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The award winning musical comes to the screen!
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.
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.
I abstain. Courteously.
What a weird movie! First up in the strange department is the central premise: "Let's take the continental congress' labor pains and writing of the Declaration of Independence and put it to song." Yes, I always thought that whole ordeal could use a few more rousing numbers. And, for the "only 90's kids will get this" crowd, let's have Mr. Feeney be John Adams, really throw us for a loop. Who knew he could sing! Anyways, let's not only make this a musical, let's also make it 2 hours and 45 minutes long. We'll need plenty of songs about Thomas Jefferson's sex life and slavery and conservatism, so we'll really use that full runtime. It feels like there's a really…
A musical about the Declaration of Independence!
On the face of it, it doesn't sound as if this is promising material for a musical film, but Sherman Edwards' show ran for over 1,000 performances on Broadway in 1969 and enjoyed a successful revival in 1997.
It wasn't even the first musical on the topic (it followed the now-forgotten Rodgers and Hart piece, Dearest Enemy, and a Gould/Fields show called Arms and the Girl). On the face of it, watching this film, the constant songs are punctuated by rather pungent overacting and muddled history (at least to this non-American).
Those songs, though, are not all bad (although some titles are odd, e.g. 'Piddle, Twiddle and Resolve'). The dialogue (like some of…
Mr. Feeny singing! I feel like such a nerd for enjoying this so much, combing music with with my love of history. William Daniels (Feeny) is very good, though it's oft-putting listening to him sing. I;m not huge on the actual music, I enjoyed it more for its non music elements, though it definitely goes on way too long.
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
In light of 2016 being an election year and political history musicals reaching relevance again thanks to Hamilton, I decided to revisit this film that I haven't seen since I was a child learning about my beloved country. I remember laughing and enjoying the lighthearted tone. I remember that scene of Benjamin Franklin talking about turkeys. My, how several decades alters your view of a film so greatly.
When I think of people who hate movie musicals, I think that they're actually thinking of 1776. The adaptation of American history is a rip-roaring story that brings history to life. The costumes are so colorful and John Adams is a delightful presence. Everything about the actual delegation and debates is fascinating…
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
SOMEONE OUGHT TO OPEN UP A WINDOW
SIT DOWN JOHN, YOU FAT MOTHERFUCKER.
I saw this movie as kid who was really into history, loved going to Washington D.C. and Plymouth Plantation. I tried to consume anything I could on the building of our country. I saw this on network television on a July 4th. First thing I thought was why is the voice from Knight Rider singing, and this is pretty great. Most of the songs are good to great and the movie is well acted. Especially by Donald Madden as John Dickinson the main opponent.
In case you do not know about this movie it is a musical based on the signing of the Declaration Of Independence. With John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson as the leads. Some stand out…
1776 is one of the great film musicals. That it's hardly appreciated today both makes perfect sense and no sense at all.
The audience for musicals is limited to begin with, let alone for ones about history, and even then it's not a war movie but a political one. The majority of the cast are all male, stuffy, middle-aged politicians, and most of the story takes place in a single room where the politics of independence is debated.
And yet, it's an incredible movie that makes one think about how countries are formed. It's not so much a patriotic work as a thought-provoking work. Much like 12 Angry Men, suspense is created around the casting of a vote, and we…
Woah just picked up on all the innuendos. Mrs. Jefferson's song was wildly inappropriate.
Rewatched with Lauren and Rachel, as part of our sudden fascination with musicals about the American Revolution, and our nostalgia for the works that shaped our hearts and minds in middle school.
I think that even people who don't like musicals should like this movie. I think every student of American history should watch this movie, as my APUSH teacher also did, and showed this movie to the class. I know, the idea in which the founding fathers burst into song can sound cheesy, but it works I promise you. Many of the questions posed then "A second flood, a simple famine, plagues of locusts everywhere, or a cataclysmic earthquake, I'd accept with some despair. But no, You sent us Congress! Good God, Sir, was that fair?" to the hypocritical and painful legacy of slavery, "Molasses to Rum to Slaves", are still being played out today, and remain relevant. Other times, it's simply good fun.
Excluding these because they are not in Letterboxd's library:
My Man (1928) The Battle of Paris (1929)
Footlights and Fools…