1776Director: Peter H. Hunt
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Patriotism and musical exuberance collide in Hollywood's retelling of American history with a newly restored director's cut of the musical 1776. Columbia's work on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is very nice. Sporting a solid array of colors and well-saturated black levels, this image appears to be very evenly produced save for a few instances of edge enhancement in a few key scenes. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and should please those with home theater systems. With many instances of directional effects and a crystal clear soundtrack, this disc's audio presentation should make fans sit up and sing. Also included on the disc are English and French subtitles. The extra features on 1776 are small but substantial. Included on this disc is: a very enjoyable commentary track by director Peter H. Hunt and screenwriter Peter Stone, as they discuss the restoration process of the film and how it was brought to the silver screen; a few screen tests of some of the actors in the film; and theatrical trailers for the film and other Columbia musical movies.
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- [Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew
|William Daniels||John Adams|
|Howard Da Silva||Benjamin Franklin|
|Ken Howard||Thomas Jefferson|
|David Ford||John Hancock|
|Roy Poole||Stephen Hopkins|
|Andy Albin||William Paca|
|Emory Bass||James Wilson|
|William H. Bassett||Thomas Heyward, Jr.|
|Howard Caine||Lewis Morris|
|John Cullum||Edward Rutledge|
|Blythe Danner||Martha Jefferson|
|Jack de Mave||John Penn|
|Gordon Devol||Thomas Lynch, Jr.|
|Frederic Downs||Samuel Huntington|
|William Duell||Custodian Andrew McNair|
|Peter Forster||Oliver Wolcott|
|William Hansen||Caesar Rodney|
|Ralston Hill||Secretary Charles Thomson|
|Patrick Hines||Samuel Chase|
|Ron Holgate||Richard Henry Lee|
|John Holland||William Whipple|
|Daniel Keyes||Josiah Bartlett|
|Leo Leyden||George Read|
|Donald Madden||John Dickinson|
|Richard McMurray||Francis Lewis|
|Ray Middleton||Thomas McKean|
|Mark Montgomery||Leather Apron|
|Jonathan Moore||Lyman Hall|
|John Myhers||Robert Livingston|
|James Noble||John Witherspoon|
|Barry O'Hara||George Walton|
|Jordan Rhodes||William Hooper|
|Rex Robbins||Roger Sherman|
|Wabei Slyolwe||Richard Stockton|
|Virginia Vestoff||Abigail Adams|
|Peter H. Hunt||Director|
|Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Ray Heindorf||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|George James Hopkins||Set Decoration/Design|
|George Jenkins||Art Director|
|Al Overton||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Arthur Piantadosi||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Sheldon Schrager||Asst. Director|
|Jack L. Warner||Producer|
|William H. Ziegler||Editor|
|Patricia Zipprodt||Costumes/Costume Designer|
1. Start [2:25]
2. Mr. Adams [2:46]
3. "Sit Down, John" [1:39]
4. "Piddle, Twiddle & Resolve" [4:32]
5. Benjamin Franklin [4:22]
6. "The Lees of Old Virginia" [10:49]
7. Congress Now in Session [22:06]
8. The Declaration Committee [10:46]
9. "But, Mr. Adams" [1:37]
10. Writer's Block [6:05]
11. Mrs. Jefferson Arrives [3:16]
12. "Till Then" [4:15]
13. Reintroducing Themselves [2:16]
14. "He Plays the Violin" [3:28]
15. Congressional Committees [5:48]
16. "Cool Considerate Men" [9:09]
17. "Mama, Look Sharp" [6:57]
18. Reading the Declaration [2:12]
19. "The Egg" [3:09]
20. Alterations, Deletions, Amendments [1:49]
21. Slavery [3:47]
22. "Molasses to Rum" [7:17]
23. Abigail's Advice [3:56]
24. "Yours, Yours, Yours" [8:42]
25. "Is Anybody There?" [3:39]
26. The Vote on Independence [3:04]
27. "The Resolution Is Adopted." [6:08]
28. July 4: Let Freedom Ring [8:05]
Commentary With Director Peter Hunt and Writer Peter Stone: On
Commentary With Director Peter Hunt and Writer Peter Stone: Off
William Daniels (John Adams)
Ray Middleton (Colonel Thomas McKean)
James Noble (Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon)
Leo Leyden (George Read)
Rex Robbins (Roger Sherman)
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I absolutely adore this movie. It is perfectly hilarious. The characters are as unique as they were in real life, but candid and not stuffy and austere as they seem to be when they are read about (John Adams, Ben Franklin, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, etc.). Then there are characters that were not preserved for posterity, such as "Andrew McNair, Congressional Custodian." Then there are the dispatches, missing New Jersey, and George Washington forever complaining about the state of his troops. The very first song always makes me laugh - because not only is it funny, it reminds us that they weren't always serious or had their minds glued on independence their whole time in Philadelphia, especially in the summertime. Then there is the noble turkey, the bird Ben Franklin wanted to be the nation's symbol instead of the eagle, who he claimed was "a scavenger, a theif, and a coward." Or Abigail and John arguing about saltpeter and pins. This is a wonderful movie and well worth the time and money.
This musical is a true rarity of strong acting, inspiring song,and patriotic fervor.It is surprisingly accurate as well(though i doubt anyone in the second continetal congress could sing that well). you can't go wrong
This is one of the best musicals you will ever see in your life. It brings all the characters (especially that small, fiery man John Adams) to life and lets you see that they were not as stiff and serene and polite as their portraits and biographies indicate. A must-see.
