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An intimate portrait and saga of four film pioneers--Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack who rose from immigrant poverty through personal tragedies persevering to create a major studio with a social conscience. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Dennis Hopper ... Himself - Actor

Sherry Lansing ... Herself - Former President, Paramount Pictures

Debbie Reynolds ... Herself - Actor

Haskell Wexler ... Himself - Filmmaker

Norman Lear ... Himself - Producer

George Segal ... Himself - Actor

Angie Dickinson ... Herself - Actor

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ... Himself - Film Producer

Tab Hunter ... Himself - Actor

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Himself - Actor

Frank Pierson ... Himself

Robert Greenwald ... Himself - Filmmaker
Betty Warner Sheinbaum ... Herself - Harry's daughter, Mother of Cass
Michael Birdwell ... Himself - Historian (as Dr. Michael Birdwell)
Steven J. Ross ... Himself - USC Film Professor / USC History Professor
Stephen Farber ... Himself - Film Historian / Author
Johanna Blakey ... Herself - Entertainment Researcher at The Norman Lear Center (as Johanna Blakey PhD)
Nancy Snow ... Herself - Author / Professor
Leo Braudy ... Himself - USC Film Historian
Lois McGrew ... Herself - Harry's former Secretary
John Steel ... Himself - Albert's Grandson
Lita Heller ... Herself - Sam's daughter
Eddie Bockser ... Himself - 55 Year Warner Bros. Employee
Harry M. Warner ... Himself (archive sound) (also archive footage)
Albert Warner ... Himself (archive footage)
Sam Warner ... Himself (archive footage)

Jack L. Warner ... Himself (archive footage) (as Jack Warner Snr.)
Jack Warner Jr. ... Himself (also archive footage) (archive sound)
Bette-Ann Warner ... Herself (voice)

Jim Meskimen ... Himself (voice)
Cass Warner ... Herself - Host / Narrator (as Cass Warner Sperling)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lina Basquette ... Herself - Sam's wife (also archive footage)

Joan Crawford ... Herself (archive footage)

Roy Edward Disney ... Himself (as Roy Disney Jr.)
Heinrich Himmler ... Himself (archive footage)

Frank Sinatra ... Himself (archive footage)
Benjamin Warner ... Himself (archive footage)
Lewis Warner ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Cass Warner  (as Cass Warner Sperling)
Writing credits
Cass Warner  (as Cass Warner Sperling)

