To Be the Best

To Be the Best

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Director: Tony Wharmby, Lindsay Wagner, David Robb, Thomas Ewbank

Cast: Tony Wharmby, Lindsay Wagner, David Robb, Thomas Ewbank

     
 

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Lindsay Wagner stars as Paula O'Neill in this made-for-TV miniseries based on the best-selling novel by Barbara Taylor Bradford. Paula's grandmother, Emma Harte, took a failing department store and turned it into the powerful Harte Industries retail empire, and now that Paula has inherited the family business, she is determined to expand their international success by

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Lindsay Wagner stars as Paula O'Neill in this made-for-TV miniseries based on the best-selling novel by Barbara Taylor Bradford. Paula's grandmother, Emma Harte, took a failing department store and turned it into the powerful Harte Industries retail empire, and now that Paula has inherited the family business, she is determined to expand their international success by launching a new store in Hong Kong. However, Paula's cousins Jonathan (Christopher Cazenove) and Sarah (Claire Oberman) are determined to wrest control of the company away from Paula, and begin running interference in her plans for global expansion. Paula soon learns that Harte Industries is on financially shaky ground, and her personal life begins to crumble under the strain of keeping Hart Enterprises afloat. As Jonathan uses the firm's financial woes to his advantage, Paula finds that Jack Figg (Anthony Hopkins), the company's head of security, may be her last line of defense against her devious relatives. Originally broadcast in August 1992, To Be the Best was a follow-up to 1983's A Woman of Substance, another miniseries based on a Barbara Taylor Bradford novel, which covered Paula's life before she took over the family business; Diane Baker played Paula in the earlier series.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2001
UPC:
0054961428236
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
NR
Source:
Acorn Media

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lindsay Wagner Paula O'Neill
David Robb Shane
Thomas Ewbank Patrick
Christopher Cazenove Jonathan Ainsley
Anthony Hopkins Jack Figg
Stephanie Beacham Arabella
Stuart Wilson Jack Miller
James Saito Tony Chiu
Fiona Fullerton Madelena
Gary Cady Philip
Claire Oberman Sarah Pascal
Christopher Blake Sandy
Julian Fellowes Dennis
Rob Freeman Harvey G. Rawson
Belinda Mayne Jill
Robert Austin George
Ozzie Yue Bank President
Eddie Yeoh Casino Manager
Louis Roth Elwyn Sorrell
Moray Watson Hunter
Bill Reimbold Peale
Bill Hutchinson Doone
Sarah Lam Ming
Peter Dennis Doctor
John Atkinson Yorkshire Farmer
Jay Benedict TV Director
Ian Bleasdale Family Doctor
Sandra Caron Farmer's Wife
Ellis Dale Willie
Joanna Dickens Woman in Hats
Sam Douglas Detective
John Golightly Verger
Chris Jenkinson Dave
Catherine Roman Waitress
John Sterland Farmer
Suzanne Vale Mrs. Redmayne

Technical Credits
Tony Wharmby Director
Brian Ackland-Snow Production Designer
Elliott Baker Screenwriter
Barbara Lane Costumes/Costume Designer
John Shirley Editor
Aida Young Producer

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To Be the Best 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't bother buying the DVD "To Be the Best." If you saw "Woman of Substance" and "Hold the Dream" this one doesn't come close. Lindsey Wagner makes an awful Paula, and she would never have had an affair with Jack Figg. Jack Figg figures prominently in the movie although in the book he was a passing figure. Sandy was head of Hart Enterprises and wouldn't have been gambling in Hong Kong. Philip ran the sheep station and had nothing whatever to do with the stores. They show Shane as being antagonistic toward Paula's working and that didn't happen. Also, what happened to Paula's older twins. They are not mentioned and Emily has no part in this story either although she was a large part of the book.

The only good part of this DVD is that Barbara Taylor Bradford introduces it.

Dont' waste your money on this one.