1776 Film Critique
The musical comedy film 1776 takes place in a very important time in American history, the birth of the United States of America. The film begins with the months and days leading up to when the Declaration of Independence is actually signed. The majority of the film takes place in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the meeting of the Second Continental Congress. The event that is the main focus of the entire film is the effort of, Massachusetts delegate John Adams plight to convince the Continental Congress to declare independence from England and King George. The characters portrayed in the film, for the most part, are the roles of the representatives from the thirteen original colonies. The film condenses the members of Congress from over fifty to right about twenty. Along with John Adams, several key roles are filled by; Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, Stephen Hopkins, Edward Rutledge, Jim Dickinson, Caesar Rodney, Thomas Mckean, Abigail Adams, and Martha Jefferson.
Although the film does keep historical accounts in perspective it does, at the same time, have changes to meet the needs of the audience. John Adams, the central character, is portrayed as being obnoxious and disliked by the majority of the rest of Continental Congress as he tries to convince and persuade the representatives from the thirteen colonies that independence from England is the answer. This portrayal is skewed when in reality John Adams was a well-respected member of Congress at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, according to historical accounts. Caesar Rodney is portrayed as being a short, elderly, sickly, on the verge of death character. In actuality, Rodney a tall, 47 year old man, who did ride eighty miles to make a contributing vote breaking the deadlocked Delaware, but this ride was made from military service not his deathbed. James Wilson was not yet a judge in 1776 nor was he a meek shadow behind...
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