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Whats real, and whats not?

riting a theatrical screenplay based on a legend requires some inevitable juggling of fact and fiction. Thats because the movie must entertain an audience, not just relate facts and legends. Heres a guide to whats real and whats not in the Ludingtons Ride script.

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Description

 

GENERAL NOTES

All dialogue is fictional, unless otherwise indicated.

ACT ONE

1

EXT. COUNTRY ROAD

Note that there is an alternate opening sequence to the film. In the current opening sequence, the rider is Paul Revere, a historical character. In the alternate opening sequence, the rider is fictional.

2

EXT. CONCORD ROADBLOCK

Based on historical events. Dialogue based on transcript from Revere deposition about the incident.

3

EXT. CONCORD ROADBLOCK

Based on historical events. Dialogue based on transcript from Revere deposition about the incident.

4

EXT. NOCHPEEM SETTLEMENT

Fictional events. There is some question as to the name of the Nochpeem Chief’s son, referred to as David in the script. No such relationship between the son and Sybil probably existed, but there is some evidence that the Ludington family knew the Nochpeem tribe and Chief Daniel Nimham.

5

EXT. WOODED LANE

Fictional events. Edmond Ogden probably did not meet Sybil until a few years later. He never had a role in warning Colonel Ludington about the burning of Danbury.

6

EXT. LUDINGTON MILL

The Ludington Mill stood for over 200 years. It burned down in 1973 and will be restored during production of the film.

7

INT. LUDINGTON MILL

Fictional events.

8

EXT. LUDINGTON MILL

Fictional events. Fictional Lucius Applegate.

9

EXT. LUDINGTON LIVERY

Fictional events.

10

INT. LUDINGTON LIVERY

Fictional events. The names and number of the horses are fictional. Bucephalus was the name of the horse ridden into battle by Alexander the Great.

11

EXT. LUDINGTON HOME

Accurate description of Ludington home.

12

INT. LUDINGTON HOME

Accurate description of Ludington home. All characters are historic. Fictional dog. Fictional dialogue at supper table. Ludington actually did teach his daughters to shoot.

13

INT. LUDINGTON HOME

Fictional events. Enoch Crosby is based on an actual character that frequented the Ludington household. The birthday presents are fictional.

14

INT. LUDINGTON LIVERY

Fictional events. Sybil’s horse Star is probably legendary. He was not given to Sybil on her birthday.

ACT TWO

15

EXT. LUDINGTON HOME

Accurate description of Ludington home.

16

INT. LUDINGTON HOME

Route description is based on map provided by Putnam County Historian.

17

EXT. OLD STORMVILLE ROAD

Fictional events. Ichabod Prosser was a Tory physician who plagued the Ludington family. Our story portrays him as an outlaw. Rooster, the Ugly Twins, and the other Skinners in Prosser’s gang are all fictional characters. The dispatch is fictional. The bounty on Ludington’s head is historical.

18

EXT. LUDINGTON LIVERY

Crosby and Sybil did have a set of pre-arranged signals between them, but the nature of the signals is unknown; hence the scene is entirely fictional.

19

INT. LUDINGTON LIVERY

Fictional event.

20

EXT. CROTON TRIBUTARY

Fictional event.

21

EXT. CARVER’S BRIDGE

Fictional event. The bridge was real.

22

EXT. WOODED LANE

Fictional event.

23

EXT. HILL CEMETERY

Fictional event. The cemetery was real, but not at the location as described. It was farther south on the road to Crane's Tavern.

24

EXT. WOODED LANE

Fictional event.

25

EXT. GENERAL TRYON’S HQ

General Tryon maintained his military headquarters in New York.

26

INT. GENERAL TRYON’S HQ

Fictional events. Major Winslow is fictional. The 300 guinea bounty is real.

27

EXT. DUCHESS COUNTY WOODS

Fictional events.

28

EXT. LUDINGTON LIVERY

Based on historical events.

29

INT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events.

30

EXT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events.

31

INT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events.

32

EXT. WOODS

Based on historical events.

33

INT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events.

34

EXT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events.

35

EXT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events.

36

EXT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events.

37

INT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events.

38

EXT. LUDINGTON LIVERY

Fictional events.

39

INT. LUDINGTON LIVERY

Fictional events.

40

EXT. COMPO BEACH

Based on historical events, but Edmond Ogden was never there.

41

EXT. FAIRFIELD, CONNECTICUT

Based on historical events.

42

EXT. DANBURY CITY LIMITS

Based on historical events.

43

EXT. DANBURY STREET

Based on historical events.

ACT THREE

44

EXT. ROAD FROM DANBURY

Based on historical events. The rider was not Edmond Ogden.

45

EXT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events. The rider was not Edmond Ogden.

46

INT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events. The rider was not Edmond Ogden.

47

EXT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events. The rider was not Edmond Ogden.

48

INT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events.

49

EXT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events.

50

EXT. DANBURY STREET

Based on historical events.

51

INT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events.

52

INT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events.

