Nova: A Man, A Plan, A Canal - Panama

WGBH Boston Video   (1987) / Region 1
Nova: A Man, A Plan, A Canal - Panama

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A 30-year dream. A 50-mile shortcut. A timeless achievement.

A 50-mile shortcut to the Pacific lying just north of the equator is one of the most extraordinary human achievement ever. The building of the Panama Canal was a massive feat of engineering and ingenuity that cost millions of dollars and thousands of lives. NOVA offers a unique opportunity to explore the mind-boggling undertaking through historic film footage, rare archival photographs and insightful narration from author David McCullough.

Get an unprecedented look at the Canal's dangerous 30-year construction and wondrous present-day operation. Meet the persevering pioneers whose vision and determination overcame tremendous physical - and fiscal - obstacles. Understand why France abandoned the project after ten years and 20,000 deaths. Work alongside the builders who turned a fantastic dream into a fascinating reality. See immense steamshovels carve the earth. View the amazing "water elevators" that life huge vessels 85 feet. Watch high-speed photography capture a lock passage. And much more!


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  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jun 22 2004
  • Production Year 1987
  • Empire SKU 613859
  • UPC Code 783421285590
  • Studio  WGBH Boston Video
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL


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  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color



  • Carl Charlson

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