Though it looks like a clip from a historical documentary, this is actually from the visitor center film for Saratoga National Historical Park in New York's Hudson Valley. I wrote the script on contract to the production company (US Film & Video) hired by the National Park Service in 2002 to replace the lifeless old film that visitors to Saratoga had been watching since the 1970s. Because of the nature of the client, this script required even more rigorous research and fact-checking than a typical cable history doc. I had to provide a script with highly detailed footnotes. Even so, I think (thanks especially to excellent reenactments) the end result is quite lively and engaging. This film (available on DVD at the park) won a Classic Telly Award, the premiere competition for non-broadcast film and TV producers.
This clip recounts the climactic point in the Battle of Saratoga (1777) between the armies of British General John Burgoyne and American General Horatio Gates.
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