Sons of Liberty (2015)

 

 

Director:     Kari Skogland.

Starring:     Ben Barnes (Sam Adams), Marton Csokas (General Thomas Gage), Ryan Eggold (Joseph Warren), Henry Thomas (John Adams), Michael Raymond-James (Paul Revere), Rafe Spall (John Hancock), Jason O'Mara (George Washington), Dean Norris (Ben Franklin), Shane Taylor (Thomas Preston), Emily Berrington (Margaret Kemble Gage), Kevin Ryan (John Pitcairn), Diarmaid Murtagh (Tim Kelly), Darren Connolly (Sergeant Urquhart), John Heffernan (Governor's Aide), Radu Iacoban (Private Woodruff), David Lipper (Amos), Andrew Pleavin (Mr. Whittier), Denis Stefan (The Wingman), Sean Gilder (Thomas Hutchinson), Hadley Fraser (John Dickinson), Daisy Lewis (Abigail Adams), Christopher Sciueref (Private Seidel), Lex Shrapnel (William Dawes), Ionut Grama (Lookout Silo Guard), Jimmy Akingbola (Peter Salem), Samuel Bottomley (Christopher Seider), Billy Carter (Thomas Jefferson), Matthew Clancy (Private Escott), Edith Dandenault (Mrs. Stevenson), Grahame Fox (Private Wholey), Steve Guttenberg (Jack Bonner), Michael Jenn (Wedderburn), Daisy Lewis (Abigail Adams). 

TV miniseries. 

Sam Adams and the beginning of the American Revolution. 

 

 

Spoiler Warning:

Episode 1.  A Dangerous Game.

Boston, Massachusetts.  Sam Adams narrates.  "History will regard our nation as inevitable.  It wasn't.  In 1765, we were still a group of colonies living under British oppression.  There wasn't even a thought of revolution, much less a United States.  Things were so bad that gangs took to fighting each other in the streets."  A big man shouts out at the other gang:  "Stay out of the docks!  This is our turf."

"The crown really didn't care what we did to each other, as long as we paid out taxes.  But everything changed on August 13 when Dr. Warren came looking for me.  After that, there was no turning back."

Dr Warren tells Sam that Governor Hutchinson says Sam owes him a lot of money.  Just at this point red coat soldiers bust into the tavern.  Dr. Warren tells Sam that the governor has issued a warrant for Sam's arrest.  The British officer wants to know who is Sam Adams?  The Americans keep quiet.  Sam now makes a run for it and the soldiers chase after him.  Sam goes into the hidden basement. 

The British can't find Sam, so they go outside to search the area for him.  Sam comes outside at about the same time.  The British spot him and go after him.  Sam goes up unto the tavern roof.  The British have a rough time breaking through the crowds of the Americans on the streets.  The Americans get so rowdy that the British soldiers have to retreat to the governor's house.  The aide to the governor says there is a mob out there and they're heading straight for the governor's house. 

As the mob grows bigger and bigger, the soldiers retreat into the governor's house.  The group gets out a back way.  The rioters now invade the house.  They start tearing up the mansion.  They also set fires in the mansion. 

The next morning, the soldiers come looking for Sam Adams who is in the basement.  Again, they can't find Sam. 

John Adams now comes to visit with his cousin Sam.  John says Sam, the tax collector for the crown, owes the British 8,000 pounds in uncollected taxes.  Sam doesn't collect taxes from his friends and so his friends' debts are now John's debts.  John tells his cousin to turn himself in. He leaves. 

The Estate of John Hancock, Beacon Hill, Boston.  The governor comes to see Hancock.  The governor says he has a good relationship with Hancock that both have benefited from.  Now, however, the governor needs help from Hancock to catch this Sam Adams.  He wants Hancock to handle Sam. 

Hancock goes to see Sam in his favorite tavern.  Hancock introduces himself to Sam, but Sam says he knows who Hancock is.  Sam senses that this Hancock is a messenger for the governor.  Hancock prefers to think that he wants to promote the continued peace and tranquility of the colony.  He adds that he could get rid of the arrest warrant and pay off Sam's debts.  In return, Sam would take a quick trip to the courthouse.  Then Sam will promise to help end the madness in the streets of Boston, and help the governor restore sanity to the city.  The two men shake on the deal. 

