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Benedict Arnold - A Question of Honor (2003)

Aidan Quinn , Kelsey Grammer , Mikael Salomon  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Aidan Quinn, Kelsey Grammer, Flora Montgomery, John Light, John Kavanagh
  • Directors: Mikael Salomon
  • Writers: William Mastrosimone
  • Producers: David Craig, Delia Fine, Franz Landerer, Guido De Angelis, John G. Phelan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007CVRF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,031 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Benedict Arnold - A Question of Honor" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes Benedict Arnold episode of A&E Biography
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Aidan Quinn and Kelsey Grammer biographies and filmographies

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Aidan Quinn, Kelsey Grammer, Flora Montgomery. The gripping true story of one of America's first military heroes and the greed and ambition that led his name to be synonymous with traitor." 2002/color/100 min/NR.

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The most sullied figure of the American Revolution receives partial redemption in Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor. Produced for the A&E network, this factual drama reveals the lesser-known circumstances of Arnold's dishonor, beginning in 1777 and chronicling his fall from greatness. The conquering hero of Saratoga and other victories of the Revolution finds himself in an impossible predicament, his allegiance torn between his British loyalist wife (Jane Brennan) and his paternally devoted commander, George Washington (Kelsey Grammer), as his Colonial detractors cast him into a tragic no-win scenario. Authentically detailed and blessed by playwright William Mastrosimone's poetic period dialogue, Benedict Arnold successfully explores the personal and political facets of a great soldier's downfall. Aidan Quinn's expressive melancholy perfectly suits his title role, and Grammer transcends Frasier, lending appropriate gravitas--and some physical resemblance--to his portrayal of America's future president. Like A&E's earlier film The Crossing, this is compelling historical drama, entertaining, intelligent, and emotionally complex. --Jeff Shannon

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Messy Version of Arnold July 3, 2003
Format:DVD
A@E normally produces pretty good stuff. For some reason they never really got it together on this one. The subject matter is certainly good, but the chronology of the story seems confused. For one, this should have been a longer story. At least another hour could have included and clarified many aspects of Arnold's complex career in the Revolution. As it stands here many important events are left out, including the battle of Freeman's Farm, as well as his clever deception of the Indians which fouled Berry St. Leger's drive down from Oswego. These were important aspects of Arnold's career, which should have been included. The excessive romance scenes with Peggy could have been cut down to make room. Jeff Daniels would have been better to have as Washington. He was so good in "The Crossing" which was a much better film. The relationship with Major Andre is grossly over-stated. Aidrian Quinn does an adequate job playing Arnold, but his work is not made easiler by an overall weak support cast, and poor editing. What is good about the DVD version is that you get the true story of Arnold's life from the A&E Biography thats included. An overall attractive production with unfortunate short-comings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, flawed version of the Benedict Arnold story December 30, 2009
By Chris
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'Benedict Arnold - A Question of Honor' is a honest attempt at the very fascinating story of Benedict Arnold but it comes up short. Benedict Arnold's story should be brought to life because it has to be one of the most interesting and tragic stories to come out of the American Revolution. But the A & E version of his story feels too rushed, just not enough detail, and has a lower budget. The battle scenes that depict Arnold's heroic actions for the Americans in the Revolution are rather short and do not have a cast of thousands. There is no real sense of the vastness of the American Revolution. Also valuable time is spent on romantic scenes of Arnold and his wife that would be better used in depicting the machinations of his treason.

The acting is good, but is short of great. Aidan Quinn makes a suitably moody Arnold but does not really bring out what made Arnold such an admired American commander before he became a turncoat. Kelsey Grammer is decent as Washington but falls short of the excellent cinematic performances of Washington done by Barry Bostwick, Jeff Daniels, and David Morse. The key figure besides Arnold in the treason John Andre is portrayed in a less than convincing fashion. I did not really like the actor's performance as Andre and he did not bring the figure alive. Many American officers believed that Andre should not hang and were taken by his unique character but none of this comes through in the film.

I also believe that the film should have been longer and made on a bigger budget because this is such a interesting tale with so many interesting historical characters involved.

