The Blue and the Gray (1982)

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America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.

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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
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 Jonas Steele (3 episodes, 1982)
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 John Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Evelyn Hale (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Kathy Reynolds (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Arbuthnot (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Ben Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Gen. George Meade (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Maggie Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Phineas Wade (3 episodes, 1982)
Michael Horton ...
 Mark Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Maj. Welles / ... (3 episodes, 1982)
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
 Sgt. O'Toole (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Mrs. Lovelace (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Luke Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Sen. Reynolds (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Secretary of State Seward (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Jonathan Henry (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Abraham Lincoln (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Mary Hale (3 episodes, 1982)
Robin Gammell ...
 Jacob Hale Sr. (3 episodes, 1982)
David W. Harper ...
 James Hale (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Lester Bedell (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Matthew Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Malachy Hale (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Capt. Potts (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Maj. Harrison (3 episodes, 1982)
Walter Olkewicz ...
 Pvt. Grundy (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Emma Gayser (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Capt. Randolph (3 episodes, 1982)
David Rounds ...
 Christopher Spencer (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Maj. Fairburn (3 episodes, 1982)
Bruce Abbott ...
 Jake Hale Jr. (3 episodes, 1982)
Walter Brooke ...
 Gen. Herman Haupt (3 episodes, 1982)
Janice Carroll ...
 Mary Todd Lincoln (3 episodes, 1982)
Fredric Cook ...
 Captain Grimes (3 episodes, 1982)
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 Lt. Hardy (3 episodes, 1982)
Warwick Sims ...
 Count Von Ziller (3 episodes, 1982)
Fred Stuthman ...
 George (older employee at the Gettysburgh Newspaper) (3 episodes, 1982)
Robert Symonds ...
 Gen. Robert E. Lee (3 episodes, 1982)
Maggie Wellman ...
 Nell (3 episodes, 1982)
James Carroll Jordan ...
 Professor Lowe (2 episodes, 1982)
William Bryan Curran ...
 Dr. Bennett (2 episodes, 1982)
Alex Harvey ...
 Calvery Colonel (2 episodes, 1982)
Steve Nevil ...
 Johnny Reb (2 episodes, 1982)
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 Pennsylvania Colonel (2 episodes, 1982)
Matthew Tobin ...
 James Hale's Doctor (2 episodes, 1982)
William Wellman Jr. ...
 Lt. Mercer (2 episodes, 1982)
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America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.

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Drama | History | War

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14 November 1982 (USA)  »

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Azules y grises  »

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Trivia

The final film project of Sterling Hayden. See more »

Goofs

When John Geyser is shown making his drawings, the sketches you can see in the wide and medium shots rarely match the close-ups of the drawings. Most notably in the John Brown trial sequence, the wide shots show John has just a few doodles or sketchy outlines on his drawing pad, then we cut to a close-up of highly detailed, finished artwork. See more »

Quotes

Wanda Mae: If you was to kiss me, I'd be mighty obliged.
John Geyser: [following the kiss] My mouth's burning!
Wanda Mae: Shucks, I'm sorry, Johnny. It's my chaw.
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Connections

Referenced in The Cleveland Show: The Blue, the Gray and the Brown (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock of Ages
Lyrics by Au­gus­tus M. Top­la­dy
Music by Thom­as Hast­ings
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Dramatic romp through the Civil War years
13 January 2008 | by (Ohio - U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

As others have mentioned, this is a series of recollections of events which may (or may not) have occurred during the American Civil War. It is related from the point of view of a 'neutral' war correspondent, who's talent is for drawing sketches of what he has seen on various battle fields, from Bull Run to Appomattox Ct. House. There is considerable 'time jumping' from one period of the war, to another, which inhibits continuity to some extent. For me the best part of the mini-series was watching Gregory Peck (as Abraham Lincoln) deliver the Gettysburg address. However, we are thrown into that scene without adequate preamble, so even this is diminished from what it could have been.

I am quite an avid amateur Civil War historian, having read many books and watched many TV series (including the excellent PBS series by Ken Burns, and the complete 3 volume set of books on the Civil War by historian Shelby Foote) on the subject. If you are looking for historical accuracy you will be disappointed. If you, on the other hand, are simply looking for a decent dramatization (ala "Gone With the Wind), you will enjoy this series.

The acting by the cast was, in general, C+, with the exception of a few of the notables (Gregory Peck, for one). As my summary states, this is a dramatic romp, so if you keep that in mind and set your sites correspondingly on the low side, you will not be disappointed.


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