William Daniels
Director: Peter H. Hunt Cast: William Daniels
William Daniels
, Howard Da Silva
Howard Da Silva
, Ken Howard
Ken Howard
Peter H. Hunt

Blu-ray (Color / Wide Screen)

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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 Second 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 characters with wisecracks, scatology, and an abundance of sexual innuendo--particularly in the case of the libidinous Ben Franklin. Blythe Danner's character of Martha Jefferson is expanded for the film version to allow for an elaborate outdoor production number. Director Peter Hunt, who helmed the original Broadway production, can't quite overcome the essential staginess of the project, though the cast is game and the music is well showcased. After 1776, Jack Warner made only one more film, the 1972 "grunge western" Dirty Little Billy.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2015
UPC: 0043396459670
Original Release: 1972
Rating: G
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Time: 2:45:00
Sales rank: 451

Special Features

All-new commentary with Peter H. Hunt, William Daniels & Ken Howard; Extended cut of the film; Deleted and Alternate scenes with filmmaker commentary; 4 never-before-seen screen tests; Commentary with Peter H. Hunt & Peter Stone; Archival screen tests

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Daniels John Adams
Howard Da Silva Benjamin Franklin
Ken Howard Thomas Jefferson
David Ford John Hancock
Roy Poole Stephen Hopkins
Andy Albin William Paca
Emory Bass James Wilson
William H. Bassett Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Howard Caine Lewis Morris
John Cullum Edward Rutledge
Blythe Danner Martha Jefferson
Jack de Mave John Penn
Gordon Devol Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Frederic Downs Samuel Huntington
William Duell Custodian Andrew McNair
Peter Forster Oliver Wolcott
William Hansen Caesar Rodney
Ralston Hill Secretary Charles Thomson
Patrick Hines Samuel Chase
Ron Holgate Richard Henry Lee
John Holland William Whipple
Daniel Keyes Josiah Bartlett
Leo Leyden George Read
Donald Madden John Dickinson
Richard McMurray Francis Lewis
Ray Middleton Thomas McKean
Mark Montgomery Leather Apron
Jonathan Moore Lyman Hall
John Myhers Robert Livingston
Stephen Nathan Courier
James Noble John Witherspoon
Barry O'Hara George Walton
Jordan Rhodes William Hooper
Rex Robbins Roger Sherman
Wabei Slyolwe Richard Stockton
Virginia Vestoff Abigail Adams
Ray Heindorf Conductor

Technical Credits
Peter H. Hunt Director
Peter Stone Screenwriter
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer Score Composer,Songwriter
Onna White Choreography
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
George Jenkins Art Director
Al Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
Sheldon Schrager Asst. Director
Allan Snyder Makeup
Jack L. Warner Producer
Florence Williamson Editor
William H. Ziegler Editor
Patricia Zipprodt Costumes/Costume Designer

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