Johnny Tremain

  • 1957
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Historical

This fine adaptation of Esther Forbes's novel opens in 1773 as Johnny Tremain (Hal Stalmaster), a silversmith's apprentice, becomes involved with revolutionary colonists, though he is at first uncommitted to their cause. His views change when he takes a silver cup his mother gave him, embellished with his family crest, to a nobleman (Sebastian Cabot) as...read more

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This fine adaptation of Esther Forbes's novel opens in 1773 as Johnny Tremain (Hal Stalmaster), a silversmith's apprentice, becomes involved with revolutionary colonists, though he is at first uncommitted to their cause. His views change when he takes a silver cup his mother gave him,

embellished with his family crest, to a nobleman (Sebastian Cabot) as proof that he is his relative. The noble accuses him of theft, and, though he's later cleared of the charge, the incident turns him into a revolutionary. Tremain then participates in the Boston Tea Party, followed by a

torchlight parade in which the rebels sing "The Liberty Tree." The patriots' continued refusal to cooperate with the British sets the stage for an armed confrontation at Lexington Green. Both sides have been ordered not to fire, but when a shot rings out from an unknown source, the American

Revolution--symbolized by the bonfire around which the rebels gather in the final scene--begins. JOHNNY TREMAIN makes history come alive. Stalmaster is very good as an average young man caught up in tumultuous times, and the film offers a balanced portrayal of both sides of the conflict, with

characters presented as human beings first, historical figures second.

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