A remarkably ambitious and engrossing project, this 1978 television miniseries ran 26-and-a-half hours, cost a then-enormous $25 million, and involved 4 directors, 5 cinematographers, and somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 speaking parts. Based on James Michener's panoramic bestseller about the settling of the American West--as reflected in the history of a fictional town called Centennial, Colorado--the story begins in the late 18th century and ends with a typical 20th century conflict over land usage. Centennial, however, largely concentrates on various memorable frontiersmen, trappers, Indians, ranchers, cowboys, and farmers from long ago. Richard Chamberlain shines as the pioneer Alexander McKeag, Robert Conrad does some of his best work as French-Canadian Pasquinel, and performances by Alex Karras, Chad Everett, Sally Kellerman, Raymond Burr, Richard Crenna, David Janssen, and Dennis Weaver effectively add to a tapestry of adventure, tragedy, violence, and dubious Western progress. Produced at a time when TV networks were in the throes of acknowledging America's history of racial injustice, the program paints a starkly villainous portrait of opportunists exploiting and destroying Indians in the name of manifest destiny. While the project's great length might make one wary of diving in, Centennial is the sort of carefully paced drama that makes one care about the intertwined destinies of unique characters and how they illuminate America's past. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Although an "old" series, I am watching it for the first time. The story, although a bit cumbersome in places, does move along quite nicely for the most part with some... Read morePublished 4 months ago by MISTYRIVER
I truly loved this series, especially the first set, I have passed this on to younger members of the family as they never really sit and watch this kind of show. Read morePublished 18 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
Watched the dvd's a few times since purchasing. Its a great show, and the discs and case are all in excellent condition!Published 22 months ago by Michael V. Lucas
I had watched this years ago when it was on tv as a mini series, watched again and enjoyed it ever more. Really good story, and very interesting. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Cindy Hefferan
Wonderful historically relevant series. Even my wife (who is not big on this type of movie) loved it. Highly recommended.Published 23 months ago by Ted Benson