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"American Experience" T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (Part I) (1996)

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David Grubin (writer)
Geoffrey C. Ward (writer)
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Original Air Date:
6 October 1996 (Season 9, Episode 1)
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 (Episode Cast)
John Morton Blum ... Himself
John Milton Cooper ... Himself
Edith Derby Williams ... Herself
John Gable ... Himself
William Harbaugh ... Himself
Nancy Jackson ... Herself
Walter LaFeber ... Himself
David McCullough ... Himself

Jason Robards ... Narrator (voice)
Theodore Roosevelt IV ... Himself
Kermit Roosevelt ... Himself
P. James Roosevelt ... Himself

Theodore Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage)
Tweed Roosevelt ... Himself
Jean Strouse ... Herself

William Howard Taft ... Himself (archive footage)
Woodrow Wilson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Grubin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Grubin  writer
Geoffrey C. Ward  writer

Produced by
Judy Crichton .... executive producer
Margaret Drain .... executive producer
David Grubin .... producer
Larry LeCain .... field producer
Allyson Luchak .... coordinating producer
Bob M. McCausland .... field producer
Susan Mottau .... coordinating producer: American Experience
Chas Norton .... field producer
Mary Recine .... associate producer
Mark Samels .... senior producer: American Experience
Original Music by
Michael Bacon 
Cinematography by
James Callanan 
David Grubin 
William McCullough 
Alex Zakrzewski 
Film Editing by
Geof Bartz 
Howard Sharp 
Art Direction by
Michael Shaw 
Set Decoration by
Janine Michelle 
Art Department
George Apostol .... props
Shawn Carroll .... art assistant
Graydon Pihlaja .... props
Sound Department
John Bowen .... sound designer
Ken Hahn .... sound re-recording mixer
David Jaunai .... sound designer
Ray Palagy .... sound editor
Roger Phenix .... production sound
Tony Slocum .... sound designer
Tony Slocum .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Ralph Pitre .... photo animator
Camera and Electrical Department
Frances Catalano .... grip
Neil Christie .... best boy
Nick Cupkovic .... gaffer (as Nicholas Cupkovic)
Rob Featherstone .... assistant camera
Don Grissom .... assistant camera
W.L. Jackson .... key grip
Gill McDowell .... gaffer
Jonathan Nichols .... key grip
Roger Phenix .... additional cinematographer
Paul Reuter .... assistant camera
William Rexer .... assistant camera
Michael Stiller .... gaffer
Tom Truitt .... best boy
Frank Vigilante .... grip
Editorial Department
Dale Boyce .... on-line editor
Diane Butler .... assistant editor
Jim Dalglish .... colorist
Riad Deeb .... editing intern
Pamela B. Jacobson .... post-production assistant: American Experience
Amina Megalli .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Paula Kimper .... score preparation
Charles Kuskin .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Michael Azevedo .... interactive media
Johanna Baker .... publicist
John Morton Blum .... advisor
Alan Brinkley .... advisor
Todd P. Burger .... film researcher
Rob Carson .... production assistant
John Milton Cooper .... advisor
Jonathan Daitch .... production secretary
Danielle Dell'Olio .... interactive media
Nancy Farrell .... project administration
Cheryl Gall .... additional photo researcher
Lewis Gould .... advisor
Diane Hamilton .... photo researcher
William Harbaugh .... advisor
Walter LaFeber .... advisor
Zachary Levy .... production assistant
Stephen Lyons .... proposal consultant
David McCullough .... advisor
Susan Nickerson .... film researcher
Daphne B. Noyes .... publicist
Bill Nye .... production assistant
Amanda Pollak .... research associate
Stacy Pucillo .... controller
Helen R. Russell .... project administration
Vincent J. Straggas .... on-air promotion
Jean Strouse .... advisor
Joseph Tovares .... series editor
Rosie Vanek .... post-production researcher
Midge Woolsey .... production executive

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

UK:110 min (2 parts)
Black and White | Color | Black and White (archive footage)


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Good documentary, 16 January 2006
Author: Brian from Seattle, WA

The title is actually, "TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt." It is part of PBS's American Experience series.

I enjoyed it, even though it runs around 4 hours. TR was an especially energetic president and would most likely be an Independent today. He romanticized war (a Republican characteristic), but supported labor (Democratic). He was chauvinistic, but a conservationist and did more to preserve land and parks and animals than probably anyone.

Grubin (the director) left out a good deal of history, but at 4 hours I suppose he had to leave out a lot. I recommend supplementing this documentary with a few biographies beforehand.

Also, this film tends to err on the side of "the good TR," rather than one we might disapprove of. Still, it's a good work and I recommend it.

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