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

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Series cast summary:
...  Herman Bockweiss 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Clay Basket 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Alexander McKeag 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Pasquinel 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Major Maxwell Mercy 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Hans Brumbaugh 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Sheriff Axel Dumire 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Lise Bockweiss 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Sam Purchas 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Charlotte Buckland Seccombe 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  R.J. Poteet 12 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Jacques 'Jake' Pasquinel 11 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Jim Lloyd 10 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Oliver Seccombe 10 episodes, 1978-1979
...  John Skimmerhorn 10 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Professor Lewis Vernor 10 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Levi Zendt 10 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Narrator / ... 10 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Maude Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Lucinda McKeag Zendt 10 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Morgan Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Mervin Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Amos Calendar 6 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Sidney Endermann 5 episodes, 1979
...  Bufe Coker 5 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Marcel 'Mike' Pasquinel 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Michael LeClair ...  Young Jim Lloyd 5 episodes, 1978-1979
...  Nate Person 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Gloria McMillan ...  Mrs. Brumbaugh 5 episodes, 1978-1979
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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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1 October 1978 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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A young George Clooney is one of the village extras in episode one, "Only the Rocks Live Forever". See more »

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As Louis Verner and Sidney Enderman are driving along in the final episode, the driver's-side rear-view mirror disappears from their Ford pickup whenever a close-up is called for (the holes where it has been unscrewed are quite evident) and reappears in the long shots. See more »

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"We have to look to the past and get back to some basic principles if there's gonna be any future worth having."
14 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

"Centennial" is a great mini-series to discover America… It goes over a span of 200 years…It's about Pasquinel, a solitary trader with the Indians, who made his way through territory no white man has ever traveled, defending his trade and his life… It's about a man from Scotland who had come seeking solitude, but he found friendship and love… His name was Alexander McKeag… It's about the legendary Arapaho leader, Lame Beaver, who knew that the coming of the white man was the beginning of change…

"Centennial" is also about strong men, men of destiny and vision… It's also about stubborn men who only saw little in the windy, water-shy stretch of plains to stop for on their trek to a new place called Oregon…

"Centennial" is also about men of integrity like the young Mennonite named Levi Zendt who could not know it at the time that he was destined to leave the home he loved and share the dream of Alexander McKeag… It's about traders like Zendt, and soldiers like Maxwell Mercy… It's about men of honor, like Major Mercy who worked tirelessly to bring about a lasting peace… Men of vision like the stubborn German from the Volga named Hans Brumbaugh, who had walked from St. Louis to find gold… It's about the Englishman Oliver Seccombe, who would found an empire from the dream of a lifetime… A ranch that would spread from the Rocky Mountains on the west to the Nebraska border with Longhorns driven north from Texas by John Skimmerhorn and R. J. Poteet…

"Centennial is about many more characters like Clay Basket, the fiery Indian woman who shared the life Pasquinel loved best; Lise Bockweiss, the golden-haired lady of St. Louis; Pasquinel brothers whose names would strike terror into the hearts of all white men who thought of crossing the plains; Frank Skimmerhorn, the obsessed militia colonel who led a disgraceful massacre against Cheyenne chief, Broken Thumb; the frontier lawman Alex Dumire who would fall prey to a kind of crime the presence of his badge and gun could not prevent; the traveling actors, Mervin and Maude Wendell who founded its fortune power and prestige on stolen money and a murder…


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