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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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Release Date:
27 September 2009 (USA) See more »
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.
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 14 of 17)

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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Additional Details

USA:120 min (6 episodes)
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An Immigrant's View, 17 December 2009
Author: anthony_retford from Seattle

I am watching this series and am currently viewing part 5. I have been transfixed by the film. I am not a new immigrant, having come here back in 1964, but I have only visited two Parks in all that time I am disgusted to report. I have seen the Redwoods and Crater Lake, but now I want to see much more before it is too late. I just have not paid any attention to the Parks in my backyard it seems. Now I will.

I would quibble about the frequent references to religion but I understand it because most of the US was religious to some sort of degree. For instance, I did not feel the presence of some supernatural being standing among the redwoods or gazing at Crater Lake. I was impressed for sure but not awed.

I am mindful of the constant struggle to maintain the Parks and think schools should show major portions of this series in their classrooms. Young people need to be aware of what a valuable and irreplaceable resource we all share. I am sure, given the history of the Park system, that greedy people will continue to try to eat away at it. Vigilance is needed for now and forever. Once this country becomes so crowded it will be most difficult to maintain these Parks. As in the Hetch Hetchy dam the question will always be: What is more important, some scenery or the rights of multitudes who need the resources contained within the Parks? I fear the answer will be the needs of people.

I appreciate being able to see these videos and have my eyes opened, and tearing at times, many times. Thanks to Ken Burns for making this series.

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