It may be my fondness for mythology that makes me love to watch particular movies around particular holidays.  I say that because many of the well- known myths were recited on ancient holidays when their subject matter was relevant to those holidays. The stories helped accentuate the meaning of the special events and that’s the way I use various movies. At Christmas I watch countless variations of A Christmas Carol, around Labor Day I watch Matewan, at Halloween The Evil Dead and the original Nightmare On Elm Street, Thanksgiving Eve I do Oliver! and for Frontierado (which is just a month away now) I do Silverado.

Since the actual 4th of July is loaded with activity I always show 1776 on the night before. It’s a great way to get in the mood for Independence Day. It’s a musical but with brilliant dialogue portions and the story involves the political maneuvering surrounding the Original Thirteen Colonies at last announcing their independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the shots fired at Lexington and Concord started the war. The story is excellently conveyed and is moving, comical, invigorating and poignant all at once. As long as you know which parts of the tale are depicted accurately and which are complete b.s. it’s a terrific way to spend each 3rd of July.

The movie was originally a Broadway musical and stars William Daniels as John Adams, Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson, Howard Da Silva as Ben Franklin and Virginia Vestoff as Abigail Adams. Sure, some of the songs are so stupid not even Barney the Purple Dinosaur would be caught dead singing them, but that could be said of just about all musicals. The dialogue portions make the movie for me and are very witty and filled with sly references that history buffs will love. I’m no reactionary flag-waver but this musical is a wonderful way to wish a Happy Birthday each year to the country and  political system Abraham Lincoln once called “the last, best hope of Earth.”


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26 responses to “1776: THE ULTIMATE FOURTH OF JULY MOVIE

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  3. lol ur right the songs r stupid but the movie is so good

  4. Terrific to find a man who doesn’t mind admitting he likes a musical or two! !

  5. I wish we could get all these movies you talk about over here…

  6. Love love love this musical! How come nobody plays it around the 4th of July?

  7. I want to watch this now! Is the director’s cut better or the basic?

  8. I like learning this stuff here. Not much for musicals but this one sounds fun.

  9. Excellent review of this musical! You made me want to go see it!

  10. A man who isn’t ashamed to say he likes a musical or two! AND opera! Are you married?

  11. I love love love love love love love this musical! I like ur idea of watching it the night before the 4th since the 4th is such a busy day!

  12. You made me curious about this musical now. I want to see it!

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