The DVD contains a rather good hour-long A & E biography on Arnold that contains nice contributions by many excellent American Revolution historians.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Underfunded, overwritten and often extremely badly acted, Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor aka Field of Honour, has a great story but it constantly shows its roots on the A&E Channel by putting long and florid quotes from the real characters' historical correspondence into the mouths of actors ill-equipped to deliver them aloud. Kelsey Grammar fares best as George Washington but Aidan Quinn is often hopelessly at sea as Benedict Arnold, a bit of a problem when he's the main character. It's an interesting attempt to look at the way the jealousy, snobbery and parsimony of those on his own side led the revolution's most brilliant and successful soldier to become its most notorious traitor, but cinematographer-turned-director Mikael Solomon fails to bring enough life and vitality to the rushed narrative to disguise the bad writing, low budget and poor casting while the accuracy doesn't extend to the production design: Valley Forge looks like a gentleman's summer retreat, Quebec is reduced to a field with a log fence and the American War of Independence something that took place in a few fields and streets in Ireland. Dull stuff.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Movie March 23, 2004
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I have to say that my rating was graded on a curve. I'd say this movie is some where between a high 3 and a low 4. Basically the equivalent of a C+ or B-. My disappointments with the movie was that I felt that it could have been 30 minutes longer and better edited. The story line seemed to jump around a tad. As for Grammer & Quinn? I thought that they both did a great job portraying Washington & Arnold.

I would recommend this DVD for those curious about Arnold. This movie sparked my interest in Arnold when it was first televised and convinced me that Benedict Arnold's treason was more tragic then anything. The DVD also has the A&E Biography of Arnold and is well worth the money.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wronging of Benedict Arnold and his reaction December 28, 2005
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He has gone down in history as a traitor, which is true. Had he succeeded in his plan to allow the British to capture the fort of West Point and General Washington, there would have been no United States in the eighteenth century. However, the true story is much more complex than that of a man selling out his country. He was the best field general in the U. S. army, his victory at Saratoga, where he personally led the charge to victory, established the Continental army as a viable military force. Seriously wounded in the leg, he was forced to spend a great deal of time convalescing.

During this time, an ungrateful Congress forced him to resign and promoted a politically connected incompetent ahead of him. His old friend George Washington manages to convince him to return to service and he is named military governor of Philadelphia after the British depart. He forcefully intervenes to stop mobs from hanging loyalists and looting their property. He also attempts to mend the fences between all factions, inviting all groups to a party. Unfortunately for him, he falls in love with the daughter of a loyalist and eventually marries her. This creates a scandal, he is removed from his position as military governor and is named commander of the fort at West Point. The Congress does not give him his back pay and then sends him a bill for goods. The Philadelphia mob attacks his house and he is humiliated. He is then transferred to the command of the fort at West Point. Urged by his wife, he plots to betray the colonial army and when the plot is discovered, he barely escapes before being captured.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Met expectations and am satisfied.
Published 11 days ago by Eddie P
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 19 days ago by STEVEN L KOUTZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great, underrated movie!
Published 1 month ago by Eddie Collison
5.0 out of 5 stars i Loved this movie
This movie made history come to life for me I just loved everything about it. This whole series should be required for our schools to show.
Published 7 months ago by Geradine Dinardo
2.0 out of 5 stars Benedict Arnold - A Question of Honor
American history buffs could probably find some faults with the film, but I found it to be an enjoyable, insightful look into one of the most conflicted men who had a hand in the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Colten
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story, complete with an A&E documentary as well as details of...
I am a great fan of American history, and one can never claim to love American history without knowing the story of Benedict Arnold and his role in the American revolution
Published 11 months ago by Dion Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
Kelsey Grammer was spectacular as Washington. I am also very glad that the director and producer made many efforts to make this as historically accurate as possible. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Darth Enalan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Traitor!
This is good and I always enjoy history. I had a bit of a problem staying with George Washington and forgetting Frasier!
Published 19 months ago by Olive Oyl
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching, if only to laugh at the bad acting!
It seems to me as though this 2003 A&E drama was an attempt to follow up on the success from their earlier Revolutionary War piece, "The Crossing. Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. Neels
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable to history buffs and their wives!
I really enjoyed this depiction of Benedict Arnold's life. As a history major, I realize the creators of this movie took a few liberties but I do believe this sort of thing always... Read more
Published on December 24, 2010 by Timothy Zini
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