- Nov 11, 2004
I was just at the recent NYC Center production of 1776. It was outstanding! The interview with william daniels and Lin was in the playbill. Great read
Let me better sum up my last Post:
I feel that AMC should have honored "1776" with a Prime-Time viewing, during yesterday's 4th of July line-up.
After all, if they're going to showcase it, then they also should have embraced it.
There's plenty of other days and time to show the masterful "West Side Story"; but yesterday was not it.
In light of the beautiful restoration of "1776", it's high time that newer audiences had a better chance to discover and/or stumble upon it for the first time.
What was AMC thinking?
By the way, did the July 4th presentations air commercial free?I was shocked to hear that the former American Movie Classics was running films at all. I guess firecrackers turn the Walking Dead into Mad Men !
It was TCM.
[My apologies to AMC].
I can go along with the inclusion of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"; but TCM should had bumped "The Devil's Disciple" and "West Side Story" to the July 5th a.m. schedule, instead.
I had never seen this; never even knew of its existence, but now I've seen it and am VERY grateful you provided it for us here. Very informative and enjoyable. (I did miss Amos the Mouse's interactions with Ben, but I guess there is only so much you can squeeze into a 20-minute historical featurette! ).Those who are fans of "1776" must see this YouTube item that I never thought I'd see again. In the late 70s, Howard Da Silva played Franklin again for a 20 minute movie to be shown at the Franklin Court Museum in Philadelphia. The movie aired continuously there into the 1990s I think and was then retired for a new movie, but someone got hold of a copy from the Parks Service and has put it up on YT. It's like watching a post-script to "1776" itself.
All the President's Men actually has a PG rating: http://filmratings.org/search.html?filmTitle=all+the+president's+men&x=37&y=4Well, I'm just talking about program scheduling.
With what gets on regular television, these days, I don't think "1776" is at all risqué.
I remember when "All The President's Men" garnered a PG-13 rating.
Due to the historical importance of that film they let it slide; whereas the language used would had normally garnered an "R" rating.
But, make no mistake; if you remove "The Devil's Disciple" and "West Side Story", you've got plenty of time.
Next year, the line-up ought to be "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", "1776", "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and then, "The Music Man"; starting around Noon to 1:00 PM.
No matter, I was only thinking of those poor old viewers who don't even own their own BD's of these great looking titles.
I saw the PG rated Jaws in 1975 at the age of 13, and the film terrified me beyond belief. There is no way such a violent film gets a PG rating today. With all the decapitations and amputations, the film might actually have warranted an R rating today.