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The Pillars of the Earth 

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Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart.
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Ian McShane ...  Waleran Bigod 8 episodes, 2010
Matthew Macfadyen ...  Philip 8 episodes, 2010
Eddie Redmayne ...  Jack 8 episodes, 2010
Hayley Atwell ...  Aliena 8 episodes, 2010
Sarah Parish ...  Regan Hamleigh 8 episodes, 2010
Natalia Wörner ...  Ellen 8 episodes, 2010
Anatole Taubman ...  Remigius 8 episodes, 2010
John Pielmeier John Pielmeier ...  Cuthbert 8 episodes, 2010
Robert Bathurst ...  Percy Hamleigh 8 episodes, 2010
Clive Wood Clive Wood ...  King Henry I 8 episodes, 2010
Sam Claflin ...  Richard 8 episodes, 2010
Liam Garrigan ...  Alfred 8 episodes, 2010
David Oakes ...  William Hamleigh 8 episodes, 2010
Tony Curran ...  Stephen 8 episodes, 2010
Donald Sutherland ...  Bartholomew 8 episodes, 2010
Alison Pill ...  Maud 8 episodes, 2010
Gordon Pinsent ...  Archbishop 8 episodes, 2010
László Áron László Áron ...  Architect 8 episodes, 2010
Féodor Atkine ...  Abbot Suger 8 episodes, 2010
Kelly Banlaki Kelly Banlaki ...  Princess 8 episodes, 2010
Virág Bárány Virág Bárány ...  Young Woman Whore 8 episodes, 2010
David Bark-Jones David Bark-Jones ...  Francis 8 episodes, 2010
Tamás Baross Tamás Baross ...  Gabriel 8 episodes, 2010
Oliver Bauer Oliver Bauer ...  Medieval Child 8 episodes, 2010
Skye Bennett ...  Martha - young 8 episodes, 2010
Freddie Boath ...  Henry - 15 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Douglas Booth ...  Eustace - 15 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Ottilia Borbáth Ottilia Borbáth ...  Townfolk #3 8 episodes, 2010
Jonathan Coy ...  Father Ralph 8 episodes, 2010
Scott Curtis Scott Curtis ...  Peasant 8 episodes, 2010
Antal Czapkó Antal Czapkó ...  General 8 episodes, 2010
Brooke Dean Brooke Dean ...  Maud - 6 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Matt Devere Matt Devere ...  Gloucester 8 episodes, 2010
Kate Dickie ...  Agnes 8 episodes, 2010
Lara Dzikowski Lara Dzikowski ...  Townfolk #5 8 episodes, 2010
Gabi Fon Gabi Fon ...  Townfolk #1 8 episodes, 2010
Stu Gamble ...  Lad 8 episodes, 2010
Kevin Griffiths ...  Lord #1 8 episodes, 2010
David Haderer David Haderer ...  Robin Goodfellow 8 episodes, 2010
Jody Halse Jody Halse ...  Johnny Eightpence 8 episodes, 2010
Máté Haumann ...  Messenger #3 8 episodes, 2010
Jeremy Haward-Grau Jeremy Haward-Grau ...  Little Henry 8 episodes, 2010
Emily Holt Emily Holt ...  Martha - older 8 episodes, 2010
Péter Horkay Péter Horkay ...  Steward 8 episodes, 2010
Ákos Horváth Ákos Horváth ...  Simon Goodfellow 8 episodes, 2010
Barna Illyés Barna Illyés ...  Labourer 8 episodes, 2010
Csaba Jakab Csaba Jakab ...  French Mason 8 episodes, 2010
Sidney Johnston ...  Jonathan - 4-5 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Mike Kelly Mike Kelly ...  Messenger #2 8 episodes, 2010
Péter Kertész Péter Kertész ...  Stephen's Physician 8 episodes, 2010
Bernadett Kis Bernadett Kis ...  Midwife 8 episodes, 2010
László Konter László Konter ...  Bishop 8 episodes, 2010
Alexis Latham Alexis Latham ...  One-armed Wool Man 8 episodes, 2010
Antal Leisen Antal Leisen ...  Townfolk #4 8 episodes, 2010
Peter Linka ...  Townsman 8 episodes, 2010
Skye Lourie Skye Lourie ...  Elizabeth 8 episodes, 2010
Pál Makrai Pál Makrai ...  French Master Builder 8 episodes, 2010
Michael Mehlmann ...  Prior James 8 episodes, 2010
George Mendel George Mendel ...  Lord #2 8 episodes, 2010
Lisa Millett ...  Kate 8 episodes, 2010
Piroska Molnár ...  Grandmama 8 episodes, 2010
Ben O'Brien Ben O'Brien ...  Winchester Clerk 8 episodes, 2010
Kende Orbán Kende Orbán ...  Eustace - 4-5 years old / ... 8 episodes, 2010
Miklos Pavel Miklos Pavel ...  Sentry Edgar 8 episodes, 2010
Mark C. Phelan Mark C. Phelan ...  Otto 8 episodes, 2010
Tibor Pintér Tibor Pintér ...  Shareburg 8 episodes, 2010
John Rado John Rado ...  Sentry 8 episodes, 2010
Kevin Rees Kevin Rees ...  Jonathan - 30 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Barnabás Réti ...  Brother Paul 8 episodes, 2010
Richard Rifkin Richard Rifkin ...  Matthew 8 episodes, 2010
András Sándor András Sándor ...  Page 8 episodes, 2010
Nicolas Sipek Nicolas Sipek ...  Stephen's Fake Son - 4 years old 8 episodes, 2010
Tibor Süle Tibor Süle ...  Antoine 8 episodes, 2010
Margaréta Szabó ...  Young Woman 8 episodes, 2010
Tatiana Turner ...  Gabriel's Mother 8 episodes, 2010
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Dorian Thomas Dorian Thomas ...  Teenage Boy 8 episodes, 2010
Geoffrey Thomas Geoffrey Thomas ...  Earl of Weymouth 8 episodes, 2010
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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. Written by Anonymous

