Ellis Island (miniseries)

Ellis Island
Written by Fred M. Stewart
Christopher Newman
Directed by Jerry London
Starring Peter Riegert
Gregory Paul Martin
Claire Bloom
Judi Bowker
Kate Burton
Joan Greenwood
Ann Jillian
Lila Kaye
Stubby Kaye
Alice Krige
Cherie Lunghi
Melba Moore
Milo O'Shea
Emma Samms
Ben Vereen
Faye Dunaway
Richard Burton
Theme music composer John Addison
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 3
Producer(s) Nick Gillott
Editor(s) John J. Dumas
Bernard Gribble
Running time 420 minutes
Original network CBS
Original release November 11 – November 14, 1984

Ellis Island is a television miniseries, filmed in the United Kingdom, broadcast in three parts in 1984 on the CBS television network. The screenplay was co-written by Fred Mustard Stewart, adapted from his 1983 novel of the same title. The series tells the story of several immigrants from the late 19th century until the early 1910s, trying to achieve the American Dream and arriving on Ellis Island, hoping for a better life. Ellis Island highlighted numerous important events which occurred up to and during World War I, and many of the characters are based on real persons, such as Irving Berlin. Ellis Island marks the final appearance of Richard Burton and the series was dedicated to his memory.[1]


Ellis Island was nominated for several Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. Costume designer Barbara Lane received the Emmy for Outstanding Costume Design for a Limited Series or a Special. Additionally, the series itself was nominated, along with the actors Richard Burton and Ann Jillian, but the miniseries lost in all three categories. Faye Dunaway is the only actor to have been awarded for her role. She beat five other actresses when winning a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV. Ben Vereen was nominated in the male equivalent category, but lost to Paul Le Mat for his performance in the made-for-TV film The Burning Bed (1984).


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