Sybil Ludington is about a sixteen year-old girl who courageously rode over 40 miles to save New York during the Revolutionary War. Her father, Colonel Henry Ludington was the commander of the local militia near Fredericksburg, NY. Sybil is known as the “female Paul Revere” and is a wonderful example of courage and faith. Director/Producer/Writer Kim Robinson’s goal was to bring a movie for the whole family inspired by this young girl who was a hero of the American Revolution. Her goal was that it would encourage children to courageously go after all that they believe in and have opportunity before them to do. Director of Photography, Tony Robinson, was able to work with her to capture a unique to KICKS, period-look on screen.
This film is inspired by her life and her ride. It is a story about her family and her courage as she rode through a stormy, rainy night on a ride that ended at dawn. Sybil rode twice the distance as Paul Revere, and the militiamen heard her cry while Danbury, Connecticut was burning. Sybil’s ride brought over 400 men to her waiting father, which helped move the British to retreat that April in 1777.
Through this film we find the story of a family, their neighbors, and friends, as they face the dynamics of the Revolution and lived their lives with courage, faith, and determination. Its inspiring story touches the lives of those who embrace it, as Sybil, the oldest of 12 siblings, embraces her brothers and sisters, confronts the challenges before her and stands with her father as he faces a ‘price on his head’ by the British. Sybil Ludington courageously stands face to face with the war that filled the land she lived and loved with determination.
A movie that inspires the family and the youth of today to go after everything before them with courage.
“The female Paul Revere.” This is what Sybil Ludington has been called. She rode her horse Star in a storm, twice the distance Paul Revere rode, on April 26, 1777, riding from house to house crying out, “Call to arms! The British have burned Danbury, we need arms!” Because of her and the leadership of her father, Col. Henry Ludington, the British advancement was stopped before entering New York. This amazing sixteen-year-old girl made a difference and is honored in this film.
Micah Morgan, fittingly, turns in the best performance in the film as Sybil. She is quite good and helps make the humorous scenes work. For example, in one scene Sybil, who shoots muskets and rides horses, is attempting to teach some inept males how to fire the guns. “Someone has to teach these men how to shoot!” she says, much to the delight of the audience. The humorous scenes all work, including one of a young boy who wipes off his food from his chin on his shirt sleeve. Parents will appreciate that scene.
This story is historically accurate and young Micah Morgan helps carry the film to its best scenes, her ride through the storm and an ending which is fitting and gives the audience a real conclusion. The actress who plays Abigail and the black actor who plays the young pastor are also quite good. This story of the loyalists to the crown and the rebels who opposed them in the name of freedom is worth telling. We gladly award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film, and encourage patriots, lovers of history, and families which long to see a wholesome film see this movie.