A musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence.

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Cast

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Lewis Morris (NY)
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The film version of the Broadway musical comedy of the same name. In the days leading up to July 4, 1776, Continental Congressmen John Adams and Benjamin Franklin coerce Thomas Jefferson into writing the Declaration of Independence as a delaying tactic as they try to persuade the American colonies to support a resolution on independence. As George Washington sends depressing messages describing one military disaster after another, the businessmen, landowners and slave holders in Congress all stand in the way of the Declaration, and a single "nay" vote will forever end the question of independence. Large portions of spoken and sung dialog are taken directly from the letters and memoirs of the actual participants. Written by Dave Heston <heston@iName.com>

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The Great Holiday Show That Sets The Screen Aglow


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17 November 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1776 - Rebellion und Liebe  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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| (director's cut) | (Laserdisc) | (extended Blu-Ray cut)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The feature film debut of Emory Bass (Judge James Wilson (PA)), Patrick Hines (Samuel Chase (MD)), Jonathan Moore (Dr. Lyman Hall (GA)), and Stephen Nathan (the Courier). See more »

Goofs

In the close-up of Franklin's portrait, the painter's brush is clearly not making any changes; no paint is added and none is removed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
McNair: [Adams stands with the Liberty Bell, lost in thought] Mr. Adams? Mr. Adams? Mr. Adams! Well, there you are. Didn't you hear me calling, Mr. Adams? You could have shouted down something, save me climbing up four flights. A man that likes to talk as much as you do, I think...
[Adams turns and gives McNair a hard stare]
McNair: What do you keep coming up here for, Mr. Adams? Afraid someone's gonna steal our bell?
[he chortles]
McNair: Well, no worry. Been here more than fourteen years and it ain't been ...
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Crazy Credits

The theatrical version has no credits at the beginning other than "Columbia Pictures presents" and the film's title. The Director's Cut and the extended laserdisc edition includes a main title sequence at the opening. See more »

Connections

Referenced in John Adams: Peacefield (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

But, Mr. Adams
Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Performed by William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Rex Robbins, John Myhers, and Ken Howard
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WONDERFUL American FILM!
12 February 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The NYC Broadway Musical was a great experience for me to have seen. However for some reason I did not see the film version until it was shown in Arcola, Illinois on a 4th of July celebration! William Daniels (John Adams)"Her Alibi",'89, gave a great performance

along with Howard Da Silva(Dr. Benjamin Franklin),"The Great Gatsby",'74 who looked exactly like the many pictures of Ben Franklin. Ken Howard,(Thomas Jefferson),"At First Sight",'99, gave all his fellow Planner's of the Declaration of Independence a very hard time, playing a violin and enjoying the pleasures of romance with his wife. It is a wonder the Declaration was ever accomplished! The music and singing was very comical among the politicians. This is a great outstanding American FILM which all Americans can enjoy seeing every 4th of July for many generations!


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