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The Pillars Of The Earth

In One Word

Excellent

Genre

Action / Adventure / Crime / Drama

Released By / Year

Starz / Anchor Bay / 2010

Plot

The Pillars of the Earth is set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. In that time, there rises a magnificent Cathedral in Kingsbridge. Against the backdrop, love-stories entwine: Tom, the master builder, Aliena, the noblewoman, the sadistic Lord William, Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge, Jack, the artist in stone work and Ellen, the woman from the forest who casts a curse. At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age. Follett masterfully weaves these stories through political turmoil of 12th century England, creating a relevant and viable world for today's audience and for generations to come.
(The above plot description was taken from Movie Collector - Collectorz.com)

Quick Review

A wonderful book turned into a great TV movie which only stumbles near the end. It is a shame that that the last couple of hours of this 8-hour epic takes too many liberties compared to the book and rushes to its conclusions. It should probably have been a 10 or 12 hour feature to do the book full justice. Yet, it does manage to capture much of the soul of the book and takes it to the screen in a vivid and fascinating way, well, except for some of the battle scenes.


Online: Sunday, August 25, 2013





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