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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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

William Daniels, who portrays John Adams, also portrayed John Quincy Adams (John & Abigail Adams' oldest son and sixth President of the United States) in the mini series The Adams Chronicles (1976), Samuel Adams (John Adams' second cousin and also a signer of the Declaration of Independence) in the TV movie The Bastard (1978) and John Adams again in the TV movie The Rebels (1979). See more »

Goofs

After the Declaration is approved Hancock asks the secretary if it is ready to be signed. The secretary replies that it is. This is not possible, as a deletion was made to the text only moments before, so no printed copy could yet exist. 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

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Soundtracks

He Plays the Violin
Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Performed by Blythe Danner, Howard Da Silva, and William Daniels
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INTELLIGENT,WITTY AND TUNEFUL.
24 August 1999 | by (CARDIFF,WALES) – See all my reviews

This movie scarcely saw the light of day in Britain and has not been seen on T.V. there for 20 years and this is their loss as this intelligent,witty and tuneful musical is up there with the best of its genre. Okay,so no-one goes round whistling these tunes like they do for the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe but the music and lyrics provided for "1776" work like a dream and all are zestfully performed.As for the cast,you imagine that if you were to travel back in time these 200 years and more and asked the likes of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin to sing to you,this is what they would have sounded like and these are the words they would have sung.William Daniels,short in stature but long in charisma was perfect here as John Adams.A shame that the big screen did not make greater subsequent use of this gifted performer.Full marks to all of those involved.


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