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Phillipe Charboneau is the illegitimate son of an English duke. When he travels from France to England to claim his inheritance, he incurs the wrath of his father's family, and is forced to... See full summary »

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Lee H. Katzin

Writers:

John Jakes (based on the novel "The Bastard" by), Guerdon Trueblood (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Stevens ... Phillipe Charboneau / Philip Kent
Tom Bosley ... Benjamin Franklin
Kim Cattrall ... Anne Ware
Buddy Ebsen ... Benjamin Edes
Lorne Greene ... Bishop Francis
Olivia Hussey ... Alicia
Cameron Mitchell ... Capt. Plummer
Harry Morgan ... Capt. Caleb
Patricia Neal ... Marie Charboneau
Eleanor Parker ... Lady Amberly
Donald Pleasence ... Solomon Sholto
William Shatner ... Paul Revere
Barry Sullivan ... Abraham Ware
Noah Beery Jr. ... Dan O'Brien (as Noah Beery)
Peter Bonerz ... Girard
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Phillipe Charboneau is the illegitimate son of an English duke. When he travels from France to England to claim his inheritance, he incurs the wrath of his father's family, and is forced to flee to America, where he becomes involved in the events leading to the American Revolution. Written by Eric Sorensen

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Drama | History | Romance

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Johnny Carson said in his The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) monologue: "NBC has a new miniseries. It's called The Bastard. (Pause) I don't have a joke, I just like being able to say bastard on television." See more »

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Followed by The Seekers (1979) See more »

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An enjoyable mini-series that is very much a product of the times
23 October 2010 | by XlegionSee all my reviews

I think the other reviewers are a little hard on the first part of what later turned out to be a three part mini-series. Part II, "The Rebels" was not as good as the first, and the third part "The Seekers" is kind of a throw away movie.

Still, I think "The Bastard" was pretty good and Stevens in the lead role was well cast in my opinion. Of course it doesn't have the technical sophistication that we have come to expect from more recent series like 'John Adams' but that is part of its charm.

This has a '70's' look to it all the way, and the photo locations are easily identified as California in some scene rather than England.

Heck, half the reason I like this series is because of the cheesy dialogue and there are some really good scenes such as Phillipe's encounter with Lord North on the stairway at Kentland.

Forget the bad reviews, just sit down and enjoy. No, it's not serious history but we have so little to choose on the American Revolution and the Jakes original story is quite good.

This should be available on DVD by now but alas it is not. This review is from the double VHS set.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bastard: Part 1 of the Kent Family Chronicles See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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