This film chronicles the major events that contributed to the settlement of the western frontier, beginning with the Louisiana purchase and ending in 1890 when the U.S. Census Bureau declared that there was no more frontier; it had been settled. Using diaries and letters of real people, The Great American West shows not only the astonishingly beautiful territory, but also the true and often heart-wrenching stories of those who risked everything to explore and settle it.

Length: 41:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 1995
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  • Status: Inactive
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70
  • Distributor:

    John Q. Hammons Film Entertainment Inc.

  • Produced By:
    Utah Productions
  • Executive Producer: Richard Parkinson
  • Producer: Scott Swofford
  • Director:  Reed Smoot
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Richard Parkinson
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  • Music/Score:  Kurt Bestor
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  • Narrator: Jason Robards
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  • Documentary
  • Historical



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