Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

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


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2006
UPC: 0841887050333
Original Release: 2002
Rating: NR
Source: Pbs (Direct)
Region Code: 1
Time: 3:30:00
Sales rank: 4,079

Special Features

Closed Caption; The making of Benjamin Franklin; Program outtakes

Cast & Crew

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]

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Benjamin Franklin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
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.