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Stirring story of Independence
on 23 June 2010
William Daniels (the voice of the talking car on "Night Rider") stars as John Adams in this rousing musical recreation of the weeks leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Adams is considered obnoxious and unlikable by all the other delegates of the Continental Congress, so his plea for independence falls on deaf ears. He finally wins most of the southern states to his side but the issue of slavery may end his hopes for a free America.
This movie is educational, inspiring, poignant at times, and very often quite funny. Adams is a pig-headed idealist who only lets his guard down in his love letters to his beloved wife; their song duets are sweet and touching. Ben Franklin (Henry Da Silva) is a wise and witty old scoundrel. Rutledge from South Carolina (John Cullum who played Holling in "Northern Exposure") is the villain of the piece and sings the show's most dramatic song, "Molasses to Rum to Slaves."
The delegates were quite human and had to make many compromises before they 'pledged their sacred honor' and signed the Declaration. Their bargaining makes for a long but very entertaining movie.