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The Rebels (miniseries)

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 Rebels
The Rebels 1979 film.jpg
Genre Historical fiction
Based on The Rebels (novel)
by John Jakes
Written by John Jakes
Robert A. Cinader
Sean Bain
Directed by Russ Mayberry
Starring Andrew Stevens
Don Johnson
Doug McClure
Narrated by William Conrad
Theme music composer Gerald Fried
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Robert A. Cinader
Producer(s) Gino Grimaldi
Bernadette Joyce (associate producer)
Hannah Louise Shearer
Cinematography Frank Thackery
Editor(s) John Kaufman
Skip Lusk
Running time 240 min.
Production company(s) MCA-Universal TV
Distributor Operation Prime Time
Original network Operation Prime Time
Original release
  • May 14, 1979 (1979-05-14)
Preceded by The Bastard
Followed by The Seekers

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 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. May 13, 1979. p. TV5. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 

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