The Rebels (film)

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The Rebels
The Rebels 1979 film.jpg
Genre Historical fiction
Distributed by Operation Prime Time
Directed by Russ Mayberry
Produced by Robert A. Cinader
Written by John Jakes
Robert A. Cinader
Sean Bain
Based on The Rebels (novel) 
by John Jakes
Narrated by William Conrad
Starring Andrew Stevens
Don Johnson
Doug McClure
Music by Gerald Fried
Cinematography Frank Thackery
Country United States
Language English
Release date
  • May 14, 1979 (1979-05-14)
Running time 240 min.
Preceded by The Bastard
Followed by The Seekers

The Rebels is a 1979 made-for-television drama film/mini-series. 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.[1]

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.



  1. ^ "'Rebels' Continues Kent Family Saga". The Pittsburg Press. 13 May 1979. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 

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