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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1984  
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
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Ellen Blueth ...
 Mrs. Fleming 3 episodes, 1984
Mark Burdis ...
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 Al Jolson 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 ...
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 Jesse Lasky 3 episodes, 1984
Michael Harbour ...
 Gene Fairchild 3 episodes, 1984
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 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 ...
Mark Lewis ...
 Albertini 3 episodes, 1984
James Lister ...
 Dino Frascati 3 episodes, 1984
Isabelle Lucas ...
William Merrow ...
 Hoffemeister 3 episodes, 1984
Christopher Muncke ...
 Travis Crane 3 episodes, 1984
Sarah Peterson ...
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 Young whore 3 episodes, 1984
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Ian Tyler ...
Sydney Arnold ...
 Call boy 3 episodes, 1984
Richard Aylen ...
 Backer #1 3 episodes, 1984
Peter Banks ...
 Election clerk 3 episodes, 1984
Gay Baynes ...
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 ...
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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 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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Drama | History

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11 November 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ellis Island, les portes de l'espoir  »

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Richard Burton's final performance. It was filmed after Nineteen Eighty-Four (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 (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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