Master of the Game

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Another of the many Sidney Sheldon novels given the TV-miniseries treatment in the 1970s and '80s, Master of the Game yielded a three-part, nine-hour extravaganza, with enough corporate and romantic intrigue to fill an entire television season. Covering nearly 100 years, the story which remained astonishingly faithful to the book begins in the late 19th century, when ruthless young Scottish entrepreneur Jamie McGregor Ian Charleson emigrates to South Africa, in hopes of accumulating enough wealth and power to get...
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Overview

Another of the many Sidney Sheldon novels given the TV-miniseries treatment in the 1970s and '80s, Master of the Game yielded a three-part, nine-hour extravaganza, with enough corporate and romantic intrigue to fill an entire television season. Covering nearly 100 years, the story which remained astonishingly faithful to the book begins in the late 19th century, when ruthless young Scottish entrepreneur Jamie McGregor Ian Charleson emigrates to South Africa, in hopes of accumulating enough wealth and power to get even with his longtime enemy, Dutch merchant Van der Merwe Donald Pleasence. Thanks to an extremely prolific diamond mine, the money comes quickly -- as does vengeance, when McGregor deflowers Van der Merwe's convent-educated daughter, Margaret Cherie Lunghi. The result of this indiscretion is a daughter named Kate Dyan Cannon, who turns out to be the "Master" of the title. Upon attaining adulthood, Kate assumes control of her father's vast financial empire, ruling her inherited international conglomerate, and her husband, David Blackwell David Birney, with an iron fist. The story continues into the next several generations, with Kate's lily-livered son, Tony Harry Hamlin, giving birth to twin daughters, Eve and Alexandra both played by Liane Langland. One is good, the other evil; the evil twin threatens threaten to destroy everything that Kate has so painstakingly built up. Eventually, they both become the victims of a sneering, malevolent gigolo Fernando Allende with a penchant for beating young women senseless. Told in flashback, the narrative comes to a head during Kate's 90th birthday celebration, an event tainted by the efforts of a mysterious killer to wipe the domineering matriarch and her family from the face of the earth. Largely filmed on location, Master of the Game was telecast by CBS from February 19 to 22, 1984.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • UPC: 097361408040
  • Original Release: 1984
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 6:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,012

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dyan Cannon Kate Blackwell
Harry Hamlin Tony Blackwell
Ian Charleson Jamie McGregor
Cliff De Young Brad Rogers
Fernando Allende George Mellis
Liane Langland Alexandra Blackwell
Donald Pleasence Salomon Van der Merwe
Cherie Lunghi Margaret Van der Merwe
Jean Marsh Mrs. Talley
Barry Morse Dr. Harley
Johnny Sekka Banda
Angharad Rees Marianne
Maryam D'Abo Dominique
David Suchet D'Usseau
Leslie Caron Solange
David Birney Daivd Blackwell
Debbie Killingback Kate (age 12)
Kimberly Van Kruan Kate (age 6)
Alison Giddings Eve (age 6)
Michell Giddings Alexandra (age 6)
Clare Mathews Eve (age 12)
Sarah Mathews Eve (age 12)
John Paul Lopez Tony (age 10)
Alan Dobie McMillan
Stratford Johns Zimmerman
Ed Bishop Dr. Mattson
Shane Rimmer Carroll
Louis Zorich Lt. Pappas
Robert Arden Dr. Wilson
Technical Credits
Kevin Connor Director
Harvey Hart Director
Paul Yurick Teleplay
Brian Ackland-Snow Art Director
John Blezard Art Director
Alvin Boretz Teleplay
John Coquillon Cinematographer
Allyn Ferguson Score Composer
Raymond Hughes Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Ibbetson Cinematographer
John Nation Teleplay
Alan Pattillo Editor
Norman Rosemont Producer
John Stoll Production Designer
Ronnie Taylor Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Master of the Game
1. Chapter 1 [18:23]
2. Chapter 2 [12:22]
3. Chapter 3 [10:26]
4. Chapter 4 [9:31]
5. Chapter 5 [9:33]
6. Chapter 6 [9:30]
7. Chapter 7 [16:54]
8. Chapter 8 [25:15]
1. Chapter 1 [16:47]
2. Chapter 2 [11:35]
3. Chapter 3 [3:45]
4. Chapter 4 [8:21]
5. Chapter 5 [2:37]
6. Chapter 6 [12:02]
7. Chapter 7 [3:38]
8. Chapter 8 [6:32]
9. Chapter 9 [8:25]
10. Chapter 10 [6:36]
11. Chapter 11 [9:11]
12. Chapter 12 [8:35]
Disc #2 -- Master of the Game
1. Chapter 1 [3:12]
2. Chapter 2 [13:09]
3. Chapter 3 [10:35]
4. Chapter 4 [11:18]
5. Chapter 5 [10:21]
6. Chapter 6 [25:51]
7. Chapter 7 [18:57]
8. Chapter 8 [9:41]
2. Chapter 2 [11:24]
3. Chapter 3 [12:50]
4. Chapter 4 [9:57]
5. Chapter 5 [11:02]
6. Chapter 6 [13:44]
7. Chapter 7 [12:07]
8. Chapter 8 [9:45]
9. Chapter 9 [3:41]
10. Chapter 10 [1:33]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Master of the Game
   Part 1
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   Part 2
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Disc #2 -- Master of the Game
   Part 3
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   Part 4
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon

    Great movie and book! It should have been a television series! Watch Kate manipulate her family and friends....Kate was the Master of the Game!

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