The life and experiences of the thirteenth century explorer, who sought to connect the civilizations of China and Europe through trade.
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Ken Marshall ...  Marco Polo 8 episodes, 1982-1983
Denholm Elliott ...  Niccolò Polo 8 episodes, 1982-1983
Tony Vogel ...  Matteo Polo 8 episodes, 1982-1983
David Warner ...  Rustichello / ... 7 episodes, 1982-1983
F. Murray Abraham ...  Jacopo 6 episodes, 1982-1983
Mario Adorf ...  Giovanni 6 episodes, 1982-1983
Patrick Mower ...  Brother Damian 6 episodes, 1982-1983
Ruocheng Ying ...  Kublai Khan 5 episodes, 1982-1983
Beulah Quo Beulah Quo ...  Empress Chabi 4 episodes, 1982-1983
Jun'ichi Ishida Jun'ichi Ishida ...  Prince Chinkin 4 episodes, 1982-1983
James Hong ...  Phags-pa 4 episodes, 1982-1983
Gordon Mitchell ...  Arnolfo 4 episodes, 1982-1983
Leonard Nimoy ...  Achmet 3 episodes, 1983
Bruno Zanin ...  Giulio 3 episodes, 1982
John Dicks John Dicks ...  Brother Philip 3 episodes, 1982-1983
Lin Lao Lin Lao ...  Bayan 3 episodes, 1983
Ian McShane ...  Ali Ben Yussouf 2 episodes, 1982
Sada Thompson ...  Aunt Flora 2 episodes, 1982
Tony Lo Bianco ...  Brother Nicholas 2 episodes, 1982
Soon-Tek Oh ...  Wang Zhu 2 episodes, 1983
Zaibao Yang Zaibao Yang ...  Yang Ku 2 episodes, 1983
Shaokang Yu Shaokang Yu ...  Caidu Khan 2 episodes, 1982-1983
Riccardo Cucciolla ...  Uncle Zane 2 episodes, 1982
Erkang Zhao Erkang Zhao ...  Nayan 2 episodes, 1983
Hesen En Hesen En ...  Bektor Khan 2 episodes, 1982-1983
Hal Buckley Hal Buckley ...  Brother William 2 episodes, 1982
Georgia Slowe ...  Caterina 2 episodes, 1982
Kathryn Dowling Kathryn Dowling ...  Monica 2 episodes, 1983
Agnes Chan ...  Mai Li 2 episodes, 1983
Tetsurô Tanba ...  Saiamon 2 episodes, 1983
Bruno Corazzari ...  Agostino 2 episodes, 1982
Gino Santercole Gino Santercole ...  Giuseppe 2 episodes, 1982
Zengyin Cao Zengyin Cao ...  Governor 2 episodes, 1983
Terry Raven Terry Raven ...  Talib 2 episodes, 1983
Xiaolei Huang Xiaolei Huang ...  Chen Pao 2 episodes, 1982-1983
Renato Miracco Renato Miracco ...  Bartolomeo 2 episodes, 1982
Vernon Dobtcheff ...  Pietro d'Abano 2 episodes, 1983
Nanni Massa Nanni Massa ...  Messer Paolo 2 episodes, 1982
Shulin Sun Shulin Sun ...  Argan 2 episodes, 1983
Salvatore Puntillo Salvatore Puntillo ...  Messer Andrea 2 episodes, 1982
Renhua Na ...  Princess Kokachin 2 episodes, 1983
Giulio Gaslini Giulio Gaslini ...  Messer Lorenzo 2 episodes, 1982
Maria Pia Colonnello Maria Pia Colonnello ...  Caterina's Nurse-Maid 2 episodes, 1982
Ma Qiang Ma Qiang ...  Yeli Shue 2 episodes, 1983
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The life and experiences of the thirteenth century explorer, who sought to connect the civilizations of China and Europe through trade.

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Trivia

Enrico Sabbatini spent over three years designing over 4,000 unique costumes and 3,500 pairs of shoes. His research required two trips to China where he visited museums and talked with historians in an attempt to re-create the 13th century before returning to Rome with thousands of square feet of silks, cottons and cashmeres and more than 1,000 furs. The embroideries were done in China, the hand-hammered armor was made in Italy and the jade was hand-carved for the Mongol belts and the breastplate of Kublai Khan. Even the undergarments were authentic. All the costumes were of museum quality and were specially presented at the Washington Textile Museum, where among the highlights was a ceremonial robe ornately embroidered with dragons in gold leaf at a cost of $7,000. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US broadcast of the 10-hour mini-series aired on NBC in four consecutive nights from May 16-19, 1982. Parts 1 and 4 were three hours long, while parts 2 and 3 were two hours long (including commercials). See more »

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Referenced in Biography: Leonard Nimoy: Spock and Beyond (1996) See more »

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Absolutely loved it
19 December 2000 | by maggiejSee all my reviews

This movie kept my interest throughout every single last minute, from the opening credits the night of the first episode, to the closing credits the night of the final episode. One might think that somewhere in there, your attention would wander, but not with this movie. It was absolutely wonderful and the way it combined all aspects of the story and the characters - love, adventure, compassion, greed, war, in-fighting, etc. - was marvellous. It seems that nearly all of the TV mini-series are available on video, but I can't find this. The highest compliment a movie can get from the viewer is their time and I will say that I would watch this over and over and over again. I give it a 10!!!


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1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marco Polo See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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4:3 full frame
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