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Story

Johnstown Flood plays this 1889 disaster for all the drama and suspense of a horror movie. As he describes the factors leading up to the collapse of a dam on a Pennsylvania river, narrator Richard Dreyfuss has an almost ghoulish relish. The flood itself--in which a wall of water 50 feet tall destroyed the town of Johnstown and everything in the vicinity--is chock-full of shocking and engrossing details: personal testimonies describe an entire roundhouse of locomotives being swept away; a mother tells about setting her children afloat on driftwood from the top of her rapidly submerging house. When the debris carried by rushing water reaches a heavy stone bridge, the cataclysm only worsens, leading to a devastating fire. If most documentaries aspire to the cool objectivity of The New York Times, Johnstown Flood dives into the sensationalism of tabloid journalism, and the results are enticing, unsettling, and thoroughly entertaining. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Anamorphic
  • Black & White
  • Subtitled
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Narrated by Richard Dreyfuss

  • Genre: Documentaries
  • Director: Mark Bussler
  • Producer: Inecom
  • Length: 84 min
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2003
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 26, 2003
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