The Pirate (1978 film)

The Pirate is a 1978 American two-part, four-hour television miniseries directed by Ken Annakin. It is based on the novel with the same title written by Harold Robbins.[1][2] It was broadcast in two parts by CBS on November 21–22, 1978.[3][4]

The Pirate
Based onThe Pirate by Harold Robbins
Written byJulius J. Epstein
Directed byKen Annakin
StarringFranco Nero
Theme music composerBill Conti
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Paul Picard
Producer(s)Howard W. Koch
CinematographyRoland 'Ozzie' Smith
Editor(s)Howard Epstein
Russell Livingstone
Running time240 min.
Production company(s)Howard W. Koch Productions
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 21 
22, 1978


An Israeli man, raised by a wealthy and powerful Arab, is put in charge of his country's vast oil fortunes. He comes into conflict with a fanatical terrorist group—headed by his daughter.



  1. Howard Pearson (September 21, 1978). "Franco Nero In Pirate Mini-series". Deseret News. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  2. "Confessions of a Blue-Eyed Arab". Los Angeles Times. August 10, 1978. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  3. "Oil Fortune Handled By The Pirate'". Schenectady Gazette. November 17, 1978.
  4. Arthur Unger (November 17, 1978). "Stand by to repel boarders: TV's 'Pirate' comes alongside". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 30 July 2012.

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