John Adams (2008)
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Adams is able to secure a loan from the Dutch for his fledgling country as Abigail joins him in France as he helps negotiate the peace treaty.


Tom Hooper


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Giamatti ... John Adams
Laura Linney ... Abigail Adams
Stephen Dillane ... Thomas Jefferson
David Morse ... George Washington
Tom Hollander ... King George III
Sarah Polley ... Nabby Adams Smith
John Dossett ... Benjamin Rush
Judith Magre ... Madame Helvétius
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... John Quincy Adams
Samuel Barnett ... Thomas Adams
Andrew Scott ... Colonel William Smith
Kevin Trainor ... Charles Adams
Tom Wilkinson ... Benjamin Franklin
Dominic Borrelli Dominic Borrelli ... Master of Ceremonies
Bertie Carvel ... Lord Carmarthen


Following the surrender of the British, John secures a long sought loan from the Dutch and returns to Paris to oversee the peace treaty. John can no longer bear his absence from Abigail and invites her to Paris, which immediately overwhelms her with its opulence. John is appointed ambassador to England, but soon longs to return home to participate in the formation of the new government and, like Abigail, to be reunited with the children. They return home to an overwhelming welcome, and John reluctantly returns to public service. Written by David Foss

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English | French | Dutch

Release Date:

30 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary

Company Credits

Production Co:

HBO Films, Playtone See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. See more »


John Adams meets George III at St James Palace but the scenes of him arriving at the palace actually show Hampton Court. See more »


King George III: The circumstances of this audience are so extraordinary, the language you have now held is so extremely proper and the feelings you have discovered so justly adapted to the occasion, that I not only receive with pleasure the assurance of the friendly disposition of the United States, but that I am very glad that the choice has fallen on you to be their Minister.
King George III: I will be very frank with you: I was the *last* to consent to separation. But the separation having been made and having become...
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