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Tales of the City 

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The stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco. Based on the book by Armistead Maupin (Is A Man I Dreamt Up).
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Olympia Dukakis ...  Anna Madrigal 6 episodes, 1993
Donald Moffat ...  Edgar Halcyon 6 episodes, 1993
Chloe Webb ...  Mona Ramsey 6 episodes, 1993
Laura Linney ...  Mary Ann Singleton 6 episodes, 1993
Marcus D'Amico ...  Michael Tolliver 6 episodes, 1993
Billy Campbell ...  Jon Fielding 6 episodes, 1993
Thomas Gibson ...  Beauchamp Day 6 episodes, 1993
Paul Gross ...  Brian Hawkins 6 episodes, 1993
Barbara Garrick ...  DeDe Halcyon Day 6 episodes, 1993
Nina Foch ...  Frannie Halcyon 5 episodes, 1993
Country Joe McDonald ...  Joaquin 4 episodes, 1993
Parker Posey ...  Connie Bradshaw 4 episodes, 1993
Syd Straw Syd Straw ...  Laurel 4 episodes, 1993
Kevin Sessums Kevin Sessums ...  Peter Cipriani 4 episodes, 1993
Stanley DeSantis ...  Norman Neal Williams / ... 4 episodes, 1993
Cynda Williams ...  D'orothea Wilson 4 episodes, 1993
Paul Dooley ...  Herb Tolliver 3 episodes, 1993
Meagen Fay ...  Binky Gruen 3 episodes, 1993
Michael Jeter ...  Carson Callas 3 episodes, 1993
Belita Moreno ...  Alice Tolliver 3 episodes, 1993
Ian McKellen ...  Archibald Anson Gidde 3 episodes, 1993
Edie Adams ...  Ruby Miller 2 episodes, 1993
Robert Downey Sr. ...  Edgar's Doctor 2 episodes, 1993
Stephanie Faracy ...  Candi Moretti 2 episodes, 1993
Lou Liberatore ...  Chuck 2 episodes, 1993
Mary Kay Place ...  Prue Giroux 2 episodes, 1993
Meadow Sisto Meadow Sisto ...  Cheryl Moretti 2 episodes, 1993
McLean Stevenson ...  Booter Manigault 2 episodes, 1993
Paul Bartel ...  Charles Hillary Lord 2 episodes, 1993
David Brisbin ...  Lemon Candles 2 episodes, 1993
Vicky Preston Brown Vicky Preston Brown ...  Opera Singer 2 episodes, 1993
Lance Loud ...  William Deveraux Hill III 2 episodes, 1993
Lou Cutell ...  Herb Siegel 2 episodes, 1993
Bob Mackie ...  Richard Evan Hampton 2 episodes, 1993
Darin Heames ...  Skate Guy 2 episodes, 1993
Carolyn Lowery Carolyn Lowery ...  Hillary 2 episodes, 1993
Janeane Garofalo ...  Coppola Woman 2 episodes, 1993
Michael McFall ...  Michael's Friend 2 episodes, 1993
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Philip Moon ...  Lionel Wong 2 episodes, 1993
Mother Love ...  Motherly Waitress 2 episodes, 1993
Tom Alan Robbins ...  Supermarket Creep 2 episodes, 1993
Sam Moore ...  Preacher 2 episodes, 1993
Amy Ryder Amy Ryder ...  Frieda 2 episodes, 1993
Don Novello ...  Father Sarducci 2 episodes, 1993
Hank Stratton ...  Robert 2 episodes, 1993
Howard Platt ...  Mr. Wilson 2 episodes, 1993
Kelvin Han Yee ...  Taxi Driver 2 episodes, 1993
Rod Steiger ...  Bookshop Owner 2 episodes, 1993
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Storyline

This mini-series chronicles the adventures of Mary Ann Singleton, a young secretary from Cleveland who takes a vacation to San Francisco and decides to stay. Set in 1976, before the days of A.I.D.S. and crack, the story depicts the city at the height of its boisterous gay, drug, and disco cultures through the eyes of the innocent heroine. Written by Ernest W. Adams <eadams@ea.com>

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1994 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 parts) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Heather Graham, Ashley Judd, Cynthia Nixon, and Maria Portillo were all considered for the role of Mary Ann. See more »

Goofs

When Mr Halcyon is in the doctor's office, his lateral chest x-rays are upside down. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mary Ann's Mother: Hellooo?
Mary Ann Singleton: Mom, It's me.
Mary Ann's Mother: What's the matter did you miss your plane?
Mary Ann Singleton: No. I didn't
Mary Ann's Mother: You know darling we were just talking about you...
Mary Ann Singleton: Would you call Mr. Lassiter and say I won't be in on Monday?
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Pledge Drive (1994) See more »

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Each page transforms brilliantly to screen
30 January 2003 | by RadicalTintinSee all my reviews

One is always concerned when a great work of written fiction is dressed up for the screen, but you can have no worries about the integrity of this production. We all paint pictures of characters when reading a book, and these images remain locked in our minds.

More often than not, when these characters appear in the flesh on the TV, we are a little disappointed. Not in this case! Maupin's wonderfully colourful feast about San Francisco in the seventies transfers vividly to the screen. The emotion and pace of the written original is dutifully kept in this production, with sterling performances all round. Dukakis exudes mystery, D'Amico portrays the endearing 'Mouse' with style, and Linney is sublime.

Expect to be experiencing all the human emotions in this delightful mini series. Perfect.


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