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George Washington 

The early life and career of the American General and President through his participation in the Revolutionary War.
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Series cast summary:
Barry Bostwick ...  George Washington 3 episodes, 1984
Patty Duke ...  Martha Washington 3 episodes, 1984
David Dukes ...  Will Fairfax 3 episodes, 1984
Jaclyn Smith ...  Sally Fairfax 3 episodes, 1984
Farnham Scott ...  General Henry Knox / ... 3 episodes, 1984
Lloyd Bridges ...  Caleb Quinn 3 episodes, 1984
José Ferrer ...  Governor Dinwiddie / ... 3 episodes, 1984
Hal Holbrook ...  John Adams 3 episodes, 1984
Trevor Howard ...  Lord Fairfax 3 episodes, 1984
Jeremy Kemp ...  General Gates 3 episodes, 1984
Richard Kiley ...  George Mason 3 episodes, 1984
Stephen Macht ...  General Benedict Arnold 3 episodes, 1984
James Mason ...  General Braddock 3 episodes, 1984
Rosemary Murphy ...  Mary Ball Washington 3 episodes, 1984
Clive Revill ...  Lord Loudoun 3 episodes, 1984
Robert Stack ...  General Stark 3 episodes, 1984
Anthony Zerbe ...  General St. Pierre 3 episodes, 1984
Tony Devon ...  Aide 2 episodes, 1984
Mark C. Pollock Mark C. Pollock ...  (1984) 2 episodes, 1984
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The early life and career of the American General and President through his participation in the Revolutionary War.

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8 April 1984 (USA) See more »

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The crew from the U.S.S. Olympia (SSN 717) were extras in the filming at Yorktown See more »

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General Clinton: I pray that on the march to New York, Washington attacks us. I'll turn on him and crush him in one blow. Then let the French try to save him.
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Followed by George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986) See more »

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First In War, First In Peace, First In The Hearts Of His Countrymen
7 June 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

To take that imposing figure come down to us from Gilbert Stuart's famous portrait and turn George Washington into a flesh and blood human being was quite the achievement. I watched this and the succeeding mini-series about Washington and came away thinking I actually knew the man.

I think the credit goes to two people. First the source of this mini- series is James Thomas Flexner's authoritative biography on Washington. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know about our first president and what went into the shaping of his character. The book is eminently readable and Flexner writes so that even a non-historian can appreciate Washington.

The second is Barry Bostwick's performance as Washington. It's not easy to make someone who's attained near mythological status into a flesh and blood human being, but Bostwick succeeds brilliantly. His life and loves are told from early manhood through to the end of the American Revolution. Martha Washington is ably played by Patty Duke.

During our revolution at any number of given points the colonial army could have been snuffed out if British commanders had made different and better choices. Washington endured a few victories, some defeats, but he kept his army intact and in being until the advantage that made that final victory at Yorktown in 1781 presented themselves. He also had to endure a lot of criticism of his leadership from some elements of the Continental Congress.

In fact one should see this together with 1776 and get an idea about the American Revolution from both the military and civilian leadership perspectives.

In the supporting cast I enjoyed James Mason in one of his final roles as British General Braddock who Washington served under during the French and Indian War. It's there where Washington got his baptism of fire in the woods of western Pennsylvania. This is the 18th century equivalent of what the Indians did to General Custer. Washington was lucky to escape that day and Mason does in good job in portraying a very brave, but incredibly stupid general.

I would also single out Jaclyn Smith as Washington's first love, Lady Fairfax and Jose Ferrer as Virginia colonial Lieutenant Governor Robert Dinwiddie who gave Washington his first military command in the French and Indian War.

George Washington is good drama and good history. Anything you want to know about the first American president can be learned here.


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