The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.
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 John Adams (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Abigail Adams (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Benjamin Rush (6 episodes, 2008)
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 Thomas Jefferson (6 episodes, 2008)
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 Nabby Adams / ... (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Thomas Adams (4 episodes, 2008)
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 George Washington (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Colonel William Smith (4 episodes, 2008)
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 Samuel Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 John Quincy Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Young John Quincy Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Young Nabby Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Sally Smith Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
Kevin Trainor ...
 Charles Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Benjamin Franklin (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Young Charles Adams (3 episodes, 2008)
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 Alexander Hamilton (2 episodes, 2008)
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 John Hancock (2 episodes, 2008)
Judith Magre ...
 Madame Helvétius (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Robert Treat Paine (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Elbridge Gerry (2 episodes, 2008)
Jules Croiset ...
 Second Dutch Banker (2 episodes, 2008)
Sieger Sloot ...
 Dutch Man (2 episodes, 2008)
Lex van Delden ...
 First Dutch Banker (2 episodes, 2008)
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 John Dickinson (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Timothy Pickering (2 episodes, 2008)
Thomas Langston ...
 Young Thomas Adams (2 episodes, 2008)
Timmy Sherrill ...
 Attorney General Charles Lee / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
Lucas N. Hall ...
 Bostonian Townsperson / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
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 Boston Citizen / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
Tim Seip ...
 Sons of Liberty (2 episodes, 2008)
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

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During George Washington's inauguration, the apparent cheering crowd of thousands was actually filmed with only around 80 people. They would stand in a square formation - edged by green screen cloth (the material TV weathermen use as backdrops because it turns invisible on camera so that digital backgrounds can be added). After filming a few seconds of giddy flag-waving, the 80 would switch positions, trade flags and buntings around, pick up different things (pitchforks, tankards, children, etc) and move over thirty feet. More cheering. More filming. Repeat. By day's end there were enough squares of different-looking crowd activity to stitch the lot together digitally and make it look like a seamless mob of thousands. See more »

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When Adams arrives in Philadelphia for the first congress, The Pennsylvania State House is shown behind him with its current steeple. In 1774 the original steeple was still in place - it had no clock. See more »

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John Adams: Liberty will reign in America!
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Referenced in Sleepy Hollow: The Sisters Mills (2015) See more »

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Exceptional Performances
20 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the film industry we have seen many exceptional productions, made so by incredible special effects, animation processes, Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) and the like.

Seldom we find this same quality in the performance from the individual actors. More often we do recognize the difficulty, uniqueness and the gift that theater performances bring to their audiences. The gift of the individual performer is bared to the audience, where the audience feels the essence of the character transported by its performer.

The John Adams production has accomplished this by giving these performers the opportunity to display the essence of their talents. It is evident they gave their all.

The professionalism and talent of the entire production is of the highest quality, the realism and fidelity to the times is very impressive.

The attention to details, the very talented cast and the unique ability of Tom Hooper to capture what words cannot describe, has made this production a true work of art.

Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney professional eclectic careers are and will continue to define them as great actors. Both have reached for the best performance have not only achieved it but have surpassed it.

Paul and Laura do not only deserve the Oscar but they should be recognized has to have given their all, in an effort to help the audience better understand the complex multi-dimensional and existential realities of two historical individuals that have truly shaped the genesis and future the United States of America.

Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney have with their performance added the unique and the exceptional to an already fine production.

A truly multi-dimensional performance. Thank you Paul - thank you Laura for a rare gift.


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