Produced by
Eliza Steel .... associate producer
Cass Warner .... producer
Original Music by
David Campbell 
Cinematography by
Arlene Nelson (director of photography) (as Arlene Donnelly Nelson)
Film Editing by
Kate Amend 
Stephan Malik (co-editor)
Production Management
A.J. Ullman .... post-production supervisor (as AJ Ullman)
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Doug Ball .... sound
Alan Barker .... sound
Rick Brush .... sound
D.W. Ferranti .... sound (as Dan Ferranti)
Wes Kobernick .... sound engineer
Anthony Krajchir .... sound engineer
John Lusitana .... sound (as John Lusitiana)
Steven Romero Jr. .... dialogue editor
Steven Romero Jr. .... sound re-recording
Camera and Electrical Department
Joan Churchill .... additional cinematographer
Shana Hagan .... additional cinematographer
Larry Malloy .... additional cinematographer
Gay Ribisi .... still photographer
Massimo Zeri .... additional cinematographer
Animation Department
Brad Burkhart .... animator
Brad Burkhart .... digital artist
Daniel E. Smith .... animator
Daniel E. Smith .... digital artist
Editorial Department
James Betteridge .... graphics
Joseph K. Chen .... editorial assistant
Luke Guidici .... on-line editor
Nate Holbrook .... editorial assistant
Mindy Johnson .... post-production coordinator
John Sellars .... color correction
Drew Vaeth .... editorial assistant
Music Department
Tom Brechtlin .... musician: drummer
David Campbell .... music leader
David Campbell .... musical arrangements
David Campbell .... orchestrator
Steve Churchyard .... music mixer
Larry Corbett .... musician: principal cello
Rose Corrigan .... musician: bassoon
Mario De Leon .... musician: violin
Earl Dumler .... musician: oboe (as Earle Dumler)
Dan Fornero .... musician: trumpet
Matt Funes .... musician: viola
Armen Garabedian .... musician: violin
Gary Gray .... musician: clarinet
Alan Grunfeld .... musician: violin
Ali Helnwein .... assistant to composer
Alyssa Park .... musician: concert mistress
Vladimir Polimatidi .... musician: violin
Shanti D. Randall .... musician: principal viola (as Shanti Randall)
Bettie Ross .... musician: pianist
Rick Shaw .... musician: bass cello
Bobby Shulgold .... musician: flute (as Robert Shulgold)
Buck Snow .... music mixer
Audrey Solomon .... musician: violin
Rudy Stein .... musician: cello
Philip Vaiman .... musician: violin
John Wittenberg .... musician: violin
Other crew
Laurie Alexander .... production assistant
Benny Blocc .... intern
Andrew Bloch .... voice coach (as Andy Bloch)
Amy K. Bostrom .... production assistant (as Amy Bostrom)
Rebecca E. Bozzo .... production assistant (as Rebecca Bozzo)
Jacob Burack .... production assistant
Kathleen Bush .... intern
Rebecca Cebulsky .... production assistant (as Rebecca Cebulski)
Ruili Chen .... production accountant
Crystal Cupp .... production assistant
Andrew Cybulska .... transcriber
Joanne Dorn .... production accountant
Eric Elder .... intern
Brian Elkins .... intern
Brian Elkins .... transcriber
Dave Emmendorfer .... production assistant
Barry Ennis .... clearances
Barry Ennis .... researcher
Josh Franer .... intern
Josh Franer .... production assistant
Barbara Gregson .... clearances
Barbara Gregson .... researcher
Molly Hahn .... intern
Mark Jonathan Harris .... story consultant
Julie Heath .... clearances
Julie Heath .... researcher
Stacy Lander .... production assistant
Emily Moore .... production assistant
Eric R. Negandank .... intern
Stephan S. Placial .... production assistant
Stephen S. Placial .... intern
Diego Robles .... production assistant
Tiffany Roohani .... production assistant
Shane Scrimager .... production assistant
Mollie Sheridan .... intern
Diana Siegel .... intern
Kristen Renee Smith .... production assistant (as Kristen Smith)
Amy Willoughby .... intern (as Amy L. Willoughby)
Ted Adams .... special thanks: for his loving support
Glenn Aveni .... special thanks
Lucia Bay .... special thanks
Doug Blake .... special thanks
Sean Burke .... special thanks
Vivian Byrne .... special thanks
David Charmatz .... special thanks
Deborah Chenoweth .... special thanks (as Debbie Chenoweth)
Ned Comstock .... special thanks
Jean Dale .... special thanks
Randall P. Dark .... special thanks
Johanna Demetrakas .... special thanks
Ray Erlenborn .... special thanks
Katie Flint .... special thanks
Nathan Gardels .... special thanks
Benjamin Goldhirsh .... special thanks
Lee Guttman .... special thanks
Jim Hardy .... special thanks
Jesse Haskell .... special thanks
Cole Hauser .... special thanks
Salome Heusel .... special thanks
David Holmes .... special thanks
Elizabeth Kanski .... special thanks
Chris Larsen .... special thanks
Karen Lavender .... special thanks
Robert Lopez .... special thanks
Dick Mason .... special thanks
Mike Medavoy .... special thanks
Monica Melsbury .... special thanks
Gordon Morris .... special thanks (as Gordy Morris)
Marissa O'Neal .... special thanks
Paula Paiewonsky .... special thanks
Bernard Percy .... special thanks
Roberta Perry .... special thanks
Howard Prouty .... special thanks
Lee Purcell .... special thanks
Lucia Ribisi .... special thanks
Brad Roberts .... special thanks
Eddie Schmidt .... special thanks
Terry Semel .... special thanks
Betty Warner Sheinbaum .... special thanks
Stanley K. Sheinbaum .... special thanks
Analee Simon .... special thanks
Daniel Smith .... special thanks
Morgan Spurlock .... special thanks
Bunny Steel .... special thanks
John Steel .... special thanks
Kitty Steel .... special thanks
Alicia Tunberg .... special thanks
Virginia Vincent .... special thanks
Debbie Walch .... special thanks
Jay Walch .... special thanks
Leslie Ward .... special thanks
Ralph Woolsey .... special thanks

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USA:90 min
Color | Black and White (film clips and archive photographs)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Johanna Blakey is credited two different ways on screen, first as "Johanna Blakey," and second as "Johanna Blakley."See more »
Factual errors: Cass Warner Sperling's commentary states that the 1927 film "The Jazz Singer," starring Al Jolson, grossed more than any movie made to that time and remained the all-time box-office champ until the release of "Gone With the Wind." It was actually Jolson's next film, "The Singing Fool," that set the box-office record that lasted until "Gone With the Wind."See more »
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
a family affair, 18 November 2009
Author: dromasca from Herzlya, Israel

Today the Warner name is just one component in a complicated corporate entanglement that the multimedia era made possible. One of the first and many things that we learn in this documentary is that the Warner Brothers film empire really started like a corner-of-the-street family affair, with the four sons of an East-European Jewish immigrant opening a cinema in Pennsylvania, with an blanket as improvised screen and borrowed chairs, with the wife of one of them playing the piano and nickel entry ticket price. Then when movies became hard to obtain the brothers decided to start making their own, and when the Edison monopoly chased them from the East Coast to California history began.

The four brothers built an empire American style, one of the most successful enterprises in one of the most successful American industry of the 20th century. Yet, their path was not smooth, their life was milestoned by happiness and tragedies as well, and they were no saints. Grand-daughter Cass Warner's film has both the qualities of bringing a lot of information backed-up by original film sequences, and of bringing a personal touch, with interviews of the members of the family, as well as important people in the industry, and film and communication experts. I appreciated the participation of descendants and representatives from the competitor studios like Disney or Paramount who did not hesitate to participate in this homage documentary. All parts are well dosed and the balanced mix takes us through six decades of movie making in parallel with the American history, actually part of the American history of the 20th century.

The documentary is informative, good, and human, and seldom falls into the trap of the blind adoration of its subject. The story of the brothers Warner and of Warner Brothers the corporation is the material for a great feature film, yet to be made in the future. With a bit of luck it will add a few Oscars near the Warner Brothers name.

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