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With restored version out, '1776' director recalls politics behind cuts

With restored version out, '1776' director recalls politics behind cuts

Director Peter H. Hunt left for Europe after he finished postproduction on "1776," the patriotic musical based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit about the Founding Fathers. "The picture was locked," recalled Hunt of the film. He had won a Tony for directing the 1969 Broadway production. But not for long. In Hunt's absence, the film's legendary producer, Jack L. Warner, who had been the longtime head of Warner Bros., reedited the 1972 Columbia release. "He was very proud of the picture," said Hunt. So proud Warner decided to show the completed film to his friend, President Richard Nixon. "What he showed the president was what Jack...

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