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Teddy Roosevelt - An American Lion (2002)

Richard Dreyfuss  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • 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: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089QEK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,983 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • "Theodore Roosevelt: Roughrider to Rushmore" episode of A&E's Biography
  • Teddy Roosevelt family tree from
  • Teddy Roosevelt: background and interesting facts
  • Richard Dreyfuss biography and filmography

Editorial Reviews

A sickly, asthmatic child who became a world adventurer and renowned politician, with jobs ranging from cowboy to Police Commissioner of New York City to the 26th President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt contained almost literary contradictions: He was both a social reformer who fought the abusive power of corporate monopolies and an advocate for war who sought to extend American power across the globe. The History Channel's enormous biography Teddy Roosevelt: An American Lion follows this prickly personality from such low points as the death of his mother and first wife on the same day to his rapid political rise to his tumultuous presidency (which was launched by the assassination of President McKinley and included trust-breaking, labor conflicts, environmental reform, brokering an end to war between Russia and Japan, and setting in motion the Panama Canal) to his failed attempt at creating a third political party. It's fascinating viewing, told through photographs, films from the time, dramatizations, and interviews with Roosevelt's descendants, academics, and former President Bill Clinton. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

A remarkable look at the Rough Rider's life and looming legacy from the ragged plains of the Dakotas to the southwest to the White House and beyond. Includes rare interviews, re-enactments and a Roosevelt family tree. With Bill Clinton and Richard Dreyfuss. 2 DVDs or cassettes. 2002/color-b&w/3 hrs., 20 min/NR/fullscreen.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb January 26, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
TR is like America's favorite uncle - sure he was President but wow was he cool. I saw this new, sweeping biography on cable and immediately pre-ordered it. Technically innovative and thoroughly accurate, it presents a moving portrait of a man you can't help but like. Stunning in the use of camera angles, dissolves, pans, edits and re-creations, the action is riveting. Rare film clips abound, perfectly edited. We see, for example, TR chopping down a tree, galloping on horseback, flashing his famous grin; troops landing and horses swimming onto the Cuban shore for the Spanish-American War; TR in "his" Panama clambering, clad in white suit, onto a giant bulldozer. And much more indeed.
The stills are also revealing: his father's honest face ("the best man I ever knew"); Alice, his lovely first wife (dead on the same "cursed" day as his mother: "the light has gone out of my life"); his comely childhood sweetheart and wife, Edith; TR in a dandy's cowboy outfit complete with Tiffany knife; his favorite son Quentin, later to die in the Great War, with head cocked lovingly on TR's shoulder. Richard Dreyfuss as TR proves the value of a good actor's voice and Edward Hermann's narration is richly textured. Presidents Bush II and Clinton, numerous TR descendants, and scholars galore are nicely picked and interwoven into the narrative. Though TR was the first American to win the Nobel Prize (settling the Russo-Japanese War) and the only president to earn the Medal of Honor (charging up San Juan into a hail of bullets), these awards seem almost incidental to his simple humanity. We are left wondering if there are men like him today, warts and all. But we are grateful for what one writer calls "this largest of American characters". (Also recommended: McCullough's classic "Mornings on Horseback"; Morris' Pulitzer-winning "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt" and his meticulous second volume, "Theodore Rex").
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't help but love this guy October 26, 2003
Theodore Roosevelt--lover of the limelight, ambitious to the extreme at times, pain in the rear for anyone who got in his way or opposed him--externally, this man doesn't seem like much of an American icon. Yet icon he is, for he stands for everything the ideal American should: Ambition, the drive to do what it takes to accomplish your dreams, the courage to stand up to the bully (in his case, big business) who no one else will stand up to. Call him what you will, Roosevelt was an incredible man.
This documentary is beautifully done. Richard Dreyfuss is perfect as the voice of Teddy--I couldn't imagine a better match. Clips of video, photographs, and splendid views of gorgeous scenery make this documentary pleasing to the eye, and superb editing and dubbing, coupled with relevant commentary and quotes from Teddy himself make it enjoyable to listen to as well. These features combine to make Teddy a REAL person, with insecurities and fears to match his ambitions and acheivements, and serve to endear him to almost any viewer.
I have studied almost nothing on Theodore Roosevelt, so I can't really comment on how accurate this is. It is possible (it wouldn't be the first time) that the History Channel is a little hazy on some of the facts, but for all I know this film is accurate. This is definitely one of the best new documentaries I have seen in a long time.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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"Teddy Roosevelt: An American Lion" is an interesting and entertaining look at Theodore Roosevelt. Disc One talks about Roosevelt's life from 1858 to 1901. Disc Two talks about Roosevelt's life from 1901 to 1919. "Teddy Roosevelt:An American Lion" talks about everything that happened in Roosevelt's life, and the most interesting parts are where you learn about Roosevelt's work in President Benjamin Harrison's cabinet and where you learn about Roosevelt's relationships with Woodrow Wilson and William Howard Taft. Former President Bill Clinton is in "Teddy Roosevelt:An American Lion" and discusses things that happened during Roosevelt's administration and the impact Roosevelt had on him. "Teddy Roosevelt:An American Lion" is an awesome DVD,and even if you're not a fan of Theodore Roosevelt, this is a must have for all TR/History buffs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly American president April 16, 2009
If there was a single president that you had to choose that embodies the American spirit, I think that most people would select Theodore Roosevelt. If you're not sure that you'd pick TR, or just don't know that much about TR, this DVD would be a great place to start. I decided to get it precisely because I didn't know much about him and didn't want to start with a dense tome. TR was a man of ambition, of energy, of strongly held views, a man who had many great successes and tragedies in his life. He certainly had his flaws, he could be narrow minded and stubborn at times, and he made many mistakes, but he dreamed big, fought for what he thought was important, and never gave up.

