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1776 (1972)

A musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence.

Director:

Peter H. Hunt

Writers:

Peter Stone (book), Sherman Edwards (based on a conception of) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ron Holgate ... Richard Henry Lee (VA)
Ray Middleton ... Col. Thomas McKean (DE)
William Hansen William Hansen ... Caesar Rodney (DE)
Blythe Danner ... Martha Jefferson
Virginia Vestoff ... Abigail Adams
Emory Bass Emory Bass ... Judge James Wilson (PA)
Ralston Hill Ralston Hill ... Congressional Secretary Charles Thomson
Howard Caine ... Lewis Morris (NY)
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Storyline

The film version of the Broadway musical comedy of the same name. In the days leading up to July 4, 1776, Continental Congressmen John Adams and Benjamin Franklin coerce Thomas Jefferson into writing the Declaration of Independence as a delaying tactic as they try to persuade the American colonies to support a resolution on independence. As George Washington sends depressing messages describing one military disaster after another, the businessmen, landowners and slave holders in Congress all stand in the way of the Declaration, and a single "nay" vote will forever end the question of independence. Large portions of spoken and sung dialog are taken directly from the letters and memoirs of the actual participants. Written by Dave Heston <heston@iName.com>

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Taglines:

The Great Holiday Show That Sets The Screen Aglow


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1776 - Rebellion und Liebe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,104,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (Laserdisc) | (extended Blu-Ray cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When John Adams is shocked by the thought of Thomas and Martha Jefferson having intimate relations during the daylight hours, Franklin responds, "Not everybody's from Boston, John." Not everyone was, of course, but Benjamin Franklin actually had a better claim of being "from Boston" than Adams, as Franklin was born in the actual city, while John Adams' birthplace was the nearby town of Braintree, Massachusetts. (Franklin had moved to Philadelphia when a youth to seek his fortune.) See more »

Goofs

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 ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The theatrical version has no credits at the beginning other than "Columbia Pictures presents" and the film's title. The Director's Cut and the extended laserdisc edition includes a main title sequence at the opening. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2015 Blu-Ray includes an "Extended Version" which reinserts the extended version of "Piddle, Twiddle" and "Lees" reprise into the film; it runs three minutes longer than the Director's Cut. See more »

Connections

Featured in Playing Columbine (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Cool, Cool, Considerate Men
Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Performed by Donald Madden, John Cullum, David Ford, and the Cast
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Big laughs, poignant moments, sweetest love songs.
28 February 1999 | by AlAnnSee all my reviews

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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