John Adams (2008)
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Independence 

After the Battles of Lexington and Concord Adams becomes the voice for independence at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

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Thomas Jefferson
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George Washington
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Samuel Adams
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John Hancock
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Benjamin Rush
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Young John Quincy Adams
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Young Nabby Adams
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Elbridge Gerry
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Robert Treat Paine
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James Duane
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General Henry Knox
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After viewing the dead and wounded on the battlefield of Concord, John Adams takes up the cause of Independence. Frustrated by the caution of delegates from colonies that do not share Massachusetts plight, the inexperienced politician is abrasive, obnoxious and even insulting. But with the advice of Abigail and Ben Franklin he soon learns he has allies, to cultivate them, to bide his time and to seize opportunities. Following John's nomination, George Washington takes charge of the army and enjoys successes despite supply shortages. Back at home, Abigail and the children risk supporting the war effort in most tangible ways but find Mother Nature more threatening. Written by David Foss

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In the Congress scenes, North Carolina is never seen and the sound of the mystery voice is different from the others, as if it was added later. See more »

Goofs

In one scene Abigail is scrubbing the wooden floors in an effort to avoid the pox. The microbial theory of diseases was not postulated until the 19th. century. However, in the 16th century, King Henry VIII was famously having the walls of his children's (especially his son, Edward's) dwellings washed down once or twice a day to prevent disease. It is not impossible that although not widespread, this practice was also followed by others down through history. See more »

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Benjamin Franklin: Dr. Rush has been telling me...
[Rush agrees]
Benjamin Franklin: ... that he has bled most of Philadelphia. He quite swears by the regenerative powers of desanuinization.
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Version of 1776 (1972) See more »

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Written by Rob Lane
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