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(DVD - 2002)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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.


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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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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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