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Stephen Fry in America

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Stephen Fry travels through each of America's states in his black London taxi to discover, in his own charismatic style, what makes the country unique and to get under the skin of American life. His journey across the vast country takes him to a whiskey distillery in Kentucky, a brothel in Nevada, an Amish community in Wisconsin and the lava fields in Hawaii. He also goes hunting in New York State, sailing on an America's Cup yacht in Rhode Island, basket weaving with Navajo Indians and meets environmental activists in Oregon. Proud citizens show Stephen their country as he drives across the continent, uncovering the differences that make each state individual and the similarities that make America distinct.

Episodes: New World / Deep South / Mississippi / Mountains and Plains / True West / Pacific

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  • Actors: Stephen Fry
  • Directors: John Paul Davidson, Michael Waldman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003KV3E40
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,789 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 9, 2010
Format: DVD
I have just spent the last six hours watch a very personable (and quite funny) British television personality show me parts of America that I never knew existed. It sometime takes a person from overseas to show us things about ourselves and our culture (and our beautiful natural resources!) that we are too close to see.

Stephen Fry explains, in the first few minutes of this FABULOUS six-part BBC series, that he was almost born in Princeton, NJ where his father lived for a while. He's always had a fascination with the US and so in 2008 he brought a real British taxicab here and drove to every one of the 50 states. (Well, that's what he says he did. In reality he covered 51, because the District of Columbia - where he stopped - is not a "state", and he had to leave the taxi in Washington State and fly to both Alaska and Hawaii.. But who's griping? Not me! I don't know how long it took to film this journey but it was obviously 6 months or more. And I give lots of credit to the photographer and Directors John Paul Davidson and Michael Waldman, who are there capturing the beauty - as well as some eccentrics.

The show aired on the BBC and was aimed at UK audiences so you'll hear a few curse words once in a while. And the section on Nevada visits the famous "Mustang Ranch" (where prostitution is legal) and parents may not want to share those moments with young children. But the rest makes great family viewing.

The six hour-long episodes cover a different region. Fry starts in Maine and heads south. From the Deep South he heads to the Mississippi River and follows it all the way from Louisiana (visit to New Orleans after Katrina and to Angola State Penitentiary) to Michigan (Detroit auto industry).
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul Garland on May 20, 2009
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Anyone who is a fan of Stephen Fry will absolutely love his DVDs entitled Stephen Fry in America. In this TV series, which was first broadcast on the BBC in the UK, Stephen travels through all fifty states in America. He goes from New England, down South, to Florida, and then all the way up the Mississippi to the frozen North. On and on through all 50 states.

In England he drives a London taxi cab to maintain some anonymity, so that is what he uses in this BBC series to drive all over America. This particular London cab was hired in America, but it is still neat.

In May 2009 the two-DVD set is already being sold in England, but unfortunately it is not playable on an American format DVD player. The American format DVDs are now available for pre-order on and will be shipped on September 1, 2009. Since I lived in Europe for so many years I have a lot of European format DVDs, and I also own a couple of European type DVD players that I can watch this on. I bought my copy from which they promptly shipped to me here in America.

I have been a fan of Stephen Fry's since the Jeeves and Wooster days, then Fry & Laurie. Kingdom was absolutely superb. I still miss seeing more of Kingdom.

This may be his best so far. Really. "Best" or most enjoyable is a value judgement, but for any fan of Stephen Fry I can assure you, you will treasure this series called Stephen Fry in America.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 13, 2010
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This couldn't be a more perfect vehicle for showcasing the talents of the multifaceted Stephen Fry. Fry is such a fascinating person in his own right that his playing fictional characters often deprives the audience of his best asset, his real self. That is on showcase here as Fry takes on a journey through the United States in a British taxicab. His choices for stopping points are all his own and showcase his own wide ranging interests. Unlike most documentary fare, this plays as if you are along on a personal odyssey with Stephen Fry and, as his friend, he is relating conversationally to you his thoughts and ideas about America as you travel to and around various points. His choices for stopping points are all as unique as himself. I wish Fry would do more of this kind of show rather than playing fictional characters such as Peter Kingdom and a PR man (as he did in another BBC series). He was best in fictional roles as Jeeves and Oscar Wilde but those kinds of parts come once in a blue moon. I can't recommend this show strongly enough.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John W. Noble on September 22, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I can't recommend this wonderful travel series through the US enough. What a fantastic and touching journey Mr Fry takes us on through one of the world's most exciting and interesring countries. His access to some truly amazing people and places is a joy to behold. Fantastic television that only a Brit of the talent of Stephen Fry could pull off. Come down to Australia now Stephen - have we got some stories for you!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Darrell on February 4, 2011
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Cut to the chase: I use snippets of this in my U.S. history classes. Most high school students don't know geography in this way -- fishing for lobster off the coast of Maine, and then sitting down to eat it; making ice cream at Ben & Jerry's in Vermont; touring a coal mine in Appalachia; seeing numbers runners in New York City and casinos in New Jersey; local bluegrass in a small town high school gymnasium; the Body Farm at the University of Tennessee (you'll never again see such reverence from high school juniors); blues at Morgan Freeman's place south of Memphis (and following jazz and blues up the Mississippi to Buddy Guy's Legends Bar in Chicago -- the pre-2010 version, before the move); making cheese from sheep milk in Wisconsin; Hmong in Minneapolis; truck stops in Nebraska; Ten Turner's ranches and save-the-bison project in Montana . . . Students like it, they remember it better, and they ask smarter questions about other material we cover.

You won't see the Statue of Liberty. You won't see Old Faithful. You will see America, you'll smile, and you'll learn a lot.

Stephen Fry is a treasure by himself. His view of America will delight you sometimes, but make you think almost always. You could couple this film with John Steinbeck's book, Travels with Charley, and produce much smarter students. I'll wager they'd do better on state geography exams, too.

High school geography and history texts should be this interesting and fun. I recommend it for both history and geography courses.
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