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Centennial was a 12-episode American television miniseries that aired on NBC from October 1978 to February 1979. It was based on the novel of the same name by James A. Michener. The miniseries was produced by John Wilder. A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... NBC (an acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... Centennial was a novel written by American author James Michener and published in 1974. ... James Albert Michener (February 3, 1907? - October 16, 1997) was the American author of such books as Tales of the South Pacific (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948), Hawaii, The Drifters, Centennial, The Source, The Fires of Spring, Chesapeake, Caribbean, Caravans, Alaska, Texas, and Poland. ... John Shelton Wilder (born 1921) has served as Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee since 1971. ...


The miniseries follows the history of the area of the fictional town of Centennial, Colorado from the late 18th century to the 1970s. The novel places the town at the junction of the South Platte River and the Cache la Poudre River. This is the general location of Greeley, Colorado. (There is a city called Centennial, Colorado, but it did not exist until 2001 and its location and history are not similar to the town described in either the book or miniseries.) Alternate history Campaign setting Fantasy world Fictional battlegrounds Fictional buildings Fictional city Fictional company Fictional counties Fictional country Fictional schools List of fictional Cambridge colleges List of fictional Oxford colleges Fictional universe List of fictional universes Future history Imaginary country Imaginary state Imaginary union Multiverse Mythical place Parallel universe Phantom... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The South Platte River in Denver, Colorado The South Platte River is one of the two principal tributaries of the Platte River and itself a major river of the American West, located in the U.S. states of Colorado and Nebraska. ... Cache La Poudre River as it flows through Fort Collins, Colorado The Cache La Poudre River (sometimes called the Poudre River for short) is a tributary of the South Platte River in the state of Colorado in the United States. ... Greeley is a city in Weld County, Colorado, United States. ... Coordinates: Country United States of America State Colorado County Arapahoe Incorporated 2001 Mayor Randy Pye Area    - City 72. ...


Its star-studded cast includes Richard Chamberlain, Robert Conrad, Richard Crenna, Timothy Dalton, Andy Griffith, Gregory Harrison, Alex Karras, Brian Keith, Lynn Redgrave, Robert Vaughn, Mark Harmon, Stephanie Zimbalist, and numerous other well-known actors. George Richard Chamberlain (born March 31, 1934 in Beverly Hills, California) is an American actor who became a teen idol in the title role of the television show Dr. Kildare (1961-1966). ... Robert Conrad Robert Conrad (born either Conrad Robert Falk or Konrad Robert Falkowski on March 1 in Chicago, although the year is still subject to question), is an American film and TV actor and director. ... Richard Donald Crenna (November 30, 1926 - January 17, 2003) was an American actor. ... Timothy Peter Dalton (born March 21, 1946) is a British actor of stage and screen, best known for portraying James Bond in The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989). ... Andy Samuel Griffith (born June 1, 1926) is an American actor, Grammy Award winning singer[1], writer and producer from Mount Airy, North Carolina. ... As John Phillips in For Ladies Only Gregory Harrison Television actor, Gregory Harrison was born on May 31, 1950 in Avalon, Catalina Island, California. ... Alexander George Karras, born July 15, 1935 in Gary, Indiana, is a former football player and actor who is best known for playing with the National Football Leagues Detroit Lions from 1958-1962 and 1964-1971. ... Brian Keith (November 14, 1921 – June 24, 1997) was an American stage, film and television actor. ... Lynn Rachel Redgrave OBE (born 8 March 1943 in London) is an English actress born into the famous acting Redgrave family. ... Robert Francis Vaughn (born November 22, 1932) is an American actor noted for stage, film and television work, and best known as suave spy Napoleon Solo in the popular 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., although he continues to be a popular television actor into... Promotional image of Mark Harmon from the TV series NCIS. For the musician of the same name, see Mark Harmon (musician). ... Stephanie Zimbalist (born October 8, 1956, New York City, New York) is an American actress. ...


