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1776

(DVD - 2002 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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1776 is a delightful musical celebration of the founding of The United States of America. The story centers around the familiar historical characters as they organize a movement for independence from Mother England. All events lead up to that most significant date, July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed. This is the DVD "restored" version which runs ca. 166 minutes -- longer than the theatrical release cut, yet shorter than the laserdisc "restored" version.
Statement of Responsibility: Jack L. Warner and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ; producer, Jack L. Warner ; screenplay, Peter Stone ; director, Peter H. Hunt
Title: 1776
[videorecording]
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2002
Edition: Widescreen version, restored director's cut
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 166 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Book by Peter Stone. Based on the musical play "1776" produced on the New York stage by Stuart Ostrow
Special features: director and screenwriter commentary, screen tests, bonus trailers, production notes
Credits: Director of photography, Harry Stradling, Jr. ; music and lyrics, Sherman Edwards ; based on a conception by Sherman Edwards ; choreography, Onna White.
Performers: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Donald Madden, Blythe Danner, John Cullum, Roy Poole, David Ford, Virginia Vestoff, Ron Holgate, Ray Middleton, John Myhers, Rex Robbins, William Duell.
Summary: 1776 is a delightful musical celebration of the founding of The United States of America. The story centers around the familiar historical characters as they organize a movement for independence from Mother England. All events lead up to that most significant date, July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed. This is the DVD "restored" version which runs ca. 166 minutes -- longer than the theatrical release cut, yet shorter than the laserdisc "restored" version.
Audience: Rated PG
System Details: DVD, Region 1 encoding
Other Language: English soundtrack; optional English or French subtitles; closed-captioned for the hearing impaired
Subject Headings: Stone, Peter, 1930-2003 Film and video adaptations Adams, John, 1735-1826 Drama Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 Drama Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 Drama United States. Declaration of Independence Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Feature films-United States
Historical films
Musical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Alternate Title: Seventeen seventy six
Publisher No: 05891
ISBN: 0767860322
Branch Call Number: DVD 782 S
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Sep 08, 2013
  • rose_friedman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best movie ever!!!!! Also the best one-liners on the part of Mr. Adams.

Jul 06, 2013
  • MARIE E METZ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie is a part of our 4th of July tradition. It shows our founding fathers as real men, who didn't take breaking from England lightly. I find myself caught up in the dispute and the suspense. I always find that I am moved to tears by the gravity of signing this document.

Jul 05, 2013
  • jswolfmcguire rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great movie and equally good performances, especially the guys playing John Adams (obnoxious and disliked) and Ben Franklin. Humor and drama combine with details we don't remember anymore, like the summer heat and the desperation of General Washington and his troops fighting the British, along with the personality clashes while trying to get a unanimous vote on the Declaration. To think it could have been lost and we would be West New England now.

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Sep 08, 2013
  • rose_friedman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

John Adams: "I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, 2 a law firm, and 3 or more become a congress!"

Sep 08, 2013
  • rose_friedman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, " sorry EuSei but the founding fathers would say that... this remains one of the best historical movies I have ever seen.

Jul 06, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

Jul 06, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

"The right to be free comes from nature." From... nature?! Excuse me? I can't imagine any of the Founders, who were deeply religious men, making this statement! "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR [not nature!] with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

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Feb 24, 2013
  • Red_Sox rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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