John Adams (2008)
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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.

Director:

Tom Hooper

Writers:

Kirk Ellis, David McCullough (book)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Giamatti ... John Adams
Laura Linney ... Abigail Adams
Danny Huston ... Samuel Adams
John Bedford Lloyd ... Richard Palmes
Justin Theroux ... John Hancock
Ritchie Coster ... Captain Preston
Guy Henry ... Jonathan Sewall
Steven Hinkle ... Young John Quincy Adams
Madeline Taylor ... Young Nabby Adams
Brennan Brown ... Robert Treat Paine
Boris McGiver ... Robert Goddard
Tom Beckett ... Elbridge Gerry
Bill Buell ... Justice Lynde
Vincent Renart Vincent Renart ... Andrew Holmes
Melissa Blue Melissa Blue ... First Mourner
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Storyline

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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

HBO Films,Playtone See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This series marked the second time that Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney played an on-screen husband and wife. They appeared a year previously as a married couple in The Nanny Diaries. See more »

Goofs

The hymn tune that is sung, "Chester," was not written until 1778. See more »

Quotes

[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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Chester
Written by William Billings
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