A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Keith David ...  Himself - Narrator 7 episodes, 2007
Katharine Phillips Katharine Phillips ...  Herself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama 7 episodes, 2007
Tom Hanks ...  Al McIntosh / ... 7 episodes, 2007
Paul Fussell Paul Fussell ...  Himself - Infantry 6 episodes, 2007
Quentin Aanenson Quentin Aanenson ...  Himself - Resident of Luverne, Minnesota 6 episodes, 2007
Burt Wilson Burt Wilson ...  Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California / ... 6 episodes, 2007
Sascha Weinzheimer Sascha Weinzheimer ...  Herself - Resident of Sacramento Valley, California 6 episodes, 2007
Sam Hynes Sam Hynes ...  Himself - Marine Pilot 5 episodes, 2007
Daniel Inouye Daniel Inouye ...  Himself - Infantry / ... 5 episodes, 2007
Rebecca Holtz Rebecca Holtz ...  Reader 5 episodes, 2007
Glenn D. Frazier Glenn D. Frazier ...  Himself - Prisoner of War / ... 4 episodes, 2007
Emma Belle Pelcher Emma Belle Pelcher ...  Herself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama 4 episodes, 2007
Olga Ciarlo Olga Ciarlo ...  Herself - Resident of Waterbury, Connecticut / ... 4 episodes, 2007
Maurice Bell Maurice Bell ...  Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama 4 episodes, 2007
Dwain Luce Dwain Luce ...  Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama 4 episodes, 2007
John Gray John Gray ...  Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama 4 episodes, 2007
Sidney Phillips Sidney Phillips ...  Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama 4 episodes, 2007
Susumu Satow Susumu Satow ...  Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California 4 episodes, 2007
Jim Sherman Jim Sherman ...  Himself - Resident of Luverne, Minnesota 4 episodes, 2007
Robert Kashiwagi Robert Kashiwagi ...  Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California / ... 4 episodes, 2007
Kevin Conway ...  Reader 4 episodes, 2007
Burnett Miller Burnett Miller ...  Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California 3 episodes, 2007
Ray Leopold Ray Leopold ...  Himself - Resident of Waterbury, Connecticut 3 episodes, 2007
Earl Burke Earl Burke ...  Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California 3 episodes, 2007
Asako Tokuno Asako Tokuno ...  Herself - Resident of Sacramento, California 3 episodes, 2007
Tom Galloway Tom Galloway ...  Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama / ... 3 episodes, 2007
Jackie Greer Jackie Greer ...  Herself - Resident of Louisiana 3 episodes, 2007
Josh Lucas ...  Reader 3 episodes, 2007
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A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families.

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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The War See more »

Filming Locations:

Luverne, Minnesota, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Florentine Films,WETA See more »
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(7 parts)

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Color
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Connections

Featured in Ken Burns: America's Storyteller (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Variations for the Healing of Arinushka
Written by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Kalle Randalu, piano
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Soul Shaking
2 October 2007 | by Jay09101951See all my reviews

As a 1951 baby boomer, I am the proud son of a world war 2 vet. Growing up, Dad talked little about the war. What I learned about the war was from history books and war movies. But Ken Burns has changed all of that for me and I am sure the Millions who have seen and will see this incredible documentary. For now I am not just the son born after the war but someone who knows and feels what went on for 5 years in Europe,North Africa, in the Pacific and the Far East. I have learned things no book or film ever taught me: the sights, the smell and the taste of the horrors our boys faced as we fought toward victory. This is a movie that is going to be too late for the many Vets that have passed on during the 62 years since V-J day. But it is now here , for the record , for all us now and future generations to say "THANK YOU" to the greatest generation for saving the world from the most brutal humans that were ever put on this earth. Again, Thank you Ken Burns for this incredible experience.


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