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The National Parks: America's Best Idea: :  -- Clip: Trustee George Dorr offers the lands of the Hancock County Trust to the United States
The National Parks: America's Best Idea: :  -- Clip: Theodore Roosevelt
The National Parks: America's Best Idea: :  -- Clip: The national parks
The National Parks: America's Best Idea: :  -- Clip: Senator Jon Conness proposes legislation to set aside land for the enjoyment of future generations
The National Parks: America's Best Idea: :  -- Clip: Photographer Tuan Luong

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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
27 September 2009 (USA) See more »
Plot:
The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years.
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Hands down best documentary, wonderful film-making See more (13 total) »

Cast

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Peter Coyote ... Narrator (6 episodes, 2009)

Philip Bosco (5 episodes, 2009)
Murphy Guyer (5 episodes, 2009)
Kevin Conway (5 episodes, 2009)

Tom Hanks (5 episodes, 2009)

Adam Arkin (4 episodes, 2009)
Lee Stetson (4 episodes, 2009)

Amy Madigan (4 episodes, 2009)
Tim Clark (3 episodes, 2009)

Derek Jacobi (3 episodes, 2009)

Carolyn McCormick (3 episodes, 2009)

Josh Lucas (3 episodes, 2009)

Eli Wallach (3 episodes, 2009)

Gene Jones (3 episodes, 2009)
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Series Directed by
Ken Burns (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Writing credits
Dayton Duncan (6 episodes, 2009)

Series Produced by
Pam Tubridy Baucom .... coordinating producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Ken Burns .... executive producer / producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Dayton Duncan .... producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Julie Dunfey .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2009)
David McMahon .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Craig Mellish .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Aileen Silverstone .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Susanna Steisel .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ken Burns (6 episodes, 2009)
Lincoln Else (6 episodes, 2009)
Allen Moore (6 episodes, 2009)
Buddy Squires (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Film Editing by
Paul Barnes (4 episodes, 2009)
Erik Ewers (2 episodes, 2009)
Craig Mellish (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Art Department
Mac Talmadge .... graphic designer (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Sound Department
Michael Miller .... original dialogue mixer (6 episodes, 2009)
Brian Roth .... voice over recording (6 episodes, 2009)
Michael Suarez .... post-production sound / sound (6 episodes, 2009)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 2009)
Meagan Frappiea .... assistant sound editor (3 episodes, 2009)
Dave Mast .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Bardsley .... camera operator (1 episode, 2009)
Ken Burns .... camera operator (1 episode, 2009)
Nate Clapp .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Lincoln Else .... assistant camera / camera operator (1 episode, 2009)
James Fitzgerald .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Dickey Galvin .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Garrett Guidera .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Roger Haydock .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Patrick Kelly .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Tracy Litwin .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Paul Marbury .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Allen Moore .... camera operator (1 episode, 2009)
Antonio Rossi .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
Anthony Savini .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Animation Department
Richard Rubin .... animator (1 episode, 2009)
Daniel J. White .... animator (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Editorial Department
Chris Beardsley .... technician: Arriscan (6 episodes, 2009)
John Dowdell .... colorist (6 episodes, 2009)
Meagan Frappiea .... apprentice editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Paul Barnes .... supervising editor (4 episodes, 2009)

Erik Ewers .... additional editor (unknown episodes)
Ryan Gifford .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Craig Mellish .... additional editor (unknown episodes)
Margaret Shepardson-Legere .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Jacob Ribicoff .... music editor (6 episodes, 2009)
David Cieri .... musician: piano (3 episodes, 2009)

Will Duncan .... composer: additional music / music: performer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Brent Bixler .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Sean Brennan .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Brian H. Dierker .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Allen Etheridge .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Lee Fink .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Ron Gedda .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Kevin Murphy .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Mike Nigro .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Paul Osman .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Larry Warrington .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Dwight Willey .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Other crew
Susan Shumaker .... researcher (6 episodes, 2009)
Lindsey Warren .... intern / production team (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Thanks
Brad Washburn .... in memory of (1 episode, 2009)
 

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USA:120 min (6 episodes)
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Hands down best documentary, wonderful film-making, 29 April 2010
Author: imdbdood from United States

"The knapsack of custom falls off his back with the first step he makes into these precincts. Here is sanctity which shames our religions, and reality which discredits our heroes. Here we find nature to be the circumstance which dwarfs every other circumstance, and judges like a god all men that come to her."

-A quote of Ralph Waldo Emerson in the movie

While there is no comparison to actually being in nature, the ideas that are presented in this masterpiece of a documentary are so new and refreshingly different to the common non-nature-goer that it can't help but bring the viewer, thankfully, away from their usual rat race-like trance and rhythm to a realization of a greater good and majestic context of reality.

What a beautiful and powerful reminder of what belongs to all us and what all of us, in turn, belong to!

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