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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.
SIT DOWN JOHN, YOU FAT MOTHERFUCKER.
Historical, and enjoyable. Good music, and a great story.
Boring? a little. Historically interesting? I guess.
This musical reads as exactly what it is: a history teacher sitting down and deciding to make history into a musical. So I guess it acheived its aims in that regard. Chock full of 'fun historical facts'. But honestly, it's palpably awkward.
I guess I can't forgive it for A) being so sixties aesthetic (The plot would entirely stop so some guy could belt in his rich bass about caramels or something. it's just... we've moved past this. we can do better than this now, and it is painful to go back to the past when it's not a musical I grew up with. sorry 1776, you missed out on being classic in…
While It May Not Be Historically 100% Accurate, The Brilliant Cast Give Life To The (Then 1970s) Long-Awaited Film Version Of The Broadway Musical About The Turmoil Of Our Founding Fathers And The Long Road To The Writing And Passing Of The Declaration Of Independence! There's So Many Excellent Songs, It's Hard NOT To Have Any Of Them Stuck In Your Head For Days After Watching Either The Stage Show Or The '72 Film!
7.5/10, 4.5/5 B+
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…
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…
Presented in solidarity with the future generations of high schoolers who will nap through screenings of Free State of Jones.…
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My Man (1928) The Battle of Paris (1929)
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