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Coney Island 

The film explores the beginnings of America's first amusement park and takes us through its good times all the way up to its end. The show was originally produced for PBS's American Experience.

Director:

Ric Burns

Writer:

Richard Snow
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Philip Bosco ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrei Codrescu ... (voice)
Vincent Gardenia ... Himself
Judd Hirsch ... (voice)
Nathan Lane ... (voice)
Al Lewis ... Himself
John Mahoney ... (voice)
Jerry Orbach ... (voice)
George Plimpton ... (voice)
Lois Smith ... (voice)
Frances Sternhagen ... (voice)
Eli Wallach ... Himself
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The film explores the beginnings of America's first amusement park and takes us through its good times all the way up to its end. The show was originally produced for PBS's American Experience.

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The ups and downs of America's first amusement park.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

WGBH See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

Die Dorfmusik
/ "Japanese Lantern Dance" (aka "Japanischer Laternentanz") / "Roses from the South"
Written by Teo von Donop, Marty Fryberg and Peter Kirsten / Karl Zimmer / Johann Strauss
Authentic Band Organ Recordings
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Brings Coney Island to Life
7 October 2003 | by FADrurySee all my reviews

One of my favorite documentaries! As someone raised in Northern, NJ, I grew up with the stories and memories of relatives who visited Coney Island in its heyday. It was really interesting to get a feel for what it was like for someone in the first half of the 20th Century to go to Coney Island. This documentary achieves that. It also provides some interesting comments on social changes, and how Coney Island relfected them, in the US over 50+ years. A very enjoyable film with a bit of melancholy over what was lost when Coney Island began to fade in importance.


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