Beyond the Movie

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  • TV-Y7
  • 2008
  • 1 Season
  • 8.1  (30,117)

Beyond the Movie is a television show produced by National Geographic that aired from 1999 to 2001. The show took a unique approach to exploring popular movies by delving into the historical and cultural context surrounding the film's subject matter. A range of experts such as historians, anthropologists, and scientists were brought in to provide their insights and knowledge, and the show also featured interviews with cast members, directors, and producers of the films.

The show began with a brief overview of the movie's plot and characters, followed by scenes from the film itself. However, Beyond the Movie quickly shifted its focus to the real-life events, people, and circumstances that inspired the movie's creation. For example, the episode on the movie Gladiator explored the Roman Empire's cultural and political context, discussed the history of gladiatorial games, and examined the archaeological evidence of Roman architecture and artifacts.

Each episode was narrated by actor Will Friedle, who added a level of drama and excitement to the show. Friedle, who is best known for his role in the hit TV show Boy Meets World, was the perfect host for Beyond the Movie, effortlessly guiding the audience through complex historical events and making the subject matter accessible and engaging.

Beyond the Movie also featured an impressive cast of voice actors who provided their talents to dramatize historical events and bring the show to life. Some of these familiar voices included Cree Summer (from the animated series Rugrats), Kevin Conroy (best known for his portrayal of Batman in various animated shows and movies), Lauren Tom (who voices Amy Wong in Futurama) and Angie Harmon (star of the TV show Rizzoli & Isles).

The use of voice actors in Beyond the Movie was a clever way to breathe life into historical events, providing a more personal and emotional connection to the past. The voice actors brought personalities and emotions to historical figures and events that may have otherwise been dry and inaccessible to many viewers.

Beyond the Movie covered a range of famous films, from blockbuster hits like Titanic and Forrest Gump to cult favorites like The Princess Bride and The Ten Commandments. The show also explored a variety of historical topics, including ancient civilizations like Rome and Greece, World War II, and space travel.

Overall, Beyond the Movie was a fascinating and informative show that explored the historical and cultural context of popular films. The combination of expert analysis, dramatizations, and interviews with the cast and crew of the films made for an engaging and enlightening viewing experience. Despite only running for a few years, Beyond the Movie has remained a beloved series for fans of both history and cinema.

Beyond the Movie is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (5 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 2008.

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Beyond the Movie: Troy
5. Beyond the Movie: Troy
January 1, 2008
No single story in western civilization has continuously inspired and intrigued more people than the Trojan tale of war and deception. But, did a place called Troy really exist? Was Homer's epic more than just an engaging story? Join us in the search for a lost world and unravel the mysteries that swirl around this ancient city. Through stunning recreations and the perspectives of international scholars, National Geographic transports you back in time as we explore the ancient legends of this fabled city.
Beyond the Movie: Pearl Harbor
4. Beyond the Movie: Pearl Harbor
January 1, 2008
Explore the real stories, real heroes, real places, and real action underlying the Touchstone Pictures release Pearl Harbor. Did the characters portrayed in the feature film really exist? How did the moviemakers decide when to use real events and when to foray into fiction? National Geographic documents how real-life history and fiction came together to make a fascinating story. Spellbinding scenes from the film are juxtaposed with authentic combat footage and insights from historians, combat veterans, topranking military personnel, and the film's all-star cast and crew.
Beyond the Movie: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
3. Beyond the Movie: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
January 1, 2008
Join National Geographic for a compelling exploration of the realworld parallels to the events and characters brought to life in the epic motion picture The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Discover the legacy of history's "reluctant heroes" and their striking resemblance to the film's characters. Compare the roles of "wise counselors" like Gandalf, and powerful friendships like that of Frodo and Sam, to their historic counterparts. Thrilling film footage illustrates how historychanging events are reflected in the film's story of courage and camaraderie triumphing over impossible odds. Insights from leading historians, field experts and members of the filmmaking team make this a musthave addition to every Lord of the Rings collection!
Beyond the Movie: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings
2. Beyond the Movie: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings
January 1, 2008
Join National Geographic on a quest to find out how the imaginary world of Middleearth reflects life in our world. Journey through history, myth, language and lore and explore real life parallels between history and fantasy. Includes exclusive footage from the Fellowship of the Ring, insightful interviews with cast and filmmakers, and provocative perspectives of explorers, anthropologists and archaeologists.
Beyond the Movie: Alexander the Great
1. Beyond the Movie: Alexander the Great
January 1, 2008
Explore the fascinating true story of Alexander the Great, the most extraordinary warrior of all time whose military conquests remain unrivaled to this day. Leading his armies through 22,000 miles of sieges in 8 short years, Alexander brought east and west together in the mightiest clash of cultures the world has ever known. Join National Geographic on a quest to uncover the mystery surrounding Alexander's life and examine what inspired him to push onward. Stunning recreations and insights from historians shed light on the question: Did Alexander, fearing no mortal, become his own most dangerous enemy?
Where to Watch Beyond the Movie
Beyond the Movie is available for streaming on the National Geographic website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Beyond the Movie on demand at Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (30,117)