THE WORD ~ The Miniseries ~ 1978 ~ David Janssen, James Whitmore, Eddie Albert, Kate Mulgrew, Ron Moody, Geraldine Chaplin, John Huston
The Word is a miniseries, based on the novel by Irving Wallace, that follows the exploits of Steve Randall ( David Janssen ), a public relations executive and representative of a religious publisher.
A document is discovered that appears to be an ancient eyewitness account of the life of Jesus Christ. Steve Randall is hired to publicize this document as a new version of the Bible, but he finds himself enmeshed in controversy and intrigue.
He seeks to discover if Resurrection Two , a top-secret project involving a new Bible based on the discovery of an ancient manuscript (said to be a lost gospel written by Jesus' brother and liable to change the course of Christianity) is authentic or a hoax.
Kate Mulgrew plays Tony Nicholson, mistress of Steve Randall, resentful of the secondary role she plays in his life.
- David Janssen (Steve Randal)l
- James Whitmore (George Wheeler)
- Florinda Bolkan (Angela Monti)
- Eddie Albert (Ogden Towery)
- Geraldine Chaplin (Naomi Dunn)
- Hurd Hatfield (Cedric Plummer)
- John Huston (Nathan Randall)
- John McEnery (Florian Knight)
- Diana Muldaur (Claire Randall)
- Kate Mulgrew (Tony Nicholson)
- Ron Moody (LeBrun)
Mother Angelica, the Roman Catholic nun who launched EWTN (Eternal Word Televsion Network) in 1981, was perturbed by the existence of this miniseries, deeming it "blasphemous" on the basis of its plot summary. WBMG, the CBS affiliate where Mother Angelica produced her television program, was scheduled to air the miniseries in November of 1978, causing a rift between Mother Angelica and WBMG GM/VP Hugh Smith.
The role of Florian Knight was first offered to David Warner.
Year(s): November 1978
Run time: Approx 184m
B&W / Color: Color