Sam goes over to John Adams's house.  John's wife Abigail comes out to tell Sam that he should settle down. When he goes inside to speak to John, John starts lecturing Sam on everything that Sam should be and is not.   Now John tells Sam that he can stay here in their home. 

Hancock explains his deal with Sam to the governor, and the governor is furious with Hancock, saying Hancock gave Sam Adams immunity.  He throws Hancock out of the governor's mansion. 

London, England. Three months later.  A messenger gives the governor's letter to Lord North.  North reads the letter and tells the messenger to get him Ben Franklin. 

Franklin explains the unrest by pointing to too many taxes and not enough work.  People are hungry.  Franklin says he will investigate and put an end to the unrest in Boston. 

The Estate of General Thomas Gage.  The British want Gage to go to Boston and quell all this unrest.  Gage says he's not going back to America. 

Lord North now gives the custom agents a great deal freedom to search the buildings and houses in Boston looking for contraband and other things.  The colonists will come to heel or else.

Boston Harbor, 1766.  Lots of British soldiers land at Boston Harbor.  To billet the soldiers, Boston citizens are pushed out of their houses.  A grocer is arrested for non-payment of his debts.  Sam tries to intervene but a soldier hits him in the gut with the butt of his rifle and Sam goes down. 

A British officer tells one of Hancock's ship captains that, by order of the king, all duties are now to be paid in full with no exceptions.  The British seize the ship as property now of King George III. 

Hancock now comes to complain to the governor about the taking of one of his ships.  Governor Hutchinson says that Hancock is nothing but a glorified smuggler.  Hancock says that he cannot make any money if he has to pay in full all the duties on his goods.  The governor says:  "That would seem to be the case."  Hancock leaves. 

Now Hancock turns to Sam Adams to get his smuggled goods into Boston Harbor.  In short, he wants to be partners with Sam Adams.  Sam accepts. 

Sam works with his men and with Hancock's ship captains and sailors.  One of Sam's men is the silversmith Paul Revere.  Revere lets the conspirators use his place for their work and plans.

A ship starts coming, but the British spot it.  The order is given to fire a warning shot across the bow of the smuggling ship.  The smugglers give in and the ship is boarded by the British.  The British think they will find cases of Madera wine, but the captain says they are carrying molasses.  The officer checks for the wine but can't any aboard the ship.  The British have to leave with nothing to show for their efforts.  The Madera wine is at the bottom of the harbor waiting to be brought up again and on to row boats. 

Sam and his men drive a wagon full of wine to Sam's tavern.  He is helped by Dr. Warren and the son of the grocer arrested by the British.  The son creates a diversion so Sam can get through to his place.

Now Hancock, Sam and Paul work out an elaborate network of places where the smuggled goods can be picked up.  A special coin is the magic pass for the pickup of the goods. They will give the special coins to their true customers so they know who can be served the smuggled Madera wine.  Tim Kelly will be the payment collector. 

And now Hancock is back in the money and he throws a big ball for his friends.  The governor attends the ball and now wonders how Hancock is back in business and in the money so quickly.

An Irish spy gets one of the coins from another Irishman who has some coins, and soon the spy is telling Hutchinson that there are least 20 shops in the ring.  The governor says:  "Let's shut them down." 

So the soldiers keep raiding the shops, beating shop owners and arresting them.  The British also destroy the items in the shops. 

Sam talks to Hancock, who says the whole thing is a disaster and a travesty.  Sam says they shut down every shop not run by a loyalist.  He says they need to do something else.  A boycott of all the Tory shops. 

Sam's men go around painting white large T's, standing for Tory, on the shops owned by loyalists. 

Hancock sees what Sam has done and he doesn't like it.  He tells Sam to stop this nonsense.  Sam walks away from Hancock. 

Downtown Boston.  February 22, 1770.   Tim Kelly and his men now start attacking the shops of the Tories.  They throw the owners out of their stores.  The governor walking by grabs a rifle from a British soldier in order to put a stop to the attack.  The rebels get angry and start chasing the governor through the streets of Boston.  The man runs into his house and from the second floor windows he tells the crowd below to leave him and his family alone.  The crowd start throwing bricks through the governor's windows.  The governor tells them to get away from his home or he'll fire.  The crowd just taunts him, and Hutchinson fires into the crowd.  A young boy, Christopher, is hit.

