The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey on February 16, 1983 · 53
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ItOft irDae WSimcols 3 Was?5 erpnll By Howard Rosenberg Los Angeles Times News Service Now that Herman Wouk's "The Winds of War" has ended with the fates of its major characters unresolved at the start of World War II, your curiosity may be getting the best of you. You have come to the right place. I am now going to disclose what happens to these ' people in Wouk's massive sequel, "War and Remem- brance." Caution: If you plan on reading the second book yourself, or want to wait until 1990 or so for a possible TV sequel (no TV deal has been made, and a. production probably would be' years in the making, anyway), then do not read what follows. For the rest of you, however, here are the fates of wan Victor Tug" Henry, Rhoda Henry, and Pamela Tudsbury. Pug finally gets his long-awaited sea command, only to see his heavy cruiser, the Northhampton, go down Nov. 30, 1942, off Guadalcanal Following this, he once again is sent on a number of important missions by President Roosevelt Later, Pug is promoted to rear admiral and commands the Iowa and the New Jersey in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. After the death of Roosevelt, he becomes a naval aide to President Truman, r . Meanwhile, Pug and Rhoda divorce after Rhoda breaks up for good with scientist Palmer Kirby and takes up with Col. Harrison Peters, the man she will marry. The story has a happy ending for Pug, who not only gets his battleship, but also his girl, the enchanting Pamela, who, after initially turning down Pug's . marriage proposal, relents and agrees to be his wife. Byron and Natalie Henry (the former Natalie Jas-trow). Byron, the youngest son of Pug and Rhoda, who entered the Navy only at the constant urging of his father, rises to the rank of lieutenant commander, is given his own submarine and receives the Bronze Star. His Jewish wife, Natalie, experiences the full horror of Nazism. Trapped in Europe after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor officially brings the United States into the war, Natalie and her uncle, Aaron Jastrow, ultimately are interned by the Germans. Natalie and her small son, Louis, are imprisoned at Theresienstadt, the German concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Natalie manages to secretly get Winds of War takes ratings by storm By Dan Lewis Entertainment Writer ABC reported yesterday that 140 million Americans viewed at least part or all of its 18-hour "Winds of War" last week, making it the most watched mini-series in television history. Statistics flowed from the network with hurricane force. "Winds of War," an adaptation of Herman Wouk's saga of an American naval officer and his family in the days leading up to World War II, surpassed the previous champion, "Roots," which attracted 135 million viewers during its 12-hour run in January 1977. More homes a total of 32,150,000 were tuned into "Winds of War" than any previous mini-series. "Roots" was seen in 32,040,000 homes. Thanks to "Winds of War," the networks averaged a 61.2 rating, its highest viewing week's total since February 1979. Each point represents 833,000 homes, which multiplies to nearly 51 million households watching television nightly through the week. Louis out of the camp to relative safety in Czechoslovakia. Ultimately, Natalie is transferred to Auschwitz. i Near the end of the war in Europe, a critically ill Natalie is rescued by GFs. A devastated shell of her former self, Natalie is reunited with Byron. Byron recovers Louis from England, where he had been relocated with other refugee children, and it appears that the family may settle in Palestine. ..; Jastrow. Natalie's uncle is interned with 'i niece at Theresienstadt He later is transported to Birkenau and murdered by gassing. Warren Henry. The older son of Pug and Rhoda, a Navy pilot, dies when his plane goes down during a mopping-up operation near the end of the Battle of ! Midway. He is awarded the Navy Cross posthumous-- ly. Wouk wrote about Warrem "For a few seconds, a thin black smoke plume marked the place where he .l,l,ki. . " A 5-f . v ' ' W- - Sit... .' i :, Robert Mitchum, center, as Pug Henry has the lead role in "Winds of War." Other major performers are, clockwise from top left, Ralph Bellamy as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Howard Lang as Winston Churchill, Gunter Meisner as Adolf Hitler, and Anatoly Shaginyan as Josef Stalin. "Winds of War" was the top-rated show for each of the six nights its episodes were aired. ABC ran its regular schedule Saturday night, normally its strongest night of the week, with "Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island." Sunday's final chapter was the week's most watched show, garnering a 41 rating and 56 percent of the viewers, reported the Nielsen ratings. Ratings are based on the percentage of sets in use versus the total number of sets in homes in the country, while shares represent those watching a particular show among television sets that are actually in use. Despite its awesome appeal, "Winds of War" was unable to surpass some previous monumental statistics. The "Dallas" hour on Nov. 21, 1980, which un masked the culprit who shot J.R., remains the single, most watched episode in the entertainment area, drawing a whopping 53.3 rating and seen in 41,400,000 homes. The conclusion of "Roots" held second, with a 51.1 rating and an audience of 36,300,000 homes. -The grand finale for "Winds of War" Sunday is now third best with its 41 rating and an audience of 34,130,000 tomes. Even when Super Bowls are taken into consideration, "Dallas" still ranks No. L but the last two Super Bowls, XVI and XVII, take second and third positions, ahead of "Roots." Pro football commands the next six spots, dropping the "Winds of War" finale to 11th place on the all-time viewing list. Viewing in the New York area was stronger night fell. Then like his life, the plume melted into the wind and was gone." Madeline Henry. The daughter of Pug and