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Free Country 

The story of a Lithuanian couple who emmigrated to New York City at the turn of the 20th century.






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Complete series cast summary:
Rob Reiner ...  Joseph Bresner 5 episodes, 1978
Judith Kahan Judith Kahan ...  Anna Bresner 5 episodes, 1978
Renée Lippin Renée Lippin ...  Ida Gewertzman 5 episodes, 1978
Fred McCarren ...  Sidney Gewertzman 5 episodes, 1978
Larry Gelman ...  Leo Gold 4 episodes, 1978
Joe Pantoliano ...  Louis Peschi 3 episodes, 1978


Joseph and Anna Bresner were Lithuanian immigrants who came to New York City to live in 1909. Every episode opened with an octogenarian Joseph narrating an episode from his past when he and Anna were struggling to survive in a new country, new culture and new language. Sidney and Ida were the Bresners' friendly neighbors in Manhattan; Louis and Leo were also friends. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

24 June 1978 (USA) See more »

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(5 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Free Speech on "Free Country"
14 September 2006 | by happipuppi13See all my reviews

Like our first reviewer here,I saw "Free Country" in 1978 as well. The difference was,I was a ten year old between grades in San Diego, California.

I certainly,though,knew who Rob Reiner was. I had been watching "All In The Family" since about 1974 (although a lot of it was too mature too grasp at the time)and I loved how Reiner played Michael Stivic. Here although not top billed in cast,his directing/producing is.

It was actually my first look at how it may have been for my ancestors coming to America (although many years before 1909). My great grand parents had my Grandmother that year. So,this show gave me a bit of an early eye-opener to that era in American history.

The cast was very funny and the style of comedy is not the in your face at 100 miles an hour style of today. It's well acted,well paced and although short-lived,certainly deserving to be remembered.

I mean,if they can put a lame 4 episode duck like "Pink Lady & Jeff" on DVD,this certainly deserves it more! (END)

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