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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Release Date:

13 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

The second episode in a row to end with "Piano Trio in E Flat, Opus 100 (second movement)" by Franz Schubert. See more »

Goofs

In some scenes showing the White House under construction, modern 2x4's (planed and with radiused edges) can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Abigail Adams: [reading The Federalist Papers] "The reign of Mr. Adams has hitherto been one continued tempest of malignant passions. As president, he has never opened his lips without threatening or scolding. He is a repulsive pedant, a gross hypocrite, one of the most egregious fools upon the continent, a hideous, hermaphroditical character which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman."
John Adams: It is beneath the President of the United States to take any notice of ...
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Connections

Version of The Adams Chronicles (1976) See more »

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Written by Rob Lane
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