The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival


On Saturday, June 29, celebrate Independence Day this year with an annual favorite — the screening of a 4k restoration of director Peter Hunt’s delightful musical, 1776! Based on the 1969 Tony award-winning musical, this 1972 film adaptation features many of the actors reprising their original Broadway roles.

With Boston Harbor still stained from over-taxed British tea, a revolution is brewing in the colonies! And now England has thousands of troops headed for America’s shores to squelch her subjects’ freedom-loving spirit! It’s up to John Adams (William Daniels), Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva) and Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard) to convince a stubborn congress of British colonists to unite as American patriots turn the inevitable war with England into a Declaration of Independence!

The film is infamous for having a musical number, “Cool, Considerate Men,” cut from the film at President Nixon’s request. This musical number has been restored as part of the 4k restoration.

 “1776 . . . insists on being so entertaining and, at times, even moving, that you might as well stop resisting it.” — Vincent Canby, The New York Times

 “1776 is one of the best books — if not the best — ever written for musical theatre . . . The book is so smart, and so engaging. I fell in love with the movie, and it’s a singular movie because it has that incredible original cast doing their thing. 1776 certainly paved the way for Hamilton — not just in that it’s about our founders, but also in that it engages fully with their humanity. I think it makes them accessible to us in a very real way.” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton