1978 period drama charting a young man's story, his trials and tribulations and building gradually into his involvement with the American war of independence. In fact, the story ends just as the war starts. So this is not a war drama, more of a period romp centered around one man's adventures complete with sword fights, friends, enemies, lovers etc. The plot moves from rural France to England and on to Boston, USA.
Along the way there are a whole host of famous faces including Donald Pleasance, Kim Cattrall, William Shatner and Tom Bosley (the dad off Happy Days) who plays Benjamin Franklin, complete with long grey wig, small round spectacles and even takes a naked 'air bath'!
It's lighthearted and but it also moves along at a very watchable pace. I enjoyed it on loads of levels. At first i found myself giggling at how seriously it takes itself despite having some dodgy accents, hammy acting and some wonderfully naff lines of dialogue. But it is also very warm hearted and fun.
For me, this is perfect sunday evening viewing. All the nostalgia of late 70's tv combined with a hearty late 1700s period drama adventure and a slightly unintentionally funny edge throughout.
Think 'one man' Three musketeers meets Barry Lyndon lite. Entertaining, cosy and well recommended if you like this sort of thing.
(p.s. - length of feature is in fact 3hrs, not 4hrs as stated above and on the dvd case itself).