The film focuses on the representatives of the Thirteen original colonies who participated in the Second Continental Congress. 1776 depicts the three months of deliberation (and, oftentimes, acrimonious debate) that led up to the signing of one of the most important documents in the History of the United States, the Declaration of Independence.
A great musical translates into a not-so-great movie. 1776 is still very enjoyable, but it's not quite as good as it could be, despite a fantastic performance from William Daniel as John Adams.
1. Anyone know that the second President of the United States was the voice of KITT in Knight RIder?
2. Hey Edward Rutledge, I know your Molasses to Rum song was supposed to be about how the North is just as guilty for slavery as the South, but your point is lost when the song turns terrifying at one point and just shows how evil slavery is and your point no longer matters.
More entertaining than a musical about the birth of a nation should be. Also, Ben Franklin was a randy motherfucker.
Before watching this, if you would have told me that it was possible to make a fun, funny, heartwarming, and all-around fantastic musical based on the signing of the Declaration of Independence, I probably would have punched you in the face.
And yet, here we are.