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The Washingtonians 

A family man unearths an old letter, claiming that historical figure George Washington was a cannibal, and that a colonial-era reenactment group may be upholding that way of life.


Peter Medak


Mick Garris (creator), Richard Chizmar (teleplay) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Carter Caroline Carter ... Hitch Hiker
Julia Tortolano ... Amy Franks
Venus Terzo ... Pam Franks
Johnathon Schaech ... Mike Franks
Myron Natwick ... Samuel Madison III
Esme Lambert Esme Lambert ... Nancy Arnold
Abraham Jedidiah Abraham Jedidiah ... Jared Barkish
Patrick Keating ... Minister
Wendy Donaldson Wendy Donaldson ... Chubby Waitress
Nathan Clark Nathan Clark ... Deputy #1
Daniel Cudmore ... Deputy #2
Brian Jensen Brian Jensen ... George Washington
Joel Wirkkunen Joel Wirkkunen ... Washingtonian #1
Chris Kalhoon ... Washingtonian #2
Ian Carter ... Washingtonian #3


Following the death of his elderly grandmother, Mike Franks travels with his wife Pam and 10-year-old daughter Amy to his grandmother's old house where he accidentally finds an old letter hidden behind a portrait of George Washington. A morbid letter supposedly written by Washington about killing and eating children. In trying to verify the authenticity of the letter, Mike becomes the target of 'the Washingtonians'; a secret society of various and powerful people who protect the secret life of the 'Father of the Country', and whom, like Washington... are cannibals. Written by Anonymous

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26 January 2007 (USA) See more »

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Based on a short story by author Bentley Little. See more »


References A Few Good Men (1992) See more »


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Performed by Venus Terzo and Julia Tortolano
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Ending destroyed potentially awesome flick
16 May 2018 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

The reviews for this episode are so bad and there are so many of them, that I was barely waiting for it to come to the table. I was eager to finally see something that is so bad to cause such a massive bashing. I experienced a double disappointment. It was neither awesome, nor bad enough to be funny. The idea is phenomenal and at the beginning the episode was developing greatly, so about half way through I rated it nine. All the time I was expecting some genius plot twist, but it didn't happen. Episode is totally straightforward, simple and without any surprises and twists, and ending is, although I understand quite witty political satire, simply lousy executed. "The Washingtonians" had the potential to be one of the best in the series, but ultimately it suffered a complete fiasco and turned out to be a total mediocrity. However, if only because of the idea that George Washington was a monstrous cannibal, it's worth a look.


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