John Adams

John Adams

DVD - 2008
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While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers--General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson--in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these ambitious democratic ideals, and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history.

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Sep 29, 2016

Quite interesting, but long winded and dragged out

BookReviewer2015 Aug 23, 2016

An excellent miniseries that looks at the life of John Adams, founding father and 2nd American President!

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pemberely
Jan 30, 2015

Phenomenal mini series. I can appreciate it more with taking the American history course at STM...Mr. G would like this:)

prchske Oct 02, 2014

Excellent movie that displays docudrama of the birth of our nation. Very well acted and setting was well done. I was going to watch this with my daughter as a history lesson but glad I didn't as there are some inappropriate scenes here (tar & feather a naked man). Also, there are some historical inaccuracies which can be found here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Adams_(miniseries). I would give it a perfect score if it were not for the historical inaccuracies.

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gurujr
Sep 02, 2014

This is the greatest. Historical fiction at its best. Paul Giamatti as John Adams acts his you-know-what off. Tremendous viewing experience.

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hoacornell
Jun 07, 2014

Simply put this is the category of one of the Top Ten Historical Movies of All Time. Paul Giamatti is fabulous as John Adams giving him the strength and determination the character required. I was moved by his courage to form a union based on moral values. It turns out with all this on his hands, he had a wonderful marriage as well. John Adams stands as a movie and as a man a someone I truly respect and honor his service to his country!

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PeterDNewton
Dec 03, 2013

The fine print at the bottom of the Comment section says that "some of the content that we make available to you through this application comes from Amazon Web Services", which seems very strange to me for a Canadian library. However, it may explain why many of the comments are written from am American point of view. Surely some intelligence and discernment should be deployed in selecting the material to be included from such a source?

Even more shocking is that the Description reads (in part) "While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers--General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson--in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America". This is horrifying to find in the catalogue of a Canadian library. I hadn't realized that the US State Department was in control of the content of the Catalogue and I may say that if this is the result of the much-vaunted new catalogue software, the sooner it is tossed out the better. Perhaps like the Canadian census, the library gets its software from Lockheed Martin?

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

This was a spectacular historical drama series from HBO (& Tom Hanks), the caliber worthy of something you'd see on PBS. Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney were magnificent. John Adams, who has been unfairly overshadowed in history books, was depicted as a bold, determined visionary of unrelenting tenacity and resilience. A man who was also undiplomatic... ill tempered with a short fuse. His wife, Abigail, was his 'rock', the 'glue' that held it all together, with extraordinary inner strength, patience and wisdom. Both of them made immeasurable sacrifices to help forge the freedoms of this country. These films presented the history in an engaging manner. They examined the human sides of these people as well... "warts" and all. For example: son Charles' alcoholism; daughter Abigail's mastectomy; Franklin's womanizing; etc. The history was also incredibly inspirational. I was left feeling grateful, proud and privileged to be an American. Outstanding. FIVE STARS.

ecrl Jul 13, 2013

Beautiful, moving. (Some scenes are definitely not PG 13, so, parents, beware.) Adams was one of the remarkable men (among which some lost their lives) who defied a king and created an even more remarkable document. For the first time in the History of Mankind, a Constitution protected the rights of the individual above that of government! A must see, especially for kids, who are being brainwashed in school to parrot the ridiculous idea that the Founding Fathers were mere “slave owners.” These men put together the most incredible country that ever existed. Unfortunately, its people no longer understand their plea—and Jefferson stated it so well: "It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution." Notes on the State of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 18, 2013

Great history lesson, but very, very, very slow. And lost of tilted shots (Dutch angles) for no apparent reason.

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Abigail Adams (reading a newspaper aloud): "...Before it is too late to retrieve our deranged affairs, the people must demand the immediate resignation of old, querulous, bald, blind, crippled, toothless Adams..." John Adams: "...I'm not crippled..." Abigail: "...waste of paper - and ink..." John: "Waste of time reading it, Abigail. Put it down." Abigail: "They would not say such a thing about Washington... They would not call GEORGE WASHINGTON 'HERMAPHRODITICAL'!" John: "...they'd call him 'toothless', though..."

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Abigail Adams (to her husband John): "...Half-fed slaves building our nation's Capitol. What possible good can come from such a place?"

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Thomas Jefferson (to John and Abigail Adams): "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is a natural manure."

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Thomas Jefferson (to Abigail Adams): "...Perhaps the art of life is the art of avoiding pain..."

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Abigail Adams (to her husband John): "...You do not need to quote great men to show you are one..."

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Benjamin Franklin (to John Adams): "You are a guest in Philadelphia. Fish... and guests... stink after three days."

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

John Adams (to house servant): "...I feel my shoulders relieved of the burden of Office... I will be plain 'Farmer John' of Peacefield... That's a good exchange... the virtues and honor of Office... for simple manure..."

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

John Adams (closing lines): "Oh posterity... you will never know how much it cost us to preserve your freedom... I hope that you will make a good use of it. If you do not... I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it..."

ecrl Jul 13, 2013

Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean Hell. John Adams

ecrl Jul 13, 2013

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. John Adams

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