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Eleanor & Franklin - The Early Years
Eleanor Franklin - The Early Years
Actors: Jane Alexander, Edward Herrmann, Rosemary Murphy, Pamela Franklin, David Huffman
Director: Daniel Petrie
Genres: Drama
NR     2005     4hr 0min

This first part of Eleanor and Franklin: The Early Years, the critically acclaimed 1976 television miniseries, focuses on the early lives of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, concluding on their wedding day. The story is mos...  more »


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Actors: Jane Alexander, Edward Herrmann, Rosemary Murphy, Pamela Franklin, David Huffman
Director: Daniel Petrie
Creators: Edward R. Brown, Paul Lohmann, Audrey Maas, David Susskind, Harry R. Sherman, James Costigan, Joseph P. Lash
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Family Life
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/30/2005
Original Release Date: 01/11/1976
Theatrical Release Date: 01/11/1976
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 4hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

An overlooked masterpiece
Candace Scott | Lake Arrowhead, CA, USA | 08/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was just a kid when this TV movie originally aired but it made an enormous impression on me. The acting was absolutely first rate, the sets well done and the music unforgettable. For years I looked for it on VHS format and more recently, DVD. I'm overjoyed that this wonderfully underrated film is finally available on DVD. Hip Hip Hooray!

So many made-for-TV historical films are pure garbage in terms of accurate history. This movie does not make that mistake. The main characters are portrayed accurately, warts and all. Edward Herrman makes a great Roosevelt, perhaps the best fictional FDR we've ever experienced, including Ralph Bellamy. And Jane Alexander's Eleanor is flawless. She is cold, insecure and formal, yet possessing a hidden warmth and neediness exemplified by the actual Mrs. Roosevelt.

For anyone interested in Presidential history or the relationship between FDR and Eleanor, this is essential viewing. Thank God it's available again so everyone can see it."
A definite "yes"
Jot and Tittle | Texas, USA | 04/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This mini-series is well worth a look. I watched this DVD after reading the Lash biography that formed the basis of the series. I found the book good but slow going: it's densely-documented and scholarly. The video version does an excellent, accurate job of dramatizing the essential events of the story.

Besides being well-told history, the series is also a pleasure to watch. The acting is great, the settings are lush, and the costuming is magnificent. The series is both good history and good entertainment. I highly recommend it."
Eleanor & Franklin - The Early Years
Eileen | 02/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Excellent dvd about the early years of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. I found their stories compelling and dramatic. I also loved the musical score, perfect for the storyline!"