53

EXT. LUDINGTON LIVERY

Based on historical events. The legend says Sybil carried a stick to knock on the windows of the soldiers.

54

EXT. CROTON TRIBUTARY

Fictional, but based on historical events.

55

EXT. MYRICK’S FARM

Fictional, but based on historical events. Myrick is a historical character.

56

EXT. MYRICK’S FARM

Fictional, but based on historical events.

57

EXT. CARVER’S BRIDGE

Fictional. The Carver family did build a bridge that was along Sybil’s route.

58

EXT. POST ROAD

Fictional event.

59

EXT. WOODED LANE

Fictional event.

60

EXT. HILL CEMETERY

Fictional event. There is some evidence to suggest that Sybil passed by, or possibly through, a cemetery on her route. If she passed through the Hill Cemetery, she would have done so after she visited Crane's Tavern, and not before, as our script indicates.

61

EXT. WOODED LANE

Fictional event.

62

EXT. HILL CEMETERY

Fictional event. Although there is some evidence that Sybil was pursued for a short time during her ride, there is no evidence that she needed to be rescued by anyone. She probably eluded her pursuers on her own.

63

EXT. HILL CEMETERY ENTRANCE

Fictional event.

64

EXT. ROAD TO CRANE’S TAVERN

Fictional event.

65

EXT. CRANE’S TAVERN

Fictional event.

66

INT. CRANE’S TAVERN

Fictional event. John and Tamar Crane are historical characters, as are all of the soldiers in the scene.

67

EXT. CRANE’S TAVERN

Fictional event. It is doubtful that Sybil would have done this.

68

INT. CRANE’S TAVERN

Fictional event.

69

EXT. ROAD TO BOYD’S CORNERS

Fictional event. Captain Hitchcock and Lt. Gildersleeve were historical characters.

70

EXT. FARMERS MILLS

Fictional events.

71

EXT. FAST RUNNING CREEK

Fictional events.

72

EXT. OLD STORMVILLE ROAD

Fictional event. The road is historic.

73

EXT. CRANE’S TAVERN

Fictional events.

74

INT. CRANE’S TAVERN

Fictional events. There is no record that Tamar ever shot anyone.

75

EXT. CRANE’S TAVERN

Fictional events.

76

INT. CRANE’S TAVERN

Fictional events.

77

EXT. ROAD TO BOYD’S CORNERS

Fictional events.

78

EXT. OLD STORMVILLE ROAD

Fictional events.

79

EXT. LUDINGTON MILL

Fictional events.

80

INT. LUDINGTON MILL

Fictional events.

81

EXT. LUDINGTON MILL

Fictional events.

82

INT. LUDINGTON MILL

Fictional events. Sybil never confronted her nemesis Prosser at the Ludington Mill at the end of her ride. Sorry. But years later, Col. Ludington met Prosser on a highway not far from the Ludington Mill. The subsequent public beating that the Colonel gave to Prosser remains a legend to this day.

83

EXT. LUDINGTON MILL

Fictional events.

84

EXT. POST ROAD

Fictional events.

85

EXT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical events. Over 400 men rallied at the Ludington home that morning.

86

EXT. POST ROAD

Fictional events.

87

EXT. LUDINGTON HOME

Fictional events.

88

EXT. POST ROAD

Fictional events.

89

EXT. LUDINGTON WHEAT FIELD

Fictional events.

90

EXT. LUDINGTON HOME

Fictional events.

91

EXT. LUDINGTON WHEAT FIELD

Fictional events.

92

EXT. RIDGEFIELD BATTLEFIELD

Based on historical events.

EPILOGUE

93

EXT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical event.

94

INT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical event. Gen. Washington's fondness (or was it a dislike?) of green peas has become a topic of debate among historians. We have taken no stand on the matter; we have elected to portray the question as an amusing anecdote in our story.

95

EXT. LUDINGTON HOME

Based on historical event.

ALTERNATE OPENING SEQUENCE

1

EXT. COUNTRY ROAD

The rider is fictional.

2

EXT. OLD NORTH CHURCH

Historical Sexton Newman. Fictional boy and rider.

3

EXT. OLD NORTH CHURCH STEEPLE

Based on historical events.

4

EXT. OLD NORTH CHURCH

Based on historical events.

5

EXT. CHARLESTON SHORE

Based on historical events. Historical Revere and Dawes. Fictional Richard.

6

EXT. JONAS CLARKE’S HOUSE

Based on historical events. Fictional sentry. Accurate Revere quotation on noise.

7

INT. JONAS CLARKE’S HOUSE

Based on historical events. Historical Clarke, wife, son, Adams, Hancock, and Revere.

8

EXT. JONAS CLARKE’S HOUSE

Based on historical events. Hancock and Adams rode on horses, not in a carriage. Hancock’s line is an homage to the heroes of United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.

9

EXT. COUNTRY ROAD

Based on historical events.

10

EXT. CONCORD ROADBLOCK

Based on historical events. Dialogue based on transcript from Revere deposition about the incident.


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