John Adams (2008)
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Unite or Die 

Frustrated in his undefined role as Vice-President, Adams is at odds with Jefferson over his support of a strong central government.

Director:

Tom Hooper

Writers:

Kirk Ellis, David McCullough (book)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Giamatti ... John Adams
Laura Linney ... Abigail Adams
Stephen Dillane ... Thomas Jefferson
David Morse ... George Washington
Rufus Sewell ... Alexander Hamilton
Sarah Polley ... Nabby Adams
John Dossett ... Benjamin Rush
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... John Quincy Adams
Samuel Barnett ... Thomas Adams
Kevin Trainor ... Charles Adams
Cyril Descours Cyril Descours ... Edmund Charles Genet
Mamie Gummer ... Sally Smith Adams
Andrew Scott ... Colonel William Smith
Alan Cox ... William Maclay
John Keating ... Timothy Pickering
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Storyline

John Adams chaffs under the mantle of Vice President for its utter lack of authority and responsibility. Despite his abhorrence of the divisiveness of political parties John is drawn to the Federalist camp favoring a strong executive. Divisions even reach into the President's cabinet, exacerbated by war in Europe. Written by David Foss

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

6 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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Goofs

At Washington's inauguration, the film shows one man both holding the Bible and administering the oath. In reality, Samuel Allyne Otis held the Bible and Chancellor Livingstone of New York administered the oath. See more »

Quotes

John Adams: [Excusing himself from the cabinet room] Mr. President.
George Washington: Mr. President and nothing more.
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Connections

Version of George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986) See more »

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Written by Rob Lane
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