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The Search for the Nile 

The Nile's source was the last great mystery for European explorers in the 19th century. The story of its discovery is one of heroism in the service of faith, greed, and obsession.
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1972  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Kenneth Haigh ...  Sir Richard F. Burton 6 episodes, 1971
James Mason ...  Narrator 6 episodes, 1971
John Quentin John Quentin ...  John Hanning Speke 4 episodes, 1971
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ...  Isabel Arundell / ... 4 episodes, 1971
Andre Van Gyseghem Andre Van Gyseghem ...  Sir Roderick Murchison 4 episodes, 1971
Seth Adagala Seth Adagala ...  Bombay 3 episodes, 1971
Michael Gough ...  David Livingstone 3 episodes, 1971
Ian McCulloch ...  Capt. James Grant 3 episodes, 1971
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The Nile's source was the last great mystery for European explorers in the 19th century. The story of its discovery is one of heroism in the service of faith, greed, and obsession. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alla scoperta delle sorgenti del Nilo See more »

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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Sir Richard Burton, Dr. Stanley Livingston, An historic race
29 November 2001 | by stayputSee all my reviews

This is the first mini-series in my memory, and perhaps one of the greatest ever. Two men compete to be the first European to find the source of the Nile River. In the early 1970's one would never have imagined such a conquest to be so challenging and epic. The music, the settings, the acting, and the direction are all so brilliant, this tv movie easily holds the same place in my memory as "Lawrence of Arabia." If anyone knows how to get the BBC to re-air this film, they'd be doing a great service to television history.


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