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Trivia: Act Three (the arrival of Dr. Hall - "But, Mr. Adams") holds the record for the longest period of time in a musical with no music; almost forty-five minutes pass between "The Lees of Old Virginia" and "But, Mr. Adams."

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Trivia: The musical number "Cool Considerate Men" was removed from the theatrical release at president Richard Nixon's request. Nixon was given a private screening, and reportedly objected to the song. It has been edited back into the Director's Cut DVD.

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Trivia: During the filming of "Piddle, Twiddle, and Resolve", William Daniels sucked on ice cubes, as not to give away the fact that the night was freezing cold, rather than a warm Philadelphia evening.

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Trivia: The shuttleboard in the Congressional chamber did not actually exist in 1776. This was added specifically for the film, to give the audience a visual representation of the colonies' votes.

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Trivia: This was the only movie Donald Madden made that was released into theaters.

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Trivia: Thomas Jefferson's wife, Martha, died ten years after their marriage - a full nineteen years before Jefferson occupied the White House; the Martha Jefferson listed as First Lady was the pair's daughter.

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Trivia: Ron Holgate did all of his own horseback riding, with the exception of the trick mount at the end of "The Lees of Old Virginia;" prior to this film, Holgate had never ridden a horse.

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Trivia: When Adams and Franklin are arguing about whether to remove the slavery clause from the Declaration, Adams' line about never being forgiven by posterity is actually part of a quote by his cousin Sam. The entire line is "If we give in on this issue, there will be trouble a hundred years' hence. Posterity will never forgive us." The part about trouble in a hundred years was deleted because Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone were afraid audiences would think, with the power of hindsight, that they made the line up, instead of it being from an actual historical quote; the prediction Sam Adams made missed the Civil War by just 15 years.

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Trivia: During principal photography, Blythe Danner was pregnant with Gwyneth Paltrow. Paltrow later played Martha Jefferson's daughter Patsy in Jefferson in Paris.

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Trivia: The fountain in the scene "The Lees of Old Virginia" is the same fountain from the opening credits of the TV series "Friends"

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Trivia: In one of the biggest coincidences in American history, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. This fact was never included in the play, because Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone both knew that no one would believe it.

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Edward Rutledge: Mr. Adams is now calling our black slaves "Americans." Are they, now?
John Adams: Yes, they are. They're people, and they're here. If there's any other requirement, I've never heard of it.
Edward Rutledge: They are here, yes. But they are not people, sir, they are property.
Thomas Jefferson: No, sir, they are people who are being treated as property!

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Near the end of "The Lees of Old Virginia," Richard Henry Lee is seated on a water fountain, and then stands up. In the following shot from behind, he is back on the fountain and stands up again.

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