The Pillars of the Earth (2010)

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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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 Waleran Bigod (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Philip (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Jack (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Aliena (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Regan Hamleigh (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Ellen (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Remigius (9 episodes, 2010)
John Pielmeier ...
 Cuthbert (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Percy Hamleigh (9 episodes, 2010)
Clive Wood ...
 King Henry I / ... (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Richard (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Alfred (9 episodes, 2010)
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 William Hamleigh (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Stephen (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Bartholomew (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Maud (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Archbishop (9 episodes, 2010)
László Áron ...
 Architect (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Abbot Suger (8 episodes, 2010)
Kelly Endresz-Banlaki ...
 Princess (8 episodes, 2010)
Virág Bárány ...
 Young Woman Whore (8 episodes, 2010)
David Bark-Jones ...
 Francis (8 episodes, 2010)
Tamás Baross ...
 Gabriel (8 episodes, 2010)
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 ...
 Peasant (8 episodes, 2010)
Antal Czapkó ...
 General (8 episodes, 2010)
Brooke Dean ...
 Maud - 6 years old (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Gloucester (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Agnes (8 episodes, 2010)
Lara Dzikowski ...
 Townfolk #5 (8 episodes, 2010)
Gabriella Fon ...
 Townfolk #1 (8 episodes, 2010)
Stu Gamble ...
 Lad (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Lord #1 (8 episodes, 2010)
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 ...
 Steward (8 episodes, 2010)
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 ...
 Midwife (8 episodes, 2010)
László Konter ...
 Bishop (8 episodes, 2010)
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 ...
 Lord #2 (8 episodes, 2010)
Lisa Millett ...
 Kate (8 episodes, 2010)
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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 Phelan ...
 Otto (8 episodes, 2010)
Tibor Pintér ...
 Shareburg (8 episodes, 2010)
John Rado ...
 Sentry (8 episodes, 2010)
Kevin Rees ...
 Jonathan - 30 years old (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Brother Paul (8 episodes, 2010)
Richard Rifkin ...
 Matthew (8 episodes, 2010)
András Sándor ...
 Page (8 episodes, 2010)
Nicolas Sipek ...
 Stephen's Fake Son - 4 years old (8 episodes, 2010)
Tibor Süle ...
 Antoine (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Young Woman (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Gabriel's Mother (8 episodes, 2010)
Sándor Téri ...
 Physician (8 episodes, 2010)
Dorian Thomas ...
 Teenage Boy (8 episodes, 2010)
Geoffrey Thomas ...
 Earl of Weymouth (8 episodes, 2010)
Zoltan Toth ...
 Prince (8 episodes, 2010)
Zsófi Trecskó ...
 French Peasant Woman (8 episodes, 2010)
Tamás Varga ...
 Townfolk #2 (8 episodes, 2010)
András Várkonyi ...
 Captain (8 episodes, 2010)
Zsolt Zágoni ...
 Shiring Messenger #1 (8 episodes, 2010)
Marcell Závodi ...
 Tommy - 9 years old (8 episodes, 2010)
Bianca Bauer ...
 Medieval Child (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Tom Builder (7 episodes, 2010)
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 Walter (7 episodes, 2010)
Ken Follett ...
 Merchant (3 episodes, 2010)
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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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Ken Follett:  The merchant who tells Jack about his father. See more »

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Rectangular quadripartite rib vaults, the type of the Gothic vaults used in the cathedral's nave, appeared in the second half of the 13th century (about a century later than shown in the series). See more »

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Epic novel brought grandly to the screen
21 August 2010 | by (Baltimore) – See all my reviews

I have read everything Ken Follett has written, but I pretty much had him pegged as a writer of extraordinarily readable suspense potboilers. Better than Stephen King, but no Cormac McCarthy. Then, in 1989 he unveiled "Pillars of the Earth" and I was stunned. Follett gave full rein to his incredibly vivid and compelling storytelling abilities. When I finished I was sad. I could no longer follow the adventures of these heroic and scheming English men and women in the the tumultuous 12th Century, a time of uncertainty over who should be on the throne.

I have now watched the first six episodes (available on Netflix for instant viewing) and am dying to see the final two when they come available. I didn't know what to expect, but I can declare myself fully satisfied.

What worried me most going in was the series was what the tone would be. Follett is a master of grand, operatic gestures. The mini-series captures that.

He also is far from shy about sex, barbarism and vulgarity. There's a scene when the monks put Ellen on trial as a witch that made my jaw drop. No F-bombs, but one startling c**t bomb. The incest theme between William and his mother is not explicitly shown, but very clear.

Occasionally, it's a bit "stagey" and the CGI is good, but not state of the art.

Still, "Pillars" is a triumph of epic storytelling.


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