Rags-to-riches tale of an Irish immigrant in late 1800s.
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1976  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Richard Jordan ...  Joseph Armagh 8 episodes, 1976
Harvey Jason ...  Harry Zieff 8 episodes, 1976
Patty Duke ...  Bernadette Hennessey Armagh / ... 6 episodes, 1976
Blair Brown ...  Elizabeth Healey Hennessey / ... 6 episodes, 1976
Robert Vaughn ...  Charles Desmond 6 episodes, 1976
Perry King ...  Rory Armagh 4 episodes, 1976
Katherine Crawford ...  Mary Armagh / ... 4 episodes, 1976
Jane Seymour ...  Marjorie Chisholm Armagh 4 episodes, 1976
Bernard Behrens ...  Gentleman 4 episodes, 1976
Cynthia Sikes ...  Claudia / ... 4 episodes, 1976
Charles Durning ...  Ed Healey 4 episodes, 1976
David Huffman ...  Sean Armagh 3 episodes, 1976
Terry Kiser ...  Courtney Wickersham 3 episodes, 1976
Vic Morrow ...  Tom Hennessey 3 episodes, 1976
Barbara Parkins ...  Martinique 3 episodes, 1976
Joanna Pettet ...  Katherine Hennessey 3 episodes, 1976
Doug Heyes Jr. Doug Heyes Jr. ...  Kevin Armagh 3 episodes, 1976
Jenny Sullivan ...  Honora Houlihan / ... 3 episodes, 1976
Beverly D'Angelo ...  Miss Emmy 3 episodes, 1976
Peter Donat ...  Clair Montrose 2 episodes, 1976
Henry Fonda ...  Sen. Enfield Bassett 2 episodes, 1976
John Houseman ...  Judge Newell Chisholm 2 episodes, 1976
Celeste Holm ...  Sister Angela 2 episodes, 1976
Joe Kapp ...  Bill Strickland / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Ann Dusenberry ...  Anne-Marie 2 episodes, 1976
Rod Haase Rod Haase ...  Roger Mace 2 episodes, 1976
Charles H. Gray ...  Captain Calvin 2 episodes, 1976
Charles O. Lynch Charles O. Lynch ...  Hotel Clerk 2 episodes, 1976
Roberta Storm Roberta Storm ...  Mrs. Calvin 2 episodes, 1976
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Joseph Armagh was a poor Irish immigrant who came to the United States in the mid-19th century, and proceeded, through struggle, heartache and hard work, to become one of the richest and most powerful men in the country. This nine-part miniseries details Armagh's path to success. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitanes y los reyes See more »

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Runtime:

| (9 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The story follows an Irish immigrant's rise from poverty to power. Though set a generation earlier, it is obviously inspired by the Kennedy clan with Joseph Francis Xavier Armagh [Richard Jordan] in the role of clan patriarch Joeseph Kennedy. Some of the parallels include Armagh as a blockade runner during the Civil War - Kennedy was reputed to be a rum-runner. Armagh married a senator's daughter - Kennedy married a Boston mayor's daughter. Armagh lost a son in the Spanish American War - Kennedy a son in World War II. Armagh's daughter was brain damaged in a horse-riding accident - Kennedy's daughter was born mentally handicapped. Both Armagh and Kennedy had sons assassinated while running for president. See more »

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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Excellent mini-series, but read the book also.
20 September 2008 | by rockk480See all my reviews

In 1976 I was given a copy of the book by Taylor Caldwell by a dear friend who suggested I read it. I was not too keen initially in reading it , but did find it quickly becoming a book that was difficult to put down. While I usually prefer to watch a movie than read a book, the book added more to the story than the movie. The only problem I have with the movie (my vote as the best mini series ever)is that a list of non-fiction books she listed at the back of the book she used to form her novel are regrettably missing at the end of the movie. Joseph Armagh's recognition of a powerful group of individuals determining national politics so intrigued me that I have spent the last thirty years investigating the concept, beginning with the books she recommends at the end of the book. My world view has been unalterably formed by this historical novel and the subsequent investigations over the ensuing years. While I highly recommend this movie, I would also recommend reading the book and beginning your own search for political insight.


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