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An overview of the history of film studio Universal Pictures, featuring clips from many of its films. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Richard Dreyfuss ... Himself

Lew Ayres ... Himself (archive footage)

Kirk Douglas ... Himself (archive footage)

Michael J. Fox ... Himself (archive footage)

Tom Hanks ... Himself (archive footage)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage)

Boris Karloff ... Himself (archive footage)

Susan Kohner ... Herself (archive footage)

Spike Lee ... Himself (archive footage)

Mary Tyler Moore ... Herself (archive footage)

Paul Newman ... Himself (archive footage)

Gregory Peck ... Himself (archive footage)

Mary Pickford ... Herself (archive footage)

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Himself (archive footage)

Sid Sheinberg ... Himself (archive footage)

Steven Spielberg ... Himself (archive footage)

James Stewart ... Himself (archive footage)
Lupita Tovar ... Herself (archive footage)

Meryl Streep ... Herself (archive footage)

Lew Wasserman ... Himself (archive footage)

Sigourney Weaver ... Herself

Orson Welles ... Himself (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Robeson ... Joe (in 1936 'Show Boat') (archive footage)

Alec Baldwin ... (uncredited)

Raymond Braun ... Undetermined (uncredited)

Nick Cannon ... Undetermined (uncredited)

Darcy Gilmore ... Undetermined (uncredited)

Dwayne Johnson ... Undetermined (uncredited)

Nikki Rocco ... Undetermined (uncredited)

Stacey Snider ... Undetermined (uncredited)
Kelly Sparrman ... Undetermined (uncredited)
Nicole Stevenson ... Undetermined (uncredited)

Directed by
David Heeley 
 
Writing credits
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David Heeley 
Joan Kramer 

Produced by
David Heeley .... producer
Joan Kramer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael A. Levine 
 
Editorial Department
Gary Scarpulla .... colorist
 
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Brent DeGraff .... production assistant
 

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A rip off, 21 August 2002
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Purportedly this is the story of Universal Pictures (narrated by Richard Dreyfuss). They do tell you how it started and who who started it but then they whiz through the silent films all the way up to the 70s in the first hour. A lot of very important films they made are totally missing--1 hour is not enough!

The last hour falls apart. They concentrate only on the films of the 80s and early 90s (this came out in 1995). Also they only show the big hits and give us needlessly long clips from all of them. And they go out of the way in giving a tribute to Steven Spielberg. There's nothing wrong with Spielberg but they really overdo. We get looooonnnngggg clips from virtually every movie he made from Universal--the only one missing is his only bomb "1941".

Basically this turns into just a puff piece showing off Universal's big hits. That's too bad--a more balanced view of Universal would be better.

I'm giving it a 6 only for the clips.

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