John Adams (2008– )
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Join or Die 

Firebrand Sam Adams tries to dissuade cousin John from defending redcoats in the Boston Massacre, but later John changes his mind and joins the revolutionary cause.



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Vincent Renart ...
Andrew Holmes
Melissa Blue ...
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In an emotionally charged trial John Adams defends the British sentries involved in the Boston Massacre who contend they were provoked into firing on the assembled crowd. John's success brings him offers of positions in the Massachusetts government. But after John Hancock rouses a crowd to tar and feather a representative of the British East India Tea Company and the British respond to the growing unrest with oppressive measures, John instead speaks against the British policies and chooses to represent Massachusetts in the Continental Congress. Written by David Foss

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16 March 2008 (USA)  »

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John Adams' cousin Samuel is seen strongly objecting to John's involvement in the Boston Massacre trial. Samuel never publicly objected to John's involvement and David McCullough speculates that he may have even viewed it as good politics. See more »


[John Adams and Samuel Adams watch as a British Customs Official is being tarred and feathered by an angry Boston mob]
John Adams: Do you approve of this?
Samuel Adams: People are hurt when they fight for what is rightfully theirs!
John Adams: Do you approve of brutal and illegal acts to enforce a political principle, Sam? Answer Me That, Can You?
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Join Or Die.
23 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Over the next few days I will be taking a look at The famous mini-series John Adams, a look at how our second president tried to accomplish freedom for the United States of America.

Part 1 0f 7 of our mini-series is about John Adams played very well by Paul Giamatti who is trying to win over the court by stating that the soldiers involved in the Boston massacre were acting in self defense and not causing cold blooded murder.

This is very entertaining and makes you want watch the rest of the series. Part 1 is fantastic at how it pulls you into the story line. Check this out if you are a history buff.

Not Rated.

1hr 10min/70min.


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