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Portrait of the Hero as a Young Man 

In 1754, the Royal Governor of Virginia orders young George Washington to build a road to the Ohio River, enforce Virginia's claims to the Ohio River Valley and defend a small British fort ... See full summary »
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In 1754, the Royal Governor of Virginia orders young George Washington to build a road to the Ohio River, enforce Virginia's claims to the Ohio River Valley and defend a small British fort against French invaders. When Washington and his men arrive at the post, they discovers that it had fallen to French colonial forces. Although his small army is inexperienced and outnumbered, Washington chooses to attack the enemy and he soon learns that war is not just a manly adventure and actions can have dire consequences - such as igniting the French and Indian War. Written by David Bassler

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13 April 1972 (USA)  »

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A unique portrait of Washington before he became a national icon.
2 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

I stumbled upon this gem by accident while channel surfing one day. Pausing briefly on Chicago's public television station I saw a gangly young man cracking walnuts in his large hands and quickly realized that he was portraying George Washington as a young militia colonel. The film realistically portrays young Washington's agonized learning curve as he unwittingly sets off a global conflict between Britain and France by attacking a Fench army detachment somewhere near present-day Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The frequently repeated theme song's,refrain, "heroes aren't born, heroes are made" is a fitting expression of the movie's theme. Washington makes many blunders but he learns from them and his character is hardened in advance for the future challenges that await him during the American Revolution.


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