Best movie I've ever seen.
I'm sorry. I love this show, and looked forward to the added portions and better DVD screening with great anticipation. But the wide screen, with it's tight black- edged framing destroys the beauty of the picture. Try watching John Adams with the top of his head cut off. You'll want to cry. Back to my good old VHS version, where I can truly sit back and enjoy the whole show.
THIS SHOULD BE SHOWN TO ALL STUDENTS IN HIGH SCHOOL. DO NOT CUT ANY SCENES. NOR LANGUAGE. IT GRABS AND HOLDS. EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS. IT'S ABOUT OUR COUNTRY. I'VE PASSED IT TO SO MANY FRIENDS.
In a world where we are continually pushed into a left-right political mentality, it is refreshing to see a film where the ideals of liberty are championed so plainly. William Daniels plays John Adams (actually a combination of historical figures John and Samuel Adams) to script-chomping perfection. Every line crackles from his lips, and you can feel the pathos in every phrase. I don't know what one customer reviewer is talking about regarding the beautiful widescreen presentation here; no one's heads are cut off. Every frame is a work of art, and the ensemble of actors is never underused. The film was photographed for widescreen, and it's the only way to see this film. If you're wondering why the Tea Party Patriots are so upset, you couldn't do much worse than to see "1776." We need to get back to our Founding Fathers' principles of limited government and individual liberty. Once you're done viewing this film, read the Declaration of Independence and ponder the significance of what those great men did back then.
This movie has always been a favorite of mine since seeing it on television when I was a kid. I have the movie on VHS, and on DVD. It is one of those movies that reminds you of how this country was built, formed and organized by just a few men that were elected or appointed by the states that they represented. Back then, that is when they represented their constituancy without putting their hand out for more money or asking "What's in it for me?".
A truly inspired work that mostly flows easily in its retelling of the discussions and choices surrounding the attempt to declare independence from England. William Daniels' portrayal of John Adams was magnetic.
Originally, I watched this many years ago in school, and then saw the on stage version. For the younger veiwer it is a fantastic way to make a historically significant event come alive and be ''memorable''. The performances are top notch. And the facts close enough for most. A great family movie for all.
This is one of the best cast, most hilarious, wonderful musicals ever made. Even 42 years later it makes my family laugh and cry - a thoroughly enjoyable family film for ages 8 and up.
One of the most unusual yet entertaining stage/screen musical productions of all time, 1776 is is a clever study of the courageous mind-set of the framers of America's Declaration of Independance. Centered primarily around the collaberation between the determined, but frustrated John Adams (William Daniels),the young, articulate, and love lorne Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard) and the irresistably brilliant DR. Ben Franklin (Howard Da Silva), 1776 is an ornary, yet respectful telling of the political and personal trials of our founding fathers. The musical and dance numbers are polished and uplifting. All in all, a genuine feel-good two hours with an educational twist! Let the kids watch as well, although most of today's highschool grads will be unfamiliar with the subject matter. A little tip ... For maximum impact, actually read our Declaration of Independance prior to watching the film.
This film has not diminished in stature one bit from the time I saw it in high school. It is every bit as entertaining today as it was then and also a good history lesson for the politics of the time. Five stars may not be high enough!
Great movie! A 4th of July classic. I'm so glad they put it on DVD. What a wonderful way to learn about our nation's history. Many big stars too.
I first saw 1776 in the 4th grade and I was incredibly entertained. It is definitely one of my favorite musicals of all time in large part to the strong acting and singing parts of William Daniels (John Adams). My main problem with it now (after 5 or 6 more viewings) is that it is almost completely without historical accuracy. Very few events happened the way the movie portrays them (of course without singing or dancing, but thats another story). So please watch this movie, it is great and very entertaining. But also please take it with a big grain of salt (and read John Adams by David MacCullough).
First of all, having seen the original Broadway production back in 1969, be aware that the film actually trims some content (probably more due to the political content of that material, and the temper of the times), particularly notably the tune COOL CONSIDERATE MEN. This does not diminish this excellent film musical, but realize that if 1776 turns up at a stage near you, it is very much worth the trip and will have a few extra treats. One of the things I particularly appreciated about the way this tale is told is how we are made to at least understand (if not empathize with) those parties that were reticent about coming on board with the Declaration of Independence. You'll have a new-found appreciation of the significance of our Declaration of Independence. Plus the songs are tuneful and varied - there's the humous (THE EGG), the emotive (MAMA LOOK SHARP), and the passionate (MOLASSES TO RUM), and my favorite, HE PLAYS THE VIOLIN. Sure it's stagey, but I think that is what has served this film well over the years, allowing it to have a rather unique distinct quality.
For anyone who says that they don't want to watch ''1776'' because it is a 'Historical Movie' and it will be boring, we who have seen it can chuckle and know they haven't watched it. I really enjoyed watching this musical and the songs are just as comical as they are well sung.
We've made this part of our 4th of July tradition. Although I'm sure our founding fathers were not all fabulous singers and dancers, it is a fun way to get the kids to understand that Independence Day is about more than fireworks and hotdogs on the grill. Ignore the historical inaccuracies and tell the kids (and adults) that it's based on events that changed the world.