Sat Oct 14 00:00:00 MDT 2006archkins Rating:3.0
Grand-scale TV mini-series true to the novel almost to the page. Great scenery and settings appear quite authentic (mostly shot in the Balkans). Casting could have been a little more imaginative. Main character Pug Henry, a Navy officer in his fifties nearing the end of his career, is underplayed by an indifferent and passive Robert Mitchum who looks too old and pudgy for the part - mainly because he was in his mid-sixties when the film was made. Glenn Ford or a similar contemporary would have been more believable. Bad boy Jan Michael-Vincent is miscast as wayfaring youngest son Brian and was not very convincing as an erstwhile graduate student of art and history. In spite of that, the well-photographed film gives an interesting and believable perspective of world dynamics in the three years preceding the attack on Pearl Harbor. Topol does a superb job as always as the Jewish cousin in war-torn Poland, while Polly Bergen is perfect as the glamour-loving Navy wife and Ralph Bellamy gives an inspiring performance as FDR. Recommended as a good story of history for those generations that came of age after WWII (and didn¿t pay attention in history class).
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