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Tales of the City 

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The stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco. Based on the book by Armistead Maupin (Is A Man I Dreamt Up).
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1994  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Olympia Dukakis ...  Anna Madrigal 6 episodes, 1993
Donald Moffat ...  Edgar Halcyon 6 episodes, 1993
Chloe Webb ...  Mona Ramsey 6 episodes, 1993
Laura Linney ...  Mary Ann Singleton 6 episodes, 1993
Marcus D'Amico ...  Michael Tolliver 6 episodes, 1993
Billy Campbell ...  Jon Fielding 6 episodes, 1993
Thomas Gibson ...  Beauchamp Day 6 episodes, 1993
Paul Gross ...  Brian Hawkins 6 episodes, 1993
Barbara Garrick ...  DeDe Halcyon Day 6 episodes, 1993
Nina Foch ...  Frannie Halcyon 5 episodes, 1993
Country Joe McDonald ...  Joaquin 4 episodes, 1993
Parker Posey ...  Connie Bradshaw 4 episodes, 1993
Syd Straw Syd Straw ...  Laurel 4 episodes, 1993
Kevin Sessums Kevin Sessums ...  Peter Cipriani 4 episodes, 1993
Stanley DeSantis ...  Norman Neal Williams / ... 4 episodes, 1993
Cynda Williams ...  D'orothea Wilson 4 episodes, 1993
Paul Dooley ...  Herb Tolliver 3 episodes, 1993
Meagen Fay ...  Binky Gruen 3 episodes, 1993
Michael Jeter ...  Carson Callas 3 episodes, 1993
Belita Moreno ...  Alice Tolliver 3 episodes, 1993
Ian McKellen ...  Archibald Anson Gidde 3 episodes, 1993
Edie Adams ...  Ruby Miller 2 episodes, 1993
Robert Downey Sr. ...  Edgar's Doctor 2 episodes, 1993
Stephanie Faracy ...  Candi Moretti 2 episodes, 1993
Lou Liberatore ...  Chuck 2 episodes, 1993
Mary Kay Place ...  Prue Giroux 2 episodes, 1993
Meadow Sisto Meadow Sisto ...  Cheryl Moretti 2 episodes, 1993
McLean Stevenson ...  Booter Manigault 2 episodes, 1993
Paul Bartel ...  Charles Hillary Lord 2 episodes, 1993
David Brisbin ...  Lemon Candles 2 episodes, 1993
Vicky Preston Brown Vicky Preston Brown ...  Opera Singer 2 episodes, 1993
Lance Loud ...  William Deveraux Hill III 2 episodes, 1993
Lou Cutell ...  Herb Siegel 2 episodes, 1993
Bob Mackie ...  Richard Evan Hampton 2 episodes, 1993
Darin Heames ...  Skate Guy 2 episodes, 1993
Carolyn Lowery Carolyn Lowery ...  Hillary 2 episodes, 1993
Janeane Garofalo ...  Coppola Woman 2 episodes, 1993
Michael McFall ...  Michael's Friend 2 episodes, 1993
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Philip Moon ...  Lionel Wong 2 episodes, 1993
Mother Love ...  Motherly Waitress 2 episodes, 1993
Tom Alan Robbins ...  Supermarket Creep 2 episodes, 1993
Sam Moore ...  Preacher 2 episodes, 1993
Amy Ryder Amy Ryder ...  Frieda 2 episodes, 1993
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Storyline

This mini-series chronicles the adventures of Mary Ann Singleton, a young secretary from Cleveland who takes a vacation to San Francisco and decides to stay. Set in 1976, before the days of A.I.D.S. and crack, the story depicts the city at the height of its boisterous gay, drug, and disco cultures through the eyes of the innocent heroine. Written by Ernest W. Adams <eadams@ea.com>

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tales of the City See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 parts) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Several members of the cast and creative team, including Sir Ian McKellen and Rod Steiger, offered their services, simply because they were close friends or fans of Armistead Maupin. See more »

Goofs

When Beauchamp and Mary Ann pull up in front of Barbary Lane after their weekend away, the crew is reflected in the side of Beauchamp's car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mary Ann's Mother: Hellooo?
Mary Ann Singleton: Mom, It's me.
Mary Ann's Mother: What's the matter did you miss your plane?
Mary Ann Singleton: No. I didn't
Mary Ann's Mother: You know darling we were just talking about you...
Mary Ann Singleton: Would you call Mr. Lassiter and say I won't be in on Monday?
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A plot device of linking everyone? Methinks that is too presumptuous
11 June 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

Please. This film deserves a good review because it addresses a pastiche of events, occurring in a diverse neighborhood. A reviewer panned this film because the characters do not "link together". That is the point.

Does everyone "link together" with their neighbors?. The characters are well presented, and Laura Linney was very good in this, one of her earlier roles. Chloe Webb also deserves mention. Olympia Dukakis is also very believable, given the surprise role she is playing.

Donald Moffat is a repressed ad guru (quite a common character, these days, it seems) and Dukakis and he develop a relationship. The beach scenes are diverse and romantic; like any city; it is complex, and everything has good and bad aspects.

For anyone with an open mind, this is a noteworthy film. San Francisco is a beautiful backdrop, and the happenings in human relationships remind us that romance is never predictable, never empirical. This is a lovely film about the caprices of human nature. 9/10.


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