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"American Experience" Ulysses S. Grant (Part 1) (2002)

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Original Air Date:
1 April 2002 (Season 14, Episode 11)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Liev Schreiber ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Bulkeley ... Ulysses S. Grant
Julia Dent ... Janine Jacques
Alex Ingram ... Grant as a Child
John Jacques ... Grant on Horseback
Derek Nelson ... Ulysses S. Grant

Episode Crew
Directed by
Adriana Bosch (part 1)
Elizabeth Deane (part 2)
Produced by
David Condon .... associate producer
Kathy White .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michael Whalen 
Cinematography by
Boyd Estus 
Terry Hopkins 
Buddy Squires 
Film Editing by
Bill Lattanzi 
Jon Neuburger 
Art Direction by
Katha Seidman 
Production Management
Susan Chalifoux .... production manager
Sound Department
Geoff Birmingham .... sound editor (part one)
John Cameron .... sound recordist
John Cameron .... sound
Rachel Clark .... sound editor (part two)
Greg McCleary .... re-recording mixer
Roger Phenix .... sound (part one)
Mark Roy .... sound (part one)
Geof Thurber .... sound effects editor
Dick Williams .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Christofori .... assistant camera
Mary Anne Janke .... assistant camera
Patrick Kelly .... assistant camera
William McCullough .... assistant camera
Anthony Savini .... assistant camera
Dick Williams .... assistant camera
Music Department
Jeff Tropeano .... music editor
Other crew
James A. Bultema .... photographic consultant
Julie Ecker .... archival researcher
Mariana Furtado .... intern
Jill Giles .... production coordinator
Sandra Haller .... archival researcher
Sandra Haller .... production coordinator
Diane Hamilton .... archival researcher
Rob Karl .... intern
Camden McDaris .... intern
Nicholas Natteau .... intern
Amy Sharp .... intern
Meredith Woods .... archival researcher

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

USA:220 min

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Fascinating and first rate, 7 November 2013
Author: runamokprods from US

First rate telling of the story of a President and national hero comparatively forgotten in modern America (I know he seemed la minor note in my American history education). The fact is, Grant was more popular than Lincoln in his time, and had a huge effect on America both during and after the war.

Grant was a man full of fascinating contradictions. After a series of terrible failures in civilian life he became a huge success as a General, leading the north to victory in the Civil War after things had looked quite bleak(but only after a couple of reversals of fortune of his own along the way). A fierce, almost heartless warrior, he was also a tender and deeply devoted family man, almost to the point of obsession. A shy man, not given to speeches, who led with a quiet strength and self-discipline, and yet was also, by most accounts a functioning (ad at times barely functioning) alcoholic. The son of an abolitionist, Grant owned slaves himself, and saw slaves as inferior, beings, only to be open minded enough to slowly come to embrace their emancipation not only as a military tactic, but as a moral stance. He became a fighter for African-American rights as a General and a President. A physically small man, humble in many ways, who rose to greatness, only to be knocked down (and rise up) repeatedly after the war. A man brilliant enough to be a great leader in war, but naive enough to be taken in by con-men as President.

For me, this first part was the more powerful of the two, perhaps because it covered fewer years, plus the sheer emotional power of the war itself; the overwhelming loss of life, and drama of the struggle make t hard for his later life in politics to pack quite the same punch. But I found all of it highly interesting, and unlike some of the always well made American Experience films, I learned a great deal I didn't know, not only about a seminal American figure, but also about the Civil War and Reconstruction as well.

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