Ellis Island (1984)

2h 20m
Running Time

1
Seasons

3
Episodes

November 11, 1984
Release Date

TV
IMDb ratings
7
Ellis Island

Ellis Island (1984)

2h 20m
Running Time

1
Seasons

3
Episodes

November 11, 1984
Release Date

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Telepictures
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Ellis Island is a television miniseries broadcast in three parts in 1984 on the CBS television network. The screenplay was co-written by Fred Mustard Stewart, adapted from his 1983 novel of the same title. The series tells the story of several immigrants from the late 1800s until the early 1910s, trying to achieve the American Dream and arriving on Ellis Island, hoping for a better life. Ellis Island highlighted numerous important events which occurred up to and during World War I, and many of the characters are based on real persons, such as Irving Berlin.

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Release Date
November 11, 1984

Status
Ended

Seasons
1

Episodes
3

Running Time
2h 20m

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Ellis Island is a television miniseries, broadcast in three parts in 1984 on the CBS television network. The screenplay was co-written by Fred Mustard Stewart, adapted from his 1983 novel of the same title.

The series tells the story of four immigrants to America, played by Peter Riegert as a Russian Jew, Gregory Paul Martin as a working-class Italian, and Alice Krige and Judi Bowker as two Irish sisters. It starts in 1907 as they manage to leave Europe and travel by boat to Ellis Island, hoping for a better life, and follows their individual struggles, hopes, and successes through the end of 1916, as they try to achieve the American Dream. Ellis Island highlights a number of historic events in Europe and the U.S. throughout the time period, and some of the characters involved are based on real persons, such as Irving Berlin.The series was the final screen appearance of Richard Burton. It was dedicated to his memory, and the cast includes his daughter Kate Burton as his character's daughter. Faye Dunaway won a Golden Globe award for her role in the miniseries, and Ben Vereen was nominated for his role.Originally seven hours long and telecast in three parts on three consecutive nights in November 1984, Ellis Island was shortened to six hours and re-telecast in three parts in the summer of 1986, to celebrate the Statue of Liberty Centennial.The miniseries features six Irving Berlin–style songs, composed by John Addison, with lyrics by Douglas Brayfield and Fred Mustard Stewart.

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