Reviews

Feb 20, 2006
Mark Bussler's Johnstown Flood is an excellent documentary about one of the worst tragedies to occur in America during the 1800s.
Sep 24, 2005
Nov 5, 2003
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.
Oct 22, 2003
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.
Sep 28, 2003
Story is king - if the budgetary limits are a little too obvious, we must smile and forgive, because the writing & research is excellent.
Aug 11, 2003
Feels less like a dry History lesson than like a '50s disaster flick.
Aug 7, 2003
Dreyfuss' voice is like a weasel rubbed against a blackboard.
Jul 31, 2003
Jul 24, 2003
It brings to life the tragic event.
Jul 24, 2003
Johnstown Flood is the kind of movie I wouldn't have minded watching in school. It concurrently educates and entertains. While it's not perfect, it's still a worthy introduction to an American tragedy.
Jun 30, 2003
The gold standard for this kind of documentary is set by filmmaker Ken Burns. "Johnstown Flood" doesn't rise to that level, but it is an informative historical tale.