Johnstown Flood (2003)

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Narrated by Richard Dreyfuss and directed by Mark Bussler, Johnstown Flood, tells the story of the massive flood that destroyed the town of Johnstown, PA, on May 31, 1889. Using old photos, etchings, recreated footage, and dramatic readings of first-hand accounts, this black-and-white film explores the history of the town, which, at the time of the flood, had become a major center of steel production in the U.S. Dreyfuss describes how the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, a resort for the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Written By: Mark Bussler
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On DVD: Aug 26, 2003
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Mark Bussler's Johnstown Flood is an excellent documentary about one of the worst tragedies to occur in America during the 1800s.

Full Review… | February 20, 2006
FulvueDrive-in.com

Bussler understands the purpose of telling this story in documentary form, but it's the facts themselves that should be driving the storytelling, not the other way around.

Full Review… | November 5, 2003
Cinemaphile.org

Johnstown Flood has its weaknesses (the firsthand accounts weren't written to be recited like dialogue), but it still does a fine job of explaining why the impact of May 31, 1889 remains with us.

Full Review… | October 22, 2003
Kansas City Star

Story is king - if the budgetary limits are a little too obvious, we must smile and forgive, because the writing & research is excellent.

Full Review… | September 28, 2003

Feels less like a dry History lesson than like a '50s disaster flick.

Full Review… | August 11, 2003
Montreal Film Journal

Dreyfuss' voice is like a weasel rubbed against a blackboard.

Full Review… | August 7, 2003
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