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"The National Parks: America's Best Idea" (2009) More at IMDbPro »TV mini-series 2009-

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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:
It All Works -- Another Ken Burns Masterpiece! See more (13 total) »

Cast

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Peter Coyote ... Himself - Narrator (6 episodes, 2009)
William Cronon ... Himself - Historian (6 episodes, 2009)
Dayton Duncan ... Himself - Writer (6 episodes, 2009)
Shelton Johnson ... Himself - Park Ranger (6 episodes, 2009)
Alfred Runte ... Himself - Historian (6 episodes, 2009)
Paul Schullery ... Himself - Writer (5 episodes, 2009)
Carl Pope ... Himself - Sierra Club (5 episodes, 2009)
Terry Tempest Williams ... Herself - Writer (5 episodes, 2009)
Murphy Guyer ... Reader (5 episodes, 2009)

Philip Bosco ... Reader (5 episodes, 2009)
Kevin Conway ... Reader (5 episodes, 2009)

Tom Hanks ... Reader (5 episodes, 2009)
Kim Heacox ... Himself - Writer (4 episodes, 2009)

Adam Arkin ... Reader (4 episodes, 2009)
Lee Stetson ... Himself - Muir Historian / ... (4 episodes, 2009)

Amy Madigan ... Reader (4 episodes, 2009)
Lee Whittlesey ... Himself - Historian (3 episodes, 2009)
Nevada Barr ... Herself - Former Ranger (3 episodes, 2009)
Juanita Greene ... Herself - Journalist (3 episodes, 2009)
Gerard Baker ... Himself - Park Superintendent (3 episodes, 2009)

Carolyn McCormick ... Reader (3 episodes, 2009)
Tim Clark ... Reader (3 episodes, 2009)

Derek Jacobi ... Reader (3 episodes, 2009)

Josh Lucas ... Reader (3 episodes, 2009)

Gene Jones ... Reader (3 episodes, 2009)

Eli Wallach ... Reader (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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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
It All Works -- Another Ken Burns Masterpiece!, 15 October 2009
Author: metrodyne from United States

It is another example of what Ken Burns does so well. It is a film that brings a well known but little understood aspect of American history to life. The broad scope of the film is monumental. It covers, in fair detail, the creation of all the major National Parks while delving into the people, the politics, the conflicts, and the personal stories behind the scenes. As with other of Ken's work, you begin to feel that the people in the story are family friends or people you have known for years. You understand how personalities shape events and move American custom and law. You are left with an appreciation of American democracy and freedom and the unruly way Americans sometimes resolve internal conflict…how popularity and simply "the right thing" can win the day after a good fight.

The film is interspersed with glimpses of typical Americans and reveals their most delicate feelings in experiencing the National Parks. It is very effective at illustrating the transformative power of natural beauty, its healing and empowering effects on the soul, and our deep connections to nature and wildlife and our deep needs for it. The film is as much about the why humans seek to preserve natural beauty as it is a history of it.

It all works. It is a masterful piece of art and you will enjoy and be moved by it.

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