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The Seekers

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(Syndicated, 12/3/1979 and 12/4/1979, 2 Parts, 120 mins each, 4 hours). The third movie about the Kent family of Revolutionary days from the pen of author John Jakes, this two-part, four-hour follow up to “The Bastard” and “The Rebels” continues the account of Philip Kent’s life and career from his emigration to colonial Massachusetts through the American Revolutionary War, and completes the family saga with the story of his two sons and their children as they arrive in the unexplored Northwest Territory. Martin Milner has the part of the aging Philip Kent (played in the two earlier films by Andrew Stevens), with Randolph Mantooth (in the more dominant starring role) as son Abraham and George DeLoy as Gilbert. Made for the Operation Prime Time consortium of independent stations, “The Seekers” had its premiere, surprisingly, on HBO five months before airing on the OPT network of station.

Production Company Universal Television. Director Sidney Hayers. Executive Producer Robert A. Cinader. Producers Gino Grimaldi, Hannah Louise Shearer. Teleplay Steve Hayes. Based on the Novel by John Jakes. Photography Vincent A. Martinelli. Music Gerald Fried. Editors John Elias, John Kaufman Jr. Art Director John E. Chilberg II. Associate Producer Bernadette Joyce.

Cast Randolph Mantooth (Abraham Kent), Edie Adams (Flora Cato), Neville Brand (Capt. Isaac Drew), Delta Burke (Elizabeth Fletcher), John Carradine (Avery Mills), George Deloy (Gilbert Kent), Julie Gregg (Edna Clapper), Rosey Grier (Amos Samuels), George Hamilton (Lt. Hamilton Stovall), Alex Hyde-White (Oliver Prouty), Harriet Karr (Harriet Kent), Brian Keith (Elijah Weatherby), Donald Mantooth (Plenty Coup), Ross Martin (Supply Pleasant), Gary Merrill (Captain Hull), Martin Milner (Philip Kent), Vic Morrow (Leland Pell), Timothy Patrick Murphy (Jarod Kent), Hugh O’Brian (Andrew Piggot), Robert Reed (Daniel Clapper), Allan Rich (General Wayne), Barbara Rush (Peggy Kent), Sarah Rush (Amanda Kent), Stuart Whitman (Reverend Blackthorn), Ed Harris (Lt. William Clark), Jill Jaress (Josie), Michael Sullivan (Captain Miscampbell), Marty Gold (Jarod at ages 4-6), Skip Riley (Lt. Meriweather Lewis), John Jakes (Alex Elphinstone), Guerin Barry (Adam Clapper), Ray Guth (2nd trapper), Marsha Haynes (Young whore), Gwyn Karon (Kentmaid), Eric Lawson (1st gunner), Jeremy Licht (Jarod at age 5), Aaron Neighbors (Gilbert Kent at age 12), James O’Connell (Minister), Joanna Patrice (2nd whore), Eric Stoltz (1st boy), John Joseph Thomas (Adam Clapper at age 14), Paul Tinder (Lieutenant Chasen), Julienne Wells (1st whore), Bruce Wright (Lieutenant Morris), W.T. Zacha (1st drifter).

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