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The first independent production of former studio mogul Jack Warner, 1776 was adapted from the hit 1969 Broadway musical by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards. William Daniels, Ken Howard, and Howard Da Silva are among the many actors who recreate their Broadway roles. The story is set during the first Continental Congress, when the Declaration of Independence was drafted by such founding fathers as John Adams (Daniels) and Benjamin Franklin (Da Silva). The script attempts to "humanize" these
Jan 1, 1972 Wide
Jul 2, 2002
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Howard Da Silva
William H. Bassett
Thomas Heyward Jr.
Jack De Mave
Thomas Lynch Jr.
Custodian Andrew McNair
Secretary Charles Thoms...
Richard Henry Lee
Semi-successful transfer to the big screen of the 1969 Broadway musical hit, nominated for the Best Cinematography Oscar.
A star-spangled, all-singing delight.
A wonderful, witty underrated musical. A 4th of July tradition in my house.
A whole lotta toe-tappin' musical patriotism.
- John Adams: In the middle of the afternoon?
- John Adams: Thomas Jefferson: the Dove....
- John Adams: ...the eagle!
- Benjamin Franklin: The turkey.
- John Adams: the eagle is a majestic bird!
- Benjamin Franklin: The eagle is a scavenger, a thief and coward. A symbol of over ten centuries of European mischief.
- John Adams: The turkey?
- Benjamin Franklin: A truly noble bird. Native American, a source of sustenance to our original settlers, and an incredibly brave fellow who wouldn't flinch from attacking a whole regiment of Englishmen single-handedly! Therefore, the national bird of America is going to be...
- John Adams: [insistently] The Eagle!
- Stephen Hopkins: That's quite a large signature, Johnny.
- John Hancock: So fat George can read it in London without his reading glasses!
- Stephen Hopkins: Ah, Ben! I want you to see some cards I'd gone and had printed up. Oughta save everybody here a lot of time and effort, considering the epidemic of bad disposition that's been going on around here lately. 'Dear Sir, you are without any doubt, a rogue, a rascal, a villain, a thief, a scoundrel, and a mean, dirty, stinking, sniveling, sneaking, pimping, pocket-picking, thrice double-damned no-good son of a bitch.' and you sign your name - what do you think?
- Benjamin Franklin: I'll take a dozen, right now.
- Martha Jefferson: Dickinson wants 'tyrant' removed from the Declaration
- Thomas Jefferson: Just a moment, Mr. Thomson. I do not consent. The king is a tyrant whether we say so or not. We might as well say so.
- Secretary Charles Thomson: But I already scratched it out.
- Thomas Jefferson: Then scratch it back in!
- John Hancock: Put it back, Mr. Thomson. The King will remain a tyrant.
- John Adams: They won't be happy until they remove one of the F's from Jefferson's name!
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