Rhoda ends her relationship with broadcaster Hugh Cleveland and marries Sime Anderson, a young engineer who will participate in the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos. . Leslie Slote. His diplomatic career ruined by his constant pressing of the State Department for action concerning Germany's treatment of Jews, Slote be-. comes .an OSS (Office of Strategic Services) agent (a spy), the ultimate irony for someone who inwardly considers himself a coward. Slote parachutes into occupied France, where he ultimately dies in a German ambush set up by an informer. ' Janice Henry. Warren's widow has an affair with Carter "Lady" Aster, the courageous submarine com-' mander who is Byron's superior, and goes to law school. ; , Carter "Lady" Aster. The. skipper of the Moray is badly wounded in a Japanese air attack and orders his crew to submerge as he lies on deck, helpless and unable to move. Although his wounds were critical, it is thought that Aster may have sacrificed his own life s to save the Moray. Alistair Tudsbury. Pamela's father, the ever-gabby British journalist, is killed at El Alamein in North . Africa. Wouk has not sold TV rights for "War and Remembrance." Soaring ratings for "The Winds of War," however, increase the likelihood that "War and Remembrance" someday also will be adapted for TV. It would be money in the bank. Yet there are reasons why that may not happen. - For one, the sequel is a much larger book than "The r Winds of War," one that would require an even more massive effort to produce, taking a number of years to complete. . Also, Robert Mitchum as Pug, All MacGraw as . Natalie, and even Jan-Michael Vincent as Byron ; would be still older for roles they already were too " old for in."The Winds of War!" ' ' ... And could the always reluctant Mitchum even be r lured back for another crack at Pug? Maybe what all - . of this will boil down to is the winds of cash. by night than anywhere else in the country. The ratings were significantly higher, 43.7 for the entire run as compared to 38.6 nationally. The widest differential came Friday night, where New York checked in - with a 45.5 rating, compared with the national rating of 35.2. The blizzard forced people who normally go out Friday nights to stay at home, where they watched television instead. The week gave a tremendous boost to ABC's effort to catch up with front-running CBS in the seasonal race. CBS went into the week with a 1.5 lead but found its edge diminished to .6 by the time the Japanese were attacking Pearl Harbor on Sunday night's "Winds of War." If ABC can keep CBS from rebuilding its lead in the coming weeks, the race could conceivably come down to the wire next month when ABC has another highly promotable mini-series, "The Thorn Birds," scheduled for a 10-hour run over four days, from March 27-30. "The Thorn Birds," also adapted from a successful novel, was planned as an eight-hour project, but the network recently added two hours to the run, just as they added a couple of hours to "Winds of War," which began as a 16-hour show. Moreover, the success of mini-series, especially adaptations of best-selling novels, has inspired all three networks to seek other similar projects. CBS now plans to go ahead with Fred Mustard Stewart's "Ellis Island, and Brandon Tartikoff, president of NBC Entertainment predicted earlier this week that the future of network television is in mini-series and made-for-TV movies. -"ft ' 4 r . : . ' t " i 4 9 1 Jenny Seagrove and Peter Capaldi in "Local Hero.' A funny look at threat to Scottish charm 'Local Hero': oil vs. old ways By Lou Lumenick Movie Critic There may be a foot of snow on the ground, but spring has arrived if not in fact, in the form of "Local Hero," a thoroughly disarming little comedy from Scotland that's the best movie of the year so far. As "Local Hero" opens, Mac Mac-Intyre, a young oil-company executive, is dispatched from Houston to the remote fishing village of Fur-ness, Scotland with instructions to buy up the entire place as the site of an oil refinery. Of course, he promptly falls in love with the incredibly picturesque place and its residents. . The movie's charms derive from the considerable storytelling talents of Bill Forsyth, the young Scottish director who last year won acclaim for "Gregory's GirL" a comedy about a teen-ager's obsession with the girl who takes his place on a high-school soccer team. Forsyth focuses here on a well-observed trio of young men: Maclntyre (Peter Riegert, who played the fraternity president in "Animal House"), who's nowhere near as aggressive as he fancies himself; the local wheeler-dealer, Gordon Urqu-hart (Dennis Lawson), who's intent on jacking up the purchase price for the town; and Mac's gangly Scottish counterpart, Danny Oldsen (Peter Capaldi), who's constantly distracted from the business at hand by a mysterious marine biologist (Jenny Seagrove). "Local Hero" proceeds in totally unexpected directions, beginning with the revelation that Maclntyre, chosen for the mission because of his supposed Scottish ancestry, is actually of Hungarian descent And most of the villagers are more than willing to sell their ancestral home to become instant millionaires. Most of the surprises are much too good to spoil, however including those involving Mac's genial boss, Felix Happer (Burt Lancaster in a small, showpiece role), who has a private planeterium in his Houston office and whose interest in the village takes some rather whimsical turns indeed. Forsyth has fun with psychology, astrology, and the punk subculture, but his wit is always gentle. The cast is uniformly fine particularly Riegert who at one point strolls along the beach in his three-piece suit, electronic briefcase in hand, and complains that jets from the local air-force base are spoiling the charms of the area that he's trying to turn into the "petrochemical capital of the free world." "Local Hero," which opens tomorrow at the Cinema I in Manhattan, is rated PG because of one incomplete reference to a naughty word.

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