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Centennial 

The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid 1700s to the late 1970s.

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John Wilder
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Raymond Burr ...  Herman Bockweiss 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Barbara Carrera ...  Clay Basket 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Richard Chamberlain ...  Alexander McKeag 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Robert Conrad ...  Pasquinel 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Richard Crenna ...  Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Chad Everett ...  Major Maxwell Mercy 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Alex Karras ...  Hans Brumbaugh 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Brian Keith ...  Sheriff Axel Dumire 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Sally Kellerman ...  Lise Bockweiss 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Donald Pleasence ...  Sam Purchas 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Lynn Redgrave ...  Charlotte Buckland Seccombe 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Dennis Weaver ...  R.J. Poteet 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Stephen McHattie ...  Jacques 'Jake' Pasquinel 11 episodes, 1978-1979
William Atherton ...  Jim Lloyd 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Timothy Dalton ...  Oliver Seccombe 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Cliff De Young ...  John Skimmerhorn 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Andy Griffith ...  Professor Lewis Vernor 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Gregory Harrison ...  Levi Zendt 10 episodes, 1978-1979
David Janssen ...  Narrator / ... 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Lois Nettleton ...  Maude Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Cristina Raines ...  Lucinda McKeag Zendt 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Robert Vaughn ...  Morgan Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Anthony Zerbe ...  Mervin Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Jesse Vint ...  Amos Calendar 6 episodes, 1978-1979
Sharon Gless ...  Sidney Endermann 5 episodes, 1979
Les Lannom ...  Bufe Coker 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Kario Salem ...  Marcel 'Mike' Pasquinel 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Michael LeClair Michael LeClair ...  Young Jim Lloyd 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Glynn Turman ...  Nate Person 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Gloria McMillan Gloria McMillan ...  Mrs. Brumbaugh 5 episodes, 1978-1979
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Storyline

This is the story of the evolution of the town Centennial, Colorado. It follows the paths of dozens of people who come to the area for many reasons: money, freedom, or crime. It also shows the bigoted treatment of the Native Indians by the advancing U.S. colonists. It is topped off with a murder mystery that takes one hundred years to solve. Written by Tony Berkoff <aberkoff@hq.caci.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Centennial See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The current town of Centennial, Colorado is not in the location ascribed to it by James Michener. His Centennial was located at the confluence of the South Platte and Cache La Poudre Rivers in rural Weld County, approximately 50 miles northeast of Denver (city center), and is undeveloped land. The current Centennial was incorporated in 2001, and is located about fifteen miles south of Denver in Arapahoe County, and is a highly developed suburb of Denver. See more »

Goofs

On the cattle drive, the cowboys are trying to keep the cattle away from the "alkali" pool of water. If the water was really alkaline, there would have been no green grass growing along the banks of the pool. See more »

Alternate Versions

This was originally shown on the NBC network in twelve separate episodes, with the first and last each running three hours and the ten in between at two hours each (this is with commercials). Some basic cable channels have rerun it in thirteen two-hour segments, with all but the opening and closing episodes consisting of the last hour of one segment and the first hour of the next. See more »

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A Great Story Told Well
21 November 2004 | by d_maccarterSee all my reviews

I read the book Centennial in 1976 when it was first published in hardback. Its the only book I ever read that kept me up all night. A truly amazing story of the west, as it really was.

I missed the mini series in 1978 for some reason and just happened to see it available in the public library and took it in in one gulp. All I can say is WOW! What have I been missing all these years. Thank god for home video.

This is as close to a perfect presentation of Michener's novel as I could ever imagine. If you are in love with the west and it's history you will love every minute you spend watching this delightful program. It's characters capture every nuance of those in the novel. Romance, treachery, adventure, loyalty, history, the whole spectrum of humanity is here and well done too. And a word about the cast. How was it possible to assemble such a grand group. Just terrific. The only thing done lately to compare with this is "Gods and Generals".

If you love history I recommend it to you.


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