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The Brothers Warner (2007)

An intimate portrait and saga of four film pioneers--Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack who rose from immigrant poverty through personal tragedies persevering to create a major studio with a social conscience.

Director:

Cass Warner (as Cass Warner Sperling)

Writer:

Cass Warner (as Cass Warner Sperling)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... Himself - Actor
Cass Warner ... Herself, Harry Warner's granddaughter, also narrator (as Cass Warner Sperling)
Bette-Ann Warner Bette-Ann Warner ... Herself (voice)
Harry M. Warner ... Himself (archive footage) (as Harry Warner)
Tab Hunter ... Himself
Norman Lear ... Himself - Producer
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Himself
Leo Braudy Leo Braudy ... Himself, film historian, University of Southern California
Nancy Snow Nancy Snow ... Herself , author and professor
Steven J. Ross Steven J. Ross ... Himself, history professor, University of Southern California (as Steven Ross)
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ... Himself (as Sam Goldwyn Jr.)
Benjamin Warner Benjamin Warner ... Himself (archive footage)
Betty Warner Sheinbaum Betty Warner Sheinbaum ... Herself, Harry Warner's daughter
Michael Birdwell Michael Birdwell ... Himself, historian
John Steel John Steel ... Himself, Albert Warner's grandson
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Storyline

Intimate portraits of brothers Albert Warner, Harry M. Warner, Jack L. Warner, and Sam Warner, the siblings who were close knit at the time of Warner Bros. Studios founding, but who later became estranged. This film, written and directed by Harry's granddaughter Cass, traces them from their humble, immigrant beginnings, to their breakthrough achievements, and their continuing imprint on American culture. This historic view of a family, and Hollywood's golden years offers invaluable and rare still photographs, classic film footage, and private access to relatives, friends, employees, and historians. Written by trivwhiz

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les frères Warner See more »

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Technical Specs

Color:

Color | Black and White (film clips and archive photographs)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Steven J. Ross is credited two different ways on screen, first as "USC Film Professor," and second as "USC History Professor." See more »

Goofs

Cass Warner Sperling's commentary states that the 1927 film "The Jazz Singer," starring Al Jolson, grossed more than any movie made to that time and remained the all-time box-office champ until the release of "Gone With the Wind." It was actually Jolson's next film, "The Singing Fool," that set the box-office record that lasted until "Gone With the Wind." See more »

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Nice Documentary
15 March 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Brothers Warner, The (2008)

*** (out of 4)

Pretty good documentary takes a look at the four Warner brothers (Harry, Albert, Jack, Sam) who would end up building one of the greatest and most loved studios in the history of cinema. Although it would seem the family had a lot of great fortune, they were haunted by several early deaths and many ending up turning their backs on one another. If you're looking for a documentary about all the great films released by the studio then you're going to be disappointed because this documentary actually takes a look at the family and not so much the movies. There's several stuff dealing with the movies that gets talked about including the brothers desire to make "real" dramas and how they fought the code and other studios to make a warning about Germany (CONFESSIONS OF A NAZI SPY). I think fans of the history behind this studio will enjoy this doc the most as we get to see a lot of great photos of the boys as well as some video footage. There's quite a bit of talk from the relatives of the Warner's and we have a relative directing the film but don't let that worry you because there's quite a bit of brutal honesty here. Dennis Hopper, Debbie Reynolds, Norman Lear, George Segal, Angie Dickinson, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. and Tab Hunter are just a few of the people who are interviewed. Some of the best stuff happens early on when we learn how the brothers ended up getting into the movie business and why they eventually moved out West.


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