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Thomas Jefferson - A View From the Mountain
Thomas Jefferson - A View From the Mountain
Actors: Sissy Spacek, Edward Herrmann, Danny Glover, Robert Prosky
Director: Martin Doblmeier
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2004     1hr 49min

For centuries people have asked how it is possible that Thomas Jefferson, the man who wrote the creed for America, declaring that all men are created equal and entitled to the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of ha...  more »


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Actors: Sissy Spacek, Edward Herrmann, Danny Glover, Robert Prosky
Director: Martin Doblmeier
Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Biography
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/23/2004
Original Release Date: 05/26/1995
Theatrical Release Date: 05/26/1995
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 49min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

In the one scale justice, and in the other self preservation
W. Burke | 01/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I found this jewel by accident while I was looking for films about mountain climbing. Well, that just goes to show you that life is indeed a box of chocolates. This piece requires a bit of work to chew but it's well worth the effort and I highly recommend it.

This documentary does an excellent job of revealing the path that led towards the manifestation of the truth: That all MEN, of all races, were indeed created with an inalienable and equal right for the free pursuit of happiness. It shows us the loss of this right is not the state of human existence desired by our Creator; but that it is instead a manifestation of the chains of tyranny which men themselves create.

We are shown that outright slavery is only the most obvious example of the ways in which men are deprived of their freedom. The film describes how the seeds of this truth were sown in early drafts of the Declaration of Independence. It goes on to illustrate the necessity of preserving the existing social and economic structure, including slavery, so the nation could serve as fertile ground in which the tree of liberty would grow.

This film indicates Jefferson recognized the process of ending slavery had to be one of slow change and compromise. TJ believed that proceeding in haste would have meant the destruction of the nation. The film leads me to admire the vision, perseverance, and honor of this extraordinary leader.

It concludes by revealing that even Jefferson was not immune to a far more subtle, far more pervasive form of tyranny that exists to this day: He died in debt - hardly the "evil tax-evading capitalist slave owner" that postmodern progressives would have us believe he was."
Excellent movie!
Cool Reading | 02/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Unbiased, systematic and dynamic composition of historical facts and interpretations, authentic documents, extraordinary landscapes and music. A viewer can enjoy Jefferson's controversial biography set in one of the most dramatic periods of American history, as well as the evolution of collective and individual ethics related to slavery and human rights."
Jefferson and slavery
J. R. Feuchtenberger | Arnold, MD USA | 12/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary, written and narrated by Martin Doblmeier, focuses on Thomas Jefferson the slaveholder. It explores his feelings and actions, which often conflicted, regarding the institution of slavery. In my opinion, the film presents the material in an unbiased and nonjudgmental fashion that preserves Jefferson's position as a hero of the American Revolution and champion of freedom. It is an excellent film and a great companion to the Ken Burns documentary on Jefferson."
Misplaced Review
Daniel E. Juday | Washington, DC | 06/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Review by Ariafresca is misplaced. He is reviewing another film, not Thomas Jefferson: A View from the Mountain. He refers to actors and sets, but this film has none. What it does have is an unflinching look at America's oldest and most deeply-rooted moral equivocation, one that haunts us still today. The films's intelligence, thoroughness and honesty are constitute a rare find. How nice to be reasoned with rather than pandered to or berated."