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Prohibition: Season 1: Episode 3 -- Support for Prohibition diminishes in the mid-1920s; the law has given savvy gangsters a way to make huge profits, wreaking havoc in cities across the country. By the late 1920s many American women believe that the "Noble Experiment" has failed. After the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, Congress easily passes the 21st Amendment, which repeals the 18th, and the states quickly ratify it. In December of 1933, Americans can legally buy a drink for the first time in 13 years.

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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
2 October 2011 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
How did a nation founded on rights ever go so wrong?
Plot:
The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned. Full summary »
Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Fun, smart, well made and educational - but not as deep as some of Burns' work See more (12 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [24])

Peter Coyote ... Himself - Narrator (3 episodes, 2011)
Pete Hamill ... Himself - Writer (3 episodes, 2011)
Catherine Gilbert Murdock ... Herself - Historian (3 episodes, 2011)
Michael Lerner ... Himself - Historian (3 episodes, 2011)

Daniel Okrent ... Himself - Writer (3 episodes, 2011)
Noah Feldman ... Himself - Legal Scholar (3 episodes, 2011)
Jack Roche ... Himself - Resident of Chicago (3 episodes, 2011)
William Leuchtenburg ... Himself - Historian (3 episodes, 2011)

Patricia Clarkson ... Reader / ... (3 episodes, 2011)

John Lithgow ... Reader / ... (3 episodes, 2011)

Campbell Scott ... Reader (3 episodes, 2011)

Sam Waterston ... Reader (3 episodes, 2011)
John Paul Stevens ... Himself - Resident of Chicago (2 episodes, 2011)
Jonathan Eig ... Himself - Writer (2 episodes, 2011)
Margot Loines Wilkie ... Herself - Resident of Massachusetts (2 episodes, 2011)
Martin Marty ... Himself - Theologian (2 episodes, 2011)
Jack Clarke ... Himself - Resident of Chicago (2 episodes, 2011)
Ruth Proskauer Smith ... Herself - Resident of New York (2 episodes, 2011)
Edwin T. Hunt Jr. ... Himself - Resident of Seattle / ... (2 episodes, 2011)
Joshua Zeitz ... Himself - Historian (2 episodes, 2011)

Philip Bosco ... Reader (2 episodes, 2011)
Kevin Conway ... Reader (2 episodes, 2011)

Tom Hanks ... Reader (2 episodes, 2011)

Josh Lucas ... Reader (2 episodes, 2011)

Series Directed by
Ken Burns (3 episodes, 2011)
Lynn Novick (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Writing credits
Geoffrey C. Ward (3 episodes, 2011)

