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Old 04-20-08, 10:02 AM
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John Adams - Finale (Part 7) "Peacefield" 4/20/08

Another wonderful HBO presentation comes to an end. On the horizon? New movies on Sunday! (shudders). Here's hoping for Emmys for Giamatti and Linney, they both totally deserve it. And while we're on the subject of honors, how about giving John Adams some federal love? Put the dude on a coin or something. Talk about getting the historical shaft!


Rated TV14: VIOLENCE, ADULT CONTENT, BRIEF NUDITY

Running Time: 62 minutes

Genre: History, Drama
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In retirement, Adams starts writing his memoirs, then endures a series of tragedies when his daughter Nabby dies of cancer and, a few years later, Abigail succumbs to typhoid fever. At the urging of Dr. Rush, Adams reports the sad news to Jefferson, with the two old friends and adversaries taking solace in a correspondence that mends old wounds and lasts the rest of their lives. On July 4, 1826, having lived to see his son John Quincy become President, 90-year-old John Adams dies on the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the Declaration of Independence--and on the very same day as Jefferson. On his deathbed, Adams utters, "Thomas Jefferson survives." (TV14) (AC,BN,V)
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I am so sad that this is ending.
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Originally Posted by Decker
And while we're on the subject of honors, how about giving John Adams some federal love? Put the dude on a coin or something. Talk about getting the historical shaft!



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Hes on one of the new Golden Dollars....I was at work last week and this guy gave me $350.00 worth of new Presidential GOlden Dollars and a few rolls were John Adams...I looked at them and said..."Huh no shit..They put Paul Giamatti on a coin."
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This went by way too fast...
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That was 9 hours well-spent.
Old 04-21-08, 01:49 AM
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Originally Posted by chris_sc77
Hes on one of the new Golden Dollars....I was at work last week and this guy gave me $350.00 worth of new Presidential GOlden Dollars and a few rolls were John Adams...I looked at them and said..."Huh no shit..They put Paul Giamatti on a coin."
Yeah, I know. But they're putting Nixon on one as well, so that's not much of an honor. Adams should take over the 20 or the 50, something like that. That would make more sense.
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This was least favorite installment - probably since outside of the letters to/from Jefferson, there really wasn't much story to tell except for death.
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This was least favorite installment - probably since outside of the letters to/from Jefferson, there really wasn't much story to tell except for death.
I watched this episode with a friend and he stated at the midway point, "John Adams the buzzkill."

I have not found anything online yet but it would be interesting to know if Adams did critique Trumbull's commemorative painting. Funny how stuff like this that becomes our historical memory instead of the actual historical events.

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Excellent series all around.
Cancelled HBO today--nothing on there worth watching for me right now (until Curb, Flight of the Conchords, etc. in 2009).
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When Adams was pacing the floor while his daughter was having a mastectomy and Abigail said "For God's sake, John, sit down.", I immediately hear a chorus of men singing "Sit Down, John". I guess I've watched 1776 too many times.

Great series, will defintely pick it up on DVD.
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Given the tar and feather scene and the amputation on the ship scene in earlier episodes I thought that we would endure Nabby's surgery as well -- I am glad they did not go that route in the last episode.
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Historical inaccuracies and tweaks aside, this was a wonderful mini-series. I hear Hanks Playtone productions is also going to be doing McCullough's 1776...looking forward to seeing that, as well
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Originally Posted by wishbon3
I have not found anything online yet but it would be interesting to know if Adams did critique Trumbull's commemorative painting. Funny how stuff like this that becomes our historical memory instead of the actual historical events.

"You sir are no Rubens."
Well, one thing this mini-series taught me: that painting is HUGE. I've only ever seen reprints in books and stuff and never gave much thought to the size of the original canvas, but assumed it was much smaller.
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Originally Posted by DJLinus
Well, one thing this mini-series taught me: that painting is HUGE. I've only ever seen reprints in books and stuff and never gave much thought to the size of the original canvas, but assumed it was much smaller.
I thought same thing. When they showed it and I was surprised how big it is. It's nice to see one of my family generation shown in this series.
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Originally Posted by McHawkson
I thought same thing. When they showed it and I was surprised how big it is. It's nice to see one of my family generation shown in this series.

Never was a huge fan of that one. I do have a print of "The Signing of the Declaration of Independence" hanging in my house, which I love... especially the little touches, like how annoyed Jefferson looks and the scraps of discarded parchment on the ground.

Your family? explain, kind sir.



As for the series, it was fantastic. Masterful. Can't wait to own it, and definitely looking forward to 1776... sort of John Adams' "action picture" brother.

As for John Adams getting the federal shaft, I agree it's a shame. I know they've been planning a memorial for the mall for 8 years now... I think it's a monument to the entire Adams clan. Still, Alien & Sedition act aside, We most likely would not be where we are today were Adams not present at the Continental Congresses. The guy deserves some love, and if George W. Numbnuts gets any kind of honorarium before JA, I'm starting a new revolution.



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