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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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 ... Major John Pitcairn
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Storyline

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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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

The British were firing while they were marching forward. Standard practice was to halt and then fire. See more »

Connections

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 nickandalexSee 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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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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