|Based on||The Bastard (novel)|
by John Jakes
|Written by||John Jakes|
|Directed by||Lee H. Katzin|
|Narrated by||Raymond Burr|
|Theme music composer||John Addison|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||John Wilder|
Robert F. Shugrue
|Running time||240 min.|
|Production company(s)||Universal Television|
|Distributor||Operation Prime Time|
|Original release||May 22 –|
|Followed by||The Rebels|
The Bastard is a 1978 American two-part, four-hour made-for-television drama film based on the historical novel, The Bastard, written by John Jakes, originally published in 1974. It is the first story in a series known as The Kent Family Chronicles or the American Bicentennial Series. The novel mixes fictional characters with historical events or people, to tell the story of the United States of America in the time period leading up to the American Revolution. The novel was adapted into this four-hour television film in May 1978.
The movie was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1979 for Best Motion Picture Made for TV, with two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for a Drama Special and Outstanding Art Direction for a Dramatic Special.
Phillipe Charboneau is the illegitimate son of an English duke. When he travels from France to England to claim his inheritance, he incurs the wrath of his father's family and is forced to flee to America, where he becomes involved in the events leading to the American Revolution.