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"American Experience" Jimmy Carter (Part I) (2002)

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American Experience: Season 15: Episode 1 -- Jimmy Carter ran for president on a wave of post-Watergate disaffection with Washington politics. But inexperience, inflation, recession, and the Iran hostage crisis, derailed his presidency dramatically. His crowning achievement, the Camp David Accords, created a framework for Middle East peace, inspiring his life since. The film traces his ascent from Plains, Georgia, to the Oval Office and explores the role of religion in his career. This is the first of two parts.


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Original Air Date:
11 November 2002 (Season 15, Episode 1)
Jimmy Carter ran for president on a wave of post-Watergate disaffection with Washington politics. But inexperience... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast)

Linda Hunt ... Narrator

Episode Crew
Directed by
Adriana Bosch 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Adriana Bosch  writer

Produced by
David Condon .... co-producer
Margaret Drain .... executive producer
Julie Rosenberg .... associate producer
Mark Samels .... senior producer
Film Editing by
James Rutenbeck 
Production Design by
Alison Kennedy (series designer)
Set Decoration by
Jack Evans 
Dana Leigh 
Production Management
Kathryn Bennett .... unit manager
Susan Chalifoux .... production manager
Rose M. Compagine .... post-production supervisor
James E. Dunford .... post-production supervisor
Greg Shea .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Richard Bock .... sound mixer
John Jenkins .... sound mixer
William Percy Urgena .... sound
Matthew Quast .... sound
Len Schmitz .... sound
Merce Williams .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Colin Canto .... gaffer
Michael Chin .... camera operator
Stephen McCarthy .... camera operator
Dan Philipp .... grip
Patricia Garcia Rios .... consultant: photography
Mike Simmasouk .... grip
Jill Tufts .... assistant camera
Dick Williams .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Rachel Clark .... assistant editor
Mark Steele .... on-line editor
Music Department
Mark Adler .... music theme
Other crew
Debra Alban .... intern
Johanna Baker .... publicist
Karen Colbron .... director of archival research
Maria Daniels .... news director
Mark Dugas .... production assistant
Julie Ecker .... additional researcher
Nancy Farrell .... project administrator
Jonathan Federico .... intern
Jay Fialkov .... legal
Zhenelle Fish .... intern
Pamela Gaudiano .... production assistant
Earl Godwind .... production assistant
Paul Hitlin .... production assistant
Ravi Jain .... production coordinator
Maureen Jordan .... legal
Gabriel Monts .... production assistant
Susan Mottau .... production coordinator
Tina Nguyen .... production assistant
Daphne B. Noyes .... publicist
Mike Pilcher .... car mounts
Vanessa Ruiz Ezersky .... project administrator (as Vanessa Ruiz)
Helen R. Russell .... project administrator
Alison Smith .... additional researcher
Rebekah Suggs .... project administrator
John Van Hagen .... business manager

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

Production Companies

Additional Details

85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Not the best of the "American Experience" presidents series, but still worth seeing, 24 November 2013
Author: runamokprods from US

Intelligent and well told, this lacks some of the punch of some of the other "American Experience" portraits of the presidents. Perhaps that's because Carter's life was comparatively low key (certainly while an admirable man, he's far less colorful, in ways good and bad, than many other presidents). Or perhaps its because the history was so recent that it felt more familiar to me, with less to learn. Or maybe because its central figure was still with us, and so many of the people interviewed were friends and colleagues carefully choosing their words. But for whatever reason, in spite of it's 2 hour 30 minute running time it felt like it often just sort of skimmed the surface.

That said, Carter's story is still a fascinating one. Going so quickly from political nobody to the Presidency, his huge achievement in brokering a peace between Egypt ands Israel, his failure to find a way to integrate his morality and integrity with effective politics, and the irony that he is more respected (and arguably more effective) since leaving office and fighting for human rights and for the poor as a private citizen. Indeed, his Nobel Peace prize came in 2002, many years after losing the presidency to Ronald Reagan. More a great man than a great president, which is a pretty interesting paradox in itself.

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