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John Adams (2008) Movie Information

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Tom Hooper


Paul Giamatti
Laura Linney
Stephen Dillane
John Dossett
Sarah Polley
David Morse





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HBO presents a 7 part miniseries based on David McCullough's popular book/biography of the second president of the United States. The series chronicles Adams' defense of the Boston Massacre offenders, his influence in writing the Declaration of Independence, his rise in politics through the vice presidency and presidency to his final days in retirement.

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mitchellyoung 03/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Intertwined with Paul Giamatti's transformative performance, John Adams portrays an interesting perspective on the birth of the United States. The tensions and challenges Washington, Adams, and Jefferson all faced in shaping the nation are brought to live through a host of emotional performances. Giamatti is the true star, but Laura Linney, David Morse, and Rufus Sewell all standout.

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Ichabod Crane 11/17/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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John Adams is a interesting and beautiful looking history based miniseries. I liked its use of facts for the most part. It had very little inaccuracy which usually is not common with dramatizations. The acting is well done for the most part my only problems with it was I do not think Paul Giamatti was the best choice but he seems better as it goes through the episodes. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the founding fathers, and History.

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09/28/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

What if politics were still like this?

HBO's Emmy-award winning mini-series is told here in a 7-part miniseries that's based on the hugely successful book by David McCullough. Part 1 follows his defense of the British soldiers in the Boston Massacre, Part 2 follows Adams to the Continental Congress as he urges the colonies to fight for independence, Part 3 follows him around Europe as he negotiates help and treaties, Part 4 sees his return and placement into the new country's political system. Part 5 is his vice-presidency, 6 his presidency, and 7 his later years as he patches up a relationship with Thomas Jefferson.

Beautifully shot and great casting, especially Giamatti and Linney as the Adams. If you watch on DVD I recommend watching with the historical feature on, which provides information via pop-ups. It's a grea...

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