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North and South
     

North and South

Director: Richard T. Heffron,

Cast: Kirstie Alley

 
The expensively mounted miniseries North and South was originally telecast in six two-hour installments between November 3 and 10, 1985. Four screenwriters--Douglas Heyes, Paul F. Edwards, Kathleen A. Shelley, Patricia Green--were called upon to fashion a workable script from John Jakes' sprawling best-seller. The story covers the two decades prior to the Civil

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The expensively mounted miniseries North and South was originally telecast in six two-hour installments between November 3 and 10, 1985. Four screenwriters--Douglas Heyes, Paul F. Edwards, Kathleen A. Shelley, Patricia Green--were called upon to fashion a workable script from John Jakes' sprawling best-seller. The story covers the two decades prior to the Civil War, beginning in 1842. Real-life historical events are filtered through the eyes of two rival clans: the Mains, a South Carolina plantation-owning family, and the Hazards, a family of Pennsylvania industrialists. While top billing goes to Kirstie Alley as "Northern Belle" Virgilia Hazard, most of the footage is devoted to the fluctuating friendship between Orry Main (Patrick Swayze) and George Hazard (James Read). The huge guest-star cast includes Gene Kelly (in his TV miniseries debut), Elizabeth Taylor, Leslie-Anne Down, David Carradine, Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Hal Holbrook (as Abe Lincoln) and Johnny Cash (as abolitionist John Brown). The recipient of seven Emmy nominations, the 561-minute North and South was filmed back to back with its equally lengthy sequel, North and South, Book II.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/1995
UPC:
0085391156536
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirstie Alley Virgilia Hazard
Georg Stanford Brown Grady
David Carradine Justin LaMotte
Johnny Cash John Brown
Philip Casnoff Elkanah Bent
Olivia Cole Maum Sally
Lesley-Anne Down Madeline Fabray
Jonathan Frakes Stanley Hazard
Genie Francis Brett Main
Terri Garber Ashton Main
Robert Guillaume Frederick Douglass
Hal Holbrook Abraham Lincoln
Gene Kelly Senator Charles Edwards
Robert Mitchum Patrick Flynn
James Read George Hazard
Jean Simmons Clarissa Main
David Ogden Stiers Congressman Sam Greene
Patrick Swayze Orry Main
Inga Swenson Maude Hazard
Elizabeth Taylor Madam Conti

Technical Credits
Richard T. Heffron Director
Bill Conti Score Composer
John Jakes Source Author

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