New Movie Preview: JOHN ADAMS Miniseries

By at March 11, 2008 | 12:59 pm | Print

Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti in John Adams

Many books have been written about John Adams, but none better than David McCullough’s. So, it’s no surprise McCullough’s book is the basis for John Adams, a seven-part HBO miniseries highlighting the United States’ first 50 years and Adams’ struggle to put forth arguably the world’s greatest document, The U.S. Constitution. The series premieres this Sunday, March 16 with Part 1, “Join or Die” and Part 2, “Independence.” (See the list of HBO’s scheduled airings.)

THE CAST: Stellar. One that compliments our founding fathers and brings hope that Hollywood continue making pictures paying tribute to those that made this nation possible:
:: Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man) as John Adams
:: Laura Linney (The Savages, The Squid and the Whale) as Abigail Adams
:: David Morse (Disturbia, 16 Blocks) as George Washington
:: Sarah Polley (Dawn of the Dead) as Nabby Adams
:: Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, Batman Begins) as Benjamin Franklin
:: Danny Huston (The Kingdom, The Constant Gardener) as Sam Adams


THE DIRECTOR: Tom Hooper. A talented television director, Hooper guided Helen Mirren in the HBO miniseries Elizabeth (as well as the series Prime Suspect).

THE WRITER: TV scribe Kirk Ellis (Into the West, Anne Frank: The Whole Story). Into the West, Ellis’ last foray into the miniseries format, was an American epic of settlers and citizens expanding west, told through the eyes of two families: white settlers and Native Americans.

Tom Hanks, recently in Boston to premiere the series for a V.I.P. audience, is the co-executive producer of this epic piece, developing the film under his busy Playtone label. (First the moon, then WWII, now the American Revolution… Hanks’ historical interests keep reaching further back in time.)

THE LOBBY OPINION: If you really love the United States of America, John Adams is actually a tearjerker. With or without this movie, you could probably educate yourself on the nation’s guiding principles… and then feel ashamed the country isn’t following the meaning of the Constitution and the rule of law set up by the founding fathers. “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” — John Adams

Now if only Hollywood would produce a movie based on the election between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

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  1. Blueberry, 9 years ago Reply

    When will it be on DVD???

  2. Andrew, 9 years ago Reply

    The DVD series will be released June 10th, 2008. I believe you can pre-order it now on

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