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The Storyteller

The Soldier and Death (Season 1, Episode 1)
TV-G
TV Episode | 24 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

An honest soldier receives a ruby whistle, a comparable dance, an unbeatable deck of cards and a magic sack for being kind to three beggars. He defeats a bunch of devils by playing cards and catches them in his sack when they refuse to pay...See moreAn honest soldier receives a ruby whistle, a comparable dance, an unbeatable deck of cards and a magic sack for being kind to three beggars. He defeats a bunch of devils by playing cards and catches them in his sack when they refuse to pay up. Years later, the last devil pays his debt by showing the Soldier a way to tell if sick people have a chance of recovering or not. After a successful career as a miracle doctor, the soldier manages to trick Death itself and trap it in his sack. From then on nobody died. But people were not meant to live forever and soon tired old men and women beg the soldier to set Death free and put things right. However, Death refused to take the soldier, dooming him to roam the Earth forever. Written by The TV Archaeologist See less
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Director
Writer
Anthony Minghella (screenplay by)
Producer
Duncan Kenworthy (produced by)
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Status
Edit Released
Updated May 15, 1988

Release date
Apr 28, 1989 (United States)

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22 cast members
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John Hurt
The Storyteller The Storyteller   See fewer
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Bob Peck
Soldier Soldier   See fewer
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Stuart Richman
Fiddling Beggar Fiddling Beggar   See fewer
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Walter Sparrow
Card Trick Beggar Card Trick Beggar   See fewer
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Ishia Bennison
Tzar's Wife Tzar's Wife   See fewer
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Jan Chappell
Soldier's Wife Soldier's Wife   See fewer
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Gavin Knights
Soldier's Son Soldier's Son   See fewer
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David Fleeshman
Innkeeper Innkeeper   See fewer
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Alistair Fullarton
Death / Devil Death / Devil   See fewer
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Brian Henson
Storyteller's Dog / Devil (voice) Storyteller's Dog / Devil (voice)   See fewer
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David Alan Barclay
Devil (as David Alan-Barclay) Devil (as David Alan-Barclay)   See fewer
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Richard Coombs
Devil (as Richard Coombes) Devil (as Richard Coombes)   See fewer
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Mike Quinn
Devil Devil   See fewer
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Anthony Jackson
Devil (as Tony Jackson) Devil (as Tony Jackson)   See fewer
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Peter Hawkins
Devil (voice) Devil (voice)   See fewer
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Peter Marinker
Devil (voice) Devil (voice)   See fewer
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Ratings Breakdown

9.1 / 10 | 252 votes