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Johnny Tremain

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Decent complement to the classic children's novel.

Movie NR 1957 90 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

interesting and accurate

I saw this in American history in 8th grade. I only remember bits and pieces of it, but it was about what I expected it to be. The battle scenes were accurate and were neither graphic nor sanitized- typical of war movies at the time, and typical Disney fare from Walt's day as well. The rest of the movie was interesting too, as we got to learn about people associated with the American Revolution that we don't usually hear about.
age 18+

It sux

It is a horrible movie, nothing like the book.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Done with Disney's usual high standards and even one musical number, this is a decent, occasionally stirring piece about the birth of USA. Some viewers, youngsters especially, might find the battle scenes a little small scale for Hollywood, but there's probably more accuracy in showing how the American Revolution really started out with guerilla-type skirmishes and brief clashes in the dirt roads around Lexington -- not Jeffersonian X-Wing fighter dives onto King George III's Death Star.

Some speechifying by John Hancock, Sam Adams, and Paul Revere is a little dry, but the drama comes to life with a great monologue given by one of the lesser-known Founding Fathers, a grouchy semi-invalid named John Otis (Jeff York) in which he declares that what's happening in Boston is a serious conflict about freedom, with long-reaching implications, not just playing soldier to banish the pesky Redcoats.

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