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Space (miniseries)

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Also known asJames A. Michener's Space
Based onthe 1982 novel Space
by James A. Michener
Written byJames A. Michener
Richard Berg
Stirling Silliphant
Directed byLee Philips
Joseph Sargent
StarringJames Garner
Beau Bridges
Blair Brown
Bruce Dern
Harry Hamlin
Michael York
Music byTony Berg
Miles Goodman
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerRichard Berg
ProducerMartin Manulis
CinematographyHéctor R. Figueroa (episodes 1, 5, 6)
Gayne Rescher (episodes 2-4)
EditorsDonald R. Rode
Patrick Kennedy
George Jay Nicholson
Running time780 minutes
Production companyParamount Television
Original release

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 the 1982 novel of the same name by James A. Michener that aired on CBS. 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]



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




Production credits



  • 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


  1. ^ Most of this page, including summary and plot description, is primarily from [1]
Preceded by Emmy Award for Outstanding Film Sound Editing for a Limited Series or a Special
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