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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History 

A documentary that weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Meryl Streep ...  Eleanor Roosevelt 7 episodes, 2014
Edward Herrmann ...  Franklin Roosevelt 7 episodes, 2014
George Will ...  Himself - Writer / ... 7 episodes, 2014
Doris Kearns Goodwin ...  Herself - Historian / ... 7 episodes, 2014
Geoffrey C. Ward Geoffrey C. Ward ...  Himself - Biographer / ... 7 episodes, 2014
Paul Giamatti ...  Theodore Roosevelt 7 episodes, 2014
Peter Coyote ...  Narrator 6 episodes, 2014
John Lithgow ...  Himself / ... 6 episodes, 2014
Patricia Clarkson ...  Daisy Suckley / ... 5 episodes, 2014
David McCullough ...  Himself - Historian 5 episodes, 2014
Jon Meacham ...  Himself - Biographer 5 episodes, 2014
Kevin Conway 5 episodes, 2014
H.W. Brands H.W. Brands ...  Himself - Biographer 5 episodes, 2014
Blanche Wiesen Cook Blanche Wiesen Cook ...  Herself - Biographer / ... 5 episodes, 2014
Jonathan Alter ...  Himself - Writer / ... 4 episodes, 2014
Clay Jenkinson ...  Himself - Historian 3 episodes, 2014
Amy Madigan 3 episodes, 2014
Joanne Tucker 3 episodes, 2014
Pamela Reed 3 episodes, 2014
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A documentary that weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.

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Release Date:

14 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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Rooseveltin suku See more »

Filming Locations:

Hyde Park, New York, USA

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Florentine Films See more »
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(DVD) | (7 episodes)

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Color
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Trivia

Final acting role (voice) of Eli Wallach's career, with on screen credit. Wallach died approximately seventy-eight days before the premiere. See more »

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Featured in Ken Burns: America's Storyteller (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Northern Lights & Bath as 1
Written by Mark Orton
Performed by Mark and Megan Orton
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Another amazing Ken Burns documentary series
22 December 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although folks adore Ken Burns' series on the Civil War and it will no doubt be his most famous series, to me this one on the Roosevelts is as good. It ostensibly covers from the birth of Teddy until the death of Eleanor, it in fact emphasizes Franklin Roosevelt foremost. So, although Teddy was born decades before them, starting in the first episode, the show kept bouncing back and forth between the lives of Teddy and Eleanor and Franklin on the other. This did short-change Teddy's portion of the film just a tad but even still, it really delves into them all in depth unlike any other biography on any of the Roosevelts.

Like other Burns series, this one consists of the roving camera over photos, lots of interviews as well as important celebrity impersonations of the particulars. Especially good among these was Meryl Streep's voicing for Eleanor, as it really sounded like her. In addition to all this, the show features quite a bit in the way of film footage and overall, they all create a gorgeous and loving look at these famous folks. Well worth seeing and exhaustive--clocking in at about 12 hours!


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