Patriotic Philms Phor the 4th – #6 of 10 – 1776 (1972) – Encore Review


In order to celebrate the 245th birthday of the US, I decided to watch 10 films over the weekend that are related to the patriotism of the founding fathers and of Americans on a whole.  On Monday, I will culminate this series with something connected to a very special project that I have been working on over the past few months… stay tuned…

“This is a revolution, dammit! We’re going to have to offend SOMEbody! ” – John Adams

Number of Times Seen – Twice (18 Nov 2014 and 4 Jul 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis –Musical adaptation of the story of how the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I heard about a few years back and really enjoyed since it find a way to stay so much fun while also giving a history lesson at the same time.

The story is told in a compelling way and they constantly find ways to make the story engaging throughout.

The songs are very catchy and remain relevant to the original story while also being quite educational at the same time.

Love the way that the script is filled with lots of great one-liners that resonate so well in showing how politicians always know how to nag one another with witticisms the whole way through.

This is obviously a perfect movie to watch today because it takes place on this very day 245 years ago.

Willaim Daniels is superb in the lead role of John Adams, but is outshone by Howard Da Silva as Benjamin Franklin.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The final shot required the camera to pull back to show the entire Congressional chamber. However, there was not enough room on the set for the camera truck to pull back far enough. Since the sound stages being used were slated to be demolished after production ended, and this was the final shot being done, a large hole was made in the wall – with the camera truck protruding outdoors after pulling all the way back. As it turned out, the sound stages were never demolished and the wall was rebuilt. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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