Space (miniseries)

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Space
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Also known as 'James A. Michener's Space'
Genre Miniseries
Based on Space novel by James A. Michener
Written by James A. Michener
Richard Berg
Stirling Silliphant
Directed by Lee Philips
Joseph Sargent
Starring James Garner
Beau Bridges
Bruce Dern
Harry Hamlin
Michael York
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Richard Berg
Producer(s) Martin Manulis
Cinematography Héctor R. Figueroa (episodes 1, 5, 6)
Gayne Rescher (episodes 2-4)
Editor(s) Donald R. Rode
Patrick Kennedy
George Jay Nicholson
Running time 780 minutes
Production company(s) Paramount Television
Release
Original network CBS
First shown in April 14–18, 1985

Space (also known as James A. Michener's Space) is a 1985 American television miniseries starring James Garner as Sen. Norman Grant. It is based on a novel of the same name by James A. Michener published in 1982. Like the novel, the miniseries is a fictionalised history of the United States space program.

Space won an Emmy Award, for film sound mixing. It originally aired from April 14 through 18, 1985, and consisted of five parts running a total of 13 hours. In subsequent showings, it was cut to nine hours.[1]

Characters[edit]

Norman Grant (James Garner) is a former war hero turned senator who tirelessly promotes the American space program despite almost insurmountable opposition. Other principal players include John Pope (Harry Hamlin), who, after failing to win his way to Annapolis, matriculates from a Navy recruit to a naval officer, Naval Aviator, test pilot and pioneering astronaut in the company of fellow space-traveler Randy Claggett (Beau Bridges); Penny Hardesty Pope (Blair Brown), an ambitious and beautiful counsel to Senator Grant since his election and wife of John Pope; Leopold Strabismus (David Dukes), a hedonistic wheeler-dealer who hopes to capitalize on the 1947 UFO scare; German rocket scientist Dieter Kolff (Michael York), whose ideals (or lack thereof) are put to the test when he shifts his allegiance from the Nazis to the Americans; and Stanley Mott (Bruce Dern), an aeronautical engineer whose secret assignment is to make certain that men like Kolff aren't snatched up by the Soviets after the fall of Germany.

Cast and crew information[edit]

Cast[edit]

Production credits[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 1985: Emmy Award, Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or a Special
  • 1985: Emmy Award nominee, Outstanding Limited Series
  • 1986: Artios Award nominee, Best Casting for TV Miniseries

References[edit]

  1. ^ Most of this page, including summary and plot description, is primarily from [1]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
The Day After
Emmy Award for Outstanding Film Sound Editing for a Limited Series or a Special
1985
Succeeded by
An Early Frost