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1776 -- A musical celebration of the founding of the United States based on the award-winning Broadway production.


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Release Date:
17 November 1972 (USA) See more »
A musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Ten greatest Films about America
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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 Delegate (uncredited)

Jack De Mave ... John Penn (NC) (uncredited)
Gordon De Vol ... 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)

Directed by
Peter H. Hunt 
Writing credits
Peter Stone (book: play)

Sherman Edwards (based on a conception of)

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
Stuart Ostrow .... play produced on the New York Stage by
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Onna White .... choreographer

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Rated PG for language (longer video version)
141 min | 165 min (director's cut) | 180 min (Laserdisc version) | 168 min (extended Blu-Ray cut)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Singapore:PG | UK:A | USA:G | USA:PG (longer video version)

Did You Know?

Many of the actors were also in the Broadway production.See more »
Anachronisms: In the song "Lees of Old Virginia" Richard Henry Lee mentions General Lighthorse Harry Lee. In fact Henry Lee III, in 1776, was neither a General, nor had he yet become known as "Lighthorse Harry," a moniker that he would only earn after taking command of "Lee's Legion" in 1778.See more »
[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 carried off once.
[he laughs, but Adams is not in the mood]
McNair:You'd better get yourself back down to Congress, Mr. Adams. They're getting ready to vote, and they said they couldn't settle such an important question without Massachusetts being there.
John Adams:[sarcastic] I can just imagine. All right, what burning issue are we voting on this time?
McNair:On whether or not to grant General Washington's request that all members of the Rhode Island militia be required to wear matching uniforms.
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38 out of 41 people found the following review useful.

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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