : Cleopatra, Odyssea(Ulises), Hercules , Jason and the Argonauts, Joan of Arc, Lion in Winter( Henry II and Leonor Aquitania), Prince and pauper( Henry VIII and Edward VI ), among others . The movie is well directed by Delbert Mann (Marty). The flick will appeal to American history buffs.


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