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During the events leading up to the Revolutionary War, Phillip Kent is happily married to Anne Ware, who is expected to give birth to a son soon, and is helping the colonies to work for independence. Meanwhile, after fighting in a duel to defend his honor, Judson Fletcher flees from the south to Boston and ends up joining the militia to fight for independence. There he meets Eph Tait, a poor man who taught himself medicine, and Phillip Kent.
Again, while there aren't any period drama actors in this movie, there are some well known Hollywood actors/actresses (though not as many as Part 1)
|Kim Cattrall||Anne Ware Kent||My Boy Jack as Caroline Kipling|
|Don Johnson||Judson Fletcher||Miami Vice as Detective James Crockett|
|Jim Backus||John Hancock||Gilligan's Island as Thurston Howell III|
|Tom Bosley||Benjamin Franklin||Happy Days as Howard Cunningham, Father Dowling Mysteries as Fr. Frank Dowling|
|William Conrad||Narrator||Cannon as Frank Cannon|
|Judson defending his second man|
in a duel.
Phillip was more likable in Part 2 than Part 1. I think that when he got married and stopped being a ladies man, his character improved. He does go into a gloomy state Spoiler after Anne dies from a fever after giving birth to their son, Abraham End of Spoiler, but overall he is more of a likable character. Phillip realizes that he hasn't been there much for his young son, Abraham, since he was fighting in the Revolutionary War, but he constantly thinks of his son and makes sure that if he doesn't come back from the war that Abraham will be well taken care of.
Part 2 takes place entirely in colonial America, so it's pretty much the same as Part 1. Again, since The Kent Chronicles were filmed in the late 70s, the video quality isn't up to the standards of today, but I will say that it looked better than BBC miniseries made at the same time.
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but the costumes looked nice.
Other than that, the costumes looked nice and were well constructed. The men's costumes looked pretty much the same (hey, in history, once you've seen one man's outfit, you mostly have seen them all). There were both civilian outfits and military outfits for the men.
Unlike the harpsichord music that was in Part 1, Part 2 had regular soundtrack music, which sounded more like a movie than period music. I don't remember the music being bad, but it was unmemorable (yet again).
I would say that Part 2 was as good as Part 1, though part of me favors Part 1 a little more (but then, I nearly always prefer the first part of any series. The plot was maybe not as interesting as the first part, but it was still good. The only issue I had was that it got a little long on some of the war parts (but then, it is technically a war movie). But other than that, it was a good movie.
As far as content goes, as with Part 1, Part 2 I would say is PG-13. There are some more mature scenes (though not graphic), and there is talk about scandal around. There is some swearing (again, nothing too horrible), and there is also some violence.
The Kent Chronicles is available on DVD. Part 2 runs for 240 minutes.