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Director:
Writers:
Peter Stone (book)
Sherman Edwards (based on a conception of)
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Release Date:
17 November 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Great Holiday Show That Sets The Screen Aglow
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:
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Ten greatest Films about America
 (From SoundOnSight. 4 July 2009, 6:48 PM, PDT)

'Charade' Writer Dead
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"Our Lives, Our Fortunes, And Our Sacred Honor" See more (129 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 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
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator and portrait artist
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
Sherman Edwards .... lyricist
Sherman Edwards .... music and lyrics by: play
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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MPAA:
Rated PG for language (longer video version)
Runtime:
141 min | 165 min (director's cut) | 180 min (Laserdisc version) | 168 min (extended Blu-Ray cut)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Singapore:PG | UK:A | USA:G | USA:PG (longer video version)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
William Daniels, who portrays John Adams, goes on to portray Mr. George Feeny on the TV series "Boy Meets World" (1993), also set in Philadelphia, as the principal of John Adams High School.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the close-up of Franklin's portrait, the painter's brush is clearly not making any changes; no paint is added and none is removed.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 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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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
"Our Lives, Our Fortunes, And Our Sacred Honor", 4 July 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Probably even before the musical 1776 finished its run on Broadway of 1217 performances from 1969 to 1972 this film was getting ready for release. The musical won a Tony Award for being the best in that category for Broadway and a pity it wasn't similarly honored by the Academy. All it received was a nomination for cinematography.

None of the score, excellent though it is by Sherman Edwards, was calculated to make the hit parade. The songs don't really stand alone, but they are part and parcel of the telling of the tale of the American Declaration of Independence. But what 1776 does is tell just how difficult it was to achieve a consensus for American independence even after we had been fighting the might of the British armies in the northern colonies for over a year.

Two of the men at the Second Continental Congress John Adams (William Daniels) and Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard) became American presidents. Others there are more or less widely known, depending how deeply one has read into American history or paid good attention in class during school. I think most people would have more than a nodding acquaintance with Benjamin Franklin (Howard DaSilva). All three of these players came over from the original Broadway cast as did most of the film's players.

All of these people as Franklin said are the cream of their colony's society even if that society was built on human slavery. That the South's peculiar institution as they liked to phrase it came from the mother country is sometimes conveniently forgotten by critics of the USA. But slavery's existence was the biggest stumbling block towards building that consensus as 1776 graphically shows.

The founding fathers as we Americans call these guys are shown to be flesh and blood. Franklin who was the wisest one in the bunch deprecated in the film and in real life the demigod status that would attach to them. One founding father however does get a raw deal from 1776. James Wilson was not in the indecisive ninny who only craved obscurity. Emory Bass who also came over from Broadway played him that way because he was written that way. In fact Wilson who should have had the Scottish burr in his speech that was given to Ray Middleton's Thomas McKean, was a man of great distinction and learning. If he didn't shine at the 2nd Continental Congress, he more than made up for it at the Constitutional Convention. A lot of what is in the Constitution is there because of him. He was also one of the original members of the Supreme Court that George Washington appointed. Not at all like the fellow you see in 1776.

The ladies aren't ignored, Martha Wayles Jefferson appears in the flesh to give Tom Jefferson some relief from some tension he was having and is played by Blythe Danner. Virginia Vestoff plays Abigail Adams who only appears in William Daniel's imagination. It's fascinating to see Adams yearning for the wife, but still tending to business. When he became our second president, Abigail stayed in Braintree, Massachusetts which was their home and John spent as much time as he could with her and not really staying on top of things in Philadelphia and later in the new capital of Washington, DC. That's another subject for another film.

In fact watching these gentlemen reach the consensus for American independence is watching them reach said consensus, but also knowing how they all became some really bitter enemies later on after the nation's freedom was secured. I hope some who read this review and see 1776 will take the time and trouble to see just what happened with the rest of these people.

And if the film stirs your curiosity about how America was founded, than 1776 will be well worth watching.

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