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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 Jacob Rubinstein (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Marco Santorelli (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Rebecca Weiler (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Georgiana 'Georgie' O'Donnell (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Vanessa Ogden (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Madame Levitska (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Nellie Byfield (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Kathleen O'Donnell (3 episodes, 1984)
Stubby Kaye ...
 Abe Shulman (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Bridget O'Donnell (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Una Marbury (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Flora Mitchum (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Casey O'Donnell (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Violet Weiler (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Roscoe Haines (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Sen. Phipps Ogden (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Dr. Carl Travers (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Maud Charteris (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Terry Billings (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Kevin Murray (3 episodes, 1984)
John Barrard ...
 Guido (3 episodes, 1984)
Ellen Blueth ...
 Mrs. Fleming (3 episodes, 1984)
Mark Burdis ...
 Sean (3 episodes, 1984)
Jonathan Burn ...
 Al Jolson (3 episodes, 1984)
Edward Burnham ...
 Seamus (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Jamie Barrymore (3 episodes, 1984)
Peter Childs ...
 Dan O'Leary (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Millie Renfrew (3 episodes, 1984)
Billy Ehninger ...
 Mark Santorelli (3 episodes, 1984)
Doug Fisher ...
 Harry Epstein (3 episodes, 1984)
Clark Flanagan ...
 Denny (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Jesse Lasky (3 episodes, 1984)
Michael Harbour ...
 Gene Fairchild (3 episodes, 1984)
Adam Henderson ...
 Eddy Forbes (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Florenz Ziegfeld (3 episodes, 1984)
Helen Horton ...
 Miss Pringle (3 episodes, 1984)
Ian Jentle ...
 Ike Ferguson (3 episodes, 1984)
Chuck Julian ...
 William Morris (3 episodes, 1984)
Leo Kahle ...
 Little immigrant boy (3 episodes, 1984)
Victor Langley ...
 Yates (3 episodes, 1984)
Mark Lewis ...
 Albertini (3 episodes, 1984)
James Lister ...
 Dino Frascati (3 episodes, 1984)
Isabelle Lucas ...
 Stella (3 episodes, 1984)
William Merrow ...
 Hoffemeister (3 episodes, 1984)
Christopher Muncke ...
 Travis Crane (3 episodes, 1984)
Sarah Peterson ...
 Laura (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Young whore (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Renata (3 episodes, 1984)
Ian Tyler ...
 Peter (3 episodes, 1984)
Sydney Arnold ...
 Call boy (3 episodes, 1984)
Richard Aylen ...
 Backer #1 (3 episodes, 1984)
Peter Banks ...
 Election clerk (3 episodes, 1984)
Gay Baynes ...
 Ria (3 episodes, 1984)
Gita Denise ...
 Rally singer (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Rachmaninoff (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Bridget's son (3 episodes, 1984)
Jeff Harding ...
 Young reporter (3 episodes, 1984)
Bill Hutchinson ...
 Official (3 episodes, 1984)
Douglas Lambert ...
 Richards (3 episodes, 1984)
Stephen Lubman ...
 Tutor (3 episodes, 1984)
Robert MacLeod ...
 Marty Sontag (3 episodes, 1984)
Ted Maynard ...
 Backer #2 (3 episodes, 1984)
Duncan Preston ...
 Pat McCay (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Duffy (3 episodes, 1984)
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 Shepherd #2 (3 episodes, 1984)
Kenneth Waller ...
 Shepherd #1 (3 episodes, 1984)
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 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)  »

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Ellis Island, les portes de l'espoir  »

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Nothing "mini" about this mini-series
26 December 2001 | by (Minneapolis) – See 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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