The Congress


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For 200 years, the United States Congress has been one of the country's most important and least understood institutions. In this elegant, thoughtful and often touching portrait, Ken Burns explores the history and promise of this unique American institution. Using historical photographs and newsreels, evocative live footage and interviews with David Broder, Alistair Cooke, Cokie Roberts, Charles McDowell and others, the award-winning film chronicles the personalities, events and issues that have animated the first 200 years of Congress and, in turn, our country.


IMDB 7.2


Documentary, History


1h 29min

Age rating


Production country

Canada, United States


Ken Burns


David McCullough
Self - Writer / Narrator
Cokie Roberts
Self - Journalist
Alistair Cooke
Self - Journalist
Arthur Miller
Charles McDowell
Self - Newspaperman
Barbara Fields
Self - Historian
John C. Stennis
Self - Former Senator
David Broder
Self - Reporter
George Tames
Self - Photographer
James MacGregor Burns
Self - Historian
Jerome Dempsey
Shelby Foote
Ronnie Gilbert
Julie Harris
Derek Jacobi
Garrison Keillor
Walt MacPherson