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Director: Harry Falk, Paul Krasny, Bernard McEveety, Virgil Vogel

Cast: Harry Falk, Paul Krasny, Bernard McEveety, Virgil Vogel


The longest (26-1/2 hours), most expensive ($25 million) and most complicated (four directors, five producers, five cinematographers, almost 100 speaking parts, several hundred extras) project made for television up to that time, Centennial was shown in two- and three-hour installments over a period of four months. An adaptation of James Michener's best-selling…  See more details below


The longest (26-1/2 hours), most expensive ($25 million) and most complicated (four directors, five producers, five cinematographers, almost 100 speaking parts, several hundred extras) project made for television up to that time, Centennial was shown in two- and three-hour installments over a period of four months. An adaptation of James Michener's best-selling novel, it told the story of the settling of the American West by looking at the founding of the fictional town of Centennial, Colorado, from the settling of the area in the late 18th century to the present. Emmy-nominated for film editing and art direction, it boasts of sterling performances from Richard Chamberlain as frontiersman Alexander McKeag, Robert Conrad as the French-Canadian trapper Pasquinel, and a surprisingly powerful performance from former football star Alex Karras as compassionate but iron-willed immigrant farmer Hans Brumbaugh.

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Universal Studios
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[Full Frame]

Special Features

Memories of Centennial: A retrospective look celebrating Centennial's place in television history. Cast and crew members reflect upon the work of its four directors, the entire cast, the amazing costumes and the breathtaking sets.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Raymond Burr Herman Bockweiss
Richard Crenna Col. Frank Skimmerhorn
Timothy Dalton Oliver Secombe
Cliff De Young John Skimmerhorn
Chad Everett Capt. Maxwell Mercy
Sharon Gless Sidney Andermann
Andy Griffith Prof. Lewis Venor
Merle Haggard Cisco Calendar
Gregory Harrison Levi Zendt
David Janssen Paul Garrett (Narrator)
Alex Karras Hans Brumbaugh
Brian Keith Sheriff Alex Dumire
Sally Kellerman Lise Bockweiss
Stephen McHattie Jacques Pasquinel
Lois Nettleton Maude Wendell
Donald Pleasence Samuel Purchase
Cristina Raines Lucinda McKeag Zendt
Lynn Redgrave Charlotte Buckland
Robert Vaughn Morgan Wendell
Dennis Weaver R. J. Poteet
Anthony Zerbe Mervin Wendell
Michael Ansara Lame Beaver
Bo Brundin Magnes Volkema
Rafael Campos Nacho Gomez
Karen Carlson Lisette Mercy
Henry Darrow Alvarez
Robert Douglas Claude Richards
Dana Elcar Judge Hart
Carl Franklin Jim Beckworth
Silvana Gallardo Serafina Marquez
Chief Dan George Old Sioux
James Hampton Defense Atty. Prescott
Mark Harmon John McIntosh
Scott Hylands Laseter
Richard Jaeckel Sgt. Lykes
Claude Jarman Earl Grebe
Adrienne Larussa Clemma Zendt
Les Lannom Bufe Coker
Michael Le Clair Young Jim Lloyd
Geoffrey Lewis Sheriff Bogardus
Doug McKeon Philip Wendell
Jim McMullan Prosecutor
Sandy McPeak Soren Sorenson
A. Martinez Tranquilino Marquez
Karmin Murcelo Flor Marquez
Greg Mullavey Mule Canby
Morgan Paull Philip Wendell (adult)
John Bennett Perry Maylon Zendt
Clive Revill Finlay Perkins
Jorge Rivero Broken Thumb
Pernell Roberts Gen. Asher
Kario Salem Marcel Pasquinel
James J. Sloyan Spade Larkin
Julie Sommars Alice Grebe
Gale Sondergaard Aunt Agatha
Marshall Thompson Dennis
