Marco Polo (miniseries)

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Marco Polo
Poster of Marco Polo
Poster of Marco Polo
Genre Drama, History
Written by David Butler
Vincenzo Labella
Giuliano Montaldo
Directed by Giuliano Montaldo
Starring Kenneth Marshall
Denholm Elliott
Tony Vogel
F. Murray Abraham
Anne Bancroft
John Gielgud
John Houseman
Burt Lancaster
Tony Lo Bianco
Ian McShane
Leonard Nimoy
David Warner
James Hong
Ying Ruocheng
Composer(s) Ennio Morricone
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 4
Executive producer(s) Giovanni Bertolucci
Franco Cristaldi
Vincenzo Labella
Producer(s) Vincenzo Labella
Editor(s) John A. Martinelli
Location(s) China
Cinematography Pasqualino De Santis
Running time 480 min.
Original channel NBC
Picture format Film
Audio format Monaural
Original release United States

Marco Polo is an American-Italian television miniseries originally broadcast by NBC in the United States, by Antenne 2 in France and by RAI in Italy in 1982. It starred Kenneth Marshall as Marco Polo, the 13th-century Venetian merchant and explorer. The series also featured appearances by Denholm Elliott, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Ian McShane, Leonard Nimoy, and others. It was originally broadcast in four episodes, where episodes 1 and 4 were twice as long as episodes 2 and 3. The series is sometimes divided into six equally long episodes.


Italy - 13th century. Marco Polo, born in Venice in 1254, just turned 17 when he departed with his father and his uncle to China. His adventurous journey through Asia lasted three and half years and led him through barren deserts and vast steppes. Marco spent several years in Beijing as a guest of the Great Khan, earning the trust of and respect for the Emperor.


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