The miniseries was one of the longest (26½ hours) and most ambitious television projects ever attempted at the time. It had a then huge budget of US$25 million, employed four directors and five cinematographers, and featured over 100 speaking parts spanning 26 hours of television viewing time.[1]

Contents

Episode Guide

Episode Original US Air Date Title Notes
01 1 October 1978 Only the Rocks Live Forever (3 hr opener)
02 8 October 1978 The Yellow Apron
03 28 October 1978 The Wagon and the Elephant
04 4 November 1978 For as Long as the Water Flows
05 11 November 1978 The Massacre
06 3 December 1978 The Longhorns
07 10 December 1978 The Shepherds
08 14 January 1979 The Storm
09 21 January 1979 The Crime
10 28 January 1979 The Winds of Fortune
11 3 February 1979 The Winds of Death
12 4 February 1979 The Scream of Eagles (3 hr finale)

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Plot summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The story begins in the late 18th century among the Indian tribes of what is now northern Colorado. A band of Arapaho along the South Platte River encounter white trappers for the first time. The tribe has discovered gold in the streams of northern Colorado, but not knowing the value that whites place on it, they consider it little more than a curiosity. (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... Scabby Bull, Arapaho 1806 Arapaho camp, ca. ... The South Platte River in Denver, Colorado The South Platte River is one of the two principal tributaries of the Platte River and itself a major river of the American West, located in the U.S. states of Colorado and Nebraska. ... Liver-Eating Johnson Mountain men were trappers and explorers that roamed the Rocky Mountains from about 1810 to the early 1840s. ... GOLD refers to one of the following: GOLD (IEEE) is an IEEE program designed to garner more student members at the university level (Graduates of the Last Decade). ...


Pasquinel (Robert Conrad) is a French trapper who plans to go out the Rocky Mountains and trap beaver. After being attacked by the members of the Pawnee, his beaver pelts acquired from the Arapaho and his remaining trade goods are stolen. Left for dead with an arrow in his spine, Pasquinel manages to return to Saint Louis. Without money, he is introduced by a surgeon to Herman Bockweiss (Raymond Burr), a German immigrant merchant and silversmith, and goes to him looking for backing. Pasquinel marries Bockweiss's daughter Lise (Sally Kellerman) to gain the merchant's good graces. His financing now secured, Pasquinel heads west and meets up with Alexander McKeag (Richard Chamberlain), a Scottish-born trapper captured by the Pawnee. After Pasquinel saves McKeag's life, the two agree to become partners. Confectionary Company, see Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. ... Species C. canadensis C. fiber Beavers are semi-aquatic rodents native to North America and Europe. ... Pawnee The Pawnee (also Paneassa, Pari, Pariki) are a Native American tribe that historically lived along the Platte River in what is now Nebraska. ... Scabby Bull, Arapaho 1806 Arapaho camp, ca. ... Raymond William Stacey Burr (May 21, 1917—September 12, 1993) was an Emmy-nominated actor and vintner, perhaps best known for his roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. ... Sally Clare Kellerman[1] (born June 2, 1937) is an American actress and singer. ... Motto: (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity(English) Wha daur meddle wi me? (Scots)[1] Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots[2] Government  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by Kenneth I...


Pasquinel and McKeag come upon the Arapaho village of Chief Lame Beaver (Michael Ansara), who had discovered the gold. Sensing an opportunity both to further his trapping career and to get at the gold, Pasquinel marries the chief's daughter, Clay Basket (Barbara Carrera), despite the fact that McKeag has fallen in love with her and Pasquinel already has a wife in St. Louis. Clay Basket is not enthusiastic about the match, and loves McKeag, but honors Lame Beaver's direction to marry Pasquinel, and remains devoted to her new husband. To Pasquinel, however, the relationship is little more than a marriage of convenience. He fathers two sons, Jacques 'Jake' Pasquinel (Stephen McHattie) and Marcel 'Mike' Pasquinel (Kario Salem), but spends little time with his family as he is often away trapping or hunting for gold. He also continues his double life as he fathers a daughter to his white wife in St. Louis. Michael Ansara (born April 15, 1922) is a stage, screen and voice actor. ... Barbara Carrera on the February, 1972 cover of Playboy Barbara Carrera (born 31 December 1951) is a film and TV actress. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A marriage of convenience (plural marriages of convenience) is a marriage contracted for reasons other than the traditional reasons of love or family. ...


