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Independence is a 1976 docudrama film directed by John Huston and starring Eli Wallach, Pat Hingle and Anne Jackson. E.G. Marshall narrates.

Poster for Independence
Directed byJohn Huston
Produced byJoyce Ritter
Lloyd Ritter
Written byThomas McGrath (as Tom McGrath)
Joyce Ritter
Lloyd Ritter
StarringEli Wallach
William Atherton
Pat Hingle
Anne Jackson
Narrated byE.G. Marshall
Distributed byNational Park Service
Release date
  • 1976 (1976)
Running time
28 min

Independence was produced for the U.S. National Park Service on the occasion of the Bicentennial of the United States in 1976. In less than 30 minutes, visitors to Independence National Historical Park get a quick and dramatic overview of the political events that took place in Philadelphia between 1774 and 1800.


The movie features Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, and others coming back to life and reliving the historic events which took place in Philadelphia at the nation's founding. These include the signing of the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Constitutional Convention (1787), and the inauguration of President John Adams (1797).



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