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The Pilgrims (2015)

Arguably one of the most fateful and resonant events of the last half millennium, the Pilgrims' journey west across the Atlantic in the early 17th century is a seminal, if often misunderstood episode of American and world history.

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Ric Burns

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Ric Burns
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Credited cast:
Sue Allan Sue Allan ... Herself - Author
Bernard Bailyn Bernard Bailyn ... Himself - Historian
Michael Braddick Michael Braddick ... Himself - Historian
Marge Bruchac Marge Bruchac ... Herself - Anthropologist
Nick Bunker Nick Bunker ... Himself - Author
Joyce Chaplin Joyce Chaplin ... Herself - Historian
Linda Coombs Linda Coombs ... Herself - Wampanaog Historian
J. Pauline Croft J. Pauline Croft ... Herself - Historian
John Demos John Demos ... Himself - Historian
Kathleen Donegan Kathleen Donegan ... Herself - Literary Scholar
Julian Elfer ... (voice)
Michael Elwyn ... (voice)
Jos Brown Gaier Jos Brown Gaier ... William Bradford (teen)
Matthew Jure Matthew Jure ... William Brewster
Howard Lee Howard Lee ... Richard Clyfton
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Arguably one of the most fateful and resonant events of the last half millennium, the Pilgrims' journey west across the Atlantic in the early 17th century is a seminal, if often misunderstood episode of American and world history. The Pilgrims will explore the forces, circumstances, personalities and events that converged to propel their crossing, a story universally familiar in broad outline, but almost entirely unfamiliar to a general audience in its rich and compelling historical actuality, and rarely presented in the broad global context required. Produced by Steeplechase Films and WETA, in association with the BBC and CTVC, this feature length documentary will be broadcast as part of PBS' renowned American Experience series.

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USA | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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Steeplechase Films See more »
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Color
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Roger Rees played the role of William Bradford. Perhaps one of his last roles as he died July 10, 2015. See more »

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Long winded, dark and fails to engage
12 February 2018 | by reuben-mcknightSee all my reviews

I don't usually write reviews but this was a big letdown. I generally love PBS documentaries and Ken Burns films

In a sentence, this documentary manages to take all of the weaknesses that people might find in PBS documentaries and crams them into one show. It has an extremely long-winded, monotonous narrative that becomes somewhat hard to follow as your attention starts to drift. Sometimes the extremely dramatic shots bolster the narrative and other times they do nothing to advance the viewer's understanding of the content. The narration itself is blunt and abrasive.

The morose and moody delivery of Bradford's writings by Roger Rees (RIP), while he gazed at some fixed point off screen, was distracting (Rees' depiction made him look like he was blind).

If you were going to do a Ken Burns-style documentary in a paint by numbers fashion without the soul or the interest, this would be it. Which is a shame, because the history itself is fascinating.


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