McKeag breaks his partnership with Pasquinel due to his love for Clay Basket, and the disappointment with Pasquinel's double life -- including the rumors of Pasquinel has other wives in Montreal and New Orleans. Jacques, now a teenager, tries to kill McKeag, and this causes the final break between Pasquinel and McKeag. They are reunited years later at a rendezvous of the mountain men.


When Pasquinel is killed shortly after discovering the gold vein he has long sought, McKeag takes in Clay Basket and founds a trading post. He adopts Pasquine's and Clay Basket's infant daughter Lucinda (Cristina Raines), but the two Pasquinel brothers prove to be wild and unmanageable and soon go off on their own way. They eventually become tribal leaders. A trading post is a place where trading of goods takes place. ...


In 1845, as McKeag's trading post is beginning to prosper in the West, a young Pennsylvania Dutch farmer is falsely accused of rape. Levi Zendt (Gregory Harrison) is the son of a wealthy Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Mennonite farmer. While taking a local girl out to deliver food to the orphanage, the couple kiss. When they are discovered, the girl claims that Zendt forced himself on her and Zendt stands accused of sexual assault. Zendt is shunned by his family and his fellow Mennonites. The Pennsylvania Dutch (perhaps more strictly Pennsylvania Deitsch or Pennsylvanian German) are the descendants of German immigrants who came to Pennsylvania prior to 1800. ... Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, known as the Garden Spot of America since the 18th century, is located in the southeastern part of the state of Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... The Mennonites are a group of Christian Anabaptist denominations named after and influenced by the teachings and tradition of Menno Simons (1496-1561). ... Sexual assault is any undesired physical contact of a sexual nature perpetrated against another person. ... The Mennonites are a group of Christian Anabaptist denominations based on the teachings and tradition of Menno Simons. ...


Zendt decides to flee Pennsylvania for the Oregon country and purchases a Conestoga wagon. Before he leaves, he goes to the local orphanage and picks up Elly Zahm (Stephanie Zimbalist), a teenage orphan who has always been smitten with Zendt. Elly has witnessed the "assault" and is one of the few people in the county who believes that Zendt is innocent. The two marry and head west. Official language(s) English, Pennsylvania Dutch Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Landscape in Oregon Country, by Charles Marion Russell Map of Oregon Country Oregon Country was a region of western North America that originally consisted of the land north of 42°N latitude, south of 54°40N latitude, and west of the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. ... A Conestoga wagon The Conestoga Wagon is a heavy, broad-wheeled covered freight carrier used extensively during the United States Westward Expansion in the late 1700s and 1800s. ... An orphanage (historically an orphans asylum before the latter word took on its modern insane asylum connotation) is an institution dedicated to caring for orphans (children who have lost their parents) and abused, abandoned, and neglected children. ...


They join a wagon train heading for the Oregon country. On the wagon train they meet English writer Oliver Seccombe (Timothy Dalton) and Army Captain Maxwell Mercy (Chad Everett). Seccombe is a romantic looking for adventure. Mercy is an army negotiator sent to forge treaties with the tribes of the west. He is well meaning but underestimates the demand Americans have for western lands and the animosity the plains tribes have for all whites. Mercy is married to Lisette, Pasquinel's daughter in St. Louis and unsuccessfully tries to use this relationship to try to gain the Pasquinel brother's favor. For the TV show, see Wagon Train. ... Timothy Peter Dalton (born March 21, 1946) is a British actor of stage and screen, best known for portraying James Bond in The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989). ... Chad Everett (born June 11, 1936 in South Bend, Indiana, United States) is an American actor who has appeared in over 40 films and television series but is probably best known for his role as Dr. Joe Gannon in the 1970s television drama Medical Center. ...


