Based on the novel by Belva Plain, covering a time span from 1909 to 1959. The story begins in New York's Lower East Side with the arrival of Polish-Jewish immigrant Anna (Lesley Ann Warren... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Lesley Ann Warren ...  Anna Friedman 3 episodes, 1985
Armand Assante ...  Joseph Friedman 3 episodes, 1985
Ian McShane ...  Paul Lerner 3 episodes, 1985
Betty Buckley ...  Mrs. Bradford 3 episodes, 1985
Brian Dennehy ...  Matthew Malone 3 episodes, 1985
Robert Vaughn ...  John Bradford 3 episodes, 1985
Katherine Borowitz ...  Ruth 3 episodes, 1985
Clare Coulter ...  Mary Malone 3 episodes, 1985
Joan Allen ...  Iris Friedman 2 episodes, 1985
Boyd Gaines ...  Chris Bradford 2 episodes, 1985
Barbara Montgomery ...  Celeste 2 episodes, 1985
Glynis Davies ...  Marion 2 episodes, 1985
Jan Tríska ...  Dr. Theo Stoller 2 episodes, 1985
Sarah Rose Sarah Rose ...  Young Iris 2 episodes, 1985
Jackie Burroughs ...  Dorothy 2 episodes, 1985
Benjamin Bernouy Benjamin Bernouy ...  Young Eric (ages 9 to 13) 2 episodes, 1985
Marnie Walsh Marnie Walsh ...  Ellen 2 episodes, 1985


Based on the novel by Belva Plain, covering a time span from 1909 to 1959. The story begins in New York's Lower East Side with the arrival of Polish-Jewish immigrant Anna (Lesley Ann Warren). At first employed as a humble seamstress, Anna is whisked into a whole new world when she becomes the wife of the enterprising Joseph Friedman (Armand Assante), who eventually becomes a wealthy Westchester contractor. Even so, Anna's heart belongs to Paul Lerner (Ian McShane), the son of the prosperous Fifth Avenue family which employs her relatives. In 1918, Anna gives birth to Paul's daughter, allowing Joseph to believe that he is the father. The secret surrounding Anna's child will lead to a daunting and frequently heartbreaking chain of events, culminating decades later in the newly formed state of Israel, where Anna's grandson Eric hopes to "find himself" -- and ends up finding more than he bargained for. Written by Douglas Gordon

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Drama | Family | Romance







Release Date:

24 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hojas perennes See more »

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(3 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Evergreen forever wonderful ****
4 June 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Marvelous recounting of this wonderful heartbreaking story in a television movie.

Armand Assante is absolutely magnificent in the role of an Orthodox Jewish man, Joseph Friedman. Kudos to the people who worked with him in depicting such orthodoxy. Equally good is Lesley Ann Warren as his long-suffering wife.

The film deals with the Friedmans life in America. They suffer 2 tragedies that no family should ever be made to bear. In addition, Mrs. Friedman (Warren) harbors a secret too outrageous to mention in an orthodox community.

A definite story of the human spirit, intermarriage when the orthodox are affected, and adversity beyond human belief. Truly outstanding and fabulously done. This film should be shown again.

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