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Boston tea party

10/10
Author: jotix100 from New York
21 July 2009

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This chapter starts in 1770. The setting is Boston, where John Adams is a lawyer. We watch him as he returns home after being away for some time. His wife Abigail and his children Nabby and John Quincy, have been awaiting for the husband and father that seems to be always away. No sooner has he been in the house, when shots are heard in the distance. John goes to see what was the problem, and finds a horrible scene where people have been shot to death in a square at the hand of British soldiers.

To make matters worse, John Adams, a lawyer, is asked to be the British soldiers' lawyer in a trial where they are considered guilty without having gone to court. He goes against what his peers and the general public consider the soldiers indeed were at fault. Being a fair man, Adams considers all the circumstances in the case, because he believes the men are innocent and proves his point in court. Captain Preston and his men are absolved of any crime because John Adams brings out the truth that vindicates the English soldiers.

A few years after the famous trial, the event that is commonly known as the Boston Tea Party took place. It was a way to protest the taxation that George III imposed on the tea shipments sent to the new world. It was one of the things that helped people like Mr. Adams to make up his mind to try to be freed from a corrupt government that only wanted to profit from the American colonies. Thus it was probably the single event that inspired what would come later in the American Revolution.

This first installment of the series "John Adams", adapted from David McCullough excellent novel, was adapted by Kirk Ellis, and was directed by Tom Hooper. The pivotal role of John Adams presented an excellent opportunity for Paul Giamatti in which to excel. Laura Linney is Abigail Adams, the patient and wise woman who loved John. Danny Huston appears as Sam Adams, John's cousin. Ritchie Coaster has some good moments as Capt. Preston, the man in command of the accused soldiers.

Tak Fujimoto's cinematography captures in vivid detail the atmosphere of that period. The production design is by Gemma Jackson, who had an uncanny knack for making this a winning series about the beginning of the nation. The background music is by Robert Lane.

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Join Or Die.

10/10
Author: kylehaines96 from United States
23 December 2011

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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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