After stopping at McKeag's trading post, the Zendts continue into the Rocky mountains. After the wagon train guide tries to rape Elly, they decide to turn back. They return to McKeag's trading post defeated. McKeag offers to sell them land near the Platte River that had been the primary site of the Arapaho people where they can start a farm. Elly also realizes that she has become pregnant. They agree to stay and settle, but before they can reach the site of the farm, Elly is bitten by a rattlesnake and dies. Confectionary Company, see Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. ... For other uses, see Farm (disambiguation). ... Species 27 species; see list of rattlesnake species and subspecies. ...


Devastated by his wife's death, Zendt heads into the mountains and lives alone as a hermit in the cabin once occupied by McKeag. Lucinda McKeag, now a grown woman, takes pity on Zendt and goes to his cabin to nurse him back to health. The couple begin a romantic relationship and return to McKeag's trading post. Zendt helps out with the business and takes over when McKeag dies.


Hans Brumbaugh (Alex Karras), a Volga Deutsche immigrant seeking his fortune, passes through the trading post. While panning in a stream near Zendt's trading post, he rediscovers the gold vein that Pasquinel found before he died. To defend his claim, however, Brumbaugh kills a fellow prospector. He becomes so distraught about the killing that he leaves the claim without taking any of the gold. Returning to Zendt's trading post, he purchases land and becomes a farmer. By using irrigation, he turns marginal land into rich cropland and becomes such a success that he is given the nickname of "Potato Brumbaugh." Volga German pioneer family comemorative statue in Victoria, Kansas, USA. The Volga Germans are ethnic Germans living near the Volga River and the Black Sea, maintaining German culture, German language, German traditions and religions: Evangelical Lutherans or Roman Catholic. ... High-altitude aerial view of irrigation in the Heart of the Sahara ( ) Irrigation is the replacement or supplementation of rainfall with water from another source in order to grow crops or plants. ... // A nickname is a short, clever, cute, derogatory, or otherwise substitute name for a person or things real name (for example, Bob, Rob, Robby, Robbie, Robi, Robin, Robbo, RobBob, Bobby, Rab, Rabbie, Bert, Bertie, Butch, Bobbers, Bobert, Beto, Bobadito, and Robban (in Sweden), are all nicknames for Robert). ...


By this time, the Civil War has broken out in the east and the Indian tribes take advantage of the lack of a strong military presence in the territory to commence raids on white settlements, redressing past grievances. The tribes are led by the Pasquinel brothers. This article is becoming very long. ...


A recent Colorado settler named Frank Skimmerhorn (Richard Crenna) forms a militia to deal with the tribes. Skimmerhorn, a survivor of tribal wars in Minnesota, has a pathological hatred of all native Americans. He leads an attack on a group of peaceful Indians. He orders a genocidal slaughter of everyone in the camp including women and children. Captain John McIntosh (Mark Harmon), a young officer under Skimmerhorn's command, refuses to join in the massacre and is court martialed. At the trial, graphic testimony turns public opinion against Skimmerhorn and he is forced to leave the territory in disgrace. The Skimmerhorn character is loosely based on John Chivington and his infamous Sand Creek Massacre. The McIntosh character is based on Silas Soule. Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Genocide is the mass killing of a group of people as defined by Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG) as any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or... Promotional image of Mark Harmon from the TV series NCIS. For the musician of the same name, see Mark Harmon (musician). ... A court-martial (plural courts-martial) is a military court that determines punishments for members of the military subject to military law. ... Public Opinion is a book on media and democracy by Walter Lippmann. ... John Milton Chivington (January 27, 1821 – October 4, 1892) was a 19th century United States Army officer noted for his role in the New Mexico Campaign of the American Civil War and in the Colorado War. ... Combatants United States of America Cheyenne, Arapaho Commanders John M. Chivington Black Kettle Strength 800 soldiers 500, mostly elderly, women and children Casualties 10 dead, 36 wounded 150-200 dead The Sand Creek massacre (also known as the Chivington massacre or the Battle of Sand Creek) was an incident in... Silas Stillman Soule (1838-1865) was a Massachusetts abolitionist, Kansas Jayhawker, and a Volunteer in the Colorado Infantry and Cavalry in the American Civil War. ...


