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The Rebels (miniseries)

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Directed by  Russ Mayberry
Narrated by  William Conrad
Genre  Historical fiction Drama War
Based on  The Rebels (novel) by John Jakes
Written by  John Jakes Robert A. Cinader Sean Bain
Starring  Andrew Stevens Don Johnson Doug McClure

The Rebels is a 1979 American made-for-television drama film/miniseries. It is based on the historical novel, The Rebels, written by John Jakes, originally published in 1975. It is second in a series known as The Kent Family Chronicles or the American Bicentennial Series.


The story mixes fictional characters with historical events and figures, to narrate the nascent United States of America during the time of the American Revolution. While it continues the story of Philip Kent, started in The Bastard, a large portion focuses on Judson Fletcher (Don Johnson), a newly introduced character, as a different rebel. In 1979, the novel was made into this television film by Operation Prime Time.

The Rebels was preceded by the The Bastard, first in the series, and followed by The Seekers, third in the series.


Philip Kent takes part in the American Revolution and the newly formed congress.


  • Andrew Stevens — Phillipe Charboneau/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
  • Macdonald Carey — Dr. Church
  • Rory Calhoun — Breen
  • 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 — Gen. 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
  • Robert Vaughn — Seth McLean
  • William Conrad — Narrator (voice)
  • References

    The Rebels (miniseries) Wikipedia

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