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Captains and the Kings 

Rags-to-riches tale of an Irish immigrant in late 1800s.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Richard Jordan ...  Joseph Armagh 8 episodes, 1976
Harvey Jason ...  Harry Zieff 8 episodes, 1976
Patty Duke ...  Bernadette Hennessey Armagh / ... 6 episodes, 1976
Blair Brown ...  Elizabeth Healey Hennessey / ... 6 episodes, 1976
Robert Vaughn ...  Charles Desmond 6 episodes, 1976
Perry King ...  Rory Armagh 4 episodes, 1976
Katherine Crawford ...  Mary Armagh / ... 4 episodes, 1976
Jane Seymour ...  Marjorie Chisholm Armagh 4 episodes, 1976
Bernard Behrens ...  Gentleman 4 episodes, 1976
Cynthia Sikes ...  Claudia / ... 4 episodes, 1976
Charles Durning ...  Ed Healey 4 episodes, 1976
David Huffman ...  Sean Armagh 3 episodes, 1976
Terry Kiser ...  Courtney Wickersham 3 episodes, 1976
Vic Morrow ...  Tom Hennessey 3 episodes, 1976
Barbara Parkins ...  Martinique 3 episodes, 1976
Joanna Pettet ...  Katherine Hennessey 3 episodes, 1976
Doug Heyes Jr. Doug Heyes Jr. ...  Kevin Armagh 3 episodes, 1976
Jenny Sullivan ...  Honora Houlihan / ... 3 episodes, 1976
Beverly D'Angelo ...  Miss Emmy 3 episodes, 1976
Peter Donat ...  Clair Montrose 2 episodes, 1976
Henry Fonda ...  Sen. Enfield Bassett 2 episodes, 1976
John Houseman ...  Judge Newell Chisholm 2 episodes, 1976
Celeste Holm ...  Sister Angela 2 episodes, 1976
Joe Kapp ...  Bill Strickland / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Ann Dusenberry ...  Anne-Marie 2 episodes, 1976
Rod Haase Rod Haase ...  Roger Mace 2 episodes, 1976
Charles H. Gray ...  Captain Calvin 2 episodes, 1976
Charles O. Lynch Charles O. Lynch ...  Hotel Clerk 2 episodes, 1976
Roberta Storm Roberta Storm ...  Mrs. Calvin 2 episodes, 1976
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Joseph Armagh was a poor Irish immigrant who came to the United States in the mid-19th century, and proceeded, through struggle, heartache and hard work, to become one of the richest and most powerful men in the country. This nine-part miniseries details Armagh's path to success. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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English

Release Date:

30 September 1976 (USA) See more »

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Captains and the Kings See more »

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Runtime:

| (9 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The miniseries cast includes five Oscar winners: Henry Fonda, Patty Duke, John Houseman, Burl Ives and Celeste Holm; and three Oscar nominees: Sally Kirkland, Ann Sothern and Charles Durning. See more »

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The Price of Fortune and Power
16 September 2002 | by cmacneilSee all my reviews

The comparison of the fictional Armaughs to the Kennedy clan can't be escaped. Still, this is a magnificent entertainment piece about an Irish immigrant who claws to the top of power and money (remindful of Joe Kennedy Sr.?)with the crown jewel being son Rory's bid to become the nation's first Irish Catholic president. "Captains and the Kings" is riveting from its beginning when a young Joseph Armaugh is left by his mother's death to care for two younger siblings and through the end where the elderly Joseph is left alone questioning the cost of his power and wealth. The late Richard Jordan is brilliant in presenting his Joseph as the scrapping improverished immigrant turned industrialist power broker but who, in the end, pays a horrible price. The mini-series also introduced us to Blair Brown as the daughter of Joseph's role model, and she manages to grab our empathy despite her being a mistress in Joseph's extra-marital pilferings. But, in a role that landed her a second Emmy, Patty Duke (Astin)is devastating as Joseph's wife in an arranged marriage who gradually is pushed by the price of power (and alcoholism) to insanity. There is a lesson in "Captains and the Kings," especially to those who hunger for more. As with all things, costs come, and the question is at what cost do we feed our hunger and our willingness to pay it.


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