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The Century (1999– )

TV Mini-series | 720 min | Documentary, History

Peter Jennings hosted this 6 episode special that reviews some of the most important events of the 20th Century. Each episode is a two part examination of two events in history that happened at different times during the 20th century, but ...See morePeter Jennings hosted this 6 episode special that reviews some of the most important events of the 20th Century. Each episode is a two part examination of two events in history that happened at different times during the 20th century, but are loosely connected and help explain the complexity of America and its place in the world. Episode 1-"Heaven and Earth" explores Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 and America's Space Program culminating with man taking the first steps on the Moon. Episode 2-"Ultimate Power" explores Hitler's rise to power in Germany and America's race to develop the Atom Bomb before the German's. Episode 3-"No Man's Land" explores America's involvement in World War I; which we won but was not "the war to end all wars," and end of the Vietnam War; which was lost after America grew tired of a war that seemed to have no end. Episode 4-"Memphis Dreams" explores the rise of Elvis Presley and rock n' roll and Martin Luther King, the civil rights leader, who lost his life attempting to help striking black garbage workers; both these events occurred in Memphis, Tennessee. Episode 5-"Coming Apart" explores President Franklin Roosevelt's social policies to bring America out of the depression followed by Senator Joe McCarthy's suspicion that Communists have infiltrated America's movie industry. Part 6-"Evolution of Revolution" explores the Islamic revolution in Iran and taking American hostages at the American Embassy followed by a discussion about what challenges we'll face in the 21st Century. Written by Bradley McClung See less
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Updated Mar 29, 1999

Release date (First episode)
Mar 29, 1999 (United States)