The greatest strength of this DVD is that it presents a picture of TR as a man, not just as a president. I got the sense while watching this that I understood the man. There is some discussion of his policies, and his role in the great events of the day, but this DVD about the man, not politics or policy. You'll learn about TR's family life, the ups and downs along his way to the presidency, his successes and failures as president. TR's reaction to his son's death in combat over France during WWI is particularly poignant - he doesn't view war with such visions of glory. This DVD inspired me to learn more about TR, definitely worth a look.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this documentary on one of the greatest Americans
Loved this documentary on one of the greatest Americans. My favorite president of all time. Richard Dreyfus adds life to a larger than life tale of a great visionary.
Published 1 month ago by Shane Dougherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of the Man
The presentation of the life and times of TR is superb. Excellent photographic record of a true Renaissance Man. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert G. Dwyer
5.0 out of 5 stars A President whos like we may not see again.
A very enjoyable and informative history of one of the greatest American Presidents to have ever lived. A nice addition to the collection of any history buff.
Published 3 months ago by J. Gillis
5.0 out of 5 stars A Leader for All Times and Places
Profiles in Leadership: From Caesar to Modern Times

Theodore Roosevelt has always been one of my heroes. This documentary is magnificent. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Emilio Iodice
5.0 out of 5 stars He did it all
Teddy Roosevelt saw more excitement and adventure in his
short 60 years than other men saw in a hundred. Read more
Published 12 months ago by hawkeye
5.0 out of 5 stars Bully!
Absolutely riveting documentary about the life and times of TR. Insightful comments from historians add perspective to the archival footage and photographs. Read more
Published 18 months ago by pony
4.0 out of 5 stars TR Fan
If you like Teddy then buy these DVD's. They offer a great look inside the life of one of our greatest president's.
Published 18 months ago by P. L. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what watching the History Channel should be
I was thoroughly impressed with this two-disc set of biography material related to one of our most amazing presidents of all time. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jeffrey R. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Teddy Roosevelt
Great show about the life of one of our greatest Presidents!! Timeline and look at our country 100 years ago.....wish we could bring back those days!!
Published 21 months ago by Admiraltip
I literally couldn't count how many times I've watched this DVD and I'm ALWAYS amazed by the litany of "real life" problems that TR had yet was still able to overcome and be THE... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kentucky D.
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