maraleia July 5, 2014 Share July 5, 2014 "Trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."- John Adams, 1772 John Adams, David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning book and one of the best-selling American historical biographies of all time, comes to the screen as a seven-part HBO Films miniseries. John Adams chronicles the life of this remarkable historical figure, a man whose fiercely independent spirit, reverence for the rule of law and commitment to personal liberty profoundly influenced the values on which our country was founded. The miniseries also explores the extraordinary relationship between Adams and Abigail, his wife of 54 years, a partnership regarded as one of the most moving love stories in American history. This Playtone Production stars Academy Award® nominees Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney as John and Abigail Adams. Directed by Emmy® Award-winner Tom Hooper (HBO's "Elizabeth I" and the recent Golden Globe-winner "Longford"); Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman executive produce; Kirk Ellis (Emmy®-nominated for "Into The West" and "Anne Frank: The Whole Story") writes and serves as co-executive producer with Frank Doelger; David Coatsworth and Steven Shareshian produce. The miniseries also stars Stephen Dillane as Thomas Jefferson, Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson as Benjamin Franklin, Danny Huston as Samuel Adams, David Morse as George Washington, Sarah Polley as Nabby Adams, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as John Quincy Adams, Rufus Sewell as Alexander Hamilton, Justin Theroux as John Hancock, Guy Henry as Jonathan Sewall and Zeljko Ivanek as Pennsylvania delegate John Dickinson. Since this miniseries is currently available on HBO OnDemand I thought I'd start a thread. I could watch this every year of my life it's that good. My favorite part other then when Laura Linney's Abigail was on the screen was the scene where Adams, Jefferson and Franklin discuss the Declaration of Independence because it imparted two big pieces of information: how the Declaration was altered and Franklin marveling at Jefferson's swivel chair invention. Information found on the web...see below. Conversation between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, regarding who should be the author of the Declaration of Independence. (This is how Adams remembered it occurring, years later. Jefferson had no such memory.) John Adams insisted that the author be Jefferson. Jefferson: You should do it. Adams: Oh no. Jefferson: Why will you not? Adams: I will not. Jefferson: Why? Adams: Reasons enough. Jefferson: What can be your reasons? Adams: Reason first: you are a Virginian and a Virginian ought to appear at the head of this business. Reason second: I am obnoxious, suspected and unpopular. You are very much otherwise. Reason third: You can write ten times better than I can. Jefferson: Well, if you are decided, I will do as well as I can. 2 Link to comment
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