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Farewell to Manzanar (1976)

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, seven-year-old Jeanne Wakatsuki, her family and 11,000 other Americans of Japanese descent and their immigrant parents are imprisoned in the internment camp Manzanar in California.


John Korty


James D. Houston (book), James D. Houston (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuki Shimoda ... Ko Wakatsuki
Nobu McCarthy ... Misa / Jeanne Wakatsuki
Dori Takeshita Dori Takeshita ... Young Jeanne
Akemi Kikumura Akemi Kikumura ... Koro
Clyde Kusatsu ... Teddy Wakatsuki
Mako ... Fukimoto
Pat Morita ... Zenahiro
James Saito ... Richard Wakatsuki
Momo Yashima Momo Yashima ... Alice
Gretchen Corbett ... Lois
Kip Niven ... Captain Curtis
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Lou Frizzell
Frank Abe Frank Abe ... Frank Nishi
Vernon Kato Vernon Kato ... Calvin
Seth Sakai Seth Sakai ... Joe Takahashi


Fact based drama about one of the internment camps used by the American military during World War II to detain some 100,000 Japanese Americans (most of them U.S. born) following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Release Date:

11 March 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abschied von Manzanar See more »

Filming Locations:

Point Richmond, California, USA See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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America's concentration camps revisited
16 May 1999 | by jacksoncSee all my reviews

Concentration camps? in the USA? Yes, we did have them. Oh, they went by the euphemism of internment camps or relocation centers, but they were concentration camps. I know that they were not like the Holocaust or the Killing Fields. Those were more appropriately called death camps. This movie deals with one of the camps. The story follows the book by Jean Wakatsuki Houston quite closely. It is a depressing story about a depressing subject, but one that needs to be told, nevertheless, just in case we Americans ever get too smug about other countries having institutions where political prisoners are interned...

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