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Centennial (1978)





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The longest (26-1/2 hours), most expensive ($25 million) and most complicated (four directors, five producers, five cinematographers, almost 100 speaking parts, several hundred extras) project made for television up to that time, Centennial was shown in two- and three-hour installments over a period of four months. An adaptation of James Michener's best-selling novel, it told the story of the settling of the American West by looking at the founding of the fictional town of Centennial, Colorado, from the settling of the area in the late 18th century to the present. Emmy-nominated for film editing and art direction, it boasts of sterling performances from Richard Chamberlain as frontiersman Alexander McKeag, Robert Conrad as the French-Canadian trapper Pasquinel, and a surprisingly powerful performance from former football star Alex Karras as compassionate but iron-willed immigrant farmer Hans Brumbaugh.


Robert Conrad
as Pasquinel
Richard Chamberlain
as Alexander McKeag
Raymond Burr
as Bockweiss
Sally Kellerman
as Lise Bockweiss
Barbara Carrera
as Clay Basket
Michael Ansara
as Lame Beaver
Gregory Harrison
as Levi Zandt
Stephen McHattie
as Jake Pasquinel
Kario Salem
as Mike Pasquinel
Chad Everett
as Maxwell Mercy
Alex Karras
as Hans Brumbaugh
Mark Harmon
as John McIntosh
Dennis Weaver
as R.J. Poteet
Timothy Dalton
as Oliver Seccombe
Richard Crenna
as Col. Frank Skimmerhorn
Cliff De Young
as John Skimmerhorn
Glynn Turman
as Nate Person
Les Lannom
as Bufe Coker
Brian Keith
as Axel Dumire
Anthony Zerbe
as Mervin Wendell
Doug McKeon
as Philip Wendell
Lynn Redgrave
as Charlotte Buckland Seccombe Lloyd
Lois Nettleton
as Maude Wendell
A Martinez
as Tranquilino
David Janssen
as Paul Garrett
Robert Vaughn
as Morgan Wendell
Andy Griffith
as Lew Vernor
Sharon Gless
as Sidney Enderman
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All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1)

Even this many decades past the "present" of the story, the narrative and themes of Centennial - about respecting the land so that it respects us - are still as timely as ever.

January 2, 2020 | Full Review…

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