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John Adams 

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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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Top Rated TV #196 | Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 46 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Paul Giamatti ...  John Adams 7 episodes, 2008
Laura Linney ...  Abigail Adams 7 episodes, 2008
John Dossett ...  Benjamin Rush 6 episodes, 2008
Stephen Dillane ...  Thomas Jefferson 6 episodes, 2008
Sarah Polley ...  Nabby Adams / ... 4 episodes, 2008
Samuel Barnett ...  Thomas Adams 4 episodes, 2008
David Morse ...  George Washington 4 episodes, 2008
Andrew Scott ...  Colonel William Smith 4 episodes, 2008
Danny Huston ...  Samuel Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ...  John Quincy Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Steven Hinkle ...  Young John Quincy Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Madeline Taylor Madeline Taylor ...  Young Nabby Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Mamie Gummer ...  Sally Smith Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Kevin Trainor ...  Charles Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Tom Wilkinson ...  Benjamin Franklin 3 episodes, 2008
Michael Hall D'Addario ...  Young Charles Adams 3 episodes, 2008
Rufus Sewell ...  Alexander Hamilton 2 episodes, 2008
Justin Theroux ...  John Hancock 2 episodes, 2008
Judith Magre ...  Madame Helvétius 2 episodes, 2008
Brennan Brown ...  Robert Treat Paine 2 episodes, 2008
Tom Beckett ...  Elbridge Gerry 2 episodes, 2008
Jules Croiset Jules Croiset ...  Second Dutch Banker 2 episodes, 2008
Sieger Sloot ...  Dutch Man 2 episodes, 2008
Lex van Delden Lex van Delden ...  First Dutch Banker 2 episodes, 2008
Zeljko Ivanek ...  John Dickinson 2 episodes, 2008
John Keating ...  Timothy Pickering 2 episodes, 2008
Thomas Langston Thomas Langston ...  Young Thomas Adams 2 episodes, 2008
Timmy Sherrill Timmy Sherrill ...  Attorney General Charles Lee / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Lucas N. Hall ...  Bostonian Townsperson / ... 2 episodes, 2008
James Judice ...  Boston Citizen / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Tim Seip Tim Seip ...  Sons of Liberty 2 episodes, 2008
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Adapted from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams, starting with the Boston Massacre of 1770 through his years as an ambassador in Europe, then his terms as vice president and president of the United States, up to his death on July 4, 1826. Written by Jwelch5742

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled John Adams Miniseries See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When David McCullough (writer) met Paul Giamatti for the first time out of character, he did not recognize him as the actor who played John Adams. See more »

Goofs

The film shows all troops acquitted for the Boston Massacre, however two men were found guilty of murder because they were found to fire directly into the crowd. John Adams was able to have their charges reduced to manslaughter due to a loophole in British law by proving the men could read. The two solders were punished by branding on their thumbs. See more »

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John Adams: Mr. Duane well knows that reconciliation would be as agreeable to my inclinations, and as advantageous to my interests as to any man's! But, I see no prospect for it, no probability, no possibility! And I cannot abide the hypocritical heart that pretends to expect peace when in truth it does not.
James Duane: This congress has no more right to pass such a resolution than parliament has! We must beware of overreaching!
John Adams: When Demosthenes... When Demosthenes traveled as ambassador through Greece, to incite a ...
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Referenced in The Apprentice: Episode #9.8 (2010) See more »

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Magnificent work from HBO
16 March 2008 | by Schmiggy_JK23See all my reviews

The first two episodes of this mini series have captivated me like very few things have. It is interesting to see a detailed look at the foundation of this great nation come to life instead of merely being read on page.

The cast is stellar. Giamatti is a great actor and he brings John Adams to life. Wilkinson as Benjamin Franklin is one of the highlights. The realism of the time frame is brought to life like few movies have done; accuracy in costumes, to architecture, and locational shots.

This is a truly moving piece, and a must watch for fans of history, and those with a appreciation of great cinema regardless.


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