Director: Stuart Cooper Cast: Anthony Andrews, Colleen Dewhurst, Ava Gardner

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Filmed in Tunisia on a budget of 30 million dollars, the five-part, 12-hour miniseries A.D. was the final installment in a historical trilogy which included Moses the Lawgiver and Jesus of Nazareth. Covering the years 30 to 69 A.D., the teleplay, co-written by Anthony Burgess, chronicled the political intrigue which plagued the Roman Empire, with such key players as the emperors Tiberius (James Mason in his final role), Caligula (John McEnery), Claudius (Richard Kiley), and Nero (Anthony Andrews) calling the shots. Meanwhile, the death of Jesus Christ (played by Michael Wilding, son of Elizabeth Taylor) not only sparked a widespread monotheistic religious movement, but also resulted in devastating factionalism amongst the various Jewish sects of the era. Offsetting the true events are a number of fictional subplots, among them the romance between Jewish slave girl Sarah (Amanda Pays) and Roman soldier Valerius (Neil Dickson), and the tempestuous relationship between male and female gladiators, Caleb (Cecil Humphreys) and Corinna (Diana Venora). The huge cast included Ava Gardner, making her TV-movie debut as the scheming Agrippina. The winner of an Emmy award for Best Film Editing, A.D. was broadcast by NBC from March 31 through April 4, 1985.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/1999
UPC: 0095163997830
Original Release: 1985
Rating: NR
Source: Bridgestone Multimed

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Andrews Nero
Colleen Dewhurst Antonia
Ava Gardner Agrippina
David Hedison Porcius Festus
John Houseman Gamaliel
Richard Kiley Claudius
James Mason Tiberius
John McEnery Caligula
Ian McShane Sejanus
Jennifer O'Neill Messalina
Millie Perkins Mary
Denis Quilley Peter
Fernando Rey Seneca
Richard Roundtree Serpenius
Susan Sarandon Livilla
Ben Vereen Ethiopian
Tony Vogel Aquila
Jack Warden Nerva
Anthony Zerbe Pontius Pilate
Neil Dickson Valerius
Cecil Humphreys Caleb
Amanda Pays Sarah
Philip Sayer Saul (Paul)
Diane Venora Corinna
Michael Wilding Jesus Christ
Vincenzo Ricotta Stephen
Rebecca Saire Ruth
Tom Durham Cleopas
Anthony Pedley Zachaeus
Harold Kasket Caiaphas
Ralph Arliss Samuel
Mike Gwilym Pallas
Mike Harries Thomas
Norma Martinelli Apicata
Bruce Winant Seth
Jonathan Hyde Tigellinus
Damien Thomas Herod Agrippa
Derek Hoxby Agrippa II
Angela Morant Priscilla
Clive Arrindell Cassius Chaerca
Paul Freeman Cornelius
Andrea Prodan Brittanicus
Akosua Busia Acte
Vernon Dobtcheff Flavius Sabinus
Gerrard McArthur Luke
Jane How Poppea
Jonathan Tafler Aaron
Richard Kane Agrippa III
Barrie Houghton Ananias the Essene
Maggie Wickman Apicata
Alan Downer Barnabas
Martin Potter Gaius Calpernius Piso
Colin Haigh James
Philip Anthony James the Elder
Renato Scarpa Lucius Marinus
Roderick Horn Marcellus
John Wheatley Marcus I
Joss Buckley Matthew
David Sumner Mathias
Stephen Finlay Nicanor
Katia Thandoulaki Octavia
Eddie Grossman Parmenas
David Cain Haughton Petronius
John Steiner Simon the Magus
Robert Wentz Thrasyllus

Technical Credits
Stuart Cooper Director
Anthony Bugress Score Composer
Enzo Bulgarelli Production Designer
Anthony Burgess Screenwriter
Ennio Guarnieri Cinematographer
Vincenzo Labella Producer,Screenwriter
John A. Martinelli Editor,Producer
Enrico Sabbatini Costumes/Costume Designer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer

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