Ray Tracey Young Lame Beaver
Glynn Turman Nate Person
Jesse Vint Amos Calendar
Robert Walden Dr. Richard Butler
Morgan Woodward Gen. Wade
Stephanie Zimbalist Elly Zendt
Robert Tessier Rude Water
Maria Potts Blue Leaf
Maria Yolanda Aguayo Blue Leaf (child)
Monika Ramirez Blue Leaf (age 14)
Ivan Naranjo Gray Wolf
Annette Charles Senor Alvarez
David Yanez Lame Beaver (age 9)
Steve Shemayne Pawnee Chief
Ken Yellow Moon 2nd Arapaho
Jim Bridger Reb Brown
Robert Easton Maj. George Sibley
Vincent Roberts Jacques Pascinel
Gordon Steel Donald McPherson
Stuart Silbar Col. Hanley
John Kings Englishman
Jaimie MacDonald Jacques (ages 6-9)
Tony LaTorre Marcel (age 7)
Steven Andrade 1st Arapaho
Marta Brennan Mary Sibley
Irene Tedrow Mother Zendt
Debi Richter Rebecca Stolfitz
Leslie Winston Laura Lou Booker
Nick Ramus Lost Eagle
James Kisicki Rev. Fenstermacher
Michael K. Osborn Mr. Kellen
Joan Carey Miss Kruger
Barney McFadden Abel Tanner
William Lanteau Flagg
Gene Otis Stringer
Christopher Lowell Keefe
Burt Douglas Capt, William Ketchum
Royce D. Applegate Mr. Holmes
Phyllis Applegate Clerk
Ed Bakey Floyd Calendar
James Best Hank Garvey
William Bogert William Bellamy
Lynn Borden Vesta Volkema
Steve Burns Pvt. James Clark
Barry Cahill Maj. O'Neil
Alan Caillou Booth Cilbborn
Dave Cass Frank Pettis
Alex Colon Truinfador Marquez
Bob Davis Bank Manager
Joella Deffenbaugh Fat Laura
Dennis Dimster Timmy Grebe
Robert DoQui Nate Person III
Damon Douglas William Savage
Jeremy Duke Trunifador Marquez
Rene Enriquez Manolo Marquez
H.P. Evetts Orvid Pettis
Darrell Fetty Burns
Dennis Fimple Buck
Lou Frizzell Mr. Norriss
Byron Gilbert Elmo Pearce
Michael Goodrow Ethan Grebe
Lani Grant Mrs. Takemoto
Jacques Hampton Doctor
Alex Henteloff Bradley Finch
Allan Hunt Stanford
Gordon Hurst Clay
Claude Earl Jones Matt
Morris Jones 1st Reporter
Eric Lalich Jake Calendar
Ralph Davies Lewis Tom Ragland
Rory Dennis MacDonald Cisco Calender (age 9)
Jay W. MacIntosh Emma Lloyd
Joaquin Martinez Col. Salcedo
Gloria McMillan Clara Brumbaugh
Julio Medina Father Gravez
Art Metrano Maurice Cartwright
Mari Michener Janice Welch
Alan Napier Lord Venneford
Mark Neely Martin Zendt
Richard O'Brien Judge
Rachel Orr Victoria Grebe
Robert Phalen Rev. Holly
Terry Phillpis Newscaster
Steven Rapp Kurt Brumbaugh
Clint Ritchie Messmore Garrett
Frank S. Salsedo Sam Lopez
Steve Sandor Charley Kin
Eric Server Young Truinfador
Steve Shaw Paul Garrett
Robert Somers Sergeant
Sterling Swanson Hunter
Takashi Mr. Takemoto
Tiger Thompson Young Beeley Garrett
Bill Thurman Uncle Dick
Deborah Trissell Miss Keller
Mina Vasquez Soledad Marquez
Alan Vint Beeley Garrett (adult)
Robby Weaver Gompert
Van Williams George

Technical Credits
Harry Falk Director
Paul Krasny Director
Bernard McEveety Director
Virgil Vogel Director
John Addison Score Composer
Howard Alston Producer
Alex Beaton Producer
Bill Parker Editor
Ronald W. Browne Cinematographer
John P. Bruce Art Director
Richard Caffey Producer
Duke Callaghan Cinematographer
Helen Colvig Costumes/Costume Designer
John W. Corso Art Director
George E. Crosby Producer
Howard S. Deane Editor
John Elias Editor
Malcolm R. Harding Producer
Seymour Klate Art Director
Charles Larson Screenwriter
Sherman Loudermilk Art Director
Mark Mansbridge Art Director
Jacques Marquette Cinematographer
Louis Montejano Art Director
Lloyd S. Papez Art Director
Ralph Schoenfeld Editor
Jack Senter Production Designer
Charles W. Short Cinematographer
Robert F. Shugrue Editor
Robert Watts Editor
John Wilder Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Jerry Ziegman Screenwriter

