A movie that follows the relationship between John and Abigail Adams through letters written to each other over several years. All letters were written by the students in the spirit of John and Abigail and are not actual letters.
The sets of Adams' Netherlands apartments closely resemble the paintings by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. See more »
When John Adams is shown John Trumbull's painting, "Declaration of Independence" by Trumbull and John Quincy Adams, he comments in an archetypal scene of an elderly man looking at a group painting from long ago, that all of the men (apart from Jefferson and himself) are dead. In fact, Charles Carroll of Carrollton is the shown as the center of the three men seated in the back row, in front of the room's left door; Carroll was also alive when Adams saw the painting and he survived Adams and Jefferson by more than six years. However, Adams and Jefferson *were* the only men alive at that point who were members of the Continental Congress on 28 June 1776 when the painting takes place, and/or who voted in favor of the Declaration on 4 July 1776. Carroll was elected to office on 4 July. See more »
Although the miniseries title and episodes focus on the life of John Adams, the strength of the film lies in the exceptional ensemble cast. It was impressive to see such giants as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, as well as the lesser known individuals, truly inhabited by the actors.
The challenge of the series was to breathe life into those stories and lives we know so well. The filmmakers worked closely to David McCullough's outstanding book for the details, along with the human side of the story captured in the voluminous correspondence of John and Abigail Adams. The political, military, and personal issues were all thoughtfully brought to life. The design values of the film were also superb. Nothing looked stagy or stilted in the sets and costumes, which provided an unusual authenticity of period style for television drama. With each appearance of George Washington (David Morse), it was hard not to gasp due to the believability of his character.
The drama of America's breaking from England for independence was an improbable story and one dependent on the courage and idealism of the individuals portrayed in this film. The personalities of these great figures make this program an accessible and rewarding experience for the entire family. For the patient viewer, what emerges from the John Adams miniseries is not merely a history lesson, but a drama with great relevance today. Simply put, we need more people in our country right now just like John and Abigail Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Knox, and, above all, the ordinary human beings heroically portrayed in this fine film!
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