Benedict Arnold - A Question of Honor
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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.
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
- Includes Benedict Arnold episode of A&E Biography
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
- Aidan Quinn and Kelsey Grammer biographies and filmographies
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Anyway, I'm fascinated by Benedict Arnold and once you start reading about his life and how things went downhill for him, you can begin to understand how complex his story is.
I think the show TURN on AMC actually does the best job of portraying Arnold accurately and peels away some of the layers of complexity and mystery of why and how Arnold did what he did. I think it boils down to entitlement vs disenfranchisement – maybe that's an oversimplification but at the core of the story, there it is.
I do recommend this for Revolutionary War buffs like me but I don't think that Arnold's story was covered as thoroughly as it could have been but it's not bad.