Item Details

The Adams Chronicles [videorecording]

Educational Broadcasting Corporation ; Thirteen/WNET New York ; created by series producer, Virginia Kassel
Format
Video; Book; DVD
Summary
Television mini-series that dramatizes four generations of Adamses and 150 years of American history from the birth of the Revolution through the Gilded Age. Meet John Adams, a passionate revolutionary and second president; John Quincy Adams, proud son of a famous father and sixth president; Charles Francis Adams, skillful minister to Great Britain during the Civil War; historian Henry Adams; and railroad magnate Charles Francis Adams, Jr. Going beyond politics, this mini-series portrays these men as husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, as well as leaders.
Director
Paul Bogart; James Cellan Jones; Barry Davis; Anthony Page; Bill Glenn; Fred Coe
Performers
George Grizzard, Kathryn Walker, William Daniels, David Birney, John Beal, Peter Brandon, Charles Siebert, Nancy Marchand.
Release Date
1976
Run Time
780 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Notes
  • Title from container.
  • Based on the family's personal diaries and correspondences.
  • Originally broadcast on television in 1976.
  • Contains all 13 episodes of the television mini-series.
  • Special features: A 12-page program guide titled The history behind the Adams chronicles featuring articles by C. James Taylor, editor in chief of the Adams Papers, and Neil Horstman, president of the White House Historical Association. Includes genealogical table.
Related Title
History behind the Adams chronicles.
Awards Note
Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series, 1976 and 1977
Contents
  • Volume 1: Chapter I: John Adams, Lawyer ; Chapter II: John Adams, Revolutionary ; Chapter III: John Adams, Diplomat ; Chapter IV: John Adams, Minister to Great Britain (Volume I produced by Jac Venza, Paul Bogart and Robert Costello ; written by Sherman Yellen and Millard Lampell ; directed by Paul Bogart and James Cellan Jones)
  • Volume 2: Chapter V: John Adams, Vice President ; Chapter VI: John Adams, President ; Chapter VII: John Quincy Adams, Diplomat (Volume 2 produced by Robert Costello ; written by Anne Howard Bailey, Corinne Jacker, Philip Reisman, Jr., and Sam Hall ; directed by Barry Davis and Anthony Page).
  • Volume 3: Chapter VIII: John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State ; Chapter IX: John Quincy Adams, President ; Chapter X: John Quincy Adams, Congressman (Volume 3 produced by Robert Costello and Fred Coe ; written by Ian Hunter and Tad Mosel ; directed by Bill Glenn and Fred Coe) --Volume 4: Chapter XI: Charles Francis Adams, Minister to Great Britain ; Chapter XII: Henry Adams, Historian ; Chapter XIII: Charles Francis Adams II, Industrialist (Volume 4 produced by James Cellan Jones and Fred Coe ; written by Roger O. Hirson and Sam Hall ; directed by James Cellan Jones and Fred Coe).
Credits
Original music, John Morris.
Published
Silver Spring, MD : Distributed by Acorn Media, [2008]
Publisher no.
AMP-8063 Acorn Media
Description
4 videodiscs (approximately 780 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD, full screen (4:3) presentation; Dolby Digital.
Technical Details
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