Sam takes the boy and gives his body to Dr. Warren.  The crowd disperses. 

A funeral is held for Christopher, Sam's trustful lookout.  The governor, who shot the boy, ties to join the procession, but Sam tells him off.  The man says he should have had the rioters all arrested.  He goes back to his home. 

King Street, Boston, March 5, 1770.  There's a lot of sadness in Boston after the funeral.  John Adams comes to the tavern to tells Sam that there is rioting in the square.  He also says that this has all gone too far and it all has to end now.  Sam replies:  "This is just the beginning."  Sam walks over to the square.  More red coats come to the square.  The officer sees Sam and he hits him, bloodying his face.  A rebel strikes a red coat and a soldier fires into the crowd killing a black man named Crispus Attucks, the first man to die in the American Revolution.  Two more men are hit by bullets.  Sam grabs a club and starts beating the red coat who fired first.  The other red coats run for their lives, as they are being chased by the rebels.  Five bodies lay in the snow. 

 

Episode 2.  The Uprising.

In Paul Revere's shop the rebels are painting their faces and decorating themselves with Indian items for what will become later known as the Boston Tea Party.  John Hancock comes over for a look-see.  And, again, Hancock says everything needs to calm down, Mr. Adams.  He says all this is bad for business.  Sam tells him:  "It's all money for you.  That's not what this is about."  Sam tells his men:  "Let's go, boys."

The men get in row boats and go to the other side of the ship filled with tea boxes.  They climb up onto the ship and Sam knocks out a loyalist.  Then he tells the two red coats to go take a swim.  Both men jump into the harbor. 

More red coats come to the ship.  One of the men shouts to the officer:  "You're not gonna let us sell our goods?  We're not gonna let you sell yours!"  The rebels start throwing the boxes of tea into the harbor.  The officer decides to use force, but the governor comes running over telling the officer not to shoot.  He adds:  "Do not make Sam Adams a martyr."  The British have to stand down. The rebels return to throwing the tea boxes into the harbor. 

London, England.  Benjamin Franklin is called before Lord North's board again.  They call Massachusetts an insubordinate colony.  The rebels dumped 90,000 shillings of royal merchandise into the harbor.  Franklin says the colonists were simply defending their natural rights as Englishmen.  Franklin also warns the panel of sending in more British troops.  If the British make martyrs of the protestors, then the British may just start a revolution. 

The board didn't pay any attentions to Franklin's advice.  They send more troops to Boston.  General Gage will be in command of the troops. 

Hutchinson waits for the arrival of General Gage and his men.  The soldiers march down the street and get into position.  Now comes the general riding on his horse.  Gage tells Hutchinson that he's being shipped back to London to report to King George III.  Hutchinson's service as governor has been concluded. 

Gage now takes his wife Margaret, originally a colonist, to see her new home, the governor's mansion. 

Gage releases his soldiers on Boston to teach with violence the Bostonians a lesson of just who's the boss around here.  A lot of colonists are beaten down with rifle butts. 

Gage shuts the ports.  Nothing in, nothing out.  An officer comes into Sam's favorite tavern.  He says the drinks are on the house, courtesy of Gen. Gage.  As the men drink the officer and Sam go to speak in private.  The officer offers Sam a lot of money (200 shillings) to work in harmony with Gen. Gage.  Sam won't take the money.  The officer tells Gage that Sam Adams refused to take the offer. 

Everyone is forced to go into the square by the soldiers.  They are pushed here to see the public whipping of a Boston resident.  The man was stealing from one of His Majesty's ships.  This is  meant as a lesson to the Bostonians that there will be order in Boston.  The Bostonians don't like it one bit. 

Dr. Warren says he will tend to the whipped man's wounds or he will surely die.  The sergeant tells the doctor that he is not allowed near the prisoner.  Mrs. Gage comes along and intervenes.  She tells the sergeant that she suggests that he honor the law and let the poor whipped man see the doctor. The sergeant consents.  Dr. Warren thanks Mrs. Gage.  Sam tells two of his men that they need more guns. 

