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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 »
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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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An Imaginative and Brilliantly Original Musical Gem... See more (127 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 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
(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:
141 min | 165 min (director's cut) | 180 min (Laserdisc version) | 168 min (extended Blu-Ray cut)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Argentina:Atp | Singapore:PG | UK:A | USA:G | USA:PG (longer video version)

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The only filmed credit for Ralston Hill (Congressional Secretary Charles Thomson) and Charles Rule (Joseph Hewes (NC)).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Stephen Hopkins' statement "The Colonies are rotting for want of independence," should actually be attributed to Rev. John Witherspoon.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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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
An Imaginative and Brilliantly Original Musical Gem..., 23 May 2007
Author: Isaac5855 from United States

1776 is the 1972 film version of the groundbreaking Broadway musical that chronicles the people and events that led to the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence. The musical centers on soon to be second President, John Adams, who according to this musical was a tireless but obnoxious advocate for the thirteen colonies independence from Great Britain and it was his zeal for this cause that led him to being central to the creation of the Declaration of Independence. William Daniels brilliantly recreates his Tony-winning Broadway role as John Adams, the restless and ever-vocal spokesperson for Independence who would not be silenced. He receives solid support from Howard da Silva, who does a scene stealing turn as Benjamin Franklin, Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson, John Cullum as Edmund Rutledge, and the lovely Blythe Danner as Martha Jefferson. Virginia Vestoff also recreates her Broadway role as Abigail Adams, John's wife who is presented as communicating with John through letters brought to life. The heart-pumping musical score features highlights such as "Sit Down, John", "He Plays the Violin", "Yours, Yours, Yours", "But Mr. Adams", "The Egg", "The Lees of Old Virginia", and the haunting "Molasses to Rum" (brilliantly performed by Cullum). One number, "Cool Considerate Men" was cut during the film's original release but has been restored to some prints. If you're a musical comedy fan with an open mind willing to experience something a little different, give this treasure a try.

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