Centennial: The Complete Series
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As a middle school social studies instructor, I can say that Americana is on display in its most enticing format here! The acting is as superb as the actors are familiar! Star after star makes us forget whatever role they played on televison, and remember them for their characterization in Centennial! This is the highest compliment to a film-maker's casting director and producer!
The cast IS exceptional--especially Conrad, Chamberlain, and that old Detroit Lion lineman Alex 'Brumbaugh' Karas! Honestly, having seen this epic four times, I have often wanted to just sit right through all 20+ hours consecutively; it really does grow on you! I can never forget the 'Wendells' every time I hear 'Whispering Hope', and just watching that last half hour's flashback sequence accompanied by 'Guess He'd Rather be in Colorado' still gives me goose bumps!
I enjoyed this epic so much in fact, that while in Colorado in 1993, I tried to locate the town of Centennial. I noticed many familiar landmarks, crossed the Platte River, but of course, found no Centennial town--only the cafe.
I can only say that if one loves the history and drama of the American West and has not seen this chronicle--from Robert Conrad's trip downstream at the beginning, to David Janson's reflective retrospection by the lonely railroad tracks at the consclusion, one has NOT fully seized upon all that Hollywood can contribute to learning about our great country.
Thank you Clay Basket, Levi Zendt, Hans Brumbaugh, R.J. Poteet, Lame Beaver...though fictitious, you made learning come alive for us! And a special thanks to the production company of 'Centennial'!
"...only the rocks live forever".
In 1978 I was living in Boulder, CO, attending CU. I read in the paper that a casting company in Denver was looking for extras for a production of CENTENNIAL. My wife (now ex-wife) and I went down to the casting company. We met Chris who signed us on to the project. Chris was looking for Native American extras. We were both of Native American descent, my wife being full-blooded Lakota. We showed up early each morning east of Greely, CO., on location near the Platte River. We were in the story line that tells the story of Lame Beaver, an Arapaho, stealing horses from the Comanches. These were the first horses for Lame Beaver's band. One day we followed Lame Beaver, Navajo actor Ray Tracey, as we snuck up on foot on the Comanche camp, to steal horses. Lame Beaver (Ray) rides off on a pony, stampeding the Comanches horse herd, while the rest of us ran after Lame Beaver and the captured horses.
The production didn't have all the Native American extras it needed, so the next day we dressed up as Comanches and chased ourselves (yesterday we were Arapahos) away. It was great fun! Robert Conrad was great. He hung out with the extras and even did his famous battery commercial. I met Barbara Carrera...what a fox! The tipi's on the set were used for the extras to crash in or to store equipment. In one scene where a group of Indians is running along a ridge line shot from a distance; my moccasin came off and I stepped on a cactus. If you look closely, you will see one Indian hopping along on one foot...that's me. The 'Hollywood' wranglers were very racist against the Indians and were usually high on coke.Read more ›
CENTENNIAL is about a fictitious town of the same name in Colorado. The town is not nestled in the majestic Rockies, as one might expect, but instead is located out on the vast, open, treeless, windswept plains that run down from the eastern slopes of the mountains. It is here, at the nexus of two radically diverse land masses, that Michener gives the reader a comprehensive history of the area, from the formation of the land and its rivers, to its prehistoric inhabitants, to its early settlers, to its subsequent clash of various cultures. The plains Indians, fur trappers, pioneer settlers, soldiers, ranchers, dry land and irrigation farmers, and the hearty descendents of these diverse groups--all are depicted vividly and weaved into an engrossing story by an author with a keen eye for detail.
CENTENNIAL furnishes an impressive assortment of powerful, unforgettable characters: Lame Beaver, an Arapaho chieftan; Pasquinel, a French fur trapper; pioneer Levi Zendt; trail boss R.J. Poteet; ranchers Jim and Charlotte Lloyd; and many more. Through these characters the reader is given an epic tale of the American West, a tale that is beautiful, compelling, profound, and often tragic. CENTENNIAL is higly recommended to any student of the American West, or to any lover of epic literature.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Michener will be missed as he really knew how to write an historical novel! He kept the reader interested and educated at the same time. His research was impeccable.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Michener is great fun. I had forgotten how sweeping and readable his novels are. I recently read Texas, and it was just as good.Published 7 days ago by A Prime Buyer
This 4 star rating is for Michener fans only. Probably doesn't rate as a 4 when compared to other literature. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Wayne B Slaughter
Yep, the husband loves it as I knew he would,good stuff. Nice way to spend the winter evenings here in Central NY.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Participating in a class re: Colorado History. Michenor's research is quite accurate regarding geology, growth of crops, cattle industry people and places which occupied the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Beth Eha
Enjoyed the research. Miffed by the author's interjection of his fictional self. A good blend of art and science for long time residents and new arrivals to Colorado.Published 12 days ago by James West
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|Cattle drive segment missing?||
No it is not missing. The Dennis Weaver segments are the 2nd episode of the disc. Each disc has two episodes. Many people are getting to the end of the first episode on a disc, and when the credits come up - they think that is it. Probably because each episode is as long as a regular movie. ... Read More
Aug 24, 2008 by R. Hays | See all 4 posts
|Is It Complete?||
No the DVDs are complete. The complaints about the disks not being complete are from people who aren't clicking on the second episode on each disc. I am surprised so many people don't know how to use their DVD player. Makes me wonder if they have ever bought a DVD that had more than one... Read More
Sep 9, 2008 by Chris Meece | See all 18 posts
|Favorite part(s) of Centennial??||
1) McKeag dancing. (Both times)
2) The RJ Poteet/Nacho exchange when they first meet.
3) Hans Brumbaugh walking through his fields with his hands out talking about the ditch.
4) Anytime Elly writes about their travels to Oregon.
5) Ol O D Cleaver stories.
6) Charlotte... Read More
Aug 4, 2008 by Chris Meece | See all 17 posts
|bad aging of characters in Centennial||
One thing that occurred to me this morning too is that it was made for tv back in the 1970's and that tv sets may not have been as sharp pictured back then as they are now. I mean we have hdtv coming in now days and the scan lines of a dvd picture are about twice that of a comperable image... Read More
Aug 13, 2008 by Kindle Customer | See all 13 posts
|Quality of transfer to DVD||
I've seen part of the copy that I ordered (it came yesterday) and it appears to be very sharp and clear of picture. In fact I think it's sharper now than when it was originally shown on tv. Well worth the cost of the DVD set.
Jul 30, 2008 by Kindle Customer | See all 27 posts
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