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November 1981 (USA) See more »
This documentary chronicles the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The difficult construction... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)
Paul Roebling ... Washington Roebling (voice)

Julie Harris ... Emily Roebling (voice)

Arthur Miller ... Himself

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ... (voice)
Richard Pini ... (voice)
Fred Sherry ... (voice)
Austin Stevens ... (voice)
Richard Rescia ... (voice)
David McCullough ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny (clip from 'Bowery Bunny') (voice) (archive sound) (uncredited)
Sheelah Feinberg ... Herself (uncredited)
Paul Goldberger ... Himself (uncredited)

Oliver Hardy ... Himself (clip from "Way Out West") (archive footage) (uncredited)
Anna Hostvedt ... Herself (uncredited)

Stan Laurel ... Himself (clip from "Way Out West") (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lewis Mumford ... Himself (uncredited)

George Raft ... Himself (clip from "The Bowery") (archive footage) (uncredited)
Adam Schefflan ... Himself (uncredited)

Frank Sinatra ... Danny Webson Miller (archive footage) (uncredited)
Xanthus Valan ... Himself (uncredited)

Johnny Weissmuller ... Himself (clip from "Tarzan's New York Adventure") (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Burns 
Writing credits
Amy Stechler (written by)

Produced by
Ken Burns .... producer
Roger Sherman .... producer
Buddy Squires .... producer
Amy Stechler .... producer
Original Music by
Jesse Carr 
Cinematography by
Ken Burns 
Film Editing by
Amy Stechler 
Production Management
Roger Sherman .... production manager
Sound Department
Lee Dichter .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Terry Hopkins .... additional photography
Buddy Squires .... additional cinematography
Editorial Department
John Dowdell .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
John Colby .... musical director
Other crew
Thomas Lewis .... researcher

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Additional Details

58 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Features a group of children from the City & Country School, a famous progressive K-8 school in New York City, building a replica of the Brooklyn Bridge. The City & Country School clip was shot in 1978.See more »
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Featured in Ken Burns: America's Storyteller (2017) (TV)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Good Look at the Landmark Creation, 20 June 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Brooklyn Bridge (1981)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Ken Burns' first documentary takes a look at the history of the Brooklyn Bridge. We follow it's progress from the mind of Roebling who would have his son complete it, open it on May 24, 1883 and along the way we hear about the blood and tears that went into it. The second portion of the documentary takes a look at the bridge in current times and we get clips from movies, pictures and paintings that feature the famous landmark. At just 58-minutes there's certainly nothing ground-breaking about this documentary but I think it does a pretty good job at going through the history of the bridge as well as the impact it has had on certain people. I don't think there's any doubt that the most entertaining stuff is during the first half when we hear about how the bridge idea came to be and we also get to see how other bridges were being built at the time. Some of the most fascinating stuff comes from the creation of the caissons, how they were constructed and what their final purpose was going to be. This led to a disease, which became known as the Caisson Disease and we also hear about the day the bridge opened and who got to go across first. Fans of history will most certainly want to check this film out because the storytelling is extremely good and we also get all sorts of photos of the bridge as well as newspaper clippings from the days when it was being built.

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