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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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Mar 29, 1999 (United States)

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95 cast members
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Peter Jennings
Himself - Host-Narrator Himself - Host-Narrator   See fewer
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Henry Kissinger
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Steve Allen
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Don Arabian
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Robert Armao
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A. Scott Berg
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John Morton Blum
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Frank Borman
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Jerry Bostick
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Douglas Brinkley
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Andrew Chaikin
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Thomas Childers
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Robert Christy
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John Milton Cooper
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Tom D. Crouch
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Corneal Davis
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Barry Denenberg
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Armand Deutsch
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Martin Deutsch
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John M. Diehl
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Bui Diem
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Freeman Dyson
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Empress Farah
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Ted Francis
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Peter Fritzsche
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David Fromkin
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Paul Fussell
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Kaveh Golestan
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Ken Greisen
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Elinor Guggenheimer
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Peter Guralnick
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Jon Guttman
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Roy Henley
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Stuart Herrington
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Donald Hodge
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John Hohenberg
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Arnold Isaacs
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Craig Johnstone
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Hamilton Jordan
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Sadegh Khalkhali
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George Klein
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Jeffrey Kluger
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Claudia Koonz
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Albert Koslow
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Gene Kranz
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Samuel Kyles
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William Lanouette
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Bob Lincoln
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Reeve Lindbergh
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John M. Logsdon
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Glynn Lunney
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Graham Martin
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Robert K. Massie
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Michael Matrinko
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Boyce McDaniel
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Mohsen Mirdamadi
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George Müller
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Nguyen Ngoc Ngan
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Geoffrey Perret
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Henry Pohl
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Carolyn Porco
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Richard Rhodes
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Richard Rhodes
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Lionel Rosenblatt
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Joseph Rotblat
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Francis Sayre
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Jerry Schilling
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Eleaine Sciolino
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Charles Scott
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Gary Sick
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Elinor Smith
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Homer Smith
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Frank Snepp
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Edith Stanley
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Edward Stone
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Ernst Stuhlinger
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William Sullivan
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Edward Teller
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Theresa Tull
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Henry Villard
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Austin Wilkins
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John Zuckerman
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John Aaron
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Harold Agnew
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Stephen Ambrose
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Hans Bethe
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Ev Cassagneres
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Anne Condelli
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Jeff Hester
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Ron Rosenbaum
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Peter Bogdanovich
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8.5 / 10 | 44 votes