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"Centennial" (1978) More at IMDbPro »TV mini-series 1978-1979

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Release Date:
1 October 1978 (USA) See more »
Plot:
The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid-1700s to the late-1970s. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE .....Television or Cinema See more (68 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 30 of 89)

Raymond Burr ... Herman Bockweiss (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Barbara Carrera ... Clay Basket (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Richard Chamberlain ... Alexander McKeag (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Robert Conrad ... Pasquinel (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Richard Crenna ... Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Chad Everett ... Major Maxwell Mercy (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Alex Karras ... Hans Brumbaugh (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Brian Keith ... Sheriff Axel Dumire (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Sally Kellerman ... Lise Bockweiss (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Donald Pleasence ... Sam Purchas (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Lynn Redgrave ... Charlotte Buckland Seccombe (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Dennis Weaver ... R.J. Poteet (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Stephen McHattie ... Jacques 'Jake' Pasquinel (11 episodes, 1978-1979)

William Atherton ... Jim Lloyd (10 episodes, 1978-1979)

Timothy Dalton ... Oliver Seccombe (10 episodes, 1978-1979)

Cliff De Young ... John Skimmerhorn (10 episodes, 1978-1979)

Andy Griffith ... Professor Lewis Vernor (10 episodes, 1978-1979)

Gregory Harrison ... Levi Zendt (10 episodes, 1978-1979)

David Janssen ... Narrator / ... (10 episodes, 1978-1979)

Lois Nettleton ... Maude Wendell (10 episodes, 1978-1979)

Cristina Raines ... Lucinda McKeag Zendt (10 episodes, 1978-1979)

Robert Vaughn ... Morgan Wendell (10 episodes, 1978-1979)

Anthony Zerbe ... Mervin Wendell (10 episodes, 1978-1979)

Jesse Vint ... Amos Calendar (6 episodes, 1978-1979)

Sharon Gless ... Sidney Endermann (5 episodes, 1979)
Les Lannom ... Bufe Coker (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Kario Salem ... Marcel 'Mike' Pasquinel (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Michael LeClair ... Young Jim Lloyd (5 episodes, 1978-1979)

Glynn Turman ... Nate Person (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Gloria McMillan ... Mrs. Brumbaugh (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
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Series Directed by
Virgil W. Vogel (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Paul Krasny (3 episodes, 1978)
Harry Falk (3 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Writing credits
James A. Michener (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
John Wilder (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
Charles Larson (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jerry Ziegman (3 episodes, 1978-1979)

Series Produced by
George E. Crosby .... associate producer / producer (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
Susan Lichtwardt .... associate producer (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
John Wilder .... executive producer (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
Malcolm R. Harding .... producer (8 episodes, 1978-1979)
Richard Caffey .... supervising producer (4 episodes, 1979)
Alex Beaton .... supervising producer / producer (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Howard P. Alston .... producer (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Original Music by
John Addison (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Cinematography by
Duke Callaghan (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Charles W. Short (3 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert Watts (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Howard Deane (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
John Elias (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bill Parker (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ralph Schoenfeld (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Casting by
Mary Petterson (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
Gino Havens (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Production Design by
Jack Senter (11 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Art Direction by
Loyd S. Papez (5 episodes, 1979)
Mark W. Mansbridge (4 episodes, 1978)
Sherman Loudermilk (3 episodes, 1978)
Louis Montejano (3 episodes, 1978)
John W. Corso (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Joseph J. Stone (11 episodes, 1978-1979)
John M. Dwyer (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Costume Design by
Helen Colvig (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Production Management
Robert G. Stone .... unit production manager (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Burt Bluestein .... unit production manager (5 episodes, 1978)
Sam Freedle .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Liberti .... second assistant director / first assistant director (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Scott Maitland .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bruce L. Shurley .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1978)
Bob Jeffords .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1978)
Gary Grillo .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Art Department
Craig Binkley .... property master (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Roy Barnes .... set designer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Brian Courcier .... sound effects editor (10 episodes, 1978-1979)
Charlie King .... sound (9 episodes, 1978-1979)
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... sound (3 episodes, 1978)

Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Frank Noel .... stunts (2 episodes, 1978-1979)

Tex Hill .... stunts (unknown episodes, 1978)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt coordinator / stunts (unknown episodes)
David S. Cass Sr. .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tony Epper .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Leslie Hoffman .... stunt indian (unknown episodes)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Neil Summers .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Orefice .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Herb Roberts .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Michael Simpson .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Sven Walnum .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Garrison True .... location casting (5 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Ellsworth .... costume supervisor (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Haleen K. Holt .... costume illustrator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Ron Meredith .... assistant film editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Dave Kahn .... music editor (12 episodes, 1978-1979)

Sally Kellerman .... composer: song "Speak Low" (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Janice Welch .... assistant to executive producer (1 episode, 1979)

John Grace .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
1256 min (12 episodes) (excluding commercials)
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
A young George Clooney is one of the village extras in the Raymond Burr episode.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: It might make for good television but mountain men Jim Bridger and James Beckworth never rode together or partnered up as depicted during the "The Yellow Apron" episode.See more »
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60 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE .....Television or Cinema, 23 December 2004
Author: mikehess from United States

I first read the book Centennial in 1976 and was absolutely amazed at how mere words seemed to actually take me back in time. The formation of the earth, the dinosaurs, the buffalo and the native Indians and the migration westward left me spellbound. I found myself re-reading chapters just to be with the characters again. And then, in 1978 NBC television somehow managed to bring all this adventure right into our homes. In anticipation of this event, I purchased a new technological marvel just introduced to the public, an RCA VCR player. This thing weighed a ton and cost an incredible amount of money at that time, but it was worth it. I have since purchased the VHS to be able to view this masterpiece whenever I please. How good is this movie-mini series? In my opinion, it's the BEST MOVIE EVER MADE, bar none. Being able to watch 20 plus hours of character development entwined with an engrossing story is pure enjoyment. How many others films have you ever watched and felt as though you actually knew these people. And felt a sense of sadness when they died off. Robert Conrad, Richard Chamberlan, Alex Karas, Gregory Harrison and Dennis Weaver gave performances of a lifetime, as did all the other talented people in the movie. Just think of all the stars that participated in making this mini-series. Can you imagine a studio trying to do that today? It will NEVER HAPPEN again. Besy way to enjoy the movie? Watch it with your family. Since 1999, my family and I watch this classic every year at Christmas time when the kids are on their 2 week break. We spread the entire 20 plus hours out over just 4 consecutive evenings. With mountains of popcorn closely at hand each night, we all take part, each of us quoting lines from the many characters even before they are spoke on the screen. When beginning this tradition, my youngest daughter was 9 years old and cried loudly when ever any major character had died, especially Levi Zendt. My youngest son is 4 and will have many opportunities to watch this great movie. Except for a rather weak final episode, this is the "ALL TIME GREATEST FILM EVER MADE". And one of the best stories ever told.

Who do we have to convince to put this on DVD ???

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