James A. Michener's Centennial

James A. Michener's Centennial

DVD - 2008
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Relives the grand hopes, dreams, loves, and adventures of generations of residents in Centennial, Colorado-- from their risky attempts to establish a settlement in 1795 through the politics and power plays of the 20th century. Begins with French and Scottish trappers interacting with Native Americans and follows the increasing conflicts as more permanent settlers arrive. Shows how the town of Centennial is founded by the young Mennonite Levi Zendt and his bride-to-be. Looks at the effects of the American Civil War on the settlement and the disputes between cattle ranchers and farmers. Shows the plight of Mexican residents who find their rights threatened by a real estate tycoon from back East. Examines more recent dirty politics as two contestants face off over the fute of the town and its dwindling natural resources

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SaraLovesBooks Jan 26, 2017

I love this mini-series, so very much. The acting was really good. The writing deserves praise for having adapted such a huge novel for the screen, even for the small screen in ten part chunks. I re-watch this mini-series at least once a year. I highly recommend it, especially for people interested in Colorado history.

dustbunny53 Jan 25, 2017

I watch this star-studded mini series every couple of years. I especially enjoy the footage of the Highlands Ranch mansion before there were any house built around it.

ArapahoeSuzanne Dec 19, 2016

I remember watching this mini-series back in the 1970's, and didn't live in Colorado at the time but now I do! I've come full circle! This mini-series based on James Michener's novel is also a great history lesson for older kids regarding Colorado.

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