America (1972–1973)

TV Series  -   -  Documentary | History
8.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.5/10 from 73 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

An account of the birth and development of the United States.

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - Guardians of the Galaxy

In the latest episode of IMDb: What to Watch, Keith Simanton talks with director James Gunn and actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel about their movie Guardians of the Galaxy.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 156 titles
created 24 May 2012
 
a list of 204 titles
created 19 Jun 2012
 
a list of 981 titles
created 24 Sep 2012
 
list image
a list of 346 titles
created 07 May 2013
 
list image
a list of 23 titles
created 04 Jun 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "America" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: America (1972–1973)

America (1972–1973) on IMDb 8.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of America.
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Civil War (TV Mini-Series 1990)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  

A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris
First Life (TV Series 2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

David Attenborough goes back in time to investigate the origins of life.

Stars: David Attenborough, Hazel Barton, Jean-Bernard Caron
Nature's Most Amazing Events (TV Series 2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  

This is a documentary series looking at the most dramatic wildlife spectacles on our planet. We see the impact of the melting of the arctic ice in the summer, the annual return of the ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Joe Stevens, Paul Beilstein
Africa (TV Series 2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  

Africa, the world's wildest continent. David Attenborough takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through one of the most diverse places in the world. We visit deserts, savannas, and jungles and meet up with some of Africa's amazing wildlife.

Stars: David Attenborough, Simon Blakeney, James Aldred
Cosmos (TV Series 1980)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  

Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Alistair Cooke ...
 Host
Edit

Storyline

British native, but long-term American resident Alistair Cooke hosted this long-running documentary on the development of the United States. Starting through the colonial periods, through the revolutionary war and pioneer expansionist eras, into the global conflicts and economic domination of the twentieth century, and ending with the social upheavals and counter-culture revolutions of the 1960's and 70's. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

14 November 1972 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(13 episodes)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In one of the opening shots you can see the World Trade Center under construction. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Cooke up some Burns, instead
4 March 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This is a thirteen hour epic, told by one of the great broadcasters of the twentieth century, Alistair Cooke. He was from Manchester, England, but went to America as a foreign correspondent just before the Great Depression and remained there ever after. His knowledge of America is vast.

In England, we know him from his long-running (about fifty years) radio programme, Letters from America, a little fifteen minute gem, once a week on BBC radio. In that programme he spoke about various matters in America, all in an off-the-cuff technique; it was like a 'fireside chat'. He had a unique, lovely voice, ideally suited for radio; his appearance on television is just as benign.

Here, it has been transferred to television, with a series of one hour programmes covering the main features of American history. You'll learn about the Pilgrim Fathers, independence and the Philadelphia Convention, the Civil War, various other wars, the political system and so forth. It is a fascinating, relaxing programme, all accompanied by some fine background music.

However, this series was made in 1972 and the DVD transfer seems to have had no re-mastering at all. It is scratchy and faded - dated.

Alistair Cooke does preface this series with the line 'A Personal History' and in many ways it is so - he often brings in little anecdotes along the way, describing the places he's seen and the people he's met.

It's all very interesting but, in my view, it has a long way to go to reach the heights of a Ken Burns masterpiece, such as his The West or The Civil War. Ken Burns' epic documentaries are on a different level altogether; they combine greater research and documentary pictures and interviews, with better, more haunting music. I would recommend The West.

Of course, Alistair Cooke made his series twenty years before Ken Burns, and was a pioneer in his own way; perhaps he inspired Burns.


10 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD or VHR terrypogue
Name that tune wavel
Discuss America (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?