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The Gold Rush

M. Trinklein S. Boettcher  |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: M. Trinklein S. Boettcher
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Boettcher
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1883691087
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,130 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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" evocative overview." -- USA Today

"...never less than interesting." -- Chicago Tribune

"Fascinating" -- Milwaukee Journal

"Polished... fast-paced... consistently interesting." -- Sacramento Bee

"Solid... a nimble job of connecting California's present with its unruly past." -- San Francisco Chronicle

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Created by a five-time Emmy-winning filmmaker, "The Gold Rush" is a deeply moving documentary about the great quest for gold in frontier California. This award-winning program traces the epic saga of the bold adventurers who profoundly changed a young nation and redefined the American dream.

Narrated by John Lithgow, the film provides a comprehensive overview of the Gold Rush, including: gold discovery, the journey west, quick fortunes, winners and losers, frontier women, the collision of cultures, environment destruction, the birth of San Francisco, long-term impact, and much more.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A GOLD Diggers life November 9, 2005
The title of this documentary is The Gold Rush narrated by John Lithgow, and the director was Tim Boettcher.

60 min.

This movie is an interesting, factual, and well paced documentary with all the information on the rush for gold in California during the1800s and 1900s. It tells about how people made their fortune and how some people didn't just strike it rich by digging for gold, some people made money selling the supplies, some by selling and making food, and some by giving people places to stay (hotels/motels),

There were parts in the movie where they told about the Chinese workers who bought houses from people for 25 to 50 dollar's. Then they would pull up the floorboards and take the gold that had fallen out of the digger's pockets and went between the floorboards, and then the Chinese would sell the wood and make from 300 to 500 dollars.

It told about the inventions that crazy people made like jeans that had magnets on them so when you rolled down a hill there would be gold stuck on your pants. It told about Armor who started a meat story and now has a huge meat business called Armors Meats. It told about Studebaker who sold supplies, mainly wheelbarrows. Now Studebakers is the place to go for wheelbarrows the person to buy from. The movie goes on with much more interesting and strange facts about the gold rush.

What this movie didn't show was how the workers dug for gold, it didn't tell how they panned for gold and how they used there shovels to find the gold, and it didn't tell what they did with the gold after they moved away. There was no broad count, there were no workers mentioned to strike it rich by digging, it only told about the people who got rich by doing other things than digging.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining November 13, 2004
I laughed out loud in some spots--this was a fast-paced and fun production. Plus I've taught this subject for years, and this is a very accurate telling of the story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for student research! February 4, 2009
My 5th grade son is researching The Gold Rush for a school project and used this DVD as a resource. It was a wonderful film! We both enjoyed it very much. It was interesting, informative, funny, accurate, and gave us information we did not find in other books/articles. Well worth the money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The California Goldrush December 7, 2013
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This product was shipped extremely fast and I was able to include this dvd as a reference on my history of California project. I received an A! Very happy with the product.
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