The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty (1985)

  • Genre: History, Documentary
  • Release Date: 1985-10-26
  • User Rating: 6.7/10 from 11 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 0min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: PBS
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Ken Burns
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For more than 100 years, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of hope and refuge for generations of immigrants. In this lyrical, compelling and provocative portrait of the statue, Ken Burns explores both the history of America’s premier symbol and the meaning of liberty itself. Featuring rare archival photographs, paintings and drawings, readings from actual diaries, letters and newspapers of the day, the fascinating story of this universally admired monument is told. In interviews with Americans from all walks of life, including former New York governor Mario Cuomo, the late congresswoman Barbara Jordan and the late writers James Baldwin and Jerzy Kosinski, The Statue of Liberty examines the nature of liberty and the significance of the statue to American life. Nominated for both the Academy Award ® and the Emmy Award ®, The Statue of Liberty received the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle, the Christopher Award and the Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival.

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  • David McCullough

    as Narrator (voice)
  • Jeremy Irons

    as Himself (voice)
  • Derek Jacobi

    as Himself
  • Paul Roebling

    as Himself (voice)
  • Arthur Miller

    as Himself
  • James Baldwin

    as Himself
  • Mario Cuomo

    as Himself
  • Miloš Forman

    as Himself
  • Jerzy Kosiński

    as Himself
  • Barbara Jordan

    as Herself
  • Ray Charles

    as Himself
Directing Ken Burns Director
Production Ken Burns Producer
Crew Ken Burns Cinematography
Writing Geoffrey C. Ward Writer
Production Buddy Squires Producer
Crew Buddy Squires Cinematography
Crew Peter B. Hutton Cinematography
Editing Paul Barnes Editor
Editing Bruce Shaw Assistant Editor
Production Marcie Setlow Executive Producer
Writing Bernard Weisberger Writer
Editing Noëlle Penraat Editor
Crew Terry Hopkins Cinematography
Production Roger Shearman Production Manager
Crew Chuck Zanlunghi Pilot