A biographical film about The United States' influential and profoundly enigmatic Founding Father.
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1997  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The story of the most important American exploration expedition in American history and the participants in it.

Director: Ken Burns
Stars: Hal Holbrook, Adam Arkin, John Logan Allen
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A biography of the life and work of the American architect.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick
Stars: Edward Herrmann, Philip Bosco, Julie Harris
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

This documentary chronicles the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The difficult construction process is described in interesting detail; later parts of the film interview ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns
Stars: Paul Roebling, Julie Harris, Arthur Miller
Mark Twain (TV Movie 2001)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A biographical film about the acclaimed American humourist and author.

Director: Ken Burns
Stars: Keith David, Kevin Conway, Philip Bosco
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

For 50 years, radio dominated the airwaves as the first mass medium. Ken Burns examines the lives of three men who shared the responsibility for its invention and early success.

Director: Ken Burns
Stars: Jason Robards, Red Barber, Erik Barnouw
The War (TV Mini-Series 2007)
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  

A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families.

Stars: Keith David, Katharine Phillips, Tom Hanks
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.

Director: Ken Burns
Stars: Jack Johnson, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

A documentary that weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.

Stars: Meryl Streep, Edward Herrmann, George Will
The Congress (TV Movie 1988)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The U. S. Congress is one of the country's most important and misunderstood institutions. Ken Burns tells the story behind this branch of government.

Director: Ken Burns
Stars: David McCullough, Charles McDowell, Barbara Fields
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years.

Stars: Peter Coyote, William Cronon, Dayton Duncan
The West (TV Series 1996)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Stephen Ives' "The West" is a PBS 4-Video Series co-produced by Ken Burns: - "Death Runs Riot" 85 min. - "Fight No More Forever" 85 min. - "Ghost Dance" 58 min. - "The People" 82 min.

Stars: Peter Coyote, N. Scott Momaday, Murphy Guyer
Prohibition (TV Mini-Series 2011)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Pete Hamill, Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Narrator (2 episodes, 1997)
Joseph Ellis ...
 Himself, historian (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 Jefferson's grandaughter (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 Isaac (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 Himself, writer (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 Thomas Jefferson (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 Himself,writer (2 episodes, 1997)
Garry Wills ...
 Himself, historian (2 episodes, 1997)
Edit

Storyline

A biographical film about The United States' influential and profoundly enigmatic Founding Father.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1997 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Blythe Danner also portrayed Martha Jefferson in 1776 (1972). See more »

Goofs

In recounting the story of the 1800 presidential election, the narrator says "In early 1801, the Electoral College met in the new capital to pick the next president." The Electoral College does not meet in the capital. In accordance with the Constitution, in December 1800 (not early 1801) the electors from each state met in their respective states to cast their votes. What the program should have said was that in early 1801 Congress met in the new capital to count the votes of the Electoral College. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Jefferson: "The life of a cabbage is paradise".
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Precious silk , clumsy tailor
24 March 2010 | by (Aulendorf) – See all my reviews

Beautiful images, propaganda and history as toy. The ingredients of this film, good, interesting but with many shadows. Politicall shadows. Jefferson is more than the hero of a mythical America. He is silhouette of a vision about life and society, an extraordinary thinker, teacher of large part of North America. In film is only Superman. The delicate contour of ideas are crushed. The subtle birth of essential truth is forgotten. And Jefferson is basic instrument for create a good image of American realities. The end,triumphal and fake, romance and heroic, is gun suicide of a story who may be tall with more wisdom. And the war against "Avatar" is another gray stain. For one who heard nothing about Jefferson, movie is a good beginning. For the others - disillusion. It is like the precious silk of a tailor. But the tailor is fascinating about silk and the clothes are only ordinary cloth. So, a sad experience. Slices of beauty and boring lakes, patriotic lesson and the crush of expectation. A film who must impressive. And the ash of a story who could be magnificent.


1 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?