Part 1 of a two-part profile, hosted by Gary Sinise, of America's great acting dynasty, the Barrymores. Archival stills and footage are used to chronicle the family's history, which includes unprecedented success on the stage and screen, as well as a dark side of alcoholism and adultery.
The 1959 film dramatization of “The Diary of Anne Frank” is examined. Included: the filmmakers' attempt to capture the claustrophobic conditions of the house in Amsterdam by using the original blueprints; and the use of creative license regarding the characters. Among those commenting is actress Millie Perkins, who played Anne in the film.
Historians compare outlaws Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh with their portrayals in George Roy Hill's 1969 classic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman. Included: clips from the film.
An examination of the historical accuracy of “Braveheart,” the 1995 Oscar winner for Best Picture, in which actor-director Mel Gibson portrayed 13th-century Scottish rebel William Wallace. Included: comments from screenwriter Randall Wallace and historians; clips from the films; and a profile of Wallace.
Historians contrast the real stories of surgeons during the Korean War against their counterparts as depicted in Robert Altman's 1970 film “M*A*S*H” and the subsequent TV series. Highlights include clips and interviews with Altman, Donald Sutherland and writer Larry Gelbart, along with surgeons and nurses from Korean War MASH units.