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Centennial(1978)

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Brief Synopsis

An epic miniseries about the making of America -- the most ambitious project ever filmed for television -- this filming of James Michener's 1,100-page saga that spanned the decades from the late eighteenth century to the present ended up as a 26 1/2 hour movie irregularly scheduled over four months

"Centennial" not only was (at the time) the most expensive film ever made for television -- its $25 million budget was four times that of "Roots" -- but had the biggest "name" cast ever assembled for a dramatic presentation, with David Janssen tying the whole project together as the overall narrator and star of the final "chapter" as the current day descendant of those who founded the fictional town of Centennial, Colorado. "Centennial" received Emmy Award nominations for film editing (Chapter 1) and art direction/set decoration (Chapter 7).

Shown in two- and three-hour segments over a period of five months.

Virgil W. Vogel replaced Sam O'Steen as a director.

Cast & Crew

Michael Ansara Lame Beaver
Raymond Burr Herman Bockweiss
Barbara Carrera Clay Basket
Richard Chamberlain Alexander Mckeag
Robert Conrad Pasquinel
Richard Crenna Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn
Timothy Dalton Oliver Seccombe
Cliff De Young John Skimmerhorn
Chad Everett Captain Maxwell Mercy
Sharon Gless Sidney Andermann
Andy Griffith Professor Lewis Venor
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Release Date:  1978 Production Date: 
Color/B&W:  Distributions Co: 
Sound:  Production Co:  .....Production Company, Nbc Entertainment .....Network
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  • Coming full circle....

    Buzza Shuck 2014-01-25

    Every American needs to see story today... A sure foreshadow giving to us in 1978 that has brought us to where we are today . Clearly the division is... MORE>

  • Centennial

    GreenGiant 2011-07-08

    James Michener - Story of Centennial Colorado . . . Wonderful mini-series. PLEASE run it sometimes, I would LOVE to see it again! It is long (what Michener... MORE>

  • Centennial

    Deborah Bailey 2011-04-05

    I agree, I am suprised that TCM has not showed this mini-series on TV. There are so many of these type of TV movies made in the 70"s and 80's... MORE>