1776

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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 Second 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 remote historical characters with wisecracks, scatology, and an abundance of sexual innuendo--particularly in the case of the libidinous Ben Franklin. Blythe Danner's character of Martha Jefferson is expanded for the film version to allow for an elaborate outdoor production number. Director Peter Hunt, who helmed the original Broadway production, can't quite overcome the essential staginess of the project, though the cast is game and the music is well showcased. After 1776, Jack Warner made only one more film, the 1972 "grunge western" Dirty Little Billy.

Genre: Musical & Performing Arts
Director: Peter H. Hunt - American Director/B. 1938
Theatrical Release: 1972
Rated: G (MPAA)
Length: N/A
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray Disc
Language: English

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 Second 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 remote historical characters with wisecracks, scatology, and an abundance of sexual innuendo--particularly in the case of the libidinous Ben Franklin. Blythe Danner's character of Martha Jefferson is expanded for the film version to allow for an elaborate outdoor production number. Director Peter Hunt, who helmed the original Broadway production, can't quite overcome the essential staginess of the project, though the cast is game and the music is well showcased. After 1776, Jack Warner made only one more film, the 1972 "grunge western" Dirty Little Billy.

This acclaimed film version of Peter Stone's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, which was one of the last big-budget studio musicals, stars William Daniels (TV's Saint Elsewhere) as John Adams and Howard Da Silva as Ben Franklin. A rollicking, anachronistic treatment of the creation of the Declaration of Independence, with the American forefathers conducting themselves with uncharacterstic--and comical--indignity. Academy Award Nominations: Best Cinematography (Harry Stradling, Jr.);

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William H. Bassett - Actor/"Black Eagle"
Howard Caine - Character Actor
John Cullum - American Actor, HAMLET (1964)
Howard Da Silva - American Actor
William Daniels - Emmy winning actor
Blythe Danner - American film, stage, television actress
Gordon Devol -
David Ford - Actor
John Holland - Supporting Actor
Ken Howard - Television Actor, THE WHITE SHADOW
Stephen Nathan -
James Noble - Actor/"Willed A Miracle"
Ray Middleton - American Singer/Actor
Jack Warner - Warner Brothers Movie Mogul
Jack Warner - Warner Brothers Movie Mogul
Rex Robbins -
Peter H. Hunt - American Director/B. 1938
John Myhers - American actor - Weddings and Babies
Roy Poole - American Actor
Harry Stradling - Director Of Photography
William Duell -
Daniel Keyes - Actor, Caretaker on DARK SHADOWS (1967)
Patricia Zipprodt -
Onna White -
Donald Madden -
Emory Bass -
Ronald Holgate -
Peter Forster -
Frederic Downs -
Richard McMurray -
Jonathan Moore -
William F. Engle -
Barry O'Hara -
William Hansen -
Leo Leyden -
Patrick Hines -
Heber Jentzsch -
Andy Albin -
Charles Rule -
Jack De Mave -
Jordan Rhodes -
Richard O'Shea -
Fred Slyter -
Ralston Hill -
Virginia Vestoff -
Sherman Edwards - Playwright/Musical Composer - "1776"
Sherman Edwards - Playwright/Musical Composer - "1776"
Mark Montgomery - Actor
William Ziegler -
Florence Williamson -
USA Today
09/11/1992
"...[William Daniels delivers] a wonderful performance as John Adams..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly
08/02/2002
"...Full of long, deliberate camera moves, this adaptation of the Broadway hit is about character....William Daniels hits a career high..."

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