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The Appalachians
The Appalachians
Actor: Johnny Cash, Ricky Scaggs, Rosanne Cash Loretta Lynn
Genres: Documentary
NR

The Appalachians tells the story of the people and the land of Appalachia. The film uses interviews with ordinary people, scholars, and musicians like Loretta Lynn, Marty Stuart, Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash and others. This ...  more »

     
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Actor: Johnny Cash, Ricky Scaggs, Rosanne Cash Loretta Lynn
Creator: Mari-Lynn C. Evans Phylis Geller
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Studio: MISC
Format: DVD
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The Appalachians-The last Great place On Earth
Matthew | Boone, North Carolina | 05/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Appalachians is a powerful documentary of the greatest geographic place and period of American history. I have watched these specials several times on PBS, and as a student of Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University, I had to watch The Appalachians in class and write research papers based on certain interest on these documentary.

You will observe the early frontier days of the Appalachians, coal mining, economic problems, and the best: Appalachian Music. Johnny Cash makes one of his last appearances with his daughter Rosanne. This collection is a great asset if you are interested in gaining more knowledge and appreciation for our heritage and culture of the Appalachians. I am purchasing a set for my library. The Appalachians book is also available as a companion to the DVD's."
A Superb Documentary!
Carol Greene | 08/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Appalachians is as informative as it it is beautiful to watch. A unique portrait of an area and people. Before watching this film, I had little knowledge of the history of the people or the role of mining in their lives and music. The damage of strip mining to our land and their lifestyle and culture is devastating. The visuals are as dramatic as the information and interviews, The music haunting...
Not to be missed, Johnny Cash participation!"
A Must-See
Frederick Pollack | 08/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Appalachians is a model of what a television documentary should be. You may start with little knowledge of or interest in the region; very soon you will find yourself deeply engaged. The program connects the culture and current problems of the region to its history, and makes every stage of that history clear and lively. The interviews, whether with citizens or (often native-born) scholars, are riveting, far beyond the usual "talking heads." Interviews, historical footage, still photos and paintings are superbly balanced - with scenes of unspoiled landscape and of areas ravaged by mining, and with the wonderful music of the region. (Note: before watching this show, I had no taste for "country"; now I'm an enthusiast.) The problems of the people of Appalachia - exploitation, pollution, stereotyping - are problems all Americans should be aware of; and their courage and will to survive are humbling. Highest possible recommendation."
The Appalachians
Ricki Franklin | Los Angeles, CA USA | 08/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a must see! First of all it's beautiful, secondly the story of the area is extremely well written and the assembled cast authentic and articulate. Lastly - the music. The sound track alone is worth the series."