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6 Revolutionary War Movies That Need To Happen
On Wednesday, we saw a piece of news that Zack Snyder wants to make a movie about George Washington, in the style of 300 . This made us think, what other scenes from the Revolutionary War would make for great films?

Don’t bother going to the link, because it’s one of those super annoying, let’s put every movie on a separate page type of deals. For your convenience here’s each movie that they talk about (and my thoughts about each of them).

Biopic Of The Marquis De Lafayette

Hell yes. Why one hasn’t been done yet, I have no idea. Young, charismatic. Can show off the French court. Get to spend time around George Washington and all the leadership and still get in plenty of great action shots in the American Revolution, while still getting in time in the French Revolution? What’s not to love?

The Battle Of Trenton

Again I say hell yes. We’re treated to a bit of this battle in the badly made tv movie The Crossing (I really detested what they did to George Washington’s character, and I’m not one that gets into hagiography). Plus there were plenty of simply incorrect factual errors. The movie could start off with the New York campaign and show the disastrous results of that. Defeat after defeat. Then a nice long montage of struggling through the winter snows. The climax will be the battle of Trenton, and it should truly be the climax. The Crossing didn’t devote much time to this pivotal battle, and I’d expect that a movie about it would devote at least 30 minutes towards accurately displaying what went down that day (i.e. no drunk or sleeping Hessians please).

A Continental Congress Movie

We know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “But they already made the world’s most perfect movie about the Second Continental Congress.” And you’re right, but we’re not thinking about the film version of Broadway musical 1776.

This could be fun too. The secretary for the Congress destroyed much of his notes later, but I think we could still do a pretty decent job of recreating events. A political drama a la West Wing or House of Cards.

The Shot Heard Round The World

Absolutely yes. I’m actually of two minds on how I’d make this. On the one hand I’d love to do one that focus on the revolution that occured in the countryside in 1774 and 1775. Focus on the uprisings, the mob actions, the closings of the courts, the various alarms. I’d probably start it with the Tea Party (or maybe do some voice over narration about the Tea Party and the Intolerable Acts). Then move into events like the Powder Alarm (which tens of thousands of militia mobilized), or the Worcester revolution (4,022 militia turned out to close the courts in September of 1774), or when Gage was forced to back down to 3,000 Salem militia. If I was making this movie I’d probably have a large portion of it be the events of April 18th and the courier riders, and the closing scene would be the Lexington militia assembling on the green as the British came up the road.

OTOH, part of me wants to see an action packed movie about the fighting that day, starting with the same voice-over, but pretty much having like 10 or 15 minutes of political warm up and then jumping straight into the action. This one would borrow heavily from Hackett-Fischer’s description of the night march in Paul Revere’s Ride (it’s pretty dramatic what with signal guns going off in the darkness, church bells tolling, signal fires being lit on hill tops, etc.), and then the fighting all that day.

A Benedict Arnold Movie

There’s actually a pretty good tv movie called “A Question of Honor” that’s about Benedict Arnold. It stars Aiden Quinn as Arnold and Kelsey Grammer as George Washington. But yes, a full length treatment would be nice.

The Midnight Ride

I don’t think you could do a movie about April 19, 1775 without doing a fair bit of the ride, and I don’t think the ride by itself could sustain a movie. However, I think a biopic of Paul Revere could. Did you know he was court martialed and tried for dereliction of duty/cowardice after the Penobscot Campaign? Most people probably don’t. He was found not guilty (most of that campaign was swept under the rug as an embarrassment to Massachusetts). He acted as a courier for Congress on multiple occasions. He was the de facto spy chief (or one of them anyway) of the Boston Committee of Safety, since he and many of the “mechanicks” in Boston had organized themselves to keep watch on British movements and Revere reported to the Committee. A Revere biopic would be interesting I think.