Pub. Date:
Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Richard Easton
Director: Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer Cast: Richard Easton
Richard Easton
, Dylan Baker
Dylan Baker
Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer,




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.

Related collections and offers

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2006
UPC: 0841887050333
Original Release: 2002
Rating: NR
Source: Pbs (Direct)
Region Code: 1
Time: 3:30:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; The making of Benjamin Franklin; Program outtakes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Easton Benjamin Franklin
Dylan Baker Young Benjamin Franklin
Colm Feore Narrator

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Benjamin Franklin
2. Introduction [4:29]
3. Childhood in Boston [13:55]
4. First Trip to London [7:07]
5. Philadelphia, the Junto & Marriage [6:05]
6. Printer, Publisher, Philanthropist [11:08]
7. Electricity [11:00]
1. Franklin and Son Go to London [15:16]
2. Deborah Franklin [7:20]
3. The Stamp Act [4:57]
4. Glass Armonica [3:45]
5. The Autobiography [4:38]
6. The Hutchinson Letters [8:10]
7. The Break With William/Independence [9:17]
8. Credits [1:11]
2. Franklin's Mission to France [10:33]
3. Getting the Alliance [18:22]
4. Saratoga [15:38]
5. John Adams [11:57]
6. Yorktown and Peace Treaty [12:24]
7. Abolitionist & Constitutional Convention [9:15]
8. Epilogue [5:04]
9. Credits [1:59]

Customer Reviews