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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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 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
Zhengyin Cao Zhengyin Cao ...  Governor 2 episodes, 1983
Terry Raven Terry Raven ...  Talib 2 episodes, 1983
Xiaolei Huang Xiaolei Huang ...  Chen Pao 2 episodes, 1982-1983
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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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1982 (USA) See more »

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Marco Polo See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »

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Trivia

Peter Firth, Michael Ontkean, and Mandy Patinkin all turned down the lead role. 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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Cinemagraphic feast of adventure and pageantry for the eyes
7 February 2002 | by jerphayesSee all my reviews

This is one of the better Mini series to be put forth by made for t.v series, showing when t.v. studio production gets it right they get it right. If anyone knows where I can locate a video copy of this please let me know. It's a exquisite story based on the true life adventures and experiences of Marco Polo the Venetian explorer and traveler. It spell binds you to the true life adventures and times of Marco Polo. You are made aware of the intrigues both politcal and as well as economic that send Marco Polo on this long journey. You feel the horror, terror and devastation that the black plague brings to a Middle Eastern port city where death seems to abound around every corner. You feel the majesty and the pageantry of the Great Khan's court and the simple humanity of friendship, expressed between two human beings from different worlds, the Great Khan and Marco Polo. You see Leonard Nimoy in his in between days of Star Trek the t.v. series and the Star Trek bigscreen productions; as Ahmet the evil Muslim administrator in the court of the Great Khan who trys to destroy Marco Polo because he's a rising star in the court of the Great Khan. This is one panoramic, cinemagraphic feast for the eyes truly a miniseries masterpiece and I don't say that lightly. This production could easily serve as historic docu-drama of the life and times of Marco Polo it entertains as well as educates. NBC the originating broadcaster needs to dig into there vaults and dust this one off and let a new generation experience the passion, the majesty and the adventure that is Marco Polo.


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