A profile of screen legend Dustin Hoffman features interviews with Hoffman; clips from many of his film and TV roles; an early screen test; and comments from friends and family, including former wife Anne Byrne, brother Ron Hoffman and actress Terri Garr.
John Belushi's life and career are chronicled through home movies, clips from his stage, TV and film work and interviews with members of his family, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Penny Marshall and Bill Murray.
Profile of prolific author Stephen King, a former teacher who became a best-selling author of horror novels. Included: how his novels were adapted into films such as “The Green Mile” and “Misery”; the 1999 accident in which he was severely injured.
A portrait of Leif Ericson, the Norse explorer believed to have led the first European expedition to North America is profiled. Examined: Ericson's mission to introduce Christianity to Greenland at the behest of King Olav I of Norway; speculation on how and where Ericson landed in the New World.
A look into the life of Kirk Douglas profiles the long-time star. Interviewed: Douglas's wife, Anne; sons Michael and Peter; colleagues Lauren Bacall, Anthony Quinn and Danny DeVito; Jack Valenti of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The glamorous life and career of Marlene Dietrich (1901-92). The documentary recalls the German-born actress's artistic partnership with director Josef Von Sternberg, how she left Germany to avoid Nazi rule, and her image as a lesbian icon. Included are comments from daughter Maria Riva.
Profiling Jules Verne (1828-1905), the French author who captivated readers with his voyages around the world, under the sea and to the moon (in a rocket launched from Florida). Thanks to Verne, says screenwriter Gavin Scott, “the world was set on fire, thinking about what the rest of the world was like.”
Profiled: American psychic Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), who offered medical diagnoses and sundry prognostications while in a trance state. Interviewed: Cayce's son and grandson, biographers and associates.
Actor Leslie Nielsen is profiled in a documentary that recalls the many facets of his career, from the serious side (in films like “The Poseidon Adventure”) to the comic (in the “Naked Gun” films). Included are comments from pals Robert Stack and Priscilla Presley.