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This PBS documentary demonstrates that there was more to Benjamin Franklin than most contemporary observers could imagine. The diversity of Franklin's achievements exceeded even what we know today, going far beyond the inventions, the Almanac, the statesmanship, the diplomacy...and the amorous conquests. Much of the teleplay is told in Franklin's own words, relayed in "talking head" fashion by two different actors: Dylan Baker as young Ben, and Richard Easton as the elderly Franklin. Other commentary is offered ...
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This PBS documentary demonstrates that there was more to Benjamin Franklin than most contemporary observers could imagine. The diversity of Franklin's achievements exceeded even what we know today, going far beyond the inventions, the Almanac, the statesmanship, the diplomacy...and the amorous conquests. Much of the teleplay is told in Franklin's own words, relayed in "talking head" fashion by two different actors: Dylan Baker as young Ben, and Richard Easton as the elderly Franklin. Other commentary is offered by a team of eminent historians and by narrator Colm Feore. Intended as a three-part miniseries, Benjamin Franklin ultimately aired in two segments, on November 19 and 20, 2002.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2002
  • UPC: 794054874426
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Easton Benjamin Franklin
Dylan Baker Young Benjamin Franklin
Colm Feore Voice Only
Technical Credits
Ellen Hovde Director, Producer
Muffie Meyer Director, Producer
Catherine Allan Executive Producer
Ronald Blumer Co-producer, Producer, Screenwriter, Teleplay
Charles Darby Producer
Eric Seuel Davies Editor
Richard Einhorn Score Composer
Tom Hurwitz Cinematographer
Donna Marino Editor
Sharon Sachs Editor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Entertaining History

    This is a wonderfully entertaining history of Franklin's life. It is a Docudrama that does a superb job with both the documenting of his life (through commentary) and the dramatic presentation of that life (done by an excellent cast). This is a film that is meant to educate. It is not a movie. But it educates in a brilliantly painless way. I highly recommend this DVD.

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