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
Among the cargo piled around in the Dockside Welcome Home Mr Adams Scene are antique demijohns swilling with port wine -which is actually hose water darkened with Sprite (tm) and cola. See more »
Near the end of the final installment, John Adams is seen chastising painter John Trumbull for the historical inaccuracy of the 12'x18' painting, "Declaration of Independence". Adams' overall reaction was accurately depicted. The error is that Adams is shown yelling at Trumbull that the signers were not all present at one time and did not sign en masse, while Trumbull pleads artistic license. In fact, Trumbull did not intend the painting to depict the *signing* of the Declaration, at all; but rather the June 28, 1776, presentation of the draft of the document to the Continental Congress by the drafting committee composed of Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Sherman and Livingston. See more »
The first two episodes of this mini series have captivated me like very few things have. It is interesting to see a detailed look at the foundation of this great nation come to life instead of merely being read on page.
The cast is stellar. Giamatti is a great actor and he brings John Adams to life. Wilkinson as Benjamin Franklin is one of the highlights. The realism of the time frame is brought to life like few movies have done; accuracy in costumes, to architecture, and locational shots.
This is a truly moving piece, and a must watch for fans of history, and those with a appreciation of great cinema regardless.
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