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Captains & The Kings

June 19, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

NBC’s First Mini-Series Event – Starring Richard Jordan in his Golden Globe Award-Winning Role
The Rags to Riches Story of an American Dynasty – Based on the Best-Selling Novel by Taylor Caldwell
Winner of Two Emmy Awards including Outstanding Lead Actress (Patty Duke) and CinematographyDetermined to create a better life for his family, Joseph Armagh (Richard Jordan), a penniless Irish immigrant, comes to America in the mid-19th century. Through struggle, heartache and ruthless perseverance, he becomes one of the richest and most powerful men in the country. But fortune has its price as Joseph’s arrogance and obsession to have his son Rory (Perry King) elected president ultimately lead to his downfall. DVD EXTRA… More >>

Captains & The Kings


5 Responses to “Captains & The Kings”
  1. Nelson says:

    Based upon the reviews at Amazon, my wife and I decided to watch this series. We were hopeful it would be as good as some of the Masterpiece Theatre and BBC stuff. After the first few minutes, I sensed that we might be in trouble. Thinking it might get better, and for my wife’s interest, I perservered to the end of part one. When it was over, we both looked at each other and agreed, that was enough. The acting seemed stiff and wooden and unpleasant. Furthermore, the dialogue did not seem to help or be conducive to the acting either. Overall, it appeared to be too much of a contrived and glorified soap opera with no grittiness or heart, just slick, formulaic script. Good literature, or movies, makes you care about the characters. Here, all I cared about was getting it over.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. tor says:

    God it is awful. The rags to riches story of a immigrant is an intereting angle but it is overshadowed by hours of cheap melodrama about things that might be considered a scandal in the 19th century but just make you yawn now. There is a lot of yearning by a young man for a married woman and then later illicit love affairs between in-laws and people of mixed race from the south. A pregnant woman even falls down the stairs in slow motion after being pushed by her drunken husband. I knew she was going to lose the baby the moment she started walking up the stairs towards the man. The main charactrer spends a lot of time covering up illegitemate children to protect his irish sons political career. Gee could their be a parallel to a real life family in the USA, think hard. Save your money, vacum your carpet and then admire the straight lines on the floor.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. SusieQ says:

    I saw this teleplay when I was kid, back in 1976, and at the time I was enthralled. Watching it as an adult, however, was a somewhat disheartening experience. While I generally liked this TV miniseries, I have to say I like it in the same way that I like escapist fictional reads.

    This is a rags-to-riches-family soap opera, with grim overtones about the plight of the Irish in America and secret international committees controlling the real power in the world, to give it depth. I wish the makers had stuck to Ms. Caldwell’s book. In most respects, they have, but the teleplay in almost every instance suffers from prolonged melodrama-itis where it differs from the book. Especially, a very drawn-out death scene regarding a certain young male character, which was definitely NOT in the book. Then there’s the addition of Brian Armagh, who didn’t exist in the book, but was added (I guess) to increase the Kennedy-esque flavor of the last episodes of the story.

    I liked Perry King’s and Jane Seymour’s performances, and I admit that’s probably because I find their chemistry and their star-crossed romance the most interesting part of the later episodes. (This is an instance where I was GLAD that the makers didn’t stick to the book.) The late Richard Jordan is really good, particularly as an angry young man. Patty Duke Astin, as Bernadette Armagh, is affecting at times, but I thought Blair Brown, who plays Elizabeth Hennessey, is the better actress.

    In sum, it’s an enjoyable production, but flawed by frequent melodramatic plot points and crashing theme music, and most assuredly it is not worth spending well over a hundred dollars to obtain the VHS tapes.

    Rating: 3 / 5

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    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Historically intriguing — amazing character studies — some brilliant performances — a story completely unique. And am I correct . . . wasn’t the author found dead after submitting the manuscript against pressure not to do so? It seems this was all in the papers, etc. Too close to the Kennedy secrets, etc. Anyway, this mini series was one of the first and was truly a milestone in all categories. A loooong story does not a mini-series make: Captains and Kings is THE mini-series. Jeann Miltier
    Rating: 5 / 5

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