Ellis Island


3h 1984

Brief Synopsis

Fred Mustard Stewart's sprawling saga chronicling several European immigrants who come to New York just after the turn of the century in search of the American dream. One, patterned after Irving Berlin, is a Russian Jew hoping to develop a career in songwriting; another is an ambitious Italian garde

Film Details

Release Date
1984
Production Company
CBS Entertainment
Location
Italy; England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
3h

Synopsis

Fred Mustard Stewart's sprawling saga chronicling several European immigrants who come to New York just after the turn of the century in search of the American dream. One, patterned after Irving Berlin, is a Russian Jew hoping to develop a career in songwriting; another is an ambitious Italian gardener who eventually marries a wealthy U.S. Senator's daughter; the two others in prominent immigrant roles are Irish sisters, one of whom is blind. Faye Dunaway, as the Senator's actress wife, was named Best Supporting Actress in a miniseries by the International Television Movie Festival in its first awards.

Ann Jillian, as the ambitious performer who strives to further her career by marrying the up-and-coming songwriter (Peter Riegert), won an Emmy nomination. So did Richard Burton (as the Senator), playing his final role -- he died in August 1984, two weeks after filming his scenes, playing opposite his real-life daughter, Kate Burton, as his screen daughter. Other Emmy nominations went to the film itself as Outstanding Miniseries and to sound mixer Tony Dawe. Costume designer Barbara Lane won the Emmy for her work on part one. The entire production, incidentally, was filmed on location in England and Italy -- not in the United States -- with interiors done at Shepperton Studios near London.

When "Ellis Island" was rebroadcast initially by the network in 1986 to coincide with the Liberty Centennial Celebration, it was cut from seven hours to six, running in two hour segments on consecutive nights.

Cast

Peter Riegert

Jacob Rubinstein

Greg Martyn

Marco Santorelli

Claire Bloom

Rebecca Weiler

Judi Bowker

Georgiana O'Donnell

Kate Burton

Vanessa Ogden

Joan Greenwood

Madame Levitska

Ann Jilliann

Nellie Byfield

Lila Kaye

Kathleen O'Donnell

Stubby Kaye

Abe Shulman

Alice Krige

Bridget O'Donnell

Cherie Lunghi

Una Marbury

Melba Moore

Flora Mitchum

Milo O'shea

Casey O'Donnell

Emma Samms

Violet Weiler

Ben Vereen

Roscoe Haines

Faye Dunaway

Maud Charteris

Richard Burton

Senator Phipps Ogden

Michael Byrne

Dr Carl Travers

Liam Neeson

Kevin Murray

John Moulder-brown

Terry Billings

John Barrard

Guido; Cade

Ellen Blueth

Mrs Fleming

Mark Burdis

Sean

Jonathan Burn

Al Jolson

Edward Burnham

Seamus

Jason Carter

Jamie Barrymore

Peter Childs

Dan O'Leary

Frances De La Tour

Millie Renfrew

Billy Enninger

Mark Santorelli

Doug Fisher

Harry Epstein

Clark Flanagan

Denny

Stephen Grief

Jesse Lasky

Michael N Harbour

Gene Fairchild

Adam Henderson

Eddy Forbes

Julian Holloway

Flo Ziegfeld

Helen Horton

Miss Pringle

Ian Jentle

Ike Ferguson

Chuck Julian

William Morris

Leo Kahle

Little Immigrant Boy

Victor Langley

Yates

Mark Lewis

Albertini

James Lister

Dino Frascati

Isabelle Lucas

Stella

William Merrow

Hoffemeister

Christopher Munche

Travis Crane

Sarah Peterson

Laura

Natasha Richardson

Young Whore

Bernice Stegers

Renata

Ian Tyler

Peter

Sydney Arnold

Call Boy

Kenneth Waller

1st Shepherd

Jeff Harding

Young Reporter

Bill Hutchinson

Official

David Gibson

Bridget'S Son

Stephen Lubman

Tutor

William Roberts

2nd Shepherd

Robert Macleon

Marty Sontag

Shane Rimmer

Duffy

Duncan Preston

Pat Mccay

Douglas Lambert

Richards

Richard Aylen

1st Backer

Ted Maynard

2nd Backer

Gay Baynes

Ria

The Clark Brothers

Dancers

Vernon Dobtcheff

Rachmaninoff

Peter Banks

Election Clerk

Gita Denise

Rally Singer

Film Details

Release Date
1984
Production Company
CBS Entertainment
Location
Italy; England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
3h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States November 11, 1984

Aired in United States November 13, 1984

Aired in United States November 14, 1984

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Miniseries featured Richard Burton's final performance before his death in August 1984.