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His sense of adventure brought him to America. His bravery made him the country's greatest naval hero. The son of a Scottish gardener, John Paul Jones went to sea at age 12 with the British navy, making his way to America after killing a sailor in self-defense during a mutiny. He joined the fledgling American Navy, and in 1779 became captain of the Bon Homme Richard. In an epic battle with the British frigate Serapis, he responded to the enemy captain's premature assumption of victory with the immortal words, "Sir, I have not yet begun to fight," and went on to win the battle. Maritime experts, leading historians, and Naval officers reflect on the legacy of the swashbuckling hero in this definitive look at his life. And learn about his many accomplishments after the Revolution, when he went on to fight in the Russian navy and lived in Paris during the French Revolution. Join BIOGRAPHY for the story of an inspirational leader and the founder of the American naval tradition.

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  • Actors: John Paul Jones
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FKP1TU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,974 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 30, 2004
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Here is a life truly worth the telling, and this engaging look at the life of John Paul Jones rates among the very best of the A&E Biography series, in my opinion. John Paul Jones was not only America's first naval hero, one could say with some confidence that the U.S. Navy of today is built upon his principles, character, and ideas. He is best known today for seven words, a fiery declaration delivered in the heat of battle: "I have not yet begun to fight." Some may be surprised to learn where he was when he spoke those words (far away from the American coastline) that still reverberate through all the years; I for one learned a great deal about this man as I watched his story unfold here.
Born in Scotland, John Paul left home at the age of 13 to learn the art of shipping; by his mid-20s, he was a very successful ship master and merchant, but his life took a drastic change in a Mediterranean dock in late 1793. His seamen, wanting their pay immediately rather than at the prescribed time, mutinied, and John Paul ran a man threw in self-defense. He immediately turned himself in and would certainly have been acquitted by any naval court, but Mediterranean justice (or injustice) was a far cry from that of Britain, and he was forced to flee for his life. He showed up almost two years later in Virginia, now bearing the name John Paul Jones, and he sought and won the commission of a vessel in the nascent Continental Navy. Over the course of the War for American Independence, Jones' remarkable exploits garnered him widespread fame in America as well as France, and few British sailors would speak his name without a note of trepidation in their voices.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George P. Watt Jr. on April 7, 2008
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This was an outstanding movie. I very compelling story about one of Americas first Navel Heros. If you enjoy history and want to understand how John Paul Jones helped the Americans win the Revolutionary War, then you will love this movie.
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