Gen. Gage calls in John Adams.  John gets the feeling that the general is threatening him.  Yes, Gage is because he wants John to control his cousin Sam Adams.  This makes John mad and he asks the general if this is how he treats British subjects?  Gage retorts:  "Not British.  They're colonists.  And all of you will be treated however I see fit until you learn to submit to your king."

Margaret goes out horse riding.  She stops by a pond and gets off her horse.  She is enjoying the sunshine.  Dr. Warren comes along on horseback and he stops to talk to Mrs. Gage.  She says her horse threw a shoe.  Warren goes to check on the horse.  The two decide to use Warren's horse to ride back to get Margaret a blacksmith. 

There's another raid on Sam's favorite tavern.  And, again, Sam isn't there.  Tim Kelly is knocked around some and gets hit with a rifle butt because he spit blood onto the officer's uniform. 

John Adams speaks with Sam saying that Gage is coming after Sam, but Sam already knows that.  And Sam's not going to cooperate with Gage. So now John says they need a better plan and he can help his cousin. 

Gage comes to Hancock to tell him he is taking over Hancock's house.  At first, Hancock can't believe it, but he knows it's real when the soldiers escort Hancock out of his own house. 

Hancock comes to talk with Sam about General Gage.   He says:  "Mr. Adams, I'm in.  Whatever you want, whatever you need."  Sam asks Hancock how can they trust that Hancock is not working for Gage?  Hancock says Gage booted him out of his own house.  Sam says Hancock is still only thinking selfishly about himself.  Adams adds: "You are not one of us.  So why don't you get out? .  . .  Get out!"  John Adams speaks up saying that they could use Hancock's money for his new plan.  So Hancock is in. 

John Adams tells Hancock that he is sending out riders to the other 12 colonies that they might meet together in Philadelphia.  He says the British can ignore one colony, but they can't ignore a union of 13 colonies. 

At home, Margaret sees he husband making out with another woman. 

Pennsylvania State House, September, 1774.  There are not many delegates at the meeting.  The three delegates from Boston tell about Boston's terrible troubles with the British.  John Adams says the British oppression is constant and unending.  A delegate from Pennsylvania, Mr. Dickinson, says that all this is ridiculous and it's all the fault of Boston itself.  Dickinson is interrupted by the arrival of George Washington in his military uniform.  Dickinson pauses and then says that Gen. Gage is only trying to restore order.  Washington pipes up and says:  "General Gage is a cancer.  I fought alongside him in the war with the French.  And, like a cancer, he brings with him only suffering and death.  What he lacks in compassion, he makes up for with brutality.  Action must be taken."

Dickinson makes fun of the unity idea.  Washington pipes up again:  "You are wrong, sir.  You are wrong.  Virginia stands with Massachusetts."  Nevertheless, Dickinson wins the day saying they will just write a letter to the king about some of the worst of Gage's actions. 

Sam tells Hancock and John that this is hopeless.  These men are cowards.  Washington comes over the the Massachusetts table, saying:  "Make no mistake, gentlemen.  War is coming.  We all know that.  But Boston is on its own for now."  Sam asks Washington what would he have Massachusetts do?  Washington answers that the delegates are not going to give Massachusetts an army, ". . . so I suggest that you make one of your own."  Washington now leaves. 

Concord, Massachusetts, 17 miles northwest of Boston.  Sam, Paul Revere and Hancock are on the farm of James Barrett.  Sam wants to use the farm for weapons storage.  The farmer goes over and opens up the barn.  He says that and here are Sam's first recruits. The barn contains a good number of men wanting to sign up for the Massachusetts militia. 

In Lexington (northeast of Concord), a man named Dawes spots Paul Revere coming in for a drink.  Dawes says he had to leave Boston for lack of work.  He tells Paul that he has been thinking back on their old army days.  He also says Paul's not here just for a visit, so what's up?  Paul says, well, here's the plan.  The two of them will set up a route in and out of Boston. 

Sam has a lot of guns now, but he is low on gunpowder.

Gage wants sex with his wife, but she doesn't want sex with him.   Thomas gets angry and grabs her by the throat.

