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When the SS Festivale sets sail from New York to France, its 3,000 passengers include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harold Columbine and 146 members of the Church of the Cosmic Path, led by Father Craig Dunleavy, their charismatic messiah. Seizing control of the ship, Dunleavy demands $70 million in gold, intending to kill everyone onboard once it's paid. Without knowing which passengers are cultists and warned that 12 will die for every hijacker harmed, Columbine and the captain search for a way to save 3,000 lives before Dunleavy makes good on his threat. Based on a novel by screenwriter Ernest Lehman, this mini-series was broadcast over three nights in November 1979.

Series Cast

  1. Telly Savalas as Fr. Craig Dunleavy

    Telly Savalas

    Fr. Craig Dunleavy

    3 Episodes

  2. Chad Everett as Harold Columbine

    Chad Everett

    Harold Columbine

    3 Episodes

  3. Jean-Pierre Aumont as Insp. Jean-Claude Raffin

    Jean-Pierre Aumont

    Insp. Jean-Claude Raffin

    3 Episodes

  4. Horst Buchholz as Dr. Chabot

    Horst Buchholz

    Dr. Chabot

    3 Episodes

  5. James Coco as Georges Sauvinage

    James Coco

    Georges Sauvinage

    3 Episodes

  6. José Ferrer as Pres. Aristide Brouchard

    José Ferrer

    Pres. Aristide Brouchard

    3 Episodes

  7. John Houseman as Dr. Archady Clemens

    John Houseman

    Dr. Archady Clemens

    3 Episodes

  8. Carolyn Jones as Peg

    Carolyn Jones


    3 Episodes

  9. Richard Jordan as Julian Wunderlicht

    Richard Jordan

    Julian Wunderlicht

    3 Episodes

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1979 • 3 Episodes

Season 1 of The French Atlantic Affair premiered on November 15, 1979.

Episode 3

(1x3, November 18, 1979) Season Finale

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The French Atlantic Affair


Status Ended


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Type Miniseries

Original Language English


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