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The first independent production of former studio mogul Jack Warner, 1776 was adapted from the hit 1969 Broadway musical by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards. William Daniels, Ken Howard, and Howard Da Silva are among the many actors who recreate their Broadway roles. The story is set during the first Continental Congress, when the Declaration of Independence was drafted by such founding fathers as John Adams (Daniels) and Benjamin Franklin (Da Silva). The script attempts to "humanize" these remote historical figures by contemporizing them -- particularly the character of Ben Franklin.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Every American should watch this once a year."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A wonderful, witty underrated musical. A 4th of July tradition in my house."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Americans have a propensity for getting chummy with heroic figures of the past -- a tendency on display in this lightly amusing history lesson."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Semi-successful transfer to the big screen of the 1969 Broadway musical hit, nominated for the Best Cinematography Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Long and boring musical about the American Revolution."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A star-spangled, all-singing delight."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"A whole lotta toe-tappin' musical patriotism."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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