Fourth of July Movies to Put on at Your Barbecue
The 4th of July is upon us, meaning we are in the back half of 2018. It also means it’s time for barbecue season, and sometimes you need something for the background of you’re 4th of July get-together. I suppose you could play music, but you’d just be replaying the same few songs over and over (as great as they are “Philadelphia Freedom” by Elton John, “Proud To Be An American” by Lee Greenwood, and “Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash get really old by the fifth time you cycle through them (parenthetical to this parenthetical, this never happens with Christmas music, possibly because so many different artist put their spin on the classics)). However, putting on a few movies when people want to get out of the heat is a good alternative. So which ones should you put on? That is what this list is for, though there may not be as many as you think, here are some good Independence Day movies to put on.
The Devil’s Disciple
Directed by Guy Hamilton, who would go on to direct four of the James Bond films, including Goldfinger, and starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Jannette Scott, and Laurence Olivier, this adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s 1897 play of the same name is close to an American version of A Tale Of Two Cities. Richard Dudgeon is a man renounced by his family and outcast from his town for being an apostate. When his father is hanged for being mistaken for a rebel and left as an example, Richard cuts down and buries his father and returns home to hear the will read. Reverend Anthony Anderson, who had almost been arrested for insisting Richard’s father be cut down, is the only one to treat him with any kindness. So when General John Burgoyne shows up to arrest Anderson, who Burgoyne thinks is the one who cut Richard’s father down, Richard takes his place in prison and will eventually take his place on the scaffold. Will this sacrifice spur Anderson into becoming a man of action in time to save Dudgeon?
John Paul Jones
Starring Robert Stack as the title character, Charles Coburn as Benjamin Franklin, Peter Cushing as Richard Peterson, Macdonald Carey as Patrick Henry, Susana Canales as Marie Antoinette, Bette Davis as Catherine The Great, and John Crawford as General George Washington. This 1959 film begins with a bookend segment of a Naval Officer telling his recruits of the exploits of Captain John Paul Jones, a Scotsman who becomes the Revolution’s most decorated and celebrated Naval Officer.
Walt Disney released this movie in 1957. This movie tells the story of Johnny Tremain, an apprentice silversmith who accidentally smelts his hand while trying to finish a job by working secretly on the Sabbath. He becomes a messenger for the Sons Of Liberty and gets swept up in the events leading to the American Revolution; Including the Boston Tea Party, “The Shot Heard Round The World”, and the Battle Of Lexington and Concord.
A musical account of the Second Continental Congress and how hard John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson had to work to cajole the rest of the congress into voting for the ratification of The Declaration Of Independence. It stars William Daniels as John Adams (sadly Daniels is mostly only known nowadays as Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World), Howard Da Silva as Benjamin Franklin, Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson, Blythe Danner as Martha Jefferson, Donald Madden and John Dickinson, John Cullum as Edward Rutledge, David Ford as John Hancock, and Virginia Vestoff as Abigail Adams.
That should get you through the day, good luck, and good barbecue.