In 1876, Colorado becomes a state and the small community that has grown up around Zendt's trading post is renamed Centennial in honor of the American centennial. Oliver Seccombe returns to the area as an agent of several British investors who want to start a cattle ranch. By claiming watering holes under the Homestead Act and utilizing the open range, they can monopolize thousands of square miles with a very small investment. The ranch would eventually control more than five million acres (7,800 square miles or 20,200 km²), an area nearly the size of Vermont. 1876 (MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... A centennial is a 100-year anniversary of an event, or the celebrations pertaining thereto. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Ranching. ... The Homestead Act was a United States Federal law that gave freehold title to 160 acres (about 65 hectares) of undeveloped land in the American West. ... Open Range is a 2003 movie based on the novel The Open Range Men by Lauran Paine. ... Official language(s) None Capital Montpelier Largest city Burlington Area  Ranked 45th  - Total 9,620 sq mi (24,923 km²)  - Width 80 miles (130 km)  - Length 160 miles (260 km)  - % water 3. ...


They hire John Skimmerhorn (Cliff De Young), son of the disgraced Frank Skimmerhorn, to acquire cattle in Texas and drive them to Colorado. For the cattle drive, the young Skimmerhorn hires several cowboys, including the experienced cow hand R.J. Poteet (Dennis Weaver) and young Jim Lloyd (William Atherton). At first Skimmerhorn encounters resistance because of his father's actions with the Indians, but he distances himself from his father's shadow and quickly earns the respect of the cowhands. The epic cattle drive is successful and the new ranch, named Venneford, becomes one of the largest ranches in the west. William Dennis Weaver (June 4, 1924 â€” February 24, 2006) is an Emmy Award-winning actor and was an American television actor, best known for his roles as sidekick Chester Goode from 1955 to 1964 on TVs first adult Western Gunsmoke, as Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama... William Atherton (born William Atherton Knight) is an American film actor. ...


Seccombe stays on to manage the ranch and Jim Lloyd becomes a regular hand at the ranch. Lloyd falls in love with Levi Zendt's beautiful but wild daughter, Clemma. Clemma, however, merely toys with Jim. Then Charlotte Buckland (Lynn Redgrave), the daughter of one of Venneford's wealthy British investors, comes to Colorado to find adventure. Clemma leaves town, leaving Jim heartbroken. Charlotte falls in love with Seccombe and the two are married. Lynn Rachel Redgrave OBE (born 8 March 1943 in London) is an English actress born into the famous acting Redgrave family. ...


A range war develops between the cattle ranchers, lead by the Venneford cowboys, and sheep ranchers, led by a new settler, Messmore Garrett (Clint Ritchie). New town sheriff Axel Dumire (Brian Keith) tries to settle the conflict peacefully but it soon escalates into violence. Brian Keith (November 14, 1921 – June 24, 1997) was an American stage, film and television actor. ...


Mervin Wendell (Anthony Zerbe), his wife Maude (Lois Nettleton), and young son Philip (Doug McKeon) come to town. The Wendells are charlatans and con-artists working their way across the new railroad towns one step ahead of the law. Their favorite con is called the "badger game". The con works on the local pastor and the Wendells reap large blackmail proceeds. Their plan turns sour when they try it on a worldwise traveling salesman, Soren Sorenson (Sandy McPeak). He recognizes their trick, too late, and threatens to expose them. Wendell attacks him, the two struggle and the salesman is killed by Maude Wendell. While looking through his belongings, they find a large fortune in cash. They keep the money, and Philip hides the body in a subterranean cave along the riverbank. Anthony Zerbe (born May 20, 1936 in Long Beach, California) is an American stage, film and television actor. ... Look up Charlatan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A confidence trick, confidence game, or con for short, (also known as a scam) is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons (known as the mark) usually with the goal of financial or other gain. ... The Badger game is an extortion scheme, often perpetrated on married men, in which the victim or mark is deliberately coerced into a compromising position then threatened with public exposure of his acts unless blackmail money is paid. ... For other uses, see Blackmail (disambiguation). ... The traveling salesman problem (TSP), also known as the traveling salesperson problem, is a problem in discrete or combinatorial optimization. ...


