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AFI's 100 Years, 100 Stars: American Film Institute (CBS Television Special)
AFI's 100 Years 100 Stars American Film Institute
CBS Television Special
Actors: Mia Farrow, Liza Minnelli
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
NR     2000     2hr 15min

America's greatest screen legends! The American Film Institute continues its celebration of the first century of American moviemaking with AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars. In this prime-time special, originally broadcast June ...  more »


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Actors: Mia Farrow, Liza Minnelli
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Film History & Film Making
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 08/08/2000
Original Release Date: 01/01/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1998
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 2hr 15min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

For movie lovers!
Modrnknght | Hollywood, CA United States | 01/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Many, many years ago, there was a terrific television special called "Life Goes to the Movies" which was packed with great film clips from the whole history of cinema. Unfortunately, this is not available anywhere, but this AFI program is one of the best I have seen on the movies since then. While the previous 100 Years, 100 movies was okay, it suffered from too much talk and not enough clips. The AFI has learned from that error and given us much more time on clips, which is what it is all about, the movies we love, right? The special focuses on stars who entered films 1950 and before, and whose careers were completed by the time this special aired. The modern stars talking about the past screen legends are very affectionate tributes to people who inspired them. I can highly recommend this DVD."
AFI's 100 YEARS, 100 STARS!
Michael Anthony Brenton | The Other Side of the Known Universe | 09/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"SEE 100 of the greatest movie stars from the first 100 years of American movies! HEAR many of today's leading stars drool over the great stars of the past! SALIVATE over the wonderful clips of these stars and then RUN to the closest movie rental star so you can see the ENTIRE FILM! You will be AMAZED at how many of these stars you have never seen! You will be OFFENDED that your favorite stars are ranked so low or left off the list entirely! You will ARGUE with your friends over this list, but NOT as much as you did with AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies list. You will compare the STARS OF TODAY to these GREAT STARS OF THE PAST and find them pretty inferior. If you missed this CBS special on television, then THIS IS YOUR CHANCE to see it in the privacy of your own home!"
A Must Have!
Thayer | 10/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is definitely a must buy for film lovers. I really enjoyed watching this special. Love to see the famous scenes of the screen legends in one DVD. Whether it is Henry Fonda having his "I'll be there..." speech, Audrey Hepburn crooning Moon River, Bette Davis in a "bumpy ride", Stewart with the Holocaust and fireworks speech, Stanwyck seducing Fonda in Lady Eve, Joan Crawford slapped in the face by her daughter, Gable not giving a damn, Cary Grant in Mount Rushmore, Brando's I could've been a contender, Gene Kelly singing in the rain, Judy Garland over the rainbow, Bergman and Bogart enjoying Paris, or Hepburn giving her knight in shining armor speech to Fonda in On Golden Pond! I mean honestly it's overwhelming I want to cry because all of these actors are gone (large majority of them). Very moving and nostalgic.

The stars who gave their insights were very passionate with their comments. You can just feel that they were inspired as actors by these people. Sharon Stone cried when she was talking about Katherine Hepburn. Bridget Fonda couldn't hold her tears when she talked about Jimmy Stewart, Goldie Hawn cried by the mere mention of Judy Garland or Cary Grant. It was a touching mini tribute by the speakers.

Some of my favorite guest stars are Whoopi Goldberg, Cher (she loved Audrey Hepburn, her eyes just sparkle like a child when she talks about her), Richard Dreyfuss, Jim Carrey, and Sharon Stone.

As for the rankings, well of course there will always be arguments about their placings. Personally I would've chosen Jimmy Stewart as the #1 screen legend instead of Bogart. Dietrich lower and Stanwyck a little higher, And also where's Deborah Kerr in the list, I think she should've been there and also Olivia de Havilland. As for those who did not qualify because of the criterion that he/she has to have his film debut on or before 1950, such great stars like Jack Lemmon (one of my all time favorite actors), Paul Newman, Shirley Mclaine, Clint Eatwood were left out. Maybe they'll make it in the next list but they seemed out of place there, with actors probably like De niro, Jane Fonda, Michelle Pfeiffer, Streep, Pacino, Hoffman, Nicholson making the list.

I love this DVD, just buy it. It's a very personal experience watching the special and it's definitely something you would want to watch more than once or twice.

Grade: A+"
A Great Television Special
Paul | New Jersey, The United States of America | 09/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a wonderful t.v. special counting down the top 50 American acting legends. It is done in two parts-the top 25 males and the top 25 females. Even though I disagreed with the ordering of the list, I can't complain over the number one stars. Also, even if your favorite star isn't number one, you can still see clips of there films if they are one the list.Although only 50 stars were honored by the AFI, 50 more introduced them, so that is why it is titled so.Also by the AFI-100 Years 100 Movies, and 100 Years 100 Laughs"