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
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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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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One of the best miniseries produced - ever.
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This DVD needs to be produced in DVD format. This epic story line is excellent and well written. There can not be enough said about this production as the all-star cast weaves the tale of the Marco Polo's life, the political and economic reasons began his journey, and the problems he encountered the from start to finish. Ken Marshall's portrayal of Marco Polo developing from young Marco beginning his journey to a more mature Marco through the friendships and experiences that he encounters is excellent. I remember Sada Thompson's great performance as Marco's Aunt Flora. The location shots will take the watcher round the world without ever leaving a seat. The richness of costumes and many locations thrust the watcher back into the time of Marco Polo. It has been a while since I have watched Marco Polo, but I still remember the pageantry, the great performances of each actor, and the the fact that this could also be a documentary -drama about Marco Polo. The watcher can truly develop a picture of the life and times of Marco Polo. NBC really needs to find this in its archives and re-issue this Emmy winning epic in DVD, perhaps for a 25 year anniversary!


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