Theodore Roosevelt is one of the greatest figures in American history. A two-term president whose accomplishments both in and out of the Oval Office have been touted time and again both in print and on-screen, he has been the topic of any number of books, movies and documentaries. Speaking of the latter, PBS and PBS Distribution added just the latest in that long list of documentaries this week in a new episode of its history-based series American Experience.
American Experience: Into The Amazon was released January 9th. The nearly two-hour hour-long documentary follows Roosevelt’s journey into the heart of the South American rainforest following his defeat in his run for a third term as President of the United States. Roosevelt was joined by then famed Brazilian explorer Candido Mariano Da Silver Rondon and a group of men as he made his way through the jungle. The voyage was fraught with great perils, and even claimed a handful of lives, but Roosevelt survived to tell the tale.
Now that tale is told through this program with actor/producer Oliver Platt (Bicentennial Man, The West Wing, The Three Musketeers) telling the story. This is not the first time Platt has served as narrator for an episode of AE. He also served as narrator on American Experience: The Abolitionists, American Experience: Walt Disney and American Experience: JFK along with a handful of other episodes. Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, The Hunt For Red October) serves as the voice of the legendary president in this episode while Wagner Moura (Elysium, Narcos, Tropical Paradise) brings Rondon’s words to life. Jake Lacy (Girls, The Office, Sloane) handles duties for Roosevelt’s son Kermit. Audiences can view a trailer for the program online now here.
American Experience: Into The Amazon is available now on DVD and Digital HD. It is retailing for MSRP of $24.99, but can be ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store. More information on this and other episodes of American Experience is available online now at:
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