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In Brief: High on the list of "For people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they will like" is Peter H. Hunt's 1776. I freely admit I am not among their number. I watched 1776 once, after years of having avoided it, thanks to a high school classmate who thought "For God's sake, open a window" was the funniest lyric ever — on TCM (whether it was the full 166 minute version I don't know). I made a valiant attempt to tackle it again for this screening, but I gave it up — something I rarely do. This is essentially canned musical theater — and with the typical tendency to be overlit — no matter how many zoom shots it's tricked out with. I concede that Howard Da Silva makes an excellent Benjamin Franklin, but beyond that... I'm sure this is fine for its audience, but this is so not for me that I think it's not even remotely possible for me to critique it. When you're cringing in the first 10 minutes, it's probably time to admit to your limitations.
Genre: Musical
Director: Peter H. Hunt
Starring: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Donald Madden, John Cullum
Rated: G

The Hendersonville Film Society will show 1776 Sunday, July 5, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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