He was one of America's greatest presidents, leading the nation out of its darkest years and guiding it through one of its most difficult wars. She was his wife, a First Lady who declined the role of White House hostess and instead devoted herself to public service. This exclusive HBO Double Feature brings together the two critically acclaimed films ("The Early Years" and "The Whitehouse Years") detailing the Roosevelt's saga, presenting an intimate portrait of their public and private life, with award-winning performances from Jane Alexander and Edward Herrmann.]]>
Eleanor and Franklin Double Feature (The Early Years / The White House Years)
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(May 01, 2007)
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Top Customer Reviews
Eleanor & Franklin is a 1976-77 production and runs 6 hours. The series was made for HBO at what must have cost a king's ransom. Costumes, scenery, vintage cars, and all the rest--production values are at the highest level. Yes, the Roosevelts were from the upper crust of American society and lived privileged lives. But they sacrificed a lot for their country in its greatest hour of need as these dramatizations show so well.
Casting is superb. Jane Alexander plays Eleanor Roosevelt and Edward Hermann plays her cousin and later, husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). The outside jacket of the DVD set says the miniseries won 18 Emmys back in the 1970's. After viewing it recently for the first time, I wonder how the series didn't win more. It is a true masterpiece.
In the early-1940's, Benito Mussolini is supposed to have scoffed at the idea of FDR leading the U. S. in a world war. Mussolini ridiculed FDR as a paralytic who could never lead his country to victory. Not long after, Mussolini and his criminal partner, Adolph Hitler, would eat those words. FDR's knowledge of world history and past wars, his experience in the military and in government, and his courage and resolve in the face of evil were exactly what was needed.
For all his flaws as a man, I shudder to think what might have happened had FDR not been U. S. President during this time. Without question, his partnership with Winston Churchill saved Western Civilization.Read more ›
I especially like the White House years.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great lessons of life for all. The early & latter years are the best.Published 10 months ago by Dawn Annette Bragg
God rest the late Edward Herman who does a spectacular job as FDR. A nice look behind the scenes of 2 of the most well known political movers and shakers. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jean Richmond
OK these were done by ABC and aired in 1974. The actors are the same in both movies which is great. This dvd collection is a must for for presidential library collection. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Trish
I have watched this over and over..lets you get to know them as if you were a part of their lives. love thisPublished 19 months ago by kaye
My 2 favorite DVDs of all time. I think Eleanor Roosevelt seemed to be a little vindictive--she wasn't around much when FDR needed her during WWII. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jan W. Davis
I've watched it many times and it is a dear story about two people as a couple and as individuals. Neither could have been alone what they were together.Published 21 months ago by Jerree Crouch
This is one of my favorite mini series of all time. Jane Alexander was amazing in her transformation into Eleanor. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Becky Oliver