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95 cast members
Name STARmeter Episodes Known for
Peter Jennings
Self - Host-Narrator Self - Host-Narrator   See fewer
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Henry Kissinger
Self / Self (segment "The Fall") Self / Self (segment "The Fall")   See fewer
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2
Steve Allen
Self (segment "Innocence in Rebellion") Self (segment "Innocence in Rebellion")   See fewer
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1
Don Arabian
Self (segment "First Step") Self (segment "First Step")   See fewer
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1
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1
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1
A. Scott Berg
Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey") Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey")   See fewer
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1
John Morton Blum
Self (segment "The Great War") Self (segment "The Great War")   See fewer
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1
Frank Borman
Self (segment "First Step") Self (segment "First Step")   See fewer
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1
Jerry Bostick
Self (segment "First Step") Self (segment "First Step")   See fewer
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1
Douglas Brinkley
Self (segment "Innocence in Rebellion") Self (segment "Innocence in Rebellion")   See fewer
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1
Andrew Chaikin
Self (segment "First Step") Self (segment "First Step")   See fewer
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1
Thomas Childers
Self (segment "Evil Rising") Self (segment "Evil Rising")   See fewer
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1
Robert Christy
Self (segment "The Race") Self (segment "The Race")   See fewer
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1
John Milton Cooper
Self (segment "The Great War") Self (segment "The Great War")   See fewer
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1
Tom D. Crouch
Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey") Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey")   See fewer
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1
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1
Corneal Davis
Self (segment "The Great War") Self (segment "The Great War")   See fewer
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1
Barry Denenberg
Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey") Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey")   See fewer
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1
Armand Deutsch
Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey") Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey")   See fewer
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1
Martin Deutsch
Self (segment "The Race") Self (segment "The Race")   See fewer
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1
John M. Diehl
Self (segment "Evil Rising") Self (segment "Evil Rising")   See fewer
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1
Bui Diem
Self (segment "The Fall") Self (segment "The Fall")   See fewer
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1
Freeman Dyson
Self (segment "The Race") Self (segment "The Race")   See fewer
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1
Ted Francis
Self (segment "The Great War") Self (segment "The Great War")   See fewer
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1
Peter Fritzsche
Self (segment "Evil Rising") Self (segment "Evil Rising")   See fewer
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1
David Fromkin
Self (segment "The Great War") Self (segment "The Great War")   See fewer
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1
Paul Fussell
Self (segment "The Great War") Self (segment "The Great War")   See fewer
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1
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1
Ken Greisen
Self (segment "The Race") Self (segment "The Race")   See fewer
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1
Elinor Guggenheimer
Self (segment "The Race") Self (segment "The Race")   See fewer
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1
Peter Guralnick
Self (segment "Innocence in Rebellion") Self (segment "Innocence in Rebellion")   See fewer
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1
Jon Guttman
Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey") Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey")   See fewer
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1
Roy Henley
Self (segment "The Great Wa") Self (segment "The Great Wa")   See fewer
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1
Stuart Herrington
Self (segment "The Fall") Self (segment "The Fall")   See fewer
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1
Donald Hodge
Self (segment "The Great War") Self (segment "The Great War")   See fewer
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1
John Hohenberg
Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey") Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey")   See fewer
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1
Arnold Isaacs
Self (segment "The Fall") Self (segment "The Fall")   See fewer
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1
Craig Johnstone
Self (segment "The Fall") Self (segment "The Fall")   See fewer
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1
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1
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1
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1
George Klein
Self (segment "Innocence in Rebellion") Self (segment "Innocence in Rebellion")   See fewer
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1
Jeffrey Kluger
Self (segment "First Step") Self (segment "First Step")   See fewer
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1
Claudia Koonz
Self (segment "Evil Rising") Self (segment "Evil Rising")   See fewer
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1
Albert Koslow
Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey") Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey")   See fewer
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1
Gene Kranz
Self (segment "First Step") Self (segment "First Step")   See fewer
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1
Samuel Kyles
Self (segments "Innocence in Rebellion" and "Searching for the Promised Land") Self (segments "Innocence in Rebellion" and "Searching for the Promised Land")   See fewer
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1
William Lanouette
Self (segment "The Race") Self (segment "The Race")   See fewer
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1
Bob Lincoln
Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey") Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey")   See fewer
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1
Reeve Lindbergh
Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey") Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey")   See fewer
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1
John M. Logsdon
Self (segment "First Step") Self (segment "First Step")   See fewer
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1
Glynn Lunney
Self (segment "First Step") Self (segment "First Step")   See fewer
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1
Graham Martin
Self (segment "The Fall") Self (segment "The Fall")   See fewer
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1
Robert K. Massie
Self (segment "The Great War") Self (segment "The Great War")   See fewer
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1
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1
Boyce McDaniel
Self (segment "The Race") Self (segment "The Race")   See fewer
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1
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1
George Müller
Self (segment "First Step") Self (segment "First Step")   See fewer
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1
Nguyen Ngoc Ngan
Self (segment "The Fall") Self (segment "The Fall")   See fewer
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1
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1
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1
Geoffrey Perret
Self (segment "The Great War") Self (segment "The Great War")   See fewer
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1
Henry Pohl
Self (segment "First Step") Self (segment "First Step")   See fewer
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1
Carolyn Porco
Self (segment "First Step") Self (segment "First Step")   See fewer
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1
Richard Rhodes
Self (segment "The Race") Self (segment "The Race")   See fewer
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1
Richard Rhodes
Self (segment "The Race") Self (segment "The Race")   See fewer
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1
Lionel Rosenblatt
Self (segment "The Fall") Self (segment "The Fall")   See fewer
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1
Joseph Rotblat
Self (segment "The Race") Self (segment "The Race")   See fewer
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1
Francis Sayre
Self (segment "The Great War") Self (segment "The Great War")   See fewer
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1
Jerry Schilling
Self (segment "Innocence in Rebellion") Self (segment "Innocence in Rebellion")   See fewer
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1
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1
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1
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1
Elinor Smith
Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey") Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey")   See fewer
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1
Homer Smith
Self (segment "The Fall") Self (segment "The Fall")   See fewer
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1
Frank Snepp
Self (segment "The Fall") Self (segment "The Fall")   See fewer
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1
Edith Stanley
Self (segment "The Great War") Self (segment "The Great War")   See fewer
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1
Edward Stone
Self (segment "First Step") Self (segment "First Step")   See fewer
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1
Ernst Stuhlinger
Self (segment "First Step") Self (segment "First Step")   See fewer
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1
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Edward Teller
Self (segment "The Race") Self (segment "The Race")   See fewer
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1
Theresa Tull
Self (segment "The Fall") Self (segment "The Fall")   See fewer
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1
Henry Villard
Self (segment "The Great War") Self (segment "The Great War")   See fewer
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1
Austin Wilkins
Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey") Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey")   See fewer
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1
John Zuckerman
Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey") Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey")   See fewer
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1
John Aaron
Self (segment "First Step") Self (segment "First Step")   See fewer
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Harold Agnew
Self (segment "The Race") Self (segment "The Race")   See fewer
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Hans Bethe
Self (segment "The Race") Self (segment "The Race")   See fewer
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Ev Cassagneres
Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey") Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey")   See fewer
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Anne Condelli
Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey") Self (segment "Lindbergh's Journey")   See fewer
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Jeff Hester
Self (segment "First Step") Self (segment "First Step")   See fewer
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Ron Rosenbaum
Self (segment "Evil Rising") Self (segment "Evil Rising")   See fewer
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Peter Bogdanovich
Self (segment - "Picture This") (uncredited) Self (segment - "Picture This") (uncredited)   See fewer
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1
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8.5 / 10 | 45 votes