The story of two Army officers, one a ruthless, career-obsessed schemer, the other his exact opposite, and their personal and professional lives from the end of World War I to the beginning of Vietnam.
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1977   1976  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Cliff Potts ...
 Courtenay Massengale (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Tommy Caldwell (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Emily Pawlfrey Massengale (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 George Caldwell (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Sam Damon (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Ed Caldwell (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Harry Sheppard (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Gen. McKelvey (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Marge Krisler (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Jack Devlin (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Alvin Merrick (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Ben Krisler (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Kitty Damon (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Earl Preis (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Joyce (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Harriet Nelson (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Sen. Bert McConnadin (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Capt. Townshend (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Lin Tso-Han (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Gen. Bannerman (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Alma Caldwell (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Col. Avery (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Col. Terwilliger (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Gen. Duke kPulleyne (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Dave Shifkin (4 episodes, 1976)
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 George Varney (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Reb Rayburne (4 episodes, 1976)
Jeff Cotler ...
 Sam, as a boy (4 episodes, 1976)
Tracie Savage ...
 Peggy Damon (4 episodes, 1976)
Lynne Marta ...
 Celia Harrodson (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Krazewski (4 episodes, 1976)
Will Seltzer ...
 Brewster (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Cheryl Logan (4 episodes, 1976)
Patricia Stich ...
 Nurse Pomeroy (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Michele (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Paul Sinclair (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Maynard Lambert (4 episodes, 1976)
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 J.L. Cleghorne (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Dr. McCabe (4 episodes, 1976)
Cathey Paine ...
 Mae Lee Cleghorne (4 episodes, 1976)
Kip Niven ...
 Ryetower (4 episodes, 1976)
Kario Salem ...
 Joe Brand (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Sgt. Stoner (4 episodes, 1976)
Lee de Broux ...
 Bill Nickerson (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Donny Damon (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Capt. Lasovitch (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Jinny Massengale (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Capt. Jerome (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Gen. Jacklyn (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Sgt. Ives (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Sgt. Chepenek (4 episodes, 1976)
Frank Michael Liu ...
 Capt. Nagasay (4 episodes, 1976)
Bert Kramer
(4 episodes, 1976)
Simon Scott
(4 episodes, 1976)
Jenifer Shaw
(4 episodes, 1976)
Rick Podell
(4 episodes, 1976)
George Loros
(4 episodes, 1976)
(4 episodes, 1976)
Lew Brown
(4 episodes, 1976)
(4 episodes, 1976)
Rod Porter
(4 episodes, 1976)
Rori Gwynne
(4 episodes, 1976)
Richard Forbes
(4 episodes, 1976)
John Waldron
(4 episodes, 1976)
Sari Price
(4 episodes, 1976)
(4 episodes, 1976)
(4 episodes, 1976)
Jan Burrell
(4 episodes, 1976)
(4 episodes, 1976)
(4 episodes, 1976)
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 German Sergeant (4 episodes, 1976)
Steven Hood ...
 Messenger (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Hallie (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Gamekeeper (4 episodes, 1976)
(4 episodes, 1976)
Bryan A. Seneviratne ...
 Japanese Soldier (4 episodes, 1976)
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The story of two Army officers, one a ruthless, career-obsessed schemer, the other his exact opposite, and their personal and professional lives from the end of World War I to the beginning of Vietnam.

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Duty. Honor. Country.

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Drama | War

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2 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bir Zamanlar Kartaldi  »

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(Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Charlton Heston had wanted to make a movie of this back in the 60's. See more »

Goofs

In the World War One scenes (set in 1918), the German soldiers are shown wearing the 1914-style uniforms with spiked helmets, which were phased out in 1916. See more »

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AWESOME!!!
30 August 2001 | by (southern california) – See all my reviews

This miniseries is the mystery of the ages. It rightfully enjoys one of the highest ratings--if not the very highest reviewer rating on record--of any product on film, yet for some inexplicable reason nobody has managed to release it commercially for a quarter century. Does anyone know why? A new generation of viewers never have seen this masterpiece, and to compare it to inferior products as The Winds of War led by the ever sleepy Robert Mitchum is like making an analogy of Lawrence of Arabia to Ishtar.

The cast was incredibly deep for television and included early roles for such actors as Melanie Griffith and Amy Irving and late ones for the likes of Ralph Bellamy and Glenn Ford. And at center stage was the steady work of Sam Elliott, who seemed tailor made for his interpretation of Anton Myror's straight arrow soldier Sam Damon. Truly, it ranks with his John Buford character in Gettysburg as among his best roles.

If anyone knows any way to locate a dub of even a part of this epic please email me. I have been trying to use it for a course on leadership that I teach at a California university. This drama, for our purposes, ranks above such acclaimed films as Hoosiers, Twelve O'Clock High, and Wall Street for lessons to be learned. A must see for anybody who can--and the number seems to be near zero today. What a tragedy.


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