John Adams

John Adams

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DVD - 2008
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This sweeping miniseries depicts the extraordinary life and times of one of America's least understood, and most underestimated, founding fathers: the second President of the United States, John Adams.
Publisher: New York : Home Box Office, c2008
ISBN: 9781419868771
1419868772
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4572 JOH v. 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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kpelish
Sep 02, 2018

A must-see. This film is a powerful adaptation of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel by David McCullough, vividly detailing John Adam's role as a blunt, irascible, truth-seeking lawyer and passionate New England patriot who help to found America, and his partnership with his well-educated wife, Abigail Adams, whom he considered his wisest counsel and emotional ballast. Laura Linney is stunning in this role as she shows the sacrifices made during her management of farm and family as the war hits home and her husband (also well-played by Paul Giamatti) is called away for years. Their marriage is a famous American love story and the storyline doesn't shy from showing their fights as well as reconciliations.

Massachusetts selects Adams as a delegate and sends him to the Congress in Philadelphia to argue for support from the other states. The politics here are an engrossing lesson in obtaining a consensus, as the delegates split into peace seekers versus warriors. The Virginians quietly voice support: Washington as General, Jefferson as the author for the famous Declaration of Independence. There are some funny moments as he then heads abroad to seek funding/ships from the decadent French court and lines of credit from a skeptical Dutch government.

Rivalries and friendships are well-played---and in the case of the slave-owning Jefferson, a friendship and rivalry both. The pace slows slightly as he retires after serving as both Vice President and President, attempts his memoirs, and tends to his family (one son became a dissolute alcoholic.) CGI and matte effects are well-integrated; filmed partly in colonial Williamsburg and the Adams historic homesteads, with Hungarian palaces standing in for Europe.

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EvanSchoenfeld
Aug 14, 2018

Words fail me, my lords. You'd have to have a beard made of brass not to like it.

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erinsnest
Dec 26, 2016

Dec 26, 2016.....So, our first introduction to David McCullough's works was the audio book "1776". We enjoyed that, but I didn't twig as to how many books that David had written. It's a couple of years later, searching for more "adventure", "true crime", "war" non-fiction for hubby, and I stumble upon "The Wright Brothers". After listening to that, I decide to see if there are any more books by this author, who had narrated the book, and low and behold, I discover that not only has he written many more books, but that we had already listened to one. Now I'm onto something, and I order "John Adams", and I'm excited to see that there is a DVD based on the book. Well, I haven't watched it yet, but I did watch the special feature about David McCullough. What a national treasure he is, (for the U.S.A!) and although I'm Canadian, he has certainly brought my interest in American history to the forefront. Now, I have also just finished reading "In Search of History" by Theodore H. White, and both of these authors have me hooked. Not being particularly politically minded, I am leaning into this subject with excitement lately. I guess that is what good authors can do. Anyway, don't miss the extra on David in this DVD.....it's charming and enlightening, just as he is!.......Jan 5 2017, just finished the last episode on the DVD, .....warning, have you tissues ready for the first half hour if your a boo-hooer like I am! Anyway, I really enjoyed this show, but the book is so much more true to life.....no surprise!!! I watched the extra on David McCullough again, and enjoyed it just as much the 2nd time! Artist, writer, historian, storyteller extraordinaire, and he sings well too. (His speaking voice is very soothing as well.) Get a load of his office! I love it.

Russell538 Nov 22, 2015

This is now the fourth time I've watched the entire series titled "John Adams." I seriously doubt that this fourth time will be the last.

I would suggest that the HBO series "John Adams" is the most valuable item in the BPL's entire video library. I cannot commend it highly enough.

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gohuskies1
Feb 08, 2013

Excellent. Will definitely watch again.

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Ahenobarbus
Dec 27, 2011

I'd never known of this series but just picked it up out of curiosity. It was riveting and puts the viewer right in the thick of events. The characters were portrayed beautifully while the events, despite the odd minor inaccuracy, had a convincing realism that makes this compelling viewing. I loved the theme music and it's worth watching this with the on-screen comments feature turned on to learn more about what's happening.

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library4vic
Nov 09, 2010

I found this movie compelling. The characterizations were touching and inspiring.

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JustinHamm
Jul 08, 2010

The realism of this miniseries is incredible. Never seen the Revolution come alive this way before.

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kpelish
Sep 02, 2018

Sexual Content: Prostitution is portrayed as normal in the French Court.

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kpelish
Sep 02, 2018

Other: Primitive medical care: smallpox inoculation of children via arm cutting; gruesome amputation for dying soldier; a woman's breast removal in desperate cancer fight.

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kpelish
Sep 02, 2018

Violence: Dying soldiers and civilians; slavery; a vindictive mob tars and feathers a British Tory.

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Sep 02, 2018

kpelish thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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