|Lowest Recommended Age:||4th - 6th Grades|
|MPAA Rating:||Rated PG for language|
|Profanity:||Some mild language|
|Nudity/Sex:||Some references to marital sex|
|Violence/Scariness:||References to war|
|Diversity Issues:||A theme of the film, decisions to maintain slavery and lack of rights for women|
|Movie Release Date:||1972|
|DVD Release Date:||July 2, 2012|
Happy Independence Day! There’s only one possible pick of the week for the 4th of July.
This rousing musical about the Declaration of Independence makes the Founding Fathers vivid, human, and interesting characters, and is so involving that you almost forget that you already know how it all turned out. William Daniels is the “obnoxious and disliked” John Adams, Ken Howard is Thomas Jefferson, who would rather be with his wife than work on the Declaration, and Howard da Silva is a wry and witty Benjamin Franklin. As they debate independence, we see the courage that went into the birth of the United States, and as they compromise with the South to permit slavery in the brand-new country we see the tragedy. It is outstanding family entertainment.