Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997)

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



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Credited cast:
John Logan Allen ...
Himself - Geographer
Stephen Ambrose ...
Himself - Historian (as Stephen E. Ambrose)
Gerard Baker ...
Himself - Mandan-Hidatsa
John Ordway (voice)
Tim Clark ...
Patrick Gass (voice)
Dayton Duncan ...
Himself - Writer
Erica Funkhouser ...
Herself - Writer
Murphy Guyer ...
William Clark (voice)
Ken Little Hawk ...
William Least Heat-Moon ...
Himself - Writer
Narrator (voice)
Joseph Whitehouse (voice)


This film documents the exploration expedition led by Meriwether Lewis William Clark into the interior of North America in the early 19th century. We follow the Corps of Discovery as they winded their way across the unknown territory gained in the Louisana Purchase by the United States in their futile search for the legendary Northwest Passage. Along the way, they discovered wonderous new things as they depended on the aid of Native Americans like their adept guide, Sacagawea, as they conducted the most important exploration mission in American history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Everyone should see this film, and appreciate that famous journey.
8 October 2003 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

Ken Burns' film is a landmark study of the 1804 through 1806 Lewis and Clark expedition, starting in St Louis, and returning there two years later, having found a route to the Pacific Ocean. Put your political leanings aside, this film does not judge whether the USA, Spain, and France *should* have been able to grab and trade the native lands occupied for centuries by various Native American tribes. Lewis and Clark, and the men that went with them, were true explorers. Their journey is almost unimaginable. When you fly west over the USA during a clear day, and can see the wide expanse of mountains, you can begin to understand what an ordeal it was for them to cross over to what we now call the Columbia River. This is not a dry historical film. Everyone should see it, for the historical significance of the journey. The city of St Louis built a high arch in commemoration of the journey, and it is called "The Jefferson Expansion Memorial."

I saw the DVD, and it is a really fine one. I got it as a free loan from my local library, maybe you can too!!

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