Director: Peter H. Hunt Cast: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard
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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/02/2002
UPC: 0043396058910
Original Release: 1972
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:46:00
Sales rank: 1,602

Special Features

Director and screenwriter commentary; Screen tests; Bonus trailers; Production notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Stephen Nathan Courier
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
Ray Heindorf Conductor

Technical Credits
Peter H. Hunt Director
Peter Stone Screenwriter
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer Score Composer,Songwriter
Onna White Choreography
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
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
Allan Snyder Makeup
Jack L. Warner Producer
Florence Williamson Editor
William H. Ziegler Editor
Patricia Zipprodt Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
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]

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1776 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
clemmy More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anthony341 More than 1 year ago
Best movie I've ever seen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
LADYJAGUAR More than 1 year ago
FrustratedTraveller68 More than 1 year ago
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?".
CarrieSue More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best musicals I have ever seen!! I had to watch it in american history a few years back, and I loved it so much I just wanted to watch it again and again. It is very historically accurate, too. P.S.-William Daniels IS John Adams!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is not only entertaining, it's as historically accurate as a musical can be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is INCREDIBLY funny and very historically accurate. A must see for every American. I have seen it over 50 times and I never get tired of it. Each time I grow deeper in love with our Founding Fathers and their courage during that time period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When people ask me my favorite musical and I come out with "1776" they tend to look at me funny. What? Not Rent? Not Phantom? No. Try explaining how a musical based on the writing of the Declaration of Independence could be at all entertaining or relevant. You'll just have to trust me that this one works. Think it of it as more of a jumping off point than a factual time line of the events. Franklin puts it best in this show: "Who will history think we were? Demi-gods? We're men. No more, no less." I'm still moved by the themes today, even though I've watched and listened a humdred times.