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John Adams (DVD)
Based on David McCullough's bestselling biography, the HBO miniseries John Adams is the furthest thing from a starry-eyed look at America's founding fathers and the brutal path to independence. Adams (Paul Giamatti), second president of the United States, is portrayed as a skilled orator and principled attorney whose preference for justice over anti-English passions earns enemies. But he also gains the esteem of the first national government of the United States, i.e., the Continental Congress, which seeks non-firebrands capable of making a reasoned if powerful case for America's break from England's monarchy. The first thing one notices about John Adams' dramatizations of congress' proceedings, and the fervent pro-independence violence in the streets of Boston and elsewhere, is that America's roots don't look pretty or idealized here. Some horrendous things happen in the name of protest, driving Adams to push the cause of independence in a legitimate effort to get on with a revolutionary war under the command of George Washington. But the process isn't easy: not every one of the 13 colonies-turned-states is ready to incur the wrath of England, and behind-the-scenes negotiations prove as much a part of 18th century congressional sessions as they do today.
Besides this peek into a less-romanticized version of the past, John Adams is also a story of the man himself. Adams' frustration at being forgotten or overlooked at critical junctures of America's early development--sent abroad for years instead of helping to draft the U.S. constitution--is detailed. So is his dismay that the truth of what actually transpired leading to the signing of the Declaration of Independence has been slowly forgotten and replaced by a rosier myth. But above all, John Adams is the story of two key ties: Adams' 54-year marriage to Abigail Adams (Laura Linney), every bit her husband's intellectual equal and anchor, and his difficult, almost symbiotic relationship with Thomas Jefferson (Stephen Dillane) over decades. Giamatti, of course, has to carry much of the drama, and if he doesn't always seem quite believable in the series' first half, he becomes increasingly excellent at the point where an aging Adams becomes bitter over his place in history. Linney is marvelous, as is Dillane, Sarah Polley as daughter Nabby, Danny Huston as cousin Samuel Adams, and above all Tom Wilkinson as a complex but indispensable Ben Franklin. --Tom Keogh
I find all re our presidents interesting however, I keep track with history to be sure they don't take too many liberties. This was quite good.Published 1 day ago by jojo22
A beautiful expose of a nearly forgotten president. Paul Giamatti was perfectly cast, as was Tom Wilkinson. Bravo!Published 1 day ago by Clarence K.
Outstanding series for anyone that wants a glimpse into what founded this nation.Published 2 days ago by ARH
Absolutely fascinating. I did not realize how much I had forgotten about our history. It is extremely educational with great acting.Published 6 days ago by Val
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Well I appreciate you mentioning there was some nudity. I was thinking about buying it for my 8th grade classroom. Nudity (especially full frontal) gets me fired. :)
Dec 17, 2009 by Hillary | See all 24 posts
|The Revolution (and the cast) deserved better||
They simply ignored Shay's Rebellion. Either way, Pennsylvania did not simply forgive the farmers. The farmers fought like hell with their networks of protection as the people ran the highly democratic Pennsylvania government. The farmers had to turn to desperation in the end by blocking and... Read More
May 3, 2008 by Kyle J. Ott | See all 27 posts
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I do own it and I have watched it mulitple times, though of course that doesn't mean you would. I enjoy this mini-series because there are so few really good movies about that period in American history. I always find something new in it to ponder on whenever I watch it. If you buy it and then... Read More
Nov 20, 2009 by Lotte | See all 3 posts
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What an arrogant snob.....
Nov 24, 2010 by D. Kerr | See all 6 posts
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I too am waiting for the Bluray edition, if it ever comes out. Amazon has a preorder campaign for it, but it has no release date.
Jan 25, 2009 by Skyclad | See all 16 posts
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