Hearst Castle: Building the Dream tells the story of a visionary, William Randolph Hearst, and the enchanted castle that he built on a hilltop along California’s central coast. In 1893, Hearst, then 10, traveled with his mother to Europe, “the Grand Tour,” they called it. In English, Germany, Switzerland and Italy, young William became fascinated with the artwork, sculpture, glassworks and everyday artifacts he saw. The images he saw there stayed with him into adulthood. Fifty years later—after building one of the greatest media empires in the world and creating a fortune—Hearst and an odds-defying architect, Julia Morgan, built an enchanted castle for the ages, exquisite in design, and filled with artistic treasures throughout. A dream place, and mecca for stars of the silver screen. This amazing story serves as an example to all of us to honor our own dreams, and make them a reality. Remastered in 8K for the giant screen in 2017.

Length: 39:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 1996
  • Date Released:

    August 1996, remastered 2017

  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 8/70, 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital, IMAX Digital, IMAX Laser
  • Distributor:

    Destination Cinema

  • Produced By:
  • Executive Producer:
  • Producer: Richard James, Scott Swofford
  • Director:  Bruce Neibaur
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Bruce Neibaur
  • Cinematography: Matthew Williams
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Sam Cardon
  • Editor: Stephen Johnson
  • Narrator: Remastered version features Donald Sutherland and Lydia Hearst
  • Other Credits: Starring Ricky Mabe. Voice by Vanesa Tomasino.
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  • Destination
  • Documentary
  • Historical
  • Signature


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Remastered in 8K for the giant screen in 2017