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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 »

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Moses Cooper
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Joseph Simmons
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Adam Cooper
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Sarah Cooper
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Ruth Simmons
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Solomon Chandler
Joan Heney ...
Granny Cooper
Nicholas Kilbertus ...
John Parker
Griffith Brewer ...
Samuel Hadley
Thor Bishopric ...
Jonathan Harrington
Joel Miller ...
The Reverend
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Joash Smith
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Simon Casper (as Tony Ulc)
Philip Spensley ...
John Buckman
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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24 April 1988 (USA)  »

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

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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 »

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When the patriots crouch behind the stone walls of the road leading away from Concord to ambush the British, one of the Americans brushes against a stone wall and it moves. See more »

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

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Good history movie based on novel.
8 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is a made-for-TV movie adaptation of Howard Fast's novel "April Morning," one of the few assigned novels I enjoyed reading in school - a story about Adam and Moses Cooper and their involvement in the battle that initiated the American war for independence.

From what I remembered in this film, the teleplay does follow the novel pretty well and it is a fascinating movie that I thought included some decent acting, interesting history overview of the American Revolution, some exciting action and suspenseful elements. Just the part where Adam Cooper (Chad Lowe) attempt to conquer his fear and fight alongside his fellow soldiers in battle is intriguing to watch.

The setting, make-up and costumes used in the film represented that period in time very well. Though a movie based on war, there is an absence of gore and graphic scenes, which makes it suitable for a larger audience including children. In addition, Director Delbert Mann took great care in making the movie interesting minus all the excessive gore and violence and, instead, relied on the substance, history, drama and character impact.

Overall, this is one of the few war movies I could remember that I've found suitable and enjoyable for the entire audience.

Grade B


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