John Adams (2008)
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Unnecessary War 

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

Director:

Tom Hooper

Writers:

Kirk Ellis, David McCullough (book)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Paul Giamatti ... John Adams
Laura Linney ... Abigail Adams
Stephen Dillane ... Thomas Jefferson
Rufus Sewell ... Alexander Hamilton
Sarah Polley ... Nabby Adams
John Dossett ... Benjamin Rush
Samuel Barnett ... Thomas Adams
Kevin Trainor ... Charles Adams
Mamie Gummer ... Sally Smith Adams
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Curran ... White House Construction Foreman
Lucas N. Hall ... Continental Army Officer
Charisse Matthews ... White House Servant
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Storyline

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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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

13 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Although the Undeclared War with France, or Quasi-War, the Alien and Sedition Acts, and the XYZ Affair are part of the plot, they are not named as such. See more »

Goofs

When paintings are discovered of John Adams and Abigail, it is said that they should be placed in the "White House". "White House" was a term coined during the Theodore Roosevelt presidency nearly 90 years later. Prior to that it was referred to as the "Executive Mansion". It is possible that the producers purposely did this for recognition purposes. It is unlikely that Mr. McCollough (historical writer of the book the movie was based on) wouldn't have known this. See more »

Quotes

[John and Abigail Adams arrive at the unfinished White House for the first time and see that the workers ther consists of slaves]
Abigail Adams: Half-fed slaves building our nation's capitol. What possible good can come from such a place?
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Connections

Version of The Adams Chronicles (1976) See more »

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Piano Trio in E Flat, Opus 100 (second movement)
Composed by Franz Schubert
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