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Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor (2003)

On the glorious battlefields of the American Revolution, two great generals distinguished themselves; George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Washington is remembered as America's founding ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Aidan Quinn ... Gen. Benedict Arnold
Kelsey Grammer ... George Washington
Flora Montgomery ... Peggy Shippen
John Light ... John Andre
John Kavanagh ... Judge Shippen
Tom Murphy Tom Murphy ... Major Franks
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Brennan Jane Brennan ... Hannah Arnold
Anthony Brophy ... Lord Lauderdale
Frank Coughlan Frank Coughlan ... Mr. Sewell
Ingrid Craigie ... Margaret Shippen
Donncha Crowley Donncha Crowley ... Von Steuben
Mark Davis Mark Davis ... Solder
Ned Dennehy ... Paulding
Nick Dunning ... Sir Henry Clinton
James Flynn James Flynn ... French Surgeon
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On the glorious battlefields of the American Revolution, two great generals distinguished themselves; George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Washington is remembered as America's founding father, Arnold as America's most notorious traitor. Benedict Arnold rose from humble origins to become the most respected and feared of America's generals. He won brilliant military victories against the English colonists and was Washington's favorite soldier. But two conflicting forces battled inside Arnold's heart; a deep concern for his country and his passionate love for an enchanting and manipulative Philadelphia woman, Peggy Shippen. Blinded by desire, Arnold defected to the English army, orchestrating an attempt to assassinate his own mentor, George Washington.

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The greatest general of the Revolution, he became its most dangerous enemy. See more »

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13 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Dark Eagle: Benedict Arnold See more »

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Kelsey Grammer voiced the part of Benedict Arnold in the A&E documentary mini-series, "The American Revolution", reading off-screen extracts from Arnold's letters and papers as Arnold was portrayed on-screen by another actor. See more »

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In the opening segment, Arnold leads the assault on Quebec. In reality, the battle took place at night during a snowstorm. The battle also occurred within the city, not the outskirts. See more »

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Benedict Arnold: [Facing the militia] All of Britain could not slay me. Can you lads?
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The Curse of Treason
15 January 2003 | by deanofrppsSee all my reviews

Benedict Arnold the tragic patriot made all that followed possible but never was to share in any of it. A hero in battle, admired by the troops, Benedict Arnold is the one patriot we are allowed to see the human side of. The rest now ensconced in stone it remembered were equally also human.

The traditional tragic story line is well staged in this movie. The gold leaf of the CiC well rests on Kelsey Grammer's shoulders who caught the charm and duplicity, the joy and pain, the courage and the ambition of the father of his country.

Aiden Quinn captured the anguish of Arnold trapped between love of country and of his shallow self-centered immature wife facing financial ruin and suffering egregious physical and psychological scars. Not shown in the movie was the usual "cure" of the pre-pencillin days. Arnold was probably drunk most the time all the plotting was done around him.

If there are bitter tears to be shed, it is for Arnold, the person who was simply over-reached and over-played.

Comparable films include John Ford's classic: The Informer and Scarlet Coat.


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