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Book Title: American Experience The Johnstown Flood|
Directors: Mark Bussler
IMDb Rating: 6.9
Genre: Documentary, Biography, History
Release Date: 1992-11-04
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss,Patrick Jordan,Jennifer Lee Dake
Full movie description "American Experience The Johnstown Flood":It is 1889 and the citizens of Johnstown, Pennsylvania and other towns in the Conemaugh River valley are decimated when the dam upstream at the South Fork Hunting and Fishing Club explodes. Accounts of survivors show physical and emotional terror of the flood experience as one in every ten residents die by drowning, crushing, impalement or burning. The official death toll is 2209. Estimates in newspapers range as high as 15,000. Some blame the steel millionairs and wealthy bankers who own the South Fork Hunting and Fishing Club.
Reviews of the American Experience The Johnstown FloodThe story of the horrible 1889 Johnstown flood is even more timely now, coming in the wake of what happened in New Orleans and the gulf states in 2005. There have been many books about the Johnstown floods (and there have been more than one---the 1889 was the worst one in terms of damage and casualties, however. The town was basically wiped out). These books discuss in great detail the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club up the river, whose members were Carnegie and Mellon and other millionaires. The members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting club were told for years that without an adequate spillway (and this documentary discusses this, to a point), the lake could reach dangerous levels. These warnings, made by engineers, were written off. Folks in Johnstown heard for years that the dam would break, and the idea took on mythical proportions....people who claimed that were "crying wolf," so to speak. The dam did give way, causing a wrath of destruction and creating a true hell on Earth at the Stone Bridge in Johnstown, when debris caught fire. These events are depicted in this documentary and will cause your jaw to drop....how can something like that happen in "a civilized world?" This documentary never discusses the outcome of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club members---just a comment about how no lawsuits were brought forth. The newspapers, many of which had shares owned by the members, were relatively easy on the members. That's not to say they were completely at fault. The citizens should have heeded the warnings. But this, like the Titanic tragedy, is a classic case of rich vs. the poor or less fortunate (and not every resident of Johnstown was poor--but compared to the Pittsburgh wealthy who were members of the club, they were). I'm surprised that Hollywood has not created a 'Titanic'-like film based on this horrible event.
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