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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
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'Charade' Writer Dead
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User Reviews:
Big laughs, poignant moments, sweetest love songs. 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:
Many of the outdoor shots were filmed at what is now the Warner Ranch just north of the main studio. The water fountain seen during the number with Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Richard Henry Lee is probably best known to television viewers as the fountain seen at the beginning of the TV show "Friends" (1994). The fountain still exists directly across the street from the house facades used in "Bewitched" (1964), and "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965). Most of the other colonial sets were destroyed by a devastating fire in the mid-70s.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The beginning of the film takes place in early June, 1776 in Philadelphia. There are several references to the heat, and several delegates are clearly sweating. After a squabble breaks out during the debate, John Hancock orders McNair to remove a dog from the room because it smells bad. As McNair complies, Hancock shouts, "Christ! It's hot!" and Thomas Jefferson sits on a sill by an open window to read a book. In the next scene, the dog is out on the sidewalk. It barks twice, and you can see its breath.See more »
Quotes:
John Adams:Good God, consider yourselves fortunate that you have John Adams to abuse, for no sane man would tolerate it!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Yours, Yours, YoursSee more »

FAQ

Were Witherspoon and the New Jersey delegates really late because Franklin's son was arrested?
What were Franklin's feelings towards his son?
Is "1776" accurate?
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Big laughs, poignant moments, sweetest love songs., 28 February 1999
Author: AlAnn from Albuquerque, New Mexico

Although at first, it's surprising to see a musical about the writing of the Declaration of Independence, the viewer is soon caught up in the politics and emotions of this important American event. It should be watched more than once, because it can be appreciated on several different levels. There are some of the biggest laughs, some of the most poignant moments, and the sweetest love songs you'll see in movies. Much of the dialog is taken straight from the documented letters and conversations of the principal characters, and we get to see them as real people with real worries and real feelings, rather than as the marble statues seen in the history books. This is definitely a must-see movie (and stage play, if you get the chance), and one you won't forget.

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