Originally broadcast on PBS as segments of The American Experience on September 30 and October 1, 1991.
Cinematography by William B. McCullough ; edited by Geof Bartz, Tom Haneke ; music by Michael Bacon.
Narrated by David McCullough; commentators John Connally, George Reedy, Robert Dallek, Lady Bird Johnson, Eliot Janeway, Doris Kearns Goodwin, E. Babe Smith, Ronnie Dugger, Lewis Gould, Homer Dean, James Pickle, Ava Cox, Robert Baker, Howard Schuman, Harry McPherson, Joseph Rauh, Jr., Roger Wilkins, S. Douglass Cater, James Farmer, Jack Valenti, Andrew Young, Larry Berman, William P. Bundy, James Thomson, Jr., Clark Clifford, Sergeant Shriver, Donald Malafronte, Dean Rusk, Daniel Ellsberg, J. William Fulbright, George Ball, Nicholas Katzenbach, Elizabeth Wickenden, Richard Goodwin, Rebecca Doggert, Lee Williams.
LBJ, Lyndon Baines Johnson -- Texan, Democrat, political virtuoso. He rises up out of the 1960s like a Colossus, like something from Shakespeare, filling the stage -- 10, 12 characters in one. He is admired and he is detested. But the real measure of a leader is what he gets done, the size of the problems he faces. Before Lyndon Johnson, we were essentially a segregated society. Inequality among black Americans in the South was set in law. Before Lyndon Johnson, there was no Head Start program, no Medicare -- so much that we take for granted -- and before Lyndon Johnson, very few Americans had even heard of Vietnam. He is a story, a very American story and, in all, a tragedy in the real sense. He is the central character in a struggle of moral importance ending in ruin.
MPAA Rating: Not rated; Canadian rating PG.
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; stereo; [1.33:1] preserving the original television presentation aspect ratio.
In English; close-captioned in English.