1776

Posted on June 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm

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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for language
Profanity: Some mild language
Alcohol/ Drugs: Drinking, smoking
Violence/ Scariness: References to war
Diversity Issues: A theme of the film, decisions to maintain slavery and lack of rights for women
Date Released to Theaters: 1972
Date Released to DVD: July 2, 2012
Amazon.com ASIN: B000067D1R

Happy Independence Day!  There’s only one possible pick of the week for the 4th of July.

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This rousing musical about the Declaration of Independence makes the Founding Fathers vivid, human, and interesting characters, and is so involving that you almost forget that you already know how it all turned out. William Daniels is the “obnoxious and disliked” John Adams, Ken Howard is Thomas Jefferson, who would rather be with his wife than work on the Declaration, and Howard da Silva is a wry and witty Benjamin Franklin. As they debate independence, we see the courage that went into the birth of the United States, and as they compromise with the South to permit slavery in the brand-new country we see the tragedy.  It is outstanding family entertainment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Iiiy8GnBNI
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