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Return to the days that sparked the American Revolution, now on Disney DVD for the first time! Meet young Johnny Tremain, a silversmith's apprentice with dreams of learning the trade and making his own way. When a terrible injury ends his hopes, he joins the emerging Sons Of Liberty. The Redcoats are coming as you journey back to the Boston Tea Party, the midnight ride of Paul Revere, and Lexington Green, where tyranny was vanquished by an idea -- freedom for all! Based on the classic novel by Esther Forbes, you won't want to miss one historic moment of Disney's classic adventure and liberty's rising light.|The film was originally meant as programming for the Disney television series, but when production costs mounted, Walt Disney decided to release it as a feature film.|The film is based on the 1943 novel by Esther Forbes, who won a Pulitzer Prize that year for her book "Paul Revere And The World He Lived In." "Johnny Tremain" won a prestigious Newbery Medal the following year.|Disney gave his youngest daughter, Sharon, a small role in the film so she could get into the Screen Actor's Guild and do commercials. Sharon can be seen during the mob scenes delivering her one-word line: "Yes."
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This film, Johnny Tremain, is one of Disney's tributes to the founding of the country in the American Revolution. It focuses on Boston in the years immediately before the "shot heard round the world" as it involved the fictional character of Johnny Tremain, an apprentice silversmith, caught up in the events of the outbreak of war.
Johnny's story is the story of the outbreak of war for the sake of liberty - a concept that made a common man like Johnny the equal of the wealthy noble. James Otis, Sam Adams, Paul Revere and the other leading lights of the Boston "Sons of Liberty" make their appearances as Johnny's life parallels that of the rise of a new country founded on liberty and freedom. Events such as the Boston Tea Party and the Battles of Lexington and Concord are played out from the perspective of the young Bostonian.
The film isn't like movies of today with their special effects and gritty realism. No, this is a highly stylized, patriotic, perhaps simplistic account of events in a story focusing on the common man. There is an innocence in this film I find refreshing. The British leaders themselves are shown as men of honor doing their duty, dreading bloodshed with the colonists even as the Patriot leaders are men of conviction, willing to sacrifice their very lives for freedom and liberty.
I enjoyed this window to a simpler time when Americans loved their country and didn't look for reasons to fault it. I enjoyed this film and recommend it to those interested with five stars.
Mr. Otis is often overlooked in our views of the rebellion in Boston and its environs, in favor of Dr. Joseph Warren, Samuel Adams, and Paul Revere, but here he is given his due. The story follows a young apprentice, with a kind, though strict, master, through his apprenticeship as a silversmith and as a patriot. You may also recognize Richard Beymer, who is probably best remembered as Tony in the film version of West Side Story.