Margaret goes to see Dr. Warren.  He sees a bruise on her  cheek.  She kisses the doctor, but stops herself and leaves the house.  Dr. Warren is called to save a badly hurt black man named Peter Salem.  The red coats thought he was stealing and they shot him.  Peter says he was just loading barrels like they told him to do.  What was in the barrels?  Gunpowder. 

Paul Revere rides out to tell the good news to Sam.  The barrels are stored in a big silo guarded by four soldiers one on each side.  There is another guard in a guard tower nearby. 

At night, the guard in the tower tells the guard below him that one of the lanterns went out.  Go check on the situation. The guard goes over to the lantern, but he hears a noise.  He goes over to investigate and gets knocked out by the rebels.  Sam in a red coat uniform now pretends to be one of the guards.  The process is repeated three more times.  The rebels now gain access to the silo and the gunpowder.  The men start moving the barrels out of the silo.  The men pass the barrels down to the wagons where they are loaded in the backs of the wagons.  Too late the British discover that something is amiss.  Then a rebel lights the gunpowder trail he set up and the silo explodes into thousands of pieces  

Gage says their 200 barrels of gunpowder are gone.  He tells officer Pitcairn that he will find Sam Adams and John Hancock before the week is out. 

Margaret and Dr. Warren have a little affair.  She tells the good doctor that she wants to help the rebel cause. 

Revere tells Sam that he and Hancock must leave the farm and go hide in Lexington.  The Irish spy discovers where the weapons depot of the rebs is. 

Gage calls Dr. Warren to his house because he is having a sharp pain in his chest that can't be eased. The doctor arrives and shortly after that Margaret comes into the room saying to her husband, you summoned me.  Now Margaret and Warren see each other, but neither acts like they know the other. The general asks if Warren has a wife at home?  Warren say he did have a wife, but she died three years ago.  Warren gives the general a potion that will ease the pain  He now says good night. 

Lexington, Massachusetts.  14 miles outside of Boston.  Hancock and Sam share a room in a safe home. 

The Irish spy tells Pitcairn and Gage about the rebel weapons depot.  He also says that the rebels have an army.  Margaret listens in on the conversation.  She hears the spy say that Sam and Hancock are centered in Lexington.  Gage says they will go to Lexington first and then on to Concord.

Margaret writes a letter to Dr. Warren about what she overheard.  She tries to leave the governor's mansion, but she is stopped by her husband.  He tells her that she can go out whenever she wants, but she will always have to have two military guards with her.  So Margaret and two guards go walking through the streets of Boston.  As she walks, Margaret deliberately drops one of her gloves on the street.  She keeps on walking behind the guards.  She tells the guards she must have dropped  a glove somewhere.  She rushes over to where the glove is and slips her note under the door of Dr. Warren.  She then picks her glove up off the street and rejoins her guards. 

Warren reads the note. He now goes and tells Paul Revere what the British plans are.  Revere and Dawes saddle up their horses and go riding to warn the rebs that the British are coming.  Dawes will go to Concord and Revere will go to Lexington.

Early in the morning the British are on the march.  Revere rides into a roadblock.  He walks his horse around the roadblock, but runs into British soldiers anyway.  Revere knocks out cold all three of the British soldiers.

Lexington.  April 19, 1775.  Revere rides his horse fast through Lexington, shouting that the red coats are coming.  The two men at the road block now ride into town. Sam tells Revere that they will never get out of Lexington now.  Revere says yes, you will and runs for his horse and takes off again.  The two British soldiers follow Revere.  Sam runs toward Concord shouting to sound the alarm.  A fellow up in the belfry starts ringing the bell and men with rifles come running and start gathering together as fast as they can.  Tim Kelly leads the rebs.

Here come the British soldiers now.  The rebs don't know what to do militarily speaking.  So Tim tells his men to let the British shoot first.  He doesn't realize that if the British shoot first they will kill a good portion of the rebels.  The British start to move forward as the rebs move back a few yards.  The rebs take their firing positions  The British now start advancing again and then they stop and fire into the rebel ranks. 

 

Episode 3.  Independence. 

The British fire knocks a lot of the rebels down.  Then a second rank takes more rebs down.  The rebels start running.  Tim is shot a couple of times.

