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The Pillars of the Earth 

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Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart.
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 Abbot Suger 8 episodes, 2010
Kelly Banlaki ...
 Princess 8 episodes, 2010
Virág Bárány ...
 Young Woman Whore 8 episodes, 2010
David Bark-Jones ...
Tamás Baross ...
Oliver Bauer ...
 Medieval Child 8 episodes, 2010
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 Martha - young 8 episodes, 2010
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 Henry - 15 years old 8 episodes, 2010
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 Eustace - 15 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Ottilia Borbáth ...
 Townfolk #3 8 episodes, 2010
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 Father Ralph 8 episodes, 2010
Scott Curtis ...
Antal Czapkó ...
Brooke Dean ...
 Maud - 6 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Matt Devere ...
 Gloucester 8 episodes, 2010
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Lara Dzikowski ...
 Townfolk #5 8 episodes, 2010
Gabriella Fon ...
 Townfolk #1 8 episodes, 2010
Stu Gamble ...
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David Haderer ...
 Robin Goodfellow 8 episodes, 2010
Jody Halse ...
 Johnny Eightpence 8 episodes, 2010
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 Messenger #3 8 episodes, 2010
Jeremy Haward-Grau ...
 Little Henry 8 episodes, 2010
Emily Holt ...
 Martha - older 8 episodes, 2010
Péter Horkay ...
Ákos Horváth ...
 Simon Goodfellow 8 episodes, 2010
Barna Illyés ...
 Labourer 8 episodes, 2010
Csaba Jakab ...
 French Mason 8 episodes, 2010
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 Jonathan - 4-5 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Mike Kelly ...
 Messenger #2 8 episodes, 2010
Péter Kertész ...
 Stephen's Physician 8 episodes, 2010
Bernadett Kis ...
László Konter ...
Alexis Latham ...
 One-armed Wool Man 8 episodes, 2010
Antal Leisen ...
 Townfolk #4 8 episodes, 2010
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 Townsman 8 episodes, 2010
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 Elizabeth 8 episodes, 2010
Pál Makrai ...
 French Master Builder 8 episodes, 2010
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 Prior James 8 episodes, 2010
George Mendel ...
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 Grandmama 8 episodes, 2010
Ben O'Brien ...
 Winchester Clerk 8 episodes, 2010
Kende Orbán ...
 Eustace - 4-5 years old / ... 8 episodes, 2010
Miklos Pavel ...
 Sentry Edgar 8 episodes, 2010
Mark C. Phelan ...
Tibor Pintér ...
 Shareburg 8 episodes, 2010
John Rado ...
Kevin Rees ...
 Jonathan - 30 years old 8 episodes, 2010
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 Brother Paul 8 episodes, 2010
Richard Rifkin ...
András Sándor ...
Nicolas Sipek ...
 Stephen's Fake Son - 4 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Tibor Süle ...
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 Gabriel's Mother 8 episodes, 2010
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 Physician 8 episodes, 2010
Dorian Thomas ...
 Teenage Boy 8 episodes, 2010
Geoffrey Thomas ...
 Earl of Weymouth 8 episodes, 2010
Zoltan Toth ...
Zsófi Trecskó ...
 French Peasant Woman 8 episodes, 2010
Tamás Varga ...
 Townfolk #2 8 episodes, 2010
András Várkonyi ...
Zsolt Zágoni ...
 Shiring Messenger #1 8 episodes, 2010
Marcell Závodi ...
 Tommy - 9 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Bianca Bauer ...
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The Pillars of the Earth is set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. In that time, there rises a magnificent Cathedral in Kingsbridge. Against the backdrop, love-stories entwine: Tom, the master builder, Aliena, the noblewoman, the sadistic Lord William, Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge, Jack, the artist in stone work and Ellen, the woman from the forest who casts a curse. At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age. Follett masterfully weaves these stories through political turmoil of 12th century England, creating a relevant and viable world for today's audience and for generations to come. Written by Anonymous

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$40,000,000 (estimated)
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This is Donald Sutherland's second appearance in a Ken Follett adaptation. He previously appeared in Eye of the Needle (1981). See more »

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Throughout the series, Stephen and Matilda are both referred to as "Majesty". English kings and queens did not use the title "Majesty" until the middle of the 16th century, nearly 400 years after the setting of this series See more »

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Beautifully done!
2 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

"Pillars" is amazing! Yes, it does differ some from the original book but it's another story-telling device that enhances an enthralling tale from the 12th century that is fascinating and exquisitely portrayed. I read the book as well as its sequel and thoroughly enjoyed both. The characters in the mini-series were intriguing, beautifully casted and totally believable. There is no way every detail from the book could be worked into the 8+ hour movie for TV. Critics can take exception to some of the what-was-left-out rather than realizing reading a book and watching a movie involve entirely different enjoyment method levels. The mini-series is worth every effort to view. I sometimes watched episodes 2 or 3 times again to take it all in. The sets, special effects, displays of church control vs. every day life for many was portrayed amazingly well. Say what you will about fractured details, overall "Pillars of the Earth" is a fabulous experience that captivates and informs, most of all, invites interest in the metaphor of the building of some of Europe's most gorgeous reaches for heaven architecture-wise as well as the corruption and deceit of many who defied religious belief in the worst ways when they should have been stellar examples of loving leadership.


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