Jan 162014
 
The Scarlet Coat

Rating: ★★½☆☆
In 1780, the war between the British and the American rebels is five-years-old, and has reached a stalemate. The chief intelligence officer for George Washington and the head of the Culper Spy Ring, searches for the agent who is sending the British vital military information, but learns too late that it is the famous hero, Major General Benedict Arnold. While the balanced treatment of both sides is praiseworthy, and the examination of the early intelligence service is worthwhile, it is not director John Sturges’ best film. In fact, everyone is too stiff, aside from Michael Wilding, who plays Major John Andre, a British army officer and Arnold’s contact, who was hung as a spy. Although the movie is worth watching for Wilding’s performance, it is regrettable that the script focuses on the tragic death of Andre, not the vanity and character flaws that drove Benedict Arnold to betray his country. Read More…

Aug 242011
 
John Paul Jones

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Although John Paul Jones (1959) gets the basic facts right, Robert Stack’s portrayal of the famous captain in the rebel navy during the American Revolution is a two-dimensional stock hero who has John Paul Jones’ bravery but otherwise bears little resemblance to the real man. Read More…

Jun 172009
 
The Last of the Mohicans (1936)

Rating: ★★★½☆
Although The Last of the Mohicans (1936) is a bit dated and whitewashes the French of any responsibility for the massacre at Fort William Henry, it is a relatively accurate portrayal of the fighting in North America during the Seven Years’ War. Read More…

Sep 142008
 
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Rating: ★★★½☆
Although The Last of the Mohicans (1992) provides little background to the Seven Years’ War, it does show that the American Revolution was largely caused by British arrogance, as well as presents the savage and terrifying nature of Indian-fighting. Read More…