John Adams: Season 1, Episode 6

Unnecessary War (13 Apr. 2008)

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After Adams becomes President continues Washington's policy of neutrality between England and France despite opposition inside his own cabinet.



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Following the peace treaty with England President Adams struggles to avoid war with France despite pressure from his Federalist cabinet and French provocation. John finds the price of peace to his career and the price of his long career of public service to his family is indeed high. Written by David Foss

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In 2006, Giamatti played the subordinate Police Inspector Uhl to Rufus Sewell's Crown Prince Leopold in "The Illusionist". In this film, Sewell plays the subordinate military officer Alexander Hamilton to Giamatti's President John Adams. In both films, the superior is frustrated by the stubborn behavior of the subordinate. See more »


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Written by Rob Lane
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Unnecessary War.
31 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In part 6 of John Adams we see John Adams played by Paul Giamatti is serving his term as president and dealing with his own devastating problems at home. We find out that Johns son Charles played by Kevin Trainor is an alcoholic and John verbally abuses him. Abigail Adams played by Laura Linney finds out that Charles has become deathly ill and does not look like he will be able to make it. At the end of part 6 John and Abigail are sadly informed that their son Charles has died an alcoholic vagrant. Sadly John does not win a second term as president and instead Thomas Jefferson becomes the third president of The United States.

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1hr 19min/79min.


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