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Release Date:
17 November 1972 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(2 articles)
Ten greatest Films about America
 (From SoundOnSight. 4 July 2009, 6:48 PM, PDT)

'Charade' Writer Dead
 (From WENN. 30 April 2003)

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Reviewer Revels in 1776 See more (125 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Daniels ... John Adams (MA)
Howard Da Silva ... Dr. Benjamin Franklin (PA)

Ken Howard ... Thomas Jefferson (VA)
Donald Madden ... John Dickinson (PA)

John Cullum ... Edward Rutledge (SC)
Roy Poole ... Stephen Hopkins (RI)
David Ford ... Congressional President John Hancock (MA)
Ron Holgate ... Richard Henry Lee (VA)
Ray Middleton ... Col. Thomas McKean (DE)
William Hansen ... Caesar Rodney (DE)

Blythe Danner ... Martha Jefferson

Virginia Vestoff ... Abigail Adams
Emory Bass ... Judge James Wilson (PA)
Ralston Hill ... Congressional Secretary Charles Thomson

Howard Caine ... Lewis Morris (NY)
Patrick Hines ... Samuel Chase (MD)
William Duell ... Andrew McNair, Congressional Custodian
Daniel Keyes ... Dr. Josiah Bartlett (NH)
Leo Leyden ... George Read (DE)

Stephen Nathan ... Courier
Jonathan Moore ... Dr. Lyman Hall (GA)

James Noble ... Rev. John Witherspoon (NJ)
John Myhers ... Robert Livingston (NY)
Rex Robbins ... Roger Sherman (CT)
Charles Rule ... Joseph Hewes (NC)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Albin ... William Paca (MD) (uncredited)

William Bassett ... Thomas Heyward, Jr. (SC) (uncredited)

Nicolas Coster ... South Carolina Delesgate (uncredited)

Jack De Mave ... John Penn (NC) (uncredited)
Gordon Devol ... Thomas Lynch, Jr. (SC) (uncredited)
Frederic Downs ... Samuel Huntington (CT) (uncredited)
Peter Forster ... Oliver Wolcott (CT) (uncredited)
John Holland ... William Whipple (NH) (uncredited)
Heber Jentzsch ... Charles Carroll (MD) (uncredited)
Richard McMurray ... Francis Lewis (NY) (uncredited)
Mark Montgomery ... Leather Apron (uncredited)
Barry O'Hara ... George Walton (GA) (uncredited)
Dick O'Shea ... Francis Hopkinson (NJ) (uncredited)

Jordan Rhodes ... William Hooper (NC) (uncredited)
Fred Slyter ... Richard Stockton (NJ) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter H. Hunt 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sherman Edwards  play
Peter Stone  play
Peter Stone  screenplay

Produced by
Jack L. Warner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Sherman Edwards 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Jr. 
 
Film Editing by
Florence Williamson 
William H. Ziegler 
 
Casting by
Michael Shurtleff 
 
Production Design by
George Jenkins 
 
Art Direction by
George Jenkins 
John Jay Moore 
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Costume Design by
Patricia Zipprodt 
 
Makeup Department
Ernest Adler .... hair designer
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Emmett Emerson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sheldon Schrager .... assistant director
 
Art Department
John Roche .... construction
 
Sound Department
Al Overton Jr. .... sound
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Craig Meinardus .... first assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mickey Sherrard .... costumer: men
 
Music Department
Ray Heindorf .... music supervisor
Ray Heindorf .... musical director
Peter Howard .... music arranger: dance music
Eddie Sauter .... orchestrator
Ted Sebern .... music editor
 
Other crew
Mentor Huebner .... titles
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Onna White .... choreographer
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for language (longer video version)
Runtime:
142 min | 168 min (director's cut) | 180 min (Laserdisc version)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Singapore:PG | USA:G | USA:PG (longer video version)

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Trivia:
The Broadway musical was conceived by a history teacher.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Outside Independence Hall, the street is supposedly a dirt street, yet when the courier arrives on his horse, when Richard Henry Lee arrives on his horse, and when the "cool considerate men" drive away in their coaches, no dirt is kicked up by any of the horses' hooves. The "dirt" is artificial.See more »
Quotes:
Col. Thomas McKean:[to Read] Sit down ya scurvy dog or I'll knock ya down!
Hancock:[to the Delaware delagates] Sit down all three of you!
[dog starts barking]
Hancock:McNair! Do something about that damn dog!
Hopkins:McNair, fetch me a rum!
Hancock:Get the dog first!
Hopkins:No! A rum!
[both start shouting at once]
McNair:I only got two hands!
Hancock:[screaming] Christ, it's hot!
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
But, Mr. AdamsSee more »

FAQ

What is "...tria juncta in uno?"
Were Witherspoon and the New Jersey delegates really late because Franklin's son was arrested?
Was Rodney really dying?
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40 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Reviewer Revels in 1776, 12 December 2002
Author: Grafton81 (Grafton81@aol.com) from Charlotte, NC

1776 is a masterful representation of the emotion, logic and debate, leading to the critical creation and signing of the Declaration of Independence. It captures, beautifully and subtly, the moment the colonies crossed the line, one by one, to leave England's rule.

The writing is superb, and the direction is perfection itself. The music and lyrics add a bold exclamation point, for they range from funny to serious, simple to complex, in the richness of sound and appropriateness of placement.

Leading the charge is the cantankerous character of John Adams (William Daniels). It is nothing less than a remarkable and brilliant portrayal, probably one of the most difficult, and yet one of the best ever played. Daniels walks a very fine line, depicting the essence of a man who grates on his friends and foes, yet quickly pulls the audience to his side. You can't help but feel the desperation, frustration and passion of Adams, as he tries to persuade and pull reluctant and loyalist colonial representatives to his cause.

Frank Da Silva's Ben Franklin is equal to the challenge of the quality performance given by Daniels. Franklin is certainly the more popular figure among the characters, but nevertheless has many complexities, expertly brought out by the quality writing and Da Silva's fine skill as an actor of high caliber.

It is hard to write a review of such a fine film, without mentioning all the magnificent performances by a remarkably talented cast. It is far easier, and much more pleasurable, to simply view the film. Pay attention to the lighting and choreography. Watch the meeting room transform from a rather plain space, to one of intensity, as the room goes from static and flat, to lively and dramatic. It follows the mood of the film, as the issue of independence is moved from a side issue, to weave its way to the forefront. The oversized calendar reminds one of the ticking of a clock, as the days move inevitably to July 4th. And while we know the outcome of the events, it is too easy to be drawn into the process, and become captured by the suspense of those last six weeks leading to the formation of a new nation. The tally board, which records the votes of the colonies, also looms large on the wall. The movement from left to right, for and against independence, also adds to the suspense and drama of the film.

There are lighthearted moments, and witty banter, among the characters, as one would expect. But there are surprises too. And the viewer gets to see an amazing transformation of the irritable Adams to a much softer person, when he corresponds with Abigail. Please add 1776, with confidence, to your list of must-see movies. I think it is as fresh today as it was 30-years ago. It is time for a film re-release, or at least a revival on Broadway, but since such things rarely happen, do yourself a favor and rent or buy the movie. Personally, I think it was the finest of its kind. Can one rate it higher than a ten? Would that I could, for it deserves it. Kudos to the writer, director, and amazing cast. It was, for many, their very best performances, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera.





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