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'Turn' on AMC Tells Story of America's First Spy Ring (it's got legs)
newsmax.com ^ | 4/7/2014 | Nick Sanchez

Posted on 04/07/2014 4:19:02 PM PDT by RoosterRedux

AMC's new television series "Turn" debuted Sunday night, telling the tale of America's first spy ring that helped Gen. George Washington win the Revolutionary War.

The series follows Abe Woodhull, played by Jamie Bell of "Billy Elliot" fame, a Long Island cabbage farmer with a wife, infant, and father who's sympathetic toward the Brits. He's recruited into the Culper Ring, tasked with gathering recon on the redcoats. The story is based on a real-life story chronicled in the book "Washington's Spies" by Alexander Rose.

In the debut episode, Woodhull initially resists becoming involved in the uprisings, focusing instead on his cabbage crop. But he's eventually pulled in by an old friend, Ben Talmadge, played by Seth Numrich, to help create a rebel spy system. His decision becomes clear after watching his childhood sweetheart, Anna (Heather Lind), forced to serve lager-lout redcoats.

"When we first meet him, he's a repressed individual. He wants nothing to do with this war," "Turn" star Bell, 28, tells TV Guide about his character.

"He's an ordinary guy in extraordinary circumstances. And I think the journey of the character throughout the season is one where he restores his political beliefs. He finds his voice ... He discovers his real love. And he also helps bring about the turning of the tide in the most important conflict in American history." !

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I just finished watching it on Amazon Instant Video for free and it was terrific.

Obama will hate it.

1 posted on 04/07/2014 4:19:02 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux
Here's the link...TURN
2 posted on 04/07/2014 4:20:28 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

I liked it too. I hope it continues to be about American patriotism and fighting against a corrupt government.


3 posted on 04/07/2014 4:21:24 PM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: basil

marked to listen later….


4 posted on 04/07/2014 4:22:41 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: RoosterRedux

despite the realistic costumes and sets, I had trouble transporting myself back to that time. Everything brought comparisons to the present. every brit reminded me of a dem.
I am quite brainwashed by our sorry state


5 posted on 04/07/2014 4:24:53 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: dontreadthis

I think the Dems are like the Brits of that time. You’re not brainwashed, you’re simply staring at the truth.


6 posted on 04/07/2014 4:27:05 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

The opening scene was a little over bloody but it was spectacular from there.

My favorite was the ambush scene near the end which was cut back and forth from the forced pledge of Abe Woodhull.

http://www.amctv.com/turn/videos/talked-about-scene-episode-101-turn


7 posted on 04/07/2014 4:27:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: RoosterRedux

Large parts of Washington’s known spy ring are still effectively classified, because parts of it are suggested to have been deep within the English aristocracy, even in the royal family. Still embarrassing, even today.

Washington was also known to have made extensive use of female spies, and only one of his spies was ever captured, Nathan Hale, who in retrospect appears to be far below the caliber of spies that Washington recruited.

This shows Washington’s amazing talent. While he confessed to not being particularly brilliant, he had an impressive ability to select the best and the brightest as his operatives. In his case, this almost created a ‘Washington axiom’ of leadership: that surrounding yourself with talent is far better than being talented yourself.


8 posted on 04/07/2014 4:30:52 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: cripplecreek
The opening scene was a little over bloody but it was spectacular from there.

As you know, life is bloody.

Peace exists only in those brief respites during which we and our enemies are reloading.

9 posted on 04/07/2014 4:34:28 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

Watched it. Enjoyed it.

Full episode may be on the AMC website.

According to zap2it.com, it got about 3 million viewership.


10 posted on 04/07/2014 4:34:32 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: dontreadthis
I had trouble transporting myself back to that time.

Maybe you should mount Rush's time-traveller horse.


11 posted on 04/07/2014 4:36:31 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Washington was also known to have made extensive use of female spies, and only one of his spies was ever captured, Nathan Hale,

I always suspected that Nathan Hale was a woman.;-)

Just kidding.

