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Harold Robbins' “The Pirate”

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(CBS, 11/21/1978 and 11/22/1978, 2 Parts, 120 mins each, 4 hours). Elaborate Harold Robbins fiction (told as a two part, four hour film) dealing with a handsome Israeli, raised by an influential Arab, who comes into conflict with his heritage when he is entrusted with managing his country’s oil fortunes and must deal with a fanatical terrorist group led by his daughter. Later edited down to three hours.

Production Companies Howard W. Koch Productions, Warner Bros. Television. Director Ken Annakin. Executive Producer Paul R. Picard. Producer Howard W. Koch. Teleplay Julius J. Epstein. Based on the Novel by Harold Robbins. Photography Roland ‘Ozzie’ Smith. Music Bill Conti. Editors Howard Epstein, Russell Livingstone. Art Director Phil Jefferies. Associate Producer Skip Ward.

Cast Franco Nero (Baydr Al Fay), Anne Archer (Jordana Mason), Olivia Hussey (Leila), Ian McShane (Rashid), Christopher Lee (Samir), Michael Constantine (Yasfir), James Franciscus (Dick Carriage), Armand Assante (Hamid), Stuart Whitman (Terry Sullivan), Eli Wallach (Ben Ezra), Carol Bagdasarian (Maryan), Jeff Corey (Prince Feiyad), Ferdy Mayne (Jabir), Michael Pataki (General Eshnev), Murray Salem (Ramadan), Edward Ansara (Mr. Riad), Dimitra Arliss (Nabilian), Peter Brandon (Captain Hyatt), Leon Charles (Fouad), Renato CibeIli (Major Domo), Edith Diaz (Ben Ezra’s wife), Patricia Donahue (Woman at party), Antonia Ellis (Commanding officer), Ina Gould (Old woman), Magda Harout (Aida), Tina Johnson (Neighbor), Ben Kahlon (Soldier), Zitto Kazann (Yemeni captain), Stacy Keach Sr. (Man at ball), Martine Kelly (Marguerite), Ali Kiani (Raoul), Manuel Kichian (Israeli corporal), Gloria Manos (Mrs. Riad), Macon McCalman (Hutchinson), Mark McIntire (President Kennedy), Musta Ouchama (Mustapha), Alain Patrick (Jacques), Meeno Peluce (Muhammed at age 10), Desiree Richards (Leila at age 8), Jane Marla Robbins (Soad), Leo Rossi (Shadin), Natasha Ryan (Amal (at age 4), Clement St. George (Butler), Naomi Stevens (Farid), Roger Til (Dupree), Dick Wilson (Drunk).

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