Sheriff Dumire has suspected the Wendells of shady activities since their arrival and questions them about the missing salesman. The Wendells won't crack, and without a body, the sheriff can do nothing. The Wendell's young son, Philip, admires the sheriff and has no respect for his parents. He wants to tell him the truth but cannot bring himself to betray his own flesh and blood. The sheriff is soon killed by remnants of the gang hired to drive the farmers out in the range war, and Philip begins to reveal the secret only as Dumire dies. The Wendells parlay their stolen fortune into a local real estate empire. Real estate is a legal term that encompasses land along with anything permanently affixed to the land, such as buildings. ...


Seccombe proves to be a poor businessman and the finances of the ranch are soon called into question by the Venneford's British investors. They dispatch Finlay Perkin (Clive Revill), a dour Scottish accountant, to audit Venneford's books. While there, a terrible blizzard hits the region killing many of the ranch's cattle. Levi Zendt dies in an accident, leaving Lucinda, and their two grown children: Clemma and Martin. Perkin becomes convinced that Seccombe is skimming money from the ranch. The fraud accusations, combined with the large loss of cattle, combine to take a toll on Seccombe's health. In despair Seccombe kills himself leaving Charlotte a widow. Clive Selsby Revill (born April 18, 1930 in Wellington, New Zealand) is an experienced character actor who has made more than 50 films and TV movies and whose work has ranged from theatrical blockbusters to stage classics. ... Accountant, or Qualified Accountant, or Professional Accountant, or Accountancy Practitioner, is a certified expert in accountancy. ... An audit is an evaluation of an organization, system, process, project or product. ... Look up Blizzard in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Charlotte travels to England briefly, but returns to Venneford. She falls in love with ranchhand Jim Lloyd, but things begin to fall apart when Clemma Zendt returns to town. Charlotte goes to Clemma and convinces her to leave Jim alone. Clemma leaves town for good and Jim and Charlotte wed.


By the turn of the 20th century, Mervin Wendell has grown rich selling marginal land to naive immigrants and easterners, but the secret of his family's success still haunts Philip. The marginal land soon turns disastrous as the Dust Bowl years of the 1920s and 1930s set in. Dust storms kill several townspeople and cause some to go insane. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... Dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas, in 1935. ... The 1920s is a decade sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ...


The shrinking of the prairie and the closing of the open range leave Venneford Ranch a shadow of its former glory. Still, the ranch is large and successful and Charlotte, again a widow, uses her wealth and clout to advance a number of social causes. Prairie refers to an area of land of low topographic relief that historically supported grasses and herbs, with few trees, and having generally a mesic (moderate or temperate) climate. ...


By the 1970's, the two leading citizens in town are Paul Garrett (David Janssen), the current owner of Venneford Ranch and descendant of the Lloyds, and Morgan Wendell (Robert Vaughn), Philip's son. Both men are in their 50s, but any similarity ends there. Garrett is thoughtful, introspective, and interested in preserving the natural beauty of Colorado for future generations. Wendell is a naked opportunist looking to advance his own personal and financial interests at any cost. David Janssen David Harold Meyer (March 27, 1931 - February 13, 1980), better known as David Janssen, was an American film and television actor who is best-known for his role as Dr. Richard Kimble in the television series The Fugitive (ABC,1963-1967). ... Robert Francis Vaughn (born November 22, 1932) is an American actor noted for stage, film and television work, and best known as suave spy Napoleon Solo in the popular 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., although he continues to be a popular television actor into...


Professor Lew Vernor (Andy Griffith) and writer Sidney Enderman (Sharon Gless) arrive in town to do research on the history of Centennial. While exploring, Vernor discovers a washed-out cave with human remains on the Wendell's property. Morgan, recognizing the scene from his father's tales, orders Vernor out and hides the evidence of the century-old murder that made his family wealthy. Sharon Gless (born May 31, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an actress. ...


Wendell is a candidate for the new statewide office of Commissioner of Resources, an elected office that will balance economic growth with environmental and historical preservation. Wendell is running on a platform that emphasizes economic growth. Paul Garrett and other civic leaders hope for a more balanced approach. While telling Vernor and Enderman the story of Centennial, Garrett is persuaded to run against Wendell in the election.