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Centennial 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I so looked forward to watching the series on DVD. I had taped the original series, but the quality of my tapes was poor. The DVD cut so many of my favorite scenes, scenes that lent so much to the beauty of the entire story! I would have paid more to have the entire series on DVD. Was thinking of purchasing other TV series but am having second thoughts if they cut out so may scenes.
Lailamarie More than 1 year ago
I am now purchasing this series from B&N a fifth time. I previously had purchased the series for my brother and two male friends, one of whom had his home burglarized and nearly everything of value removed, including all of his DVD's so I purchased the series two separate times for him. Guess who is getting the series this time, me! Get this series and start enjoying your evenings with quality television that will make you wish that you didn't have to go to bed! I promise that whether you are male or female, young or old, you will enjoy this series. The acting is brilliant, the characters are endearing and the story itself is one that cannot be compared to any other. When you complete the series you will be tempted to watch it again and again. Broombah (character, misspelled of course) and Pasquinel will intrigue you with their complexities!
mabtx More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding Movie! My husband and I watched it when it was on TV thirty years ago and loved it! When I saw that you could get it on DVD we ordered it hoping that it was as good as we remembered, it is!!! It's one of the best ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having grown up in the general area of ''Centennial,'' I absolutely loved the historically accurate portrayal of Michener's book. Potato Brumbaugh may have been one of my German-Russian ancestors! I have nearly worn out my VHS version of this classic, and look forward to finding the DVD version when it comes out. Any idea whom to contact to see if and when this will become a reality?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Centennenial should be re-shown on TV. Every pewrson in America should have the priviledge of viewing this great production.
anonmus More than 1 year ago
A excellent show. I saw this when it first came out. Now I have always loved shows with Richard Chamberlain in them but this was more than that. I was like getting a mimy history lesson while watching it. I highly recommend it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
..Simply THE BEST movie EVER produced, BAR NONE...It's a long movie, but WORTH EVERY MINUTE!!!!
MsC More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite mini series. It has action, adventure, romance and history. An excellant adaptation of Michener's novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic movie! Historically informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best MS I have ever watched right up there with Lonesome Dove, I seen this years ago and have been looking for it on DVD since . Once you start watching this you wont be able to quit so have a nice long weekend
perspiquitious More than 1 year ago
This was not an unexpected viewing, knowing that this was a TV mini-series. The first two episodes were captivating, and declined to miserable performances towards the end, with a slight inspirational, and acting, upturn in the last 2-3 episodes. It captured Mitchner's picture of what shaped our country to a moderate degree. Not having read the book in many years, I don't recall if his message about preserving the planet was as strong as the mini-series portrays. Still, this left me thinking about my place in history...though hardly a tribute to Mitchner's writing skills, and a fantastic book that he wrote called "Centennial". Buy the Book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome movie. It was great 30 years ago, and it's still great today.
lymi More than 1 year ago
Centennial, This series was very worth while it keeps you interested from one episode to the next, it is the kind of movie that you can watch again over time.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The TV series "Centenial" allows you to live the development, the lives and the drama of the west and western expansion. An abslolute must for any person who enoys historical dramas and living stories of the west.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best of JM and a great cast I will love to have a new copy,I have a real bad one that I copy many years back but is our history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watch the entire series once a year. I taped it when it first came out, then bought the tapes when they first came out (was about $200.00 then) Now I await the DVD's. The cast is tremendous. Gregory Harrison, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Conrad, Alex Karras (was never better), David Jansen, Raymond Burr, Lynn Redgrave - I would have given Emmys to all of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Waiting for the DVD...If we all promise to pay the big bucks,,(Worth EVERY penny),maybe the studio will hear us!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Please does anyone know when this wonderful work of art, Centennial, will be available on DVD? This fine masterpiece is long overdue to be put on DVD.