Captains and the Kings
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Determined to create a better life for his family, Joseph Armagh (Richard Jordan), a penniless Irish immigrant, comes to America in the mid-19th century. Through struggle, heartache and ruthless perseverance, he becomes one of the richest and most powerful men in the country. But fortune has its price as Joseph's arrogance and obsession to have his son Rory (Perry King) elected president ultimately lead to his downfall.
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Top customer reviews
However, in spite of all this, we enjoyed the series tremendously. I had watched it when it first aired in 1976, and I found it just as intriguing today. The cast is superb, the story very enjoyable. The picture was quite clear on the DVD also. It's definitely one I would watch again!
A very well done story about the rise of an Irish orphaned child immigrant and his rise to wealth and power using any means possible. Although never acknowledged, rumor has it was losely based on the rise of Joseph Kennedy Sr., however that is only rumor, but you can definately see similarities.
Very long series, you need hours to watch it, but it is worth it. The acting was great. Be sure to read the book also, you'll enjoy it.
I mentioned it to many people but no one has seen nor heard about this series. You have to be 'old' enough to remember :)
There is not much I can add to the previous comments, but one:
Don't even hesitate a minute.
This is how movies should be made. Story is superb and it's transfer to movie is flawless. Richard Jordan became one of my favorite after this series. What a great actor!
I guarantee that you'll be riveted to the screen and want to watch all of it!