Paul Revere runs into two red coats.  He throws a knife into one of them and shoots another.  Then another red coat comes up and shoots Revere off his horse.  Another red coat comes to examine the body and, Paul, pretending to be dead, fights with the soldier.  The soldier whacks Paul in the hesf with the butt of his rifle, but then Sam Adams comes up and knocks the red coat down.  Then Sam hits the man on the head with his pistol.  Still another red coat comes up and gets behind Sam.  Just as the man is going to shoot, Hancock shoots the soldier.  Hancock stands as if suddenly frozen. 

Pitcairn says that the rebels knew they were coming.  Someone talked.  Pitcairn tortures Tim Kelly by putting a knife into the wound on Kelly's arm in order to get Kelly to tell him where Sam Adams is. Kelly won't talk.  As Pitcairn starts walking away, he orders a soldier to kill Kelly.  Kelly is shot in the head.  And now it's on to Concord. 

Barrett's Farm, Concord, Massachusetts.  William Dawes arrives at the farm.  He says to the farmer that he's a friend of Paul Revere.  His message to the farmer is that the British are coming with  a full regiment of men.  Dawes strongly suggests that they hide the munitions from the British. 

They gather the neighbors together for some help with the hiding process. They plow a patch of ground, put the rifles in burlap bags and bury the rifles.  The gun powder is hauled off into the woods and covered with branches from the trees.  The two cannons they have are covered by a compost piles.

The British arrive with only farmer Barrett visible on the land.  The British start searching for weapons at the farm.  They go into the woods, the barn and the house.  The only thing they find is one musket ball.  A British soldier knocks Barrett down.  Pitcairn is about to kill Barrett when the rebels open fire on the British.  A lot of British soldiers fall to the ground.  The British start running for their lives.  They leave the farm and head for the town of Concord. 

A lot of dead and wounded British soldiers are brought back to Boston.  Gage is furious with the wounded Pitcairn.  His mission was a failure because the colonials ambushed them at the Barrett farm.  The munitions were gone from the farmer's property.  Gage wants everyman still alive questioned to see if one or more soldiers gave information to the rebels.  Every soldier, including the officers, will be on report or confined to their barracks. 

Gage suspects that it was his wife that gave the information to the rebs.  He bursts into her room, scaring her.  He says she has been with Dr. Warren many times.  Does she know who the doctor is friendly with?  She says no, because she hardly knows Dr. Warren.  Gage leans in near Margaret's face and says:  "I know it was you."  He says the blood of the dead and dying soldiers are on her hands.  Gage calls her a "traitor".  He locks Margaret in her room.

Colonial Encampment, four miles west of Boston.  John Adams rides into the encampment.  He tells Sam and Warren that they have called for a Second Continental Congress.  And they want Sam to explain the situation in Massachusetts to them.  Sam thinks the congress is a joke, but John tells him that the other colonies could combine together and help the British defeat the Massachusetts dream of independence.  So, Sam and Hancock will be going to Pennsylvania. 

Gage sends a letter to Lord North to tell him that they must allow for a greater British presence here in the colonies.  He is going to try to get 20,000 new troops into the colonies.  "This is a war.  It's time you all started treating it as such!"

Second Continental Congress.  Pennsylvania State House.  Dickinson puts the blame for the war in Massachusetts on Sam Adams himself.  Sam gets so excited that he leaves the building. 

Later, John and Sam Adams, and Hancock go to see Benjamin Franklin for some assistance in talking the congress into uniting behind Massachusetts colony.

Colonial Encampment on Bunker Hill, one mile north of Boston.  [ In 1775 Bunker Hill was northwest of the small town of Charlestown on the southern end of the peninsula, and also northwest of Breed's Hill.  Breed's Hill is north of Charlestown and closer to Charlestown  than Bunker Hill.]

The colonials control the territory outside of Boston, while Gage controls Boston.  Warren and Revere ask the commander of the camp if they could hold back a British attack.  The answer is no. 

Franklin is frank with his guests.  There's no way the British are going to grant the colonies willingly the freedoms that they seek.  They also are not seeking just the rights of everyday British citizens.  "You're talking about a new country."  All the colonies will unite into a new nation.  Franklin admits that's exactly what he wants to happen.  Sam is so pessimistic that he won't push his ideas to the other delegates.  Franklin tells  him that Sam has a lot to learn.  The idea will work. 

