The Heart of a Hero (1916)

Genres - Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Historical Epic  |  
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The first half of this picture leans heavily on the romance and the historical drama doesn't kick in until later. Nathan Hale (Robert Warwick) is a country school teacher who falls in love with Alice Adams (Gail Kane), one of his pupils. Hale begins to take his part in the revolution by becoming a Minute Man, and his bravery earns him a promotion. When a man is needed to go behind Red Coat lines, he volunteers for the job. He nearly succeeds, but he is tripped up when Alice is tricked into causing his identification. With his execution, he becomes one of America's heroes. For all its pomp and period costumes, this really was nothing more than an ordinary feature.

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martyrdom, revolution