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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History 

A documentary that weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.
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Series cast summary:
Meryl Streep ...  Eleanor Roosevelt 7 episodes, 2014
Edward Herrmann ...  Franklin Roosevelt 7 episodes, 2014
George Will ...  Himself - Writer / ... 7 episodes, 2014
Doris Kearns Goodwin ...  Herself - Historian / ... 7 episodes, 2014
Geoffrey C. Ward Geoffrey C. Ward ...  Himself - Biographer / ... 7 episodes, 2014
Paul Giamatti ...  Theodore Roosevelt 7 episodes, 2014
Peter Coyote ...  Narrator 6 episodes, 2014
John Lithgow ...  Himself / ... 6 episodes, 2014
Patricia Clarkson ...  Daisy Suckley / ... 5 episodes, 2014
David McCullough ...  Himself - Historian 5 episodes, 2014
Jon Meacham ...  Himself - Biographer 5 episodes, 2014
Kevin Conway 5 episodes, 2014
H.W. Brands H.W. Brands ...  Himself - Biographer 5 episodes, 2014
Blanche Wiesen Cook Blanche Wiesen Cook ...  Herself - Biographer / ... 5 episodes, 2014
Jonathan Alter ...  Himself - Writer / ... 4 episodes, 2014
Clay Jenkinson ...  Himself - Historian 3 episodes, 2014
Amy Madigan 3 episodes, 2014
Joanne Tucker 3 episodes, 2014
Pamela Reed 3 episodes, 2014
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A documentary that weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.

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English

Release Date:

14 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hyde Park, New York, USA

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Florentine Films See more »
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(DVD) | (7 episodes)

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Color
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Trivia

Final acting role (voice) of Eli Wallach's career, with on screen credit. Wallach died approximately seventy-eight days before the premiere. See more »

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

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Sun Blind
Written by Mark Orton
Performed by Mark Orton
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Intriguing insight
19 September 2014 | by cordenwSee all my reviews

There's no doubt that Ken Burns is one of the best documentary producers of our time and this one maintains the high standards. He chooses the right music at just the right time and seems to have no problems in getting the best reporters and researchers to make their contributions. Whenever you watch one of his series you are guaranteed to be educated with some formerly unknown details on the subject at hand, and Burns always does this with tact and grace.

The Roosevelts' story is typical of past power politics in the USA, where a compliant media ensured that truth was the first casualty. Having said that, the family certainly did more for the lot of the working US citizen than anyone since, and the personal foibles are minor compared to some of the antics of more recent incumbents.

You'd like to think that politics was on a constant path to self improvement but I think that the Roosevelts set as high a standard as you're going to get , the Trumans,Eisenhowers and Carters are the only ones who can compare. Watch this with wistfulness,you're not likely to see such integrity in your leaders again in this lifetime.


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