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1776 on Video - 1972


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The film version of the Broadway musical comedy of the same name. In the days leading up to July 4, 1776, Continental Congressmen John Adams and Benjamin Franklin coerce Thomas Jefferson into writing the Declaration of Independence as a delaying tactic as they try to persuade the American colonies to support a resolution on independence. As George Washington sends depressing messages describing one military disaster after another, the businessmen, landowners and slave holders in Congress all stand in the way of the Declaration, and a single "nay" vote will forever end the question of independence. Large portions of spoken and sung dialog are taken directly from the letters and memoirs of the actual participants. (Source: Dave Heston for

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William Daniels as John Adams

Howard Da Silva as Benjamin Franklin

Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson

Donald Madden as John Dickinson

John Cullum as Edward Rutledge

David Ford as John Hancock

Roy Poole as Stephen Hopkins

Ron Holgate as Richard Henry Lee

Ray Middleton as Thomas McKean

William Hansen as Caesar Rodney

Blythe Danner as Martha Jefferson

Virginia Vestoff as Abigail Adams

Emory Bass as James Wilson

Ralston Hill as Charles Thomson

Howard Caine as Lewis Morris

Patrick Hines as Samuel Chase

William Duell as Andrew McNair

Daniel Keyes as Josiah Bartlett

Leo Leyden as George Read

Stephen Nathan as Courier

Jonathan Moore as Lyman Hall

James Noble as Reverend John Witherspoon

John Myhers as Robert Livingston

Rex Robbins as Roger Sherman

Charles Rule as Joseph Hewes

Studio: Columbia Pictures

Filmed: 1972 - Released: 1972

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