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The Philanthropist: The Complete Series
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He’s Teddy Rist: billionaire playboy, rebel with a cause, and the charming and unlikely hero of the thrilling series, The Philanthropist. Join James Purefoy (Rome), Neve Campbell (Burn Up, Party of Five), and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order) in eight inspiring episodes about a vigilante philanthropist who– after a tragic personal loss– decides to use his money and power to help people in need. Traveling around the globe to some of the planet’s human rights "hot spots," Teddy will put his own life on the line in order to save others. From Primetime Emmy® Award winner Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide: Life on the Street) and Primetime Emmy®-nominated producer/director Peter Horton (Grey’s Anatomy), it’s the courageous series that shows how one person can make a difference in the world.
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Dramatization of an actual man's efforts to live in a better world. The acting seems very real, rather like if you were there watching the actual events happen. Not sure how true to life this actually is, but the acting is very good and the stories interesting, though they sometimes seem a bit contrived. Definitely re-watchable, entertaining, and worth the cost.
My rating is probably a little high for this set, but I really want the people that canceled this show to know they screwed up!!! The short life of this program and the long run of "The Simpsons" are two reasons for me to continue NOT owing a television set. Look how close Star Trek came to being canceled so early in its existence. Shows that I really liked were canceled one or two shows into the new season only to be replaced by repetitive drivel. Seems like the short attention spans of the network executives rule---and I do not like their choices; "Hey, here's a clone of a semi-OK almost sorta show, let's use it to replace the new show---It's different from 'successful' shows." Dimwits! (which is a lot nicer word than the one I actually wanted to use!)!!!
But I'm glad I did. This was the finest hour on television I've seen in years, a perfect blend of acting, character-driven drama rich with emotion and film-quality location photography. Tom Fontana ("Homicide: Life on the Street") did a great job with this series.
When have you ever heard writing this rich in a TV drama, coming from a sorrow-ridden lead character's voice, over an tragic scene he's witnessing and struggling to thwart: "As I've travelled the world, I've seen my share of horrific sites. I'm always stunned, not so much by the horror itself, but by the fact that one human being is doing something unspeakably horrible to another. A woman is dead, other women are being raped emotionally, physically. ... How can any real man not feel violated by that?"
In another episode, the lead character enters a Chinese gem mine where woman and children are forced to work under harsh conditions. He has used his influence and money to secure escape for one person. As they depart, he tries to help an old woman hit with the butt of a gun, but soldiers prevent him. As he slowly walks out of the mine, the sad eyes of those forced to work meet his. With a broken voice, he softly uttered, "I'm sorry", over and over as he passed each captive as he leaves.
This show was a kick in the emotional gut that forced you to think about your place in the world, and whether you're caring enough about others living in it.
Do yourself a favor and watch it. Then marvel at how this gem ever found its way onto television and quickly departed with virtually no one watching it.
The Philanthropist is an eight-episode series that presents a self-centered, thrill-seeking, rich man who has awakened to the fact that he has been blind to the misery and needs of others. He begins to help others as he travels the world on business.
The series also features the life of his partner and his partner's wife. The partner begins to take over more of the daily workings of their financial empire, and the partner's wife runs the philanthropic part of the company.
Each of the episodes also focuses on a particular global political issue which must be dealt with from a business point and an ethical point: the importing of young girls into France for prostitution, ethnic cleansing in Serbia and Kosovo, child slavery in Haiti, blood diamonds in Africa, the military rule in Myanmar/Burma, etc.
Again, this is a very good series, and I recommend it. I wish that it had succeeded.
Added 09/15/12: If you enjoy James Purefoy's acting, he is excellent as Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony) in the series Rome, which lasted two seasons.
December 2012: Just watched the set again, and it's still very good.
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