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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:
Another Winner From Ken Burns See more (11 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)

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)
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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Another Winner From Ken Burns, 9 October 2011
Author: Clay Loomis from Arroyo Grande, California

When it comes to making full coverage documentaries, you can't beat the work of Ken Burns. "Prohibition" is another fine illustration of that.

This five and one half hour mini-series, shown in three parts on PBS and available on DVD, never bogs down. That's pretty amazing right there. I would think it difficult to have that kind of running time and not have at least a couple spots where the story gets boring. It never does, and is a tribute to Ken's film making ability.

"Prohibition" describes how we got there, what it did to our country, and why the 18th Amendment, banning booze, became the only Amendment to be repealed. It was doomed to fail from the start, but nobody saw it at the beginning. It almost single-handedly brought about organized crime in America, a problem that has yet to be repealed.

Ken Burns covers it all very well, and his good name in these documentary efforts never fails to bring in the big names for voice-over work. In this case, Tom Hanks, Patricia Clarkson, Adam Arkin, Jeremy Irons, John Lithgow, etc., etc..

(Although it was never mentioned, I couldn't help but think of the parallels to modern day marijuana laws. When you have a product that millions of Americans want and you make it illegal, the money from that product goes to gangs that provide it, and with that, all the violence that goes along with those gangs. You can't legislate morality, as the 18th Amendment surely showed. And pot is much less harmful than alcohol.)

Another great job by Ken Burns.

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