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"Faerie Tale Theatre" The Nightingale (1983)

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Original Air Date:
10 May 1983 (Season 2, Episode 2)
A kitchen maid and a nightingale help save the emperor with the power of song and friendship. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Mick Jagger ... The Emperor

Bud Cort ... Music Master

Barbara Hershey ... The Maid

Edward James Olmos ... Prime Minister

Mako ... Gardener / Minister

Chao Li Chi ... Gardener (as Chao-Li Chi)

Keye Luke ... Imperial Doctor

Bobby Porter ... Death Spirit
Ellen Wakamatsu ... First Lady of the Court
Susan Haruye ... Second Lady of the Court

Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Emperor's Bodyguard

Jerry Hall ... Pansy

Anjelica Huston ... Primrose
Alberto Isaac ... Servant #1
Maysie Hoy ... Housekeeper

Charlie Dell ... Chef
John Salazar ... Juggler

John Achorn ... Comedian
Juana Escobar ... Thai Dancer

Shelley Duvall ... Herself - Host / Nightingale / Narrator (voice)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Ivan Passer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hans Christian Andersen  story
Joan Micklin Silver  writer

Produced by
Shelley Duvall .... executive producer
Fred Fuchs .... producer
Bridget Terry .... producer
Film Editing by
Marco Zappia 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark J. Levin .... lighting directer
Other crew
Stewart Duvall .... production staff

Series Crew
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Camera and Electrical Department
Michael J. Jacobs .... special still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katherine Dover .... key costumer
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Additional Details

54 min | Argentina:52 min
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Did You Know?

The production design was inspired by the work of French artist Edmond Dulac, who had in fact illustrated his own version of the fairy tale.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Solovey (1979)See more »


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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Yellowface and wooden acting - a deadly combination, 13 November 2014
Author: MissSimonetta from United States

The Nightingale is a pretty poor episode overall. Aside from the offensive application of yellow face on white actors rather than getting performers of Asian descent to play the parts of the Asian characters (a shameful practice which, sadly, continues even now in some cases), the plotting is poor and the pace is sluggish. They just didn't adapt the original story that well.

The worst part has to be Mick Jagger as the Emperor. The man just cannot act; he is less convincing than the animatronic nightingale serenading him. He is truly wooden and only halfheartedly conveys emotion. That ghoulish Fu Manchu make-up on him only makes his performance all that more unpleasant to watch.

This may be the worst episode of Faerie Tale Theatre. Watch only if you are a Hans Christian Andersen die-hard or a completionist for the show.

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