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The West 

Stephen Ives' "The West" is a PBS 4-Video Series co-produced by Ken Burns: - "Death Runs Riot" 85 min. - "Fight No More Forever" 85 min. - "Ghost Dance" 58 min. - "The People" 82 min.
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1996  
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Series cast summary:
Peter Coyote ...  Self - Narrator 9 episodes, 1996
N. Scott Momaday ...  Self - Writer 8 episodes, 1996
Murphy Guyer ...  Self 8 episodes, 1996
John Trudell ...  Self 8 episodes, 1996
Eli Wallach ...  Self / ... 8 episodes, 1996
Arthur Miller ...  Self 7 episodes, 1996
T.H. Watkins T.H. Watkins ...  Self - Writer / ... 6 episodes, 1996
Richard White Richard White ...  Self - Historian 6 episodes, 1996
Philip Bosco ...  Self 6 episodes, 1996
John Lithgow ...  Self / ... 6 episodes, 1996
Dayton Duncan Dayton Duncan ...  Self - Writer 5 episodes, 1996
Adam Arkin ...  Self 5 episodes, 1996
Tantoo Cardinal ...  Self 5 episodes, 1996
Hector Elizondo ...  Self / ... 5 episodes, 1996
Zahn McClarnon ...  Self 5 episodes, 1996
August Schellenberg ...  Self 5 episodes, 1996
Daniel von Bargen ...  Self / ... 5 episodes, 1996
Blythe Danner ...  Self / ... 4 episodes, 1996
Peter Gallagher ...  Self 4 episodes, 1996
Julie Harris ...  Self 4 episodes, 1996
Derek Jacobi ...  Self 4 episodes, 1996
Jason Robards ...  Self - Brigham Young / ... 4 episodes, 1996
George Plimpton ...  Self / ... 4 episodes, 1996
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This documentary covers the history of the American West from the Native American tribes to their encounter with Europeans and how the Europeans conquered them and settled the land. In telling this story, the film takes into the account to both the viewpoints of Indians and other minorities to balance the white populations history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Decent job covering such a huge, complex subject
17 March 2018 | by WildBullWriterSee all my reviews

This documentary mini-series does a decent job of covering such a huge, complex subject in 9 episodes (about 10 hours of time). I like that appropriate focus and time given to American Indians, who played such a crucial role in the story, and to other groups like Latinos, blacks, and Chinese immigrants who played vital roles, as well.

(I'm also offended by a number of reviewers who complain that too much screen time is given to Indians and minorities. These same reviewers complain that whites aren't credited enough for their courage and virtues in subduing the "wild west" and "civilizing" the Indians. The irony is that these reviewers are the very sort of racist people who caused so much trouble and misery while the real history was being played out!)

On the whole, I do recommend watching this mini-series.


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Official Sites:

Perspectives on the West

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The West - Die Eroberung des Westens See more »

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Dolby

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