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Johnny Tremain

Johnny Tremain

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Director: Robert Stevenson

Cast: Hal Stalmaster, Luana Patten, Jeff York

     
 

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This Walt Disney filmization of Esther Forbes' Revolutionary-War novel Johnny Tremain was appropriately released on July 4, 1957. New Disney discovery Hal Stalmaster plays the title character, an apprentice silversmith in 1773 Boston. An on-the-job injury prevents Johnny from finding a job, but he is welcomed with open arms at the headquarters of the Revolution

Overview

This Walt Disney filmization of Esther Forbes' Revolutionary-War novel Johnny Tremain was appropriately released on July 4, 1957. New Disney discovery Hal Stalmaster plays the title character, an apprentice silversmith in 1773 Boston. An on-the-job injury prevents Johnny from finding a job, but he is welcomed with open arms at the headquarters of the Revolution. After standing trial on a trumped-up robbery charge brought about by British sympathizer Jonathan Lyte (Sebastian Cabot), Johnny is set free, whereupon he joins the Sons of Liberty during their execution of the Boston Tea Party. Later on, General Gage (Ralph Clanton), the officer in charge of the colonies, does his best to stem the activities of the Sons of the Liberty without resorting to violence but this becomes a moot point after the battle of Lexington Green. If the storyline of Johnny Tremain seems to be divided into two even halves, it is because the film was originally intended as a two-part installment of the Disneyland TV anthology. As it turned out, the film did receive TV exposure on Walt Disney Presents, divided (as planned) into two segments: "The Boston Tea Party" (first telecast November 21, 1958) and "The Shot That Was Heard Around the World" (December 5, 1958).

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2005
UPC:
0786936278927
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
3,738

Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Liberty Story" - The Making of Johnny Tremain; "Johnny Tremain on TV" (Parts One and Two) - hosted by Walt Disney; Dolby Digital Mono sound; Full screen (1.33:1)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hal Stalmaster Johnny Tremain
Luana Patten Cilla Lapham
Jeff York James Otis
Sebastian Cabot Jonathan Lyte
Richard Beymer Rab Silsbee
Whit Bissell Josiah Quincy
Walter Sande Paul Revere
Rusty Lane Samuel Adams
Will Wright Ephraim Lapham
Virginia Christine Mrs. Lapham
Walter Coy Doctor Joseph Warren
Geoffrey Toone Major Pitcairn
Ralph Clanton General Gage
Gavin Gordon Colonel Smith
Lumsden Hare Admiral Montagu
Annette Funicello Actor
Charles B. Smith Horse Tender

Technical Credits
Robert Stevenson Director
Tom Blackburn Songwriter,Screenwriter
Charles P. Boyle Cinematographer
George Bruns Score Composer
Gertrude Casey Costumes/Costume Designer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Walt Disney Producer
Peter Ellenshaw Production Designer
Stanley E. Johnson Editor
Chuck Keehne Costumes/Costume Designer
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
David Newell Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Johnny's Story [6:44]
2. Breaking the Sabbath [4:59]
3. Family Ties [8:09]
4. Sons of Liberty [9:53]
5. The Boston Tea Party [11:47]
6. Standing on Principles [6:50]
7. Espionage [7:06]
8. The Rights of Englishmen [6:13]
9. A Call to Arms [6:19]
10. Guerrilla Warfare [12:19]

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Johnny Tremain 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie over a decade ago as a child growing up on the Disney channel. I loved it and watched it many times. Ever since than I have wanted to find it and buy it. But it was not out on dvd to buy and I was greatly disappointed. So I can't begin to describe my joy that it is finally available to buy on dvd. For anyone who loves older disney movies, who desires to give their children an insight into the American revolution, and especially for those who love history/American Revolution this is the movie for you. Or if you just love a good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
shane_wv More than 1 year ago
I just got finished with the book Johnny Tremain. This was a really good book to read. I would suggest it to anyone who likes to read! It was sad in some places throughout the book. It is filled with danger and excitement. I think the best quote of this book is "a man can stand up." This book was the best at getting your attention with all the action it has in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother used to teach The Revolutionary War era to her Eighth Grade students in Clark County, Springfield, OH. As a child born in 1961, I was exposed to this movie, then shown on 16mm film. It was a big deal to watch the Sons of Liberty-as there was only one copy in the entire State at the time. My mother had to reserve it from the Educational Lending Library annually. The experience of watching Johnny fight for a cause of freedom in 1776 is as ever present today as it was then. Seeing this video be re-released will allow another generation to experience what our Founding Fathers fought for: Life-Liberty-and the pursuit of Happiness for ALL PEOPLE regardless of race, gender, and orientation. This is an excellent video to open the horizons to freedom from the young to the nearly young.
Liz4 More than 1 year ago
I have used this movie as an introduction to the novel on which it is based, because it generates enough interest to encourage the reading of the book, which is far more enriching than the film. This movie, only 81 minutes long, does a really good job at depicting the Sons of Liberty and their role in history. Their secret meetings leading up to the Revolution remind me of the secret meetings that were held in Paris prior to the French Revolution and their storming of the Bastille. Obviously, secret meetings are mandatory for any revolution. Yes, Sam Adams is portrayed as something of a warmonger, but history, in fact, has declared him to be one of the most outspoken radicals pushing for independence and has credited Adams with suggesting the Committee of Correspondence system. In this film, we see the committee at work. This movie, however, cannot be viewed in lieu of reading the book, because brevity demands that it delete a number of characters and some interesting scenes. Once the book has been read, we realize what we are missing from the movie. At any rate, the movie does provide an excellent background for reading the book, and I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this movie was ok. the book tells alot more then the movie does. I think you can get past it the fist time then its like latter this is boring lets do something else then this. thanks
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie is worse then the book