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1776 (1972)




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You'll be seeing stars and stripes as the most fascinating leaders in American history come to life in 1776, a musical about the birth of a nation! With the Boston Harbor still stained from over-taxed British tea, a revolution is brewing in the colonies! And now England has thousands of troops headed for America's shores to squelch her subjects' freedom-loving spirit!

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William Daniels
as John Adams
Howard Da Silva
as Benjamin Franklin
Ken Howard
as Thomas Jefferson
Blythe Danner
as Martha Jefferson
Donald Madden
as Dickinson
John Cullum
as Rutledge
Roy Poole
as Hopkins
Virginia Vestoff
as Abigail Adams
David Ford
as John Hancock
Emory Bass
as James Wilson
Rex Robbins
as Roger Sherman
Peter Forster
as Oliver Wolcott
Frederic Downs
as Samuel Huntington
Howard Caine
as Lewis Morris
John Myhers
as Robert Livingston
Richard McMurray
as Francis Lewis
Gordon Devol
as Thomas Lynch Jr.
William H. Bassett
as Thomas Heyward Jr.
Jonathan Moore
as Lyman Hall
William F. Engle
as Button Gwinnett
Barry O'Hara
as George Walton
William Hansen
as Caesar Rodney
Ray Middleton
as Thomas McKean
Leo Leyden
as George Read
Patrick Hines
as Samuel Chase
Heber Jentzsch
as Charles Carroll
Andy Albin
as William Paca
Charles Rule
as Joseph Hewes
Jack De Mave
as John Penn
Jordan Rhodes
as William Hooper
James Noble
as John Witherspoon
Richard O'Shea
as Francis Hopkinson
Fred Slyter
as Richard Stockton
Daniel Keyes
as Josiah Bartlett
John Holland
as William Whipple
Ralston Hill
as Secretary Charles Thomson
William Duell
as Custodian Andrew McNair
Mark Montgomery
as Leather Apron
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Critic Reviews for 1776

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

Every American should watch this once a year.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

Semi-successful transfer to the big screen of the 1969 Broadway musical hit, nominated for the Best Cinematography Oscar.

Full Review… | August 10, 2005

A star-spangled, all-singing delight.

February 18, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

A wonderful, witty underrated musical. A 4th of July tradition in my house.

July 23, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Long and boring musical about the American Revolution.

Full Review… | February 9, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A whole lotta toe-tappin' musical patriotism.

July 26, 2002

Audience Reviews for 1776

This movie inspired me to love history. Sure it takes creative license with some facts. But it's a great film. Wonderful songs b

C Shurtleff
C Shurtleff

I think this story would be better fitted for a 2 hour drama, but the drama within this musical is still good and holds up the film nicely. I wasn't sure if I would be bothered by the fact that it is a musical, but honestly there wasn't as much music as I expected anyway, and I only thought one or two songs were unnecessary. In my opinion this film doesn't seem overly long even though it is a 2 hour 45 minute film. In fact, the best scenes in the film are the long, dramatic debates which the characters have with each other inside the Congress building. It keeps the film very enticing and questions ethics instead of just explaining how the Declaration came to be. The character of Benjamin Franklin is surprisingly very funny in this film. At one point, he even seems to make a phallic reference which I never thought would be part of the content for this film - but then again Shakespeare had hidden sexual jokes in his plays as well, and that was centuries before movies were made. One part of a scene that could have been omitted from the film in my opinion is when one of the colonies wants Jefferson's mention of slavery removed from the declaration. Since this movie was about America declaring their independence, this didn't seem to be a crucial part of the story, but this movie was highly about ethics so I suppose the filmmakers thought it was in the film's best interest to include this short debate. This is one of my new favorite "patriotic" movies, and I'll probably be watching it again around this time next year along with Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Rob Starzec
Rob Starzec

Mr. Feeny singing! I feel like such a nerd for enjoying this so much, combing music with with my love of history. William Daniels (Feeny) is very good, though it's oft-putting listening to him sing. I;m not huge on the actual music, I enjoyed it more for its non music elements, though it definitely goes on way too long.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser


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