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Ellis Island 

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The lives and struggles of some of the countless immigrants who arrived on Ellis Island during the 19th century in search of the American Dream.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Peter Riegert ...  Jacob Rubinstein 3 episodes, 1984
Gregory Paul Martin ...  Marco Santorelli 3 episodes, 1984
Claire Bloom ...  Rebecca Weiler 3 episodes, 1984
Judi Bowker ...  Georgiana 'Georgie' O'Donnell 3 episodes, 1984
Kate Burton ...  Vanessa Ogden 3 episodes, 1984
Joan Greenwood ...  Madame Levitska 3 episodes, 1984
Ann Jillian ...  Nellie Byfield 3 episodes, 1984
Lila Kaye ...  Kathleen O'Donnell 3 episodes, 1984
Stubby Kaye ...  Abe Shulman 3 episodes, 1984
Alice Krige ...  Bridget O'Donnell 3 episodes, 1984
Cherie Lunghi ...  Una Marbury 3 episodes, 1984
Melba Moore ...  Flora Mitchum 3 episodes, 1984
Milo O'Shea ...  Casey O'Donnell 3 episodes, 1984
Emma Samms ...  Violet Weiler 3 episodes, 1984
Ben Vereen ...  Roscoe Haines 3 episodes, 1984
Richard Burton ...  Sen. Phipps Ogden 3 episodes, 1984
Michael Byrne ...  Dr. Carl Travers 3 episodes, 1984
Faye Dunaway ...  Maud Charteris 3 episodes, 1984
John Moulder-Brown ...  Terry Billings 3 episodes, 1984
Liam Neeson ...  Kevin Murray 3 episodes, 1984
John Barrard ...  Guido 3 episodes, 1984
Ellen Blueth Ellen Blueth ...  Mrs. Fleming 3 episodes, 1984
Mark Burdis Mark Burdis ...  Sean 3 episodes, 1984
Jonathan Burn ...  Al Jolson 3 episodes, 1984
Edward Burnham ...  Seamus 3 episodes, 1984
Jason Carter ...  Jamie Barrymore 3 episodes, 1984
Peter Childs Peter Childs ...  Dan O'Leary 3 episodes, 1984
Frances de la Tour ...  Millie Renfrew 3 episodes, 1984
Billy Ehninger Billy Ehninger ...  Mark Santorelli 3 episodes, 1984
Doug Fisher ...  Harry Epstein 3 episodes, 1984
Clark Flanagan Clark Flanagan ...  Denny 3 episodes, 1984
Stephen Greif ...  Jesse Lasky 3 episodes, 1984
Michael Harbour Michael Harbour ...  Gene Fairchild 3 episodes, 1984
Adam Henderson ...  Eddy Forbes 3 episodes, 1984
Julian Holloway ...  Florenz Ziegfeld 3 episodes, 1984
Helen Horton ...  Miss Pringle 3 episodes, 1984
Ian Jentle Ian Jentle ...  Ike Ferguson 3 episodes, 1984
Chuck Julian Chuck Julian ...  William Morris 3 episodes, 1984
Leo Kahle Leo Kahle ...  Little immigrant boy 3 episodes, 1984
Victor Langley Victor Langley ...  Yates 3 episodes, 1984
Mark Lewis Mark Lewis ...  Albertini 3 episodes, 1984
James Lister James Lister ...  Dino Frascati 3 episodes, 1984
Isabelle Lucas Isabelle Lucas ...  Stella 3 episodes, 1984
William Merrow William Merrow ...  Hoffemeister 3 episodes, 1984
Christopher Muncke ...  Travis Crane 3 episodes, 1984
Sarah Peterson Sarah Peterson ...  Laura 3 episodes, 1984
Natasha Richardson ...  Young whore 3 episodes, 1984
Bernice Stegers ...  Renata 3 episodes, 1984
Ian Tyler Ian Tyler ...  Peter 3 episodes, 1984
Sydney Arnold Sydney Arnold ...  Call boy 3 episodes, 1984
Richard Aylen Richard Aylen ...  Backer #1 3 episodes, 1984
Peter Banks Peter Banks ...  Election clerk 3 episodes, 1984
Gay Baynes Gay Baynes ...  Ria 3 episodes, 1984
Gita Denise Gita Denise ...  Rally singer 3 episodes, 1984
Vernon Dobtcheff ...  Rachmaninoff 3 episodes, 1984
David Gibson ...  Bridget's son 3 episodes, 1984
Jeff Harding ...  Young reporter 3 episodes, 1984
Bill Hutchinson Bill Hutchinson ...  Official 3 episodes, 1984
Douglas Lambert Douglas Lambert ...  Richards 3 episodes, 1984
Stephen Lubman Stephen Lubman ...  Tutor 3 episodes, 1984
Robert MacLeod Robert MacLeod ...  Marty Sontag 3 episodes, 1984
Ted Maynard Ted Maynard ...  Backer #2 3 episodes, 1984
Duncan Preston ...  Pat McCay 3 episodes, 1984
Shane Rimmer ...  Duffy 3 episodes, 1984
William Roberts ...  Shepherd #2 3 episodes, 1984
Kenneth Waller Kenneth Waller ...  Shepherd #1 3 episodes, 1984
Derek Lyons ...  Immigration Officer 3 episodes, 1984
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The lives and struggles of some of the countless immigrants who arrived on Ellis Island during the 19th century in search of the American Dream.

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11 November 1984 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Richard Burton's final performance. It was filmed after 1984 (1984), which was his final theatrical film. He only agreed to play a supporting role in this television series because his daughter Kate was one of the cast. See more »

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Nothing "mini" about this mini-series
26 December 2001 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

Here, from the Golden Age of the Mini-Series, is one of those big, multi-star affairs which spans decades and which blends a number of sub-plots into a kind of historical panorama. True, it's all a bit superficial and there's more than a touch of soap-opera in the proceedings, but when one says, "They don't make 'em like this anymore," one says it with regret.

The story-line runs from just after the turn-of-the-century through World War I and it centers on a Jewish immigrant from Russia who becomes a successful Broadway songwriter, a handsome Italian who moves from gigolo to politician, and two young women from Ireland, one of whom becomes blind and one of whom has a dark secret in her past.

Curious is the case of the actor billed as "Greg Martyn" who plays the Italian immigrant. He's a tall, good-looking man with a lot of presence and he has one of the show's more memorable scenes: he's tied shirtless to a hot radiator by a loan-shark angry that his money hasn't been re-paid. Who can forget that "sizzling" sound made when the Italian's naked, sweaty back is pressed against the scorching metal?

Yet, despite all this, Greg Martyn's career went absolutely nowhere after "Ellis Island."

Performances are uniformly good throughout but notwithstanding his prominent billing, Richard Burton has little to do and seems to be running on "auto-pilot."


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