12 posted on 04/07/2014 4:36:52 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

This certainly would make the Obama administration worried if people watch it. Hollywood and the media downplay the Revolutionary War because it demonstrates that today’s social welfare state is much more oppressive than the British ever were.


13 posted on 04/07/2014 4:42:07 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: RoosterRedux

The website wanted me to install “Silverlight”


14 posted on 04/07/2014 4:42:29 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: RoosterRedux
Sounds interesting.

Here is a website,The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745-1799 that I like,may be a nice addition to watching the show,Washington actually used invisible ink in his some of his messages during the Revolution.

15 posted on 04/07/2014 4:43:48 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
British arrogance cost them a continent. Ben Franklin warned them a decade earlier when questioned by the house of commons that they wouldn't find a revolution but they might make one.

Examination of Benjamin Franklin before the House of Commons February 13, 1766

Q. Can any thing less than a military force carry the Stamp Act into execution?

A. I do not see how a military force can be applied to that purpose.

Q. Why may it not?

A. Suppose a military force sent into America, they will find nobody in arms; what are they then to do? They cannot force a man to take stamps who chuses to do without them. They will not find a rebellion; they may indeed make one.

16 posted on 04/07/2014 4:44:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Tennessee Nana
Silverlight is like any other video viewer...and usually safe.

If your virus protection tells you otherwise, don't download it.

17 posted on 04/07/2014 4:46:53 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

I am watching now on XBMC “Project Free TV”


18 posted on 04/07/2014 5:01:00 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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To: mylife
Give us a review when it's over. And it ends much too quickly BTW. I guess that's why Amazon made it free.

Bezos knew we would get hooked.

19 posted on 04/07/2014 5:06:59 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux
Bezos is on the streaming TV band wagon. ☺
20 posted on 04/07/2014 5:07:48 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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For those of you who haven't delved into this stuff before and want a good overview, try David McCullough's 1776.

If only Obama had read this stuff, it would have saved him and us a lot of trouble.

21 posted on 04/07/2014 5:21:00 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: TomGuy

Liberty ho!


22 posted on 04/07/2014 5:25:49 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: RoosterRedux

AMC has another winner. I loved this show. It’s about time the truth about America is being told again. It’s too bad the young skulls won’t be able to understand what it’s all about. Most of them have been taught or think that the Revolutionary War where we won our independence was fought in Vietnam. No jungle or CCR songs can be confusing to them.


23 posted on 04/07/2014 5:32:40 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The debate, ANY DEBATE, is NEVER OVER!)
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To: cripplecreek; RoosterRedux

Thanks your LINK worked for me...

Ive got the whole episode...

watching now...

BTW my Loyalists lived “up-the-River” in Mehoopany and Tunkhannock, Wyoming County in the Susquehanna River Valley in PA..they had moved there in 1773 from New Rochelle..

and I also had Loyalists who lived in Albany NY and in Herkimer County NY...


24 posted on 04/07/2014 5:33:09 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: RoosterRedux

Good to know. We have it on the DVR but we haven’t watched it yet.


25 posted on 04/07/2014 5:36:26 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: RoosterRedux

Why does every AMC program look dark, grainy, and blurry?

It’s LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION. AMC can’t afford the LIGHTS?


26 posted on 04/07/2014 5:39:58 PM PDT by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: mdittmar

Lots of good stuff here.

Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History

http://www.constitution.org/primarysources/primarysources.html


27 posted on 04/07/2014 5:52:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: RoosterRedux

I liked it.
Richard Woodhull is a total Dick.


28 posted on 04/07/2014 5:56:06 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks


29 posted on 04/07/2014 5:57:48 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: RoosterRedux

One of the great lines in the ‘First Act’ was

‘There is only one. That isn’t so bad’.(close..no quote)..

He was referring to the ‘Red Coat’ that was quartered in his home.

Of course that is when he was trying to be ‘neutral’....


