Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Two Great Movies For Independence Day

Just got home from the Independence Day festivities, and turned to Turner Classic Movies. There are two for the day, which truly bring home the message of the sacrifices made by the Great Men and Women who made the Nation:

1776, a musical starring Ken Howard ("The White Shadow"), Howard da Silva, Blythe Danner ("The Great Santini"), William Daniels ("St. Elsewhere"), and John Cullum ("Northern Exposure"), a movie which manages to capture so much of the relationship between Jefferson and Adams (whose disputes were significant, but who both were indispensable to the Founding, and both who died fifty years to the day after the signing of the Declaration);

The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson ("Nip/Tuck"), Jason Isaacs ("Armageddon"), Tcheky Caryo, and Chris Cooper, a movie which manages to capture the sacrifices made by the Founding Generation.

Completely unrealistic. And moving representations of America's Founding. Required viewing.

Perhaps the best lines: "Treason is a crime created by the winners as an excuse for hanging the losers." Benjamin Franklin, 1776.

Or "Stay the course." Colonel Henry Burwell, The Patriot.

2 comments:

Hilary said...

Jason Isaacs has appeared in 30+ movies; "Independence Day" is not among them. Perhaps you are confusing it with "Armageddon".

James Young said...

Thank you, Hilary. You are, of course, correct.