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 ... 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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Trivia

A despondent Thomas Jefferson laments that every word of his Declaration of Independence was carefully chosen. Jefferson in fact later complained that the other members of the assembly had butchered his original creation. See more »

Goofs

Obvious modern reproduction pewter tankard in the Adams' city residence. Period pewter was cast in molds and then finely hand-smoothed if needed, leading to an evenly smooth surface - including the vessel's bottom. Most modern pieces have bottoms hastily smoothed with a lathe machine. The lathe leaves telltale concentric rings - which shine forth while young Charles shows the vessel's bottom to the camera as he takes a drink at the family table. See more »

Quotes

Benjamin Franklin: [to Adams] I beg you to go gently. You are a guest in Philadelphia. Fish and guests stink after three days.
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Connections

Version of 1776 (1972) See more »

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Opening Title
Written by Rob Lane
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