The life and experiences of the 13th-century explorer, who sought to connect the civilizations of China and Europe through trade.
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 Niccolò Polo 8 episodes, 1982-1983
Tony Vogel ...
 Matteo Polo 8 episodes, 1982-1983
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 Rustichello 7 episodes, 1982-1983
Tad Horino ...
 The Immortal 7 episodes, 1982-1983
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Jack Ong ...
 Multiple Voices 7 episodes, 1982-1983
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 Brother Damian 6 episodes, 1982-1983
Ruocheng Ying ...
 Kublai Khan 5 episodes, 1982-1983
Rate Furlan ...
Angelo Pellegrino ...
Franco Fantasia ...
 Venetian Captain 5 episodes, 1982-1983
Francesco Filippo Fassina ...
 Papal Secretary 5 episodes, 1982-1983
Renato D'Amore ...
Rodolfo Marcenaro ...
Carlo Nardone ...
Lorenzo Rizzato ...
 Venetian Nobleman 5 episodes, 1982-1983
Beulah Quo ...
 Empress Chabi 4 episodes, 1982-1983
Jun'ichi Ishida ...
 Prince Chinkin 4 episodes, 1982-1983
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Enzo Spitaleri ...
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John Dicks ...
 Brother Philip 3 episodes, 1982-1983
Lin Lao ...
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 Ali Ben Yussouf 2 episodes, 1982
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 Aunt Flora 2 episodes, 1982
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 Brother Nicholas 2 episodes, 1982
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 Wang Zhu 2 episodes, 1983
Zaibao Yang ...
Shaokang Yu ...
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 Uncle Zane 2 episodes, 1982
Erkang Zhao ...
Hesen En ...
 Bektor Khan 2 episodes, 1982-1983
Hal Buckley ...
 Brother William 2 episodes, 1982
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 Caterina 2 episodes, 1982
Kathryn Dowling ...
Agnes Chan ...
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Bruno Corazzari ...
 Agostino 2 episodes, 1982
Gino Santercole ...
 Giuseppe 2 episodes, 1982
Zhengyin Cao ...
 Governor 2 episodes, 1983
Terry Raven ...
Xiaolei Huang ...
Renato Miracco ...
 Bartolomeo 2 episodes, 1982
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 Pietro d'Abano 2 episodes, 1983
Nanni Massa ...
 Messer Paolo 2 episodes, 1982
Sun Shulin ...
Salvatore Puntillo ...
 Messer Andrea 2 episodes, 1982
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 Princess Kokachin 2 episodes, 1983
Giulio Gaslini ...
 Messer Lorenzo 2 episodes, 1982
Maria Pia Colonnello ...
 Caterina's Nurse-Maid 2 episodes, 1982
Ma Qiang ...
 Yeli Shue 2 episodes, 1983
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The life and experiences of the 13th-century explorer, who sought to connect the civilizations of China and Europe through trade.

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Peter Firth, Michael Ontkean and Mandy Patinkin all turned down the lead role. See more »

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Referenced in Biography: Leonard Nimoy: Spock and Beyond (1996) See more »

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Something Wondrous to Behold
27 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Soon after finding out what IMDb was, only about a year ago, one of the first things I did was to look up Marco Polo in an attempt to find out something about this series on video. How surprised I was to find various contributors bemoaning the fact that they had not been able to track down any version of this magnificent production. For this is what Marco Polo – beware! 1982 version – is. A wondrous work of art; a beautiful piece of story-telling based on this medieval traveller's experiences as he followed the silk route caravans deep into Persia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and reaching China.

Although nearly twenty years old and with no way of seeing it again since then, memorable scenes from this tremendous production still come to my mind, accompanied by that glorious music – one of Ennio Morricone's crowning achievements. Haunting, exciting scenes, so beautifully filmed by Pasqualino de Santis you could almost smell the thronged streets and cooking turms, the obstinate camels and ragged beggars, and through it all one of the best scores to have ever been written for any TV series.

Oh, how I wish I had had VHS back in those days!

Superb directing by Giuliano Montaldo, who for me is a complete unknown, such that the acting is of the best to be seen anywhere. And what a surprise to see further down the list names such as Anne Bancroft, Sir John Gielgud, Burt Lancaster, Leonard Nimoy and even F. Murray Abraham, could you ever believe that?

Marco Polo in this production was a gigantic production by the Italian RAI. This superb work should be repeated, like any other great work of art; it should be made available on VHS and DVD; it should be shown in cinemas; this fine epic is not like Kleenex – to be used once and thrown away.

Some paltry excuse of copyright would seem to be the problem. But I argue that if other TV mini-series are repeated, why not this one? The only other magnificent TV mini comparable to Marco Polo that I can recall was 'Nostromo' (1996), another European co-production, based on Joseph Conrad's exquisite novel of the same name.

At last, now in 2005 I have managed to get this wonderful series on DVD: more than twenty years waiting for it!


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