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Germany | Canada | UK | Hungary

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English | French

Release Date:

10 October 2010 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Los pilares de la Tierra See more »

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Tata, Hungary See more »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

David Oakes and Rufus Sewell would appear in the PBS miniseries Victoria in 2017. See more »

Goofs

Prior Philip is referred to by several characters as 'Father', 'a Priest' and a character at one point goes to make Confession to him. In actual fact Philip was a monk and never a priest, so should have been referred to as 'Brother' not 'Father'. Also, in Catholic ritual only priests can hear confessions. Monks cannot. See more »

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Referenced in Richard Roeper & the Movies: Eat Pray Love (2010) See more »

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Epic novel brought grandly to the screen
21 August 2010 | by dave-sturmSee all my reviews

I have read everything Ken Follett has written, but I pretty much had him pegged as a writer of extraordinarily readable suspense potboilers. Better than Stephen King, but no Cormac McCarthy. Then, in 1989 he unveiled "Pillars of the Earth" and I was stunned. Follett gave full rein to his incredibly vivid and compelling storytelling abilities. When I finished I was sad. I could no longer follow the adventures of these heroic and scheming English men and women in the the tumultuous 12th Century, a time of uncertainty over who should be on the throne.

I have now watched the first six episodes (available on Netflix for instant viewing) and am dying to see the final two when they come available. I didn't know what to expect, but I can declare myself fully satisfied.

What worried me most going in was the series was what the tone would be. Follett is a master of grand, operatic gestures. The mini-series captures that.

He also is far from shy about sex, barbarism and vulgarity. There's a scene when the monks put Ellen on trial as a witch that made my jaw drop. No F-bombs, but one startling c**t bomb. The incest theme between William and his mother is not explicitly shown, but very clear.

Occasionally, it's a bit "stagey" and the CGI is good, but not state of the art.

Still, "Pillars" is a triumph of epic storytelling.


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