During the election, Wendell runs a dirty campaign and smears Garrett by any means possible. He plays the race card, pointing out that the widower Garrett plans to marry a young Hispanic woman. In the end, Garrett wins the election. Professor Vernor and Sidney Enderman write the history of Centennial. Playing the race card is an idiomatic phrase, referring to an allegation often raised against a person who the accuser feels has unnecessarily brought the issue of race or racism into a debate so as to obfuscate a matter of debate. ... The Hispanic world. ...


Critical Reception

Nominated for several awards, including a Best Actor Golden Globe for Chamberlain's performance and Best Television Series Golden Globe Drama in 1979.[1] it was referred to by some critics as 'the white man's Roots[2], and in narrative style is very similar to the earlier production, covering several generations of a group of families. The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Roots is a 1977 American television miniseries based on Alex Haleys work Roots: The Saga of an American Family, his critically acclaimed genealogical novel. ...


Personnel

Cast

Actor/Character

  • Michael Ansara - Lame Beaver
  • Phyllis Applegate - Clerk
  • Robert Vaughn - Morgan Wendell
  • Alan Vint - Beeley Garrett (adult)
  • Robert Walden - Dr. Richard Butler
  • Dennis Weaver - R. J. Poteet
  • Leslie Winston - Laura Lou Booker
  • Morgan Woodward - Gen. Wade
  • Anthony Zerbe - Mervin Wendell
  • Stephanie Zimbalist - Elly Zendt
  • Alan Caillou - Booth Cilbborn
  • Robert Conrad - Pasquinel
  • Richard Crenna - Col. Frank Skimmerhorn
  • Darrell - Fetty Burns
  • Carl Franklin - Jim Beckworth
  • Merle Haggard - Cisco Calendar
  • Steve Shaw - Paul Garrett
  • Jesse Vint - Amos Calendar
  • Dennis Dimster - Timmy Grebe
  • Ray Tracey - Young Lame Beaver
  • Sterling Swanson - Hunter
  • Steven Andrade - 1st Arapaho
  • Morris Jones - 1st Reporter
  • Duane Loken - 1st Cheyenne
  • Ivan Naranjo - Gray Wolf
  • Stuart Silbar - Col. Hanley
  • David Yanez - Lame Beaver (age 9)
  • Chief Dan George - Old Sioux
  • Jay W. MacIntosh - Emma Lloyd
  • Monika Ramirez - Blue Leaf (age 14)
  • Debi Richter - Rebecca Stolfitz
  • Van Williams - George
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Crew

Directors

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Producers

  • Alex Beaton - Producer
  • George E. Crosby - Producer
  • Howard Alston - Producer
  • Malcolm R. Harding - Producer
  • Richard Caffey - Producer

Other Crew
  • Charles Larson - Screenwriter
  • Jerry Ziegman - Screenwriter
  • John Wilder - Screenwriter & Exec Producer
  • John Addison - Composer (Music Score)
  • Charles W. Short - Cinematographer
  • Duke Callaghan - Cinematographer
  • Jacques Marquette - Cinematographer
  • Ronald W. Browne - Cinematographer
  • John P. Bruce - Art Director
  • John W. Corso - Art Director
  • Lloyd S. Papez - Art Director
  • Louis Montejano - Art Director
  • Mark Mansbridge - Art Director
  • Seymour Klate - Art Director
  • Sherman Loudermilk - Art Director
  • James Michener - Author
  • Helen Colvig - Costume Designer
  • Bill Parker - Editor
  • Howard S. Deane - Editor
  • John Elias - Editor
  • Ralph Schoenfeld - Editor
  • Robert F. Shugrue - Editor
  • Robert Watts - Editor
  • Jack Senter - Production Designer

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Footnotes

  1. ^ a b c Centennial:: New York Times Review. Retrieved on 2006 July 28.
  2. ^ James, Clive. "Centennial review", 2006-03-01. Retrieved on 2006-07-28.

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References

  1. Clive James, The Observer, 1 March 1981

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