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Centennial 

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The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid 1700s to the late 1970s.

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John Wilder
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Raymond Burr ...  Herman Bockweiss 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Barbara Carrera ...  Clay Basket 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Richard Chamberlain ...  Alexander McKeag 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Robert Conrad ...  Pasquinel 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Richard Crenna ...  Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Chad Everett ...  Major Maxwell Mercy 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Alex Karras ...  Hans Brumbaugh 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Brian Keith ...  Sheriff Axel Dumire 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Sally Kellerman ...  Lise Bockweiss 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Donald Pleasence ...  Sam Purchas 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Lynn Redgrave ...  Charlotte Buckland Seccombe 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Dennis Weaver ...  R.J. Poteet 12 episodes, 1978-1979
Stephen McHattie ...  Jacques 'Jake' Pasquinel 11 episodes, 1978-1979
William Atherton ...  Jim Lloyd 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Timothy Dalton ...  Oliver Seccombe 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Cliff De Young ...  John Skimmerhorn 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Andy Griffith ...  Professor Lewis Vernor 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Gregory Harrison ...  Levi Zendt 10 episodes, 1978-1979
David Janssen ...  Narrator / ... 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Lois Nettleton ...  Maude Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Cristina Raines ...  Lucinda McKeag Zendt 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Robert Vaughn ...  Morgan Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Anthony Zerbe ...  Mervin Wendell 10 episodes, 1978-1979
Jesse Vint ...  Amos Calendar 6 episodes, 1978-1979
Sharon Gless ...  Sidney Endermann 5 episodes, 1979
Les Lannom ...  Bufe Coker 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Kario Salem ...  Marcel 'Mike' Pasquinel 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Michael LeClair Michael LeClair ...  Young Jim Lloyd 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Glynn Turman ...  Nate Person 5 episodes, 1978-1979
Gloria McMillan Gloria McMillan ...  Mrs. Brumbaugh 5 episodes, 1978-1979
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Storyline

This is the story of the evolution of the town Centennial, Colorado. It follows the paths of dozens of people who come to the area for many reasons: money, freedom, or crime. It also shows the bigoted treatment of the Native Indians by the advancing U.S. colonists. It is topped off with a murder mystery that takes one hundred years to solve. Written by Tony Berkoff <aberkoff@hq.caci.com>

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From the best-seller...a powerful story spanning the decades from the late 18th century to present day America. A heartwarming saga of reckless daring and reckless loving, of struggle and pain, of laughter and triumph. An unforgettable drama of the land...and the brave people who turned it into a nation. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Centennial See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Universal Television See more »
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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Conrad worked with a dialect coach in order to talk with an authentic French Canadian accent. See more »

Goofs

During "The Longhorns" episode - it was a well known fact that loud or abrupt noises could startle a herd of cattle and cause them to stampede. Yet several times throughout the episode there was a good amount of yelling and hollering between the men as well as other loud noises and gunfire - sometimes at night - and this would not have occurred on an actual cattle drive. See more »

Alternate Versions

This was originally shown on the NBC network in twelve separate episodes, with the first and last each running three hours and the ten in between at two hours each (this is with commercials). Some basic cable channels have rerun it in thirteen two-hour segments, with all but the opening and closing episodes consisting of the last hour of one segment and the first hour of the next. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Walter Matthau (1978) See more »

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THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE .....Television or Cinema
23 December 2004 | by mikehessSee all my reviews

I first read the book Centennial in 1976 and was absolutely amazed at how mere words seemed to actually take me back in time. The formation of the earth, the dinosaurs, the buffalo and the native Indians and the migration westward left me spellbound. I found myself re-reading chapters just to be with the characters again. And then, in 1978 NBC television somehow managed to bring all this adventure right into our homes. In anticipation of this event, I purchased a new technological marvel just introduced to the public, an RCA VCR player. This thing weighed a ton and cost an incredible amount of money at that time, but it was worth it. I have since purchased the VHS to be able to view this masterpiece whenever I please. How good is this movie-mini series? In my opinion, it's the BEST MOVIE EVER MADE, bar none. Being able to watch 20 plus hours of character development entwined with an engrossing story is pure enjoyment. How many others films have you ever watched and felt as though you actually knew these people. And felt a sense of sadness when they died off. Robert Conrad, Richard Chamberlan, Alex Karas, Gregory Harrison and Dennis Weaver gave performances of a lifetime, as did all the other talented people in the movie. Just think of all the stars that participated in making this mini-series. Can you imagine a studio trying to do that today? It will NEVER HAPPEN again. Besy way to enjoy the movie? Watch it with your family. Since 1999, my family and I watch this classic every year at Christmas time when the kids are on their 2 week break. We spread the entire 20 plus hours out over just 4 consecutive evenings. With mountains of popcorn closely at hand each night, we all take part, each of us quoting lines from the many characters even before they are spoke on the screen. When beginning this tradition, my youngest daughter was 9 years old and cried loudly when ever any major character had died, especially Levi Zendt. My youngest son is 4 and will have many opportunities to watch this great movie. Except for a rather weak final episode, this is the "ALL TIME GREATEST FILM EVER MADE". And one of the best stories ever told.

Who do we have to convince to put this on DVD ???


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