American Experience: The Donner Party: A Film by Ric Burns DVD

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Trapped in the Sierra Nevadas during the bitter winter of 1846, nearly 90 members of the Donner and Reed families longed for California's "Promised Land." But an untried shortcut became a death warrant for half of them?victims of madness, death, and cannibalism. The program re-creates the Donner Party's journey from family journals, newspaper accounts, and interviews with historians and descendants.
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Trapped in the Sierra Nevadas during the bitter winter of 1846, nearly 90 members of the Donner and Reed families longed for California's "Promised Land." But an untried shortcut became a death warrant for half of them?victims of madness, death, and cannibalism. The program re-creates the Donner Party's journey from family journals, newspaper accounts, and interviews with historians and descendants.

Producer: Lisa Ades, Ric Burns
Executive Producer: Mark Samels
Production Company: Steeplechase Films
Production Year: 1992
Copyright Year: 1992
Rating: TV-PG
Narrator: David McCullough
Actors: J.D. Cannon, Timothy Hutton, Gene Jones, Amy Madigan
Writers: Ric Burns
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 90 minutes