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Adapted from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams, starting with the Boston Massacre of 1770 through his years as an ambassador in Europe, then his terms as vice president and president of the United States, up to his death on July 4, 1826. Written by
When John Adams is shown John Trumbull's painting, "Declaration of Independence" by Trumbull and John Quincy Adams, he comments in an archetypal scene of an elderly man looking at a group painting from long ago, that all of the men (apart from Jefferson and himself) are dead. In fact, Charles Carroll of Carrollton is the shown as the center of the three men seated in the back row, in front of the room's left door; Carroll was also alive when Adams saw the painting and he survived Adams and Jefferson by more than six years. However, Adams and Jefferson *were* the only men alive at that point who were members of the Continental Congress on 28 June 1776 when the painting takes place, and/or who voted in favor of the Declaration on 4 July 1776. Carroll was elected to office on 4 July. See more »
I will not voluntarily put on the chains of France while struggling to throw off those of Great Britain!
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The only t.v. dramas (historical or otherwise) that I would watch was Masterpiece Theatre because they were mostly British made and classy. Now we have something to rival anything that Masterpiece Theatre put out: John Adams. First, the theme music is first rate slowing building up to a quiet crescendo. Second, the photography is of a theatrical release quality. The set and production values are first rate: you feel as if you are in the scenery and living at that time of our history. The makeup and costumes are historically correct or close to it. Finally, what superb acting by Giamatti and the great Laura Linney and the supporting actors are fine. In fact, I can not find a fault with this mini-series so far.I look forward to watching every Sunday on HBO. I agree with others who say this will win Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. For anyone who says this is boring or lacking bloodshed and violence, I say: "Your ignorance is beneath my contempt" - John Adams, 1777( to Samuel Furlong who told Adams that the 'Declaration of Independency would be the death warrant of the colonies."
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