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Sex & Nudity

  • There are several 18th century-type references to desires for sexual activity and reactions to these references and an implied sexual encounter (off-screen) between a married couple. Also some wink-wink, nudge-nudge among the delegates regarding the above. As best I recall, the closest thing to nudity was Martha Jefferson's decolletage.
  • References to "whores" and "the French Disease" may raise some eyebrows.
  • It should be noted that in 2003 the Fairfax County VA school board banned 1776 over Jefferson's declaration of his yearning for his wife. If this is a point of concern for you, view the movie before showing it to your children.

Violence & Gore

  • At one point two of the characters start "fencing" with their walking sticks. One of the songs, _Momma, Look Sharp_, describes -- but does not show -- the death of a soldier on the battlefield. The Revolutionary War is otherwise off-screen. Cesar Rodney suffers from cancer and wears a Marley-type bandage around his chin; no real detail is seen.


  • 1776 is really problematic with profanity, especially for a 40-year-old production. Several invocations of the Deity, including one time in direct address to the same (now that's cheek!). Several desires for several parties to be exiled to perdition. A few desires for John Adams to meet premature judgement. .

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Stephen Hopkins of RI is constantly bellowing for rum, although to a degree this is culturally correct in a time and place where water was not safe. I seem to recall that some members are shown smoking tobacco, but not as a major plot point.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Rutledge's solo _Molasses to Rum to Slaves_ gets very emotional as Rutledge evokes the atmosphere of the African slave markets. However, the very little children would probably long since have lost interest.

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