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Liberty! The American Revolution 

Six-hour documentary on the American Revolution, from the passage of the Stamp Act (1765) through the ratification of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights (1789). In addition ... See full summary »

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Jane Adams ...  Sara Scott 6 episodes, 1997
Peter Donaldson Peter Donaldson ...  John Adams 6 episodes, 1997
Colm Feore ...  Alexander Hamilton 6 episodes, 1997
Victor Garber ...  John Dickinson 6 episodes, 1997
Anthony Heald ...  Philip Vickers Fithian 6 episodes, 1997
Edward Herrmann ...  Narrator 6 episodes, 1997
Alex Jennings ...  King George III 6 episodes, 1997
Mel Johnson Jr. ...  Jehu Grant 6 episodes, 1997
Stephen Lang ...  George Washington 6 episodes, 1997
Terrence Mann ...  General John Burgoyne 6 episodes, 1997
Jefferson Mays ...  James Madison 6 episodes, 1997
Donna Murphy ...  Abigail Adams 6 episodes, 1997
Remak Ramsay Remak Ramsay ...  Thomas Hutchinson 6 episodes, 1997
Forrest Sawyer Forrest Sawyer ...  Himself - Host 6 episodes, 1997
Jake Weber ...  Virginia Officer / ... 6 episodes, 1997
Paxton Whitehead ...  Horace Walpole 6 episodes, 1997
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ...  Luke-Slave 6 episodes, 1997
Philip Bosco ...  Benjamin Franklin 5 episodes, 1997
James Naughton ...  Patrick Henry 5 episodes, 1997
Roger Rees ...  Thomas Paine 5 episodes, 1997
Campbell Scott ...  Thomas Jefferson 5 episodes, 1997
Jamison Selby Jamison Selby ...  Southern Patriot 5 episodes, 1997
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JD Cullum ...  Nicholas Cresswell 4 episodes, 1997
Daniel Gerroll ...  General Charles Cornwallis 4 episodes, 1997
Philip Seymour Hoffman ...  Joseph Plumb Martin 4 episodes, 1997
Byron Jennings ...  John Hancock 4 episodes, 1997
Simon Jones ...  Ambrose Serle 4 episodes, 1997
Neil Maffin ...  Anti-Federalist / ... 4 episodes, 1997
Roberta Maxwell ...  Mercy Otis Warren 4 episodes, 1997
Francie Swift ...  Baroness von Riedesel 4 episodes, 1997
Stephen Temperley Stephen Temperley ...  Hector de Crevecoeur 4 episodes, 1997
Steve Zahn ...  American Sergeant 4 episodes, 1997
Mark Letheren Mark Letheren ...  British Soldier 3 episodes, 1997
Kali Rocha ...  Eliza Wilkinson 3 episodes, 1997
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Six-hour documentary on the American Revolution, from the passage of the Stamp Act (1765) through the ratification of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights (1789). In addition to narration and interviews with historians, the series uses re-enactments of military engagements and excerpts from letters, diaries and other documents of the period, spoken by actors. Written by RK

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A fantastic portrayal of the Enlightenment's climax
27 December 2009 | by whlane92See all my reviews

It is safe to say that the American Revolution was the pinnacle of the Enlightenment. There, all the ideas the philosophes had proposed were put to the test. They passed the test. I don't mean to sound nationalistic to non-Americans, but I do feel this way.

We live in a very cynical time period. We are cynical about our governments, cynical about our past, and cynical about humanity in general. Yes, cynicism is good, but we should also keep in mind how far we have come. I am a history buff, yet I am going to say this: History needs its heros, for without them, it has no meaning to our inner selves. The documentary reminds us of how far we have come.

Yes, "Liberty: The American Revolution" could have had more facts in it, but that is minor. What amazes me is how it was able to show the ultimate goodness in the revolution, yet did so without making anyone a villain. The British are not shown as evil, just as being on the wrong side of history.

Another thing I liked was how the documentary had no dialogue that wasn't historically spoken. Everything the characters said was taken from letters, interviews, and so forth.

Yet I must say, my favorite part.......was the soundtrack. I bet you thought I was going to try to say something deep :) Well, it is true.

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