Pearl (miniseries)

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Written byStirling Silliphant
Directed byHy Averback
Alexander Singer
StarringAngie Dickinson
Dennis Weaver
Robert Wagner
Lesley Ann Warren
Tiana Alexandra
Gregg Henry
Katherine Helmond
Adam Arkin
Brian Dennehy
Max Gail
Char Fontane
Audra Lindley
Richard Anderson
Marion Ross
Music byJohn Addison
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes3
Executive producersFrank Konigsberg
Stirling Silliphant
ProducerSam Manners
CinematographyGayne Rescher
EditorDonald R. Rode
Running timeminutes
Production companyWarner Bros. Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 16 (1978-11-16) –
November 19, 1978 (1978-11-19)

Pearl is a 1978 American television miniseries about events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, based on Stirling Silliphant's novel of the same title.[1] It starred a large cast, notably Dennis Weaver, Tiana Alexandra, Robert Wagner, Angie Dickinson, Brian Dennehy, Lesley Ann Warren, Gregg Henry, Max Gail, Richard Anderson, Marion Ross, Audra Lindley, Char Fontane, Katherine Helmond and Adam Arkin.

The miniseries aired in three installments on ABC on November 16, 17 and 19, 1978. All three parts were among the top ten most watched prime time shows of the week, with the series watched all or in part by about 80 million people.[2]


Plot summary[edit]

While the Japanese First Air Fleet sails toward Hawaii personnel at the varied bases as well as civilians go about their lives. Primary protagonists are hard scrabble and bigoted Army MP Colonel Jason Forrest and his clashes with his bitter wife Midge, his well-to-do XO Captain Calvin Lankford, and briefly with local news writer Holly Nagata and punkish MP Sergeant Otto Chain.

On the Navy side are Lieutenant Douglas North and his father (Commander Michael North) and mother and also his reacquaintence with former classmate Holly Nagata, a friendship she successfully makes a romantic relationship (right to seducing Doug in her car; though unstated in the miniseries their lovemaking results in pregnancy).

Everyone’s lives are torn asunder when the Japanese attack strikes the island.


To keep production costs manageable, the scenes of the attack were footage originally shot for the film Tora! Tora! Tora!. The miniseries also used newly dubbed footage of So Yamamura to portray Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the Japanese commander of the attack.


  1. ^ TV Guide Guide to TV. Running Press. 2004. pp. 490. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9.
  2. ^ Brown, Les (22 November 1978). 80 Million Saw TV 'Pearl', The New York Times

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