Series Produced by
Sarah Botstein .... producer (3 episodes, 2011)
Ken Burns .... executive producer / producer (3 episodes, 2011)
Elle Carriere .... coordinating producer (3 episodes, 2011)
Karen Kenton .... producer (3 episodes, 2011)
Jean Lane .... producer (3 episodes, 2011)
McKay McFadden .... associate producer (3 episodes, 2011)
Lynn Novick .... producer (3 episodes, 2011)
Mike Welt .... co-producer (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Original Music by
David Cieri (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Cinematography by
Buddy Squires (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Film Editing by
Ryan Gifford (3 episodes, 2011)
Tricia Reidy (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Makeup Department
Maria Torfeld .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Production Management
Dalton Delan .... executive in charge of production (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Darling .... assistant director (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Sound Department
Francis X. Coakley .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 2011)
Erik Ewers .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 2011)
Dan Fulton .... assistant sound editor (3 episodes, 2011)
Miles Fulwider .... assistant engineer (3 episodes, 2011)
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... dialogue editor (3 episodes, 2011)
Scott Harber .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 2011)
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor (3 episodes, 2011)
Dave Mast .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 2011)
Michael Miller .... original dialogue mixer (3 episodes, 2011)
Jacob Ribicoff .... music editor (3 episodes, 2011)
Brian Roth .... voice over recording (3 episodes, 2011)
Mark Roy .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 2011)
Rob Silverthorne .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 2011)
Michael Suarez .... audio prelay (3 episodes, 2011)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 2011)
Lou Verrico .... voice over recording (3 episodes, 2011)
John Zecca .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Beardsley .... technician (3 episodes, 2011)
Bob Bushfield .... gaffer (3 episodes, 2011)
Kathy Gallo .... assistant camera (3 episodes, 2011)
Ned Hallick .... gaffer (3 episodes, 2011)
Sarah L. Hendrick .... assistant camera (3 episodes, 2011)
Peter Kuttner .... assistant camera (3 episodes, 2011)
Stephen McCarthy .... additional cinematographer (3 episodes, 2011)
Allen Moore .... additional cinematographer (3 episodes, 2011)
Joe Morrone .... assistant camera (3 episodes, 2011)
Stephen Mortell .... video technician (3 episodes, 2011)
John M. Roche .... gaffer (3 episodes, 2011)
John Romeo .... assistant camera (3 episodes, 2011)
Anthony Savini .... gaffer (3 episodes, 2011)
Jill Tufts .... assistant camera (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Editorial Department
Evan Barlow .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 2011)
John Dowdell .... colorist (3 episodes, 2011)
Peter Heady .... finishing artist (3 episodes, 2011)
Ted Raviv .... apprentice editor (3 episodes, 2011)
Richard Rubin .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 2011)
Margaret Shepardson-Legere .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 2011)
Tim Spitzer .... hd supervisor (3 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Music Department
Estelle Bajou .... violin (3 episodes, 2011)
David Cieri .... musician: piano (3 episodes, 2011)
Vincent Gardner .... musician: trombone (3 episodes, 2011)
Victor Goines .... musician: clarinet (3 episodes, 2011)
Carlos Henriquez .... musician: bass (3 episodes, 2011)
Ali Jackson .... musician: drums (3 episodes, 2011)
Dan Morgenstern .... music consultant (3 episodes, 2011)
Dan Nimmer .... musician: piano (3 episodes, 2011)
Marcus Printup .... musician: trumpet (3 episodes, 2011)
Wynton Marsalis .... music arranger / musician: trumpet (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Other crew
Lisa Andracke .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2011)
Paul Barnes .... program advisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Dayton Duncan .... program advisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Julie Dunfey .... program advisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Catherine Gilbert Murdock .... program advisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Robert N. Gold .... legal services (3 episodes, 2011)
Anne Harrington .... media director (3 episodes, 2011)
Lisa Hartjens .... research assistant (3 episodes, 2011)
Brenda Heath .... financial advisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Mike Hill .... research assistant (3 episodes, 2011)
Craig Impink .... developer (3 episodes, 2011)
Kim Klein .... developer (3 episodes, 2011)
Patty Lawlor .... financial officer (3 episodes, 2011)
Michael Lerner .... program advisor (3 episodes, 2011)
William Leuchtenburg .... program advisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Valerie Marcus .... legal services (3 episodes, 2011)
Martin Marty .... program advisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Dave Mast .... technical director (3 episodes, 2011)
David Mcmahon .... program advisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Daniel Okrent .... senior creative consultant (3 episodes, 2011)
Drew Patrick .... legal services (3 episodes, 2011)
Polly Pettit .... research assistant (3 episodes, 2011)
John Russick .... program advisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Colleen Sackheim .... transcriptor (3 episodes, 2011)
Stacey Schwartz .... project manager (3 episodes, 2011)
David S. Thompson .... project director (3 episodes, 2011)
Kim Tomadjoglou .... research assistant (3 episodes, 2011)
Geoffrey C. Ward .... senior advisor (3 episodes, 2011)
Kathryn Wilson .... project manager (3 episodes, 2011)
 

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Fun, smart, well made and educational - but not as deep as some of Burns' work, 26 November 2014
Author: runamokprods from US

Any Ken Burns documentary is going to be smart, well made and educational. This one is also fun (in the plus column), but lacks the emotion, ambition and power of his very best work, like "The Civil War" or "The Central Park Five".

Made with a ton of great movie footage and stills, and lots of tid-bits about the history of drinking in America -- it's out of control pervasiveness among men, especially working class men, that led to the push for prohibition that puts the now ridiculous seeming constitutional amendment in a somewhat more understandable light. That in turn explains the odd confluence of its backers, from religious conservatives, to well meaning social progressives looking to save the poor from themselves, to blue-blood WASPS who hated working class immigrants who drank more openly, to women fighting for the right to vote, and who saw how often alcohol contributed to domestic violence.

The film also does a great job in showing how a law that tens of millions of Americans will simply ignore is much worse than no law at all, as it sows the seeds of disregard and contempt for the law, as well creating a fertile ground for criminals to give people what they want in a black market. Much the same arguments are going on right now about other "vice" laws, from marijuana, to prostitution, to proposed laws on fatty and sugary foods.

One of the central questions of any democracy is how much and where does the government have a right to intrude into people's lives for the greater good. It's an important and complicated question, and one the series does a good job of raising.

But at over 5 hours it starts to run a little thin, and the points and stories start to get a bit repetitive. I'm glad I saw it, and enjoyed myself quite a bit, but unlike many documentaries by Burns (and his equally talented brother Ric), I don't think I'll feel a need to re-watch it anytime soon.

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