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The Lives of Benjamin Franklin 

A miniseries made up of four plays, each showing Benjamin Franklin at a different stage in his life. In each episode, Franklin is played by a different actor.
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Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Willie Aames ...  Benjamin Franklin at 12 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Brian Avery 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Edward Bell Edward Bell 3 episodes, 1974-1975
John Bird John Bird ...  William Whateley 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Honor Blackman ...  Margaret Stevenson 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Sorrell Booke ...  Cochin 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Beau Bridges ...  Benjamin Franklin (as a Young Man) 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Georgia Brown ...  Mrs. Peachum / ... 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Oliver Clark 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Keene Curtis 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Bruce Davison 3 episodes, 1974-1975
John Devlin John Devlin 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Will Geer 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Hurd Hatfield ...  John Church 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Nigel Havers ...  Benjamin Franklin Bache 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Ian Holm ...  Wedderburn 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Scott Hylands 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Richard Kelton 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Perry King 3 episodes, 1974-1975
David Knight ...  William Franklin 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Thomas Leopold Thomas Leopold 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Roger Livesey ...  Dunning 3 episodes, 1974-1975
David Markham David Markham ...  Bishop Shipley 3 episodes, 1974-1975
George Morgan George Morgan 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Priscilla Morrill 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Alan Napier 3 episodes, 1974-1975
John Neville ...  Hillsborough 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Vivian Pickles ...  Mrs. Shipley / ... 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Anthony Quayle ...  Dartmouth 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Kim Richards 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Jenny Sullivan 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Liam Sullivan 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Richard Widmark ...  Benjamin Franklin 3 episodes, 1974-1975
Eddie Albert ...  Benjamin Franklin / ... 2 episodes, 1974-1975
Victor Buono ...  King George III 2 episodes, 1974-1975
Melvyn Douglas ...  Benjamin Franklin 2 episodes, 1974-1975
Edward Mulhare 2 episodes, 1974-1975
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A miniseries made up of four plays, each showing Benjamin Franklin at a different stage in his life. In each episode, Franklin is played by a different actor.

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USA

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English

Release Date:

21 November 1974 (USA) See more »

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(4 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN - Mini-Series
19 September 2006 | by XlegionSee all my reviews

What a shame that this terrific little mini-series has never been offered even on video tape let alone DVD. This came out just prior to the American Bi-Centennial and is a hidden gem. The director tried something quite novel and new, in that he composed four different films on Benjamin Franklin highlighting various aspects of Franklin's remarkable achievements.

Beau Bridges plays a "young Franklin" still trying to figure out his way in the world. Eddie Albert plays Franklin "the Diplomat" in a great story about Franklins dealings in Paris trying to get the French to acknowledge American independence after Burgoyne's surrender.

Richard Widmark plays Franklin "The Rebel" getting caught up in the early days of the revolution.

Melvin Douglas plays Franklin as an old man, past his prime but still active.

All we can do is hope that this great series will be released someday for a new generation.


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