Boston, Massachusetts, June 16, 1775.  Gage says that they will attack tomorrow at first light.  The next morning, more British ships come into Boston Harbor.  Revere tells Warren that it looks like the British are coming for them through Charlestown (on a peninsula north and northeast of Boston). 

The colonists are low on ammunition and gunpowder.  Warren doubts that they can hold off some 3,000 British redcoats with so little supplies. 

And here come the British soldiers.  The colonists on Breed's Hill are saturated with cannon fire.  The first attempt to take Breed's Hill is thrown back.  Now the second advance starts.  It's more successful than the first attack.  Black Peter Solomon shoots Major Pitcairn off his horse, but then he is wounded in battle.  It's actually the third attack that is successful.  The colonists couldn't hold on because of a lack of ammunition, so they retreated. Dr. Warren is killed in the battle.  Gage is the one who finished off Warren. 

In Philadelphia. John Adams receives a note.  He get up to say that the British troops just killed hundreds of Boston militiamen, along with their friend Dr. Joseph Warren.  George Washington stands up saying:  "General Gage is a ruthless, brutal tyrant who will stop at nothing.  It's time he was stopped.  I will ride to Boston.  I will take care of him myself."  Washington leaves.  Sam Adams leaves. 

Gage says they will regroup and attack the rebels again.

Hancock tries to get Sam back into the meeting, but Sam just gets on his horse and rides out.  As Sam rides along, he suddenly stops.  He turns his horse around and heads back to Philadelphia.  Sam walks in when Franklin, John Adams and Hancock are considering their next moves. 

George Washington and hundreds of soldiers arrive to greet Paul Revere and his troops. 

The Irish spy tells Gage that Washington has arrived with at least 6,000 men.  Gage says the British have to leave Boston.  He tells a man to go tell Washington that General Gage wants to speak with him. 

In Philadelphia a Mr. Rutledge is still not backing Boston.  So now Sam speaks up:  "You still think you have a choice, do you, Mr. Rutledge?  They will take your possessions.  They will rip you from your home.  And they'll probably kill you.  Sure as I'm standing here right now."

Washington goes to meet Gage.  Gage taunts Washington about his early defeats.  Washington says that was a long time ago.  Gage says he wants free passage out of Boston, or else he will burn Boston down.  Washington says:  "So be it."

In Philadelphia Franklin tells Hancock that he wants him to preside over congress.  With a little convincing from Franklin, Hancock doesn't say no to the offer. 

Evacuation Day, Boston, March 17, 1776.  The Bostonians jeer the leaving British and then they hold a celebration. 

Franklin says they need someone to write a declaration of independence.  He chooses Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. 

Washington tells Revere to ride to Philadelphia to warn them that the British are going to be heading their way.  Washington himself and his troops will be on the move south too.   Revere tells Sam Adams in Philadelphia that Gage is going to attack New York.  Sam tells some of the delegates that his friend Paul Revere has just arrived from Boston with fresh news from George Washington.  The British will attack New York.

Sam gives a rousing speech to all the delegates about fighting for independence. 

Pennsylvania State House.  July 4, 1776.  Dickinson abstains from the independence vote.  For Pennsylvania, Franklin votes aye.  Sam Adams vote aye.  The resolution passes.  The Massachusetts men did it! 

The battle for New York begins.   

 

I always wondered about what Sam Adams did in the time of the American Revolution.  He is barely mentioned in the films on the American Revolution.  If there ever was a man to be called the father of the American Revolution, surely it must be Sam Adams. We follow Sam Adams as he first starts resisting the British pushing the Bostonians around, literally and figuratively.  From his favorite bar in Boston, he speaks up and speaks out, and he takes real actions.  Men follow him because they see him as brave, outspoken and a natural leader.  We follow Sam through the British blockage of the harbor, the closing down of non-loyalist bars, the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the battles of Lexington and Concord, the battle of Bunker Hill and, finally, the British exodus from Boston.  I'm so thankful that Sam Adams gets some real recognition and in such a good mini-series.  It's a good starting movie on the American War of Independence to watch.  Highly recommended.

Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.

 

 

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