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Seasons:
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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 »
NewsDesk:
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Amazing Story. How could Probition Ever Existed? This film makes clear the roots of the insanity of prohibition. See more (9 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [28])

Adam Arkin (3 episodes, 2011)

Philip Bosco (3 episodes, 2011)

Patricia Clarkson ... Eliza Hackett (3 episodes, 2011)
Kevin Conway (3 episodes, 2011)

Peter Coyote ... Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2011)

Blythe Danner (3 episodes, 2011)

Paul Giamatti ... George Remus (3 episodes, 2011)

Tom Hanks ... Himself (3 episodes, 2011)

Jeremy Irons ... Himself (3 episodes, 2011)

Samuel L. Jackson (3 episodes, 2011)

John Lithgow ... HL Mencken (3 episodes, 2011)

Josh Lucas ... Himself (3 episodes, 2011)

Amy Madigan (3 episodes, 2011)

Carolyn McCormick (3 episodes, 2011)

Oliver Platt (3 episodes, 2011)

Campbell Scott (3 episodes, 2011)

Frances Sternhagen (3 episodes, 2011)

Joanne Tucker (3 episodes, 2011)

Sam Waterston (3 episodes, 2011)
Noah Feldman ... Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
Catherine Gilbert Murdock ... Herself (2 episodes, 2011)
Pete Hamill ... Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
Michael Lerner ... Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
William Leuchtenburg ... Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
Martin Marty ... Himself (2 episodes, 2011)

Daniel Okrent ... Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
Jack Roche ... Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
John Paul Stevens ... Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
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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)

Stephen McCarthy (unknown episodes)
Allen Moore (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Erik Ewers (3 episodes, 2011)
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)
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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Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #28.10" (2011)See more »

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Amazing Story. How could Probition Ever Existed? This film makes clear the roots of the insanity of prohibition., 2 January 2012
Author: ChetXBuck from Saint Louis, MO

I've always wondered how the US ever passed laws prohibiting alcohol. Such an amazingly common thing today, it would be like banning caffeine or soda. This six hour story is told well from all sides and it provides clarity as to the insane and radical motives behind the Volstead Act and how it backfired in every way. While the video and photos are all rather dated being from the 1910s and 1920s, the interviews of experts, historians and people with real-life stories really come together well. The narration is also great and uses some of the best names in the film business.

This is a long series, about 6 hours. Ken Burns' direction is poignant and well-paced. It gives you time to think about the meaning and the historical impact of each chapter of this story which touches on many decades.

I feel I know understand an important part of American history that never made sense to me. Concepts like "Bootleggers and Baptists" being aligned and the role of the gangsters in society become crystal clear after viewing this film. I had no idea how vicious and immoral the attacks on Al Smith were by the Herbert Hoover camp. Politics and police seem violently corrupt in this era. You learn a lot about life, laws, religion and politics in a difficult and bitter era (the Great Depression). Most importantly, you are reminded of the fact that US was built on Freedoms--and Prohibition is such an amazing violation of this. It's a historical guidepost to preserving our freedoms going forward.

The story of the Roaring 20s, flappers, the speakeasy, the rum-runners, and ironically, how the post-prohibition era was favorable to women and equality and stories I'd never imagined.

FDR had three priorities when he took office: 1) regulate the banks, 2) cut federal spending, 3) legalize beer. He won by a landslide. On a funny note, Utah voted to repeal the Volstead Act rather quickly. Amazing given that that state has spend the last 80 years trying to restrict it! This three DVD series is worthy of a weekend of your time. Thanks PBS for this fine historical film and Ken Burns for another amazing tale.

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