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Farewell to Manzanar (1976)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  11 March 1976 (USA)
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Fact based drama about one of the internment camps used by the American military during World War II to detain some 100,000 Japanese Americans (most of them U.S. born) following Japan's ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuki Shimoda ...
Ko Wakatsuki
Misa / Jeanne Wakatsuki
Dori Takeshita ...
Young Jeanne
Akemi Kikumura ...
Teddy Wakatsuki
Richard Wakatsuki
Gretchen Corbett ...
Kip Niven ...
Captain Curtis
Lou Frizzell ...
Lou Frizzell
Frank Abe ...
Frank Nishi
Vernon Kato ...
Seth Sakai ...
Joe Takahashi


Fact based drama about one of the internment camps used by the American military during World War II to detain some 100,000 Japanese Americans (most of them U.S. born) following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. Written by Eugene Kim <>

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11 March 1976 (USA)  »

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Abschied von Manzanar  »

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24 August 2007 | by (Vietnam) – See all my reviews

These were internment camps, not concentration camps. Actually the authority that started up this terrible program wanted to call them concentration camps, until it came out what the Germans were doing at their camps in Europe. While these were not pleasant places and people were forced from their homes, giving up all their worldly possessions, there was no intended malice. I suggest you read some of the material by Milton Eisenhower.

About this movie, it was typical of the made for TV fare that existed from the late 1960s to the late 1970s--90 minutes long, not much budget. I think they actually filmed this on the site of the center, just south of Independence, California (the former site of Manzanar is in an area called "Alabama Hills.") The movie moves very similarly to the book, without all the details.

An interesting note is that Louie Frizzell (the late actor Lou Frizzell [1920-79]) took a job in Manzanar as a music teacher. In the movie he plays himself, although he was only in his early twenties when he was at Manzanar. He didn't take the job because of any patriotism or because he thought the Japanese-Americans were getting a raw deal. Rather, he needed a job!

For other information about Manzanar, I suggest anyone to take a visit. For many years, the site only had the dirt roads and "pads" where buildings used to be. About 3 or 4 years ago, the National Park Service began rebuilding the camp. I was last there in July 2004--a museum was built on the site of the Manzanar High School auditorium/cafeteria, which was where the center had special meetings, entertainments, and regular meals. There is also some interesting information about the center at the Eastern California Museum in Independence. It was here that I read about Louie Frizzell. At the museum you can also see what a typical room in the camp looked like.

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