30 posted on 04/07/2014 6:03:06 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98 --"I would agree with you BUT that would make both of us wrong".))
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To: mylife

Captain Simcoe is a real piece of work. Notice he said he bought his commission after the death of the previous captain.


31 posted on 04/07/2014 6:05:30 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I could smell him through the TV.


32 posted on 04/07/2014 6:10:57 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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To: RoosterRedux
Looks good. I am DL'ing it now.
Some extra info:
Based on Alexander Rose's book Washington's Spies.

TURN: Revolutionary -Trailer - http://youtu.be/m-q_lPaaWqU

TUN: A Look at the Series - http://youtu.be/0lgWMNY6wAU

The Spies: The Characters of TURN - http://youtu.be/JEKR6ykM9ek
33 posted on 04/07/2014 10:14:41 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: mdittmar

Thank you for the links.


34 posted on 04/07/2014 10:18:12 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: cripplecreek

“My favorite was the ambush scene near the end which was cut back and forth from the forced pledge of Abe Woodhull”

I thought that the forced pledge was a distraction from an otherwise great scene. It didn’t ruin the scene, but almost. I was shouting at my TV for him to STFU.

Oh, & btw I loved the show. Great characters, actors, story, and realism. It could have been filmed in my backyard.


35 posted on 04/07/2014 11:21:49 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: RoosterRedux

All you cheapskates should get Direct TV.


36 posted on 04/07/2014 11:26:42 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: faucetman

Watching tonight’s episode for free.


37 posted on 04/13/2014 9:05:01 PM PDT by mylife
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To: faucetman

So you like taxes and fees?


38 posted on 04/13/2014 9:21:21 PM PDT by mylife
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To: faucetman

Direct TV can kiss me royal Irish ass.


39 posted on 04/13/2014 9:34:49 PM PDT by mylife
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Turn is fantastic.

This episode is better than thew last.


40 posted on 04/13/2014 10:09:28 PM PDT by mylife
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To: mylife

Great show.

Probably too slow moving for most people. But I think its an outstanding show.


41 posted on 04/28/2014 8:07:00 AM PDT by kidd
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To: kidd

I missed last nights episode.
I am watching it now.

http://video.tt/watch_video.php?v=bIhpwvRTy


42 posted on 04/28/2014 8:27:22 AM PDT by mylife
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To: RoosterRedux

This series is very well done.

We don’t think much of what it was actually like to take on the British Empire in your own backyard.

What the Founders and their fellow patriots risked is always a source of amazement to me.

The whole enterprise had to be God-inspired and God-directed.

Without the leaders of that day in America, the effort would have surely foundered in a thousand different ways.

What really makes me think, is whether a repeat of this time is our future also.

The tyranny of the Federal government is fast approaching that of the British Empire.


43 posted on 04/28/2014 8:35:54 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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Good show tonight.


44 posted on 05/04/2014 6:50:47 PM PDT by mylife
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To: mylife

Yes, it was a good show.

Next week looks to be also.


45 posted on 05/04/2014 8:19:46 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: exit82

http://www.amazon.com/George-Washingtons-Secret-Six-Revolution/dp/159523103X


46 posted on 05/04/2014 8:21:11 PM PDT by mylife
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To: mylife

Thanks,for the link—good info there. Did not know this was Brian Kilmeade’s book.

Or the Abraham wood hull was a real person.

The courage of these folks is amazing.

We owe them a great debt.


47 posted on 05/04/2014 8:27:24 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: exit82

Kilmeades book is not the first on the subject.


48 posted on 05/04/2014 8:29:44 PM PDT by mylife
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To: exit82

Yes we do owe these people a great debt.


49 posted on 05/04/2014 8:31:04 PM PDT by mylife
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To: exit82

http://blogs.amctv.com/turn/2014/05/a-journal-entry-by-caleb-brewster-about-life-on-the-front-line


50 posted on 05/04/2014 8:36:36 PM PDT by mylife
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