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NOVA: A Man, a Plan, a Canal - Panama
NOVA A Man a Plan a Canal - Panama
Actor: David McCullough
Director: Carl Charlson
Genres: Educational, Documentary
NR     2004     1hr 0min

A 30-year dream. A 50-mile shortcut. A timeless achievement. A 50-mile shortcut to the Pacific lying just north of the equator is one of the most extraordinary human achievements ever. The building of the Panama Canal was...  more »


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Actor: David McCullough
Director: Carl Charlson
Genres: Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, Politics, Science & Technology
Studio: WGBH Boston
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/29/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Fascinating Engineering Feat and Human Perseverance
Tara | Wyncote, PA USA | 01/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I truly do appreciate when the time is taken to make a worthwhile subject to a few, interesting and accessible to many. My background is in civil engineering and I am a history buff. When the subject came up one day with my kids and spouse about the Panama Canal (I know, not general conversation) I remembered seeing this documentary. Fortunately, it had just come out in DVD (June 2004). Not only does it explain the engineering aspects in 'real people' language and visuals, but it tells the story of the people who made this happen through endurance and great hardship. And I was pleasantly surprised it did not cover the truth regarding the U.S. acquisition of the rights to the land for the Canal. I know if more 'archaic' subjects could be given this treatment, more kids and adults would be enriched by the knowledge. I will purchase this DVD in the near future."
Building of Panama Canal
Adriano D. Gimay | Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama | 01/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Understanding how the Panama Canal was built. who started the building, the workers who help built the canal, the sacrifice that these people has to endure, who was responsible in finishing the momumnetal task and to what is the Panama Canal today is a marvelous historical representation.

I thank you."
Wonderful pictures
R. Kunkel | Aschaffenburg, Germany | 03/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD gives a good historical overview with breathtaking historic pictures and movies. A little bit more information about the current status of the canal would be great, but this seems to be not the intention of the movie."
Panama Canal
Thomas Rye | Oklahoma City, OK | 11/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have used this film for many years in my history classes. It is based on the book by McCollugh "The path between the seas" It is natatted by the author and has footage of the actual building ot the canal. The companion book is also very usefull. It has many photographs and shows all that went into the construction. My VHS got to old and I was delighted to find the DVD."