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The Rebels

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(Syndicated, 5/14/1979 and 5/21/1979, 2 Parts, 120 mins each, 4 hours). A second helping of elegantly mounted fiction about the American Revolution as written by the prolific John Jakes. This two-part, four-hour sequel to “The Bastard” (1978) continues the saga of Philip Kent, the illegitimate son of an English nobleman, who has renounced his patrician birthright to become a Colonial soldier fighting for America’s independence, befriending a Southern aristocrat and his earthy buddy to help thwart a plot to assassinate George Washington. Andrew Stevens as Kent, Kim Cattrall as his wife, and Tom Bosley as Ben Franklin are the only performers back from the original four-hour film. William Daniels, who played Samuel Adams in “The Bastard,” is back as John Adams in “The Rebels,” being destined, it seems, to play the entire Adams family (he also was John Adams in 1776 on stage and screen and was John Quincy Adams in the television special “The Adams Chronicles”).

Production Company Universal Television. Director Russ Mayberry. Executive Producer Robert A. Cinader. Producers Gino Grimaldi, Hannah Louise Shearer. Teleplay Robert A. Cinader, Sean Baine. Based on the Novel by John Jakes. Photography Frank Thackery. Music Gerald Fried. Editors John Kaufman Jr., Skip Lusk. Art Director William L. Campbell. Associate Producer Bernadette Joyce.

Cast Andrew Stevens (Philip Kent), Don Johnson (Judson Fletcher), Doug McClure (Eph Tait), Jim Backus (John Hancock), Richard Basehart (Duke of Kentland), Joan Blondell (Mrs. Brumple), Tom Bosley (Benjamin Franklin), Rory Calhoun (Breen), Macdonald Carey (Dr. Church), Kim Cattrall (Anne Kent), John Chappell (Henry Knox), William Daniels (John Adams), Anne Francis (Mrs. Harris), Peter Graves (George Washington), Pamela Hensley (Charlotte Waverly), Gwen Humble (Peggy McLean), Wilfrid Hyde-White (General Howe), Nehemiah Persoff (Baron von Steuben), William Smith (John Waverly), Warren Stevens (Ambrose Waverly), Kevin Tighe (Thomas Jefferson), Bobby Troup (Sam Gill), Forrest Tucker (Angus Fletcher), Tanya Tucker (Rachel), Marc Vahanian (Lafayette), Robert Vaughn (Seth McLean), William Conrad (Narrator), David Matthau (Royal Rothman), Ben Davidson (Donnigan), Paul Fix (Officer), Deborah Richter (Molly), Chip Johnson (Peter Jennings), Duncan Gamble (Smith), Ted Gehring (Tom Shaw), Sammy Jackson (Sergeant), Gordon Steel (Lieutenant Rorke), Timothy O’Hagan, John Rayner, Tom Williams, Christina Cummings, David Buchanan, Jennifer Holmes, James L. Brown, Russ McGinn.

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