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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 »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
Ten greatest Films about America
 (From SoundOnSight. 4 July 2009, 6:48 PM, PDT)

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

User Reviews:
A Must See For Every American 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)

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 176 minute extended version is available on the laserdisc and DVD. It contains 35 minutes cut from the original videotape release, including the song Cool, Considerate Men.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Lewis Morris of New York had only 10 children, not 12 and the 3 oldest boys fought in the Revolution - not 4 as stated in the movie.See more »
Quotes:
[Adams and Franklin arrive at Jefferson's apartment to check the status of the Declaration, and hear him playing his violin instead]
John Adams:What is that racket?
Dr. Benjamin Franklin:It's the latest thing from Europe, John. It's called music.
John Adams:I came here expecting to hear a pen scratching, not a bow.
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FAQ

Is "1776" accurate?
What were the Stamp Acts, Townshend Acts, Tea Acts, and Sugar Acts?
What were Franklin's feelings towards his son?
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A Must See For Every American, 4 July 2007
Author: DeanNYC (thedeanofnyc@yahoo.com) from New York, NY

Sherman Edwards was a modest teacher of history when he got the idea of creating a musical telling of the tale of the birth of the United States. As it turned out, even though the story of the Declaration of Independence was one most every American schoolchild knew, there was a lot more to it than the signing of a paper and the ringing of a bell.

The Broadway version of "1776" became a sensation with audiences and went on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical of 1969.

During this era of film-making, the musical was still considered to be a draw for audiences, so it was natural to take this show and bring it to the big screen. And best of all, John Warner brought the bulk of the cast from the show to the film. William Daniels IS John Adams to a lot of people, and his portrayal of the feisty proponent for independence is one of the great performances of any "real life" character. Daniels is equaled by his fellow Congressional cohorts, Ken Howard as the author of the document, Thomas Jefferson, and the amazing Howard Da Silva as the good doctor, Benjamin Franklin.

To me, the most remarkable element is the facts of the story are pretty much accurate, the timing of the events, measured with a wall calendar, keeps the tension going as we count down to that particular date... July 1st, 2nd, 3rd...

But it's more than just the story of the founding of the country, it's a love story, or really two, with the Jeffersons Martha, played by Blythe Danner and the Adams pair, with the incredible Virginia Vestoff as John's Abigail who interacts with her husband only in his mind.

For a musical, it is something of a "warts and all" examination of the process, as the south refuses to sign a declaration that freed their slaves, as Jefferson had intended in the original draft. John Cullum brilliantly voices this discussion as the genteel South Carolinian, Edward Rutledge, in the hypnotic and haunting "Molasses to Rum." In fact, every song in the score is well thought out, clever, truthful and very entertaining!

Maybe this isn't *exactly* how the USA began, but, at least once a year, let's say it is.

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