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Hearst Castle: Building the Dream (1996)

| Documentary, Short
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A story of the inspiration behind, construction and history of Hearst Castle.


Bruce Neibaur


Bruce Neibaur





Credited cast:
Ralph Chelli Ralph Chelli ... Clark Gable
Lydia Hearst ... Narrator
Ricky Mabe ... William Randolph Hearst
Patricia Rodriguez Patricia Rodriguez ... Phoebe Apperson Hearst
Karen Teliha Karen Teliha ... Julia Morgan - architect
Vanesa Tomasino ... Woman Guest (Spanish Voice 2006)
Don Yanan ... Wm Randolph Hearst


A story of the inspiration behind, construction and history of Hearst Castle.

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Documentary | Short







Also Known As:

The Enchanted Castle See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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1.44 : 1
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I'd rather have seen a documentary.
23 February 2008 | by TOMNELSee all my reviews

Beautiful landscapes and some information on William Randolph Hearst are evened out by terrible writing and acting to make this Imax film very average. And it could be good, had they put a little more into the writing, and into the casting department. What we have here is a 40 minute movie depicting William Randolph Hearst's life....sort of. What is actually portrayed is his life as a kid, and then as an older man building the beautiful castle. It is narrated by some fictional pilot who flies guests to the castle, then later narrated by a female guest explaining how great this place is. If you're watching this, most likely, you're about to take the tour and find out how great it is for yourself. One scene in the film where Young Hearst and old Hearst look at each other with kind of a silent happiness at what they've accomplished is one of the worst scenes in modern cinema. So, go see this if you have an hour to kill before your tour is ready, but you won't like it.

My rating: ** out of ****. 40 mins.

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