A Film

DVD - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Viewers go beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers, and speakeasies to experience the rise, rule, and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Special features include additional scenes, and interviews.

Published: [United States] : PBS Home Video, 2011.
Branch Call Number: DVD 363.4109 PRO
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca 6 hrs.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Alternate Title: Prohibition


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Dec 14, 2013
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

What's this? America, a nation of drunkards? Impossible!_____ Through 100s of vintage photographs and newsreel footage, plus interviews with historians and celebrity narration by Peter Coyote, this well-researched, often-revealing 3-DVD documentary gives the viewer an in-depth, up-close look at that sheer preposterousness of "Prohibition"._____ This documentary clearly shows how the likes of "Prohibition" (which was strictly enforced for 13 years, from 1920 - 1933) limited human freedom and turned millions of otherwise law-abiding American citizens into literal criminals (as well as two-faced hypocrites) overnight._____ Though President Woodrow Wilson (a Democratic) vetoed Congress for imposing the 18th Ammendment on the country's taxpayers he was inevitably over-ruled and "Prohibition" prevailed throughout the terms of the following 3 presidents, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover (all Republicans) until Franklin D. Roosevelt (a Democratic) had it promptly revoked and abolished upon his election to presidency in 1933._____ To think that such a disastrous act of folly such as "Prohibition" could actually go into effect and exist for 13 years (in the 20th Century) truly boggles the common-sense thinking of a rational mind. But, it did. And, boy, did it ever create an utter, nation-wide mess of nonsense (that was clearly destined for failure) like nothing anyone had ever experienced before.

Jul 31, 2012

Excellent documentary that very much speaks of todays issues and the wrong way direction of government. It is true that the answers to the present are in the past.

Jul 11, 2012

I enjoyed this very much. Well researched & thorough presentation. Some old jazz music to listen to too.

Nov 07, 2011
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, exploring the background of the temperance movement, the mistakes of Prohibition, the societal shifts, and the people of the times. Highly recommended.


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