The American Experience: Season 15, Episode 13

Murder at Harvard (14 Jul. 2003)

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Episode credited cast:
Simon Schama ...
Timothy Sawyer ...
John White Webster (as Tim Sawyer)
Ephraim Littlefield
Sean McGuirk ...
Dr. George Parkman
Mark Carver ...
Derastus Clapp
Sean Fitzgerald ...
Charles B. Starkweather
Robert Murphy ...
Marshall Francis Tukey
Ken Cheeseman ...
Robert Gould Shaw
James Devon ...
Dan Dowling ...
Dr. Nathan Keep
Richard McElvain ...
Dr. Woodbridge Strong
David Morrow ...
Dr. Winslow Lewis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
W. Kirk Avery ...
Rena Baskin ...
Woman on Street
David Bouvier ...


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Not bad but not up to the usual standards of "The American Experience".
16 November 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The show is a sensationalizing of a murder and subsequent trial back around 1850. It seems that a rich landlord was killed and a Harvard professor was put on trial for the VERY grisly crime--that included the dismemberment of the victim! Yuck.

I usually have a hard time reviewing documentaries from the PBS series "The American Experience". That's because I try to find fault with them but in just about every case, the shows are nearly perfect. How can you critique something that is always that exceptional? I get tired of giving the shows scores of 8, 9 or 10. So, at least "Murder at Harvard" gives me a change to find fault with one of their shows! The problem with "Murder at Harvard" doesn't seem as serious to me as the other review currently posted on IMDb. That reviewer was seriously enraged by the show--much of it due to the documentary being filled with fiction. While I would agree that this isn't a great thing, this sort of playing with the facts has, unfortunately, become more and more the norm and the term 'documentary' doesn't mean the same thing now as it did in the past (for example, the films of Michael Moore). As a retired history teacher, this is bothersome but does not make the show unwatchable. However, this creative approach does make the film a lot less enjoyable and enlightening than usual.

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