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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian23 Feb 2019 8:46 p.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

AWI: I Wish They Would Make a Movie About…

28% said "Saratoga campaign"
25% said "John Paul Jones"
19% said "Bunker Hill"

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2019 10:18 p.m. PST

Saratoga Campaign would be great.

Winston Smith23 Feb 2019 10:31 p.m. PST

I keep saying that you can't make a movie "about" a battle or campaign, unless it's a dry as dust documentary.
Movies are about people.
Who are you going to make this about?

Rhino Co23 Feb 2019 10:35 p.m. PST

Benedict Arnold and the Baroness von Riedesel.

nevinsrip23 Feb 2019 10:35 p.m. PST

John, I would guess that Arnold would be the obvious choice.

42flanker Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2019 2:00 a.m. PST

with Hector Heathcote

clibinarium24 Feb 2019 3:33 a.m. PST

"set during" rather than "about"; as Winston says movies are about people.

bogdanwaz24 Feb 2019 6:26 a.m. PST

There's already a movie about it, The Devil's Disciple from 1959:


Laurence Olivier played Burgoyne.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2019 9:28 a.m. PST

There would be a lot of drama for a Saratoga movie.

MiniPigs24 Feb 2019 9:58 a.m. PST

In today's Hollywood the script would have to be something along the lines of SarahToga, one officer's struggle to become a trans woman using the limited medical science of the time and gain acceptance from his peers set against the backdrop of the Saratoga campaign.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2019 5:09 p.m. PST

Jane McCrea


Virginia Tory24 Feb 2019 8:24 p.m. PST

She looks old.

MiniPigs24 Feb 2019 8:58 p.m. PST

She looka like a man!

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2019 9:37 p.m. PST

I keep saying that you can't make a movie "about" a battle or campaign, unless it's a dry as dust documentary.
Movies are about people.
Who are you going to make this about?
Sort of.

The people in the movie have to be interesting (and believable), but the movie can still be "about" a battle or campaign or mission. Movies like We Were Soldiers and Hacksaw Ridge and Zulu and Gettysburg were quite successful and rewatchable, and still get the gist of the battle/campaign across even with all the lost details, overdramatizations, and inaccuracies.

The Saratoga campaign could probably be interesting to watch if it put the viewer in a neutral position and showed the activities of both sides in the struggle to meet the enemy and then win the resulting battle.

- Ix

Virginia Tory26 Feb 2019 7:28 p.m. PST

All the British troops will be in 1768 regulation uniform with white-faced, unlaced coats. And silly wigs.

Burgoyne will have a soul patch or pig tail or something.

42flanker Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2019 1:03 p.m. PST

All redcoats had tails.

Winston Smith28 Feb 2019 1:47 p.m. PST

Geez. We're knocking a movie already that's not even a glint in a producer's eye.
Good job, Lads! grin

Might as well join in.
All the Americans will be hiding behind trees and fight like ninjas.
Betsy Ross flags all over the place!

Virginia Tory28 Feb 2019 8:01 p.m. PST


Bill N28 Feb 2019 8:55 p.m. PST

@ Virginia Tory and 42flanker, you gentlemen are describing the latest unit of my British army. ;-)

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