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.

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
Stephen Dillane ... Thomas Jefferson
David Morse ... George Washington
Zeljko Ivanek ... John Dickinson
Danny Huston ... Samuel Adams
Justin Theroux ... John Hancock
John Dossett ... Benjamin Rush
Steven Hinkle ... Young John Quincy Adams
Madeline Taylor ... Young Nabby Adams
Clancy O'Connor Clancy O'Connor ... Edward Rutledge
Tom Beckett ... Elbridge Gerry
Brennan Brown ... Robert Treat Paine
Ed Jewett Ed Jewett ... James Duane
Del Pentecost Del Pentecost ... General Henry Knox
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Storyline

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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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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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

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

Soldiers are shown in brown and red coats outside the meeting of the Continental Congress. The soldiers are "bookended," with the one on the left holding his musket in his right (outside) hand and the one on the right holding his in his left (also outside) hand. Both soldiers should be holding their muskets (at the order) in their right hands. Also, neither man should be wearing a belly cartridge box. See more »

Quotes

Edward Rutledge: Must you be so extreme, Dr. Franklin?
Benjamin Franklin: [Wryly] I'm an extreme moderate, Mr. Rutledge. I believe anybody not in favor of moderation and compromise ought to be castrated and that all this should be sent down to the... the Parliament for they seem to need - how should I put it? - stones.
[He smiles broadly]
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Connections

Version of 1776 (1972) See more »

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Written by Rob Lane
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