It's TV time again and it is about book adaptations for TV. I think I already spoke about Roots and The Thorn Birds in previous posts so I couldn't choose these 2 great miniseries. I had to put my Dunce...er, my thinking cap on and come up with 3 different ones that suit the theme. Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what everyone else has chosen...here are my 3.
1. RICH MAN, POOR MAN-1976 (BOOK WRITTEN BY IRWIN SHAW)
This was, to me, the first mini-series that took everyone by storm. I guess, nowadays, you say "Limited-Run" series but back in the day (because I am 99 years old), they were all called mini-series. This catapulted Nick Nolte into super hunk (yes, I said hunk) stardom and brought him to the big screen. Peter Strauss and Nick Nolte play brothers, one "good" and one, a bad boy (Nolte was the bad boy) who do not get along. While Strauss's character wants to get ahead and does make it to the big times, the other struggles and has issues. Of course, there is a girl that comes between them that is Strauss's wife but I think she had the hots for Nolte which creates a Cain and Abel thing going on. OK I am going from memory here and it has been decades since I saw it but it did impress me. Oh and the Late William Smith played a real evil dude who wants both brothers dead. It was juicy and I would like to see it again.
2. THE WINDS OF WAR-1983 (BOOK BY HERMAN WOUK)
I was so looking forward to this film which take place from 1938 to 1941 when the U.S. enters the war after Pearl Harbour but..meh...I called it The Winds of Boredom. You have some great stars in this film headed by Robert Mitchum as Victor "Pug" Henry a naval officer and his family who bear witness to some key events taking place in Europe. I recall the first 2 hour episode being quite good as the Ali MaGraw character is trying to escape the Nazi clutches but then it just goes into this whole soap opera style with someone loving someone and another loving someone...whatever. You can tell I am not enamoured with this miniseries. It did get a whole bunch of awards but I kept wondering...why??? Maybe I am wrong and should try and watch it. There was a sequel called "War and Remembrance" which I decided to forget to watch.
3. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST-1987-1990 (FAIRY TALE BY THE BROTHERS' GRIMM)
I love the Grimm Fairy Tales and even have the original versions of some of the classics (forget cute mice and twilling birds, let's have toes being cut off, eyes plucked out and red hot iron shoes placed onto the evil queen's feet). I have seen many films based on the Grimm Fairy Tales and loved "Grimm" which is a TV show I could have chosen (I shall save that for another day) but I decided to choose this corny but endearing TV show based on Beauty and The Beast. Linda Hamilton plays an assistant district attorney who is severely beaten up one night but is saved by a man who brings her down into the sewers of New York City where he nurses her back to health. She is initially startled by the man who saved her because he looked like a beast who loves to listen to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." They quickly form a mental and emotional bond and the beast can sense when she is in trouble. You get to see how they fall in love over time plus the beautiful underground "city" that is faithfully preserved by the Beast and a number of others who don't "fit into" society. The underground world is run by The Father played by Roy Dotrice who became my favourite character on the show. Rick Baker, a great make-up artist, not only devised the beast make up but told the powers that be they should hire Ron Perlman for the job. They became life long friends afterwards.
Now, just a funny from the likes of the great Dave Allen as Heathcliffe
Which 3 would you choose?