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 »


Series cast summary:
 Jonas Steele (3 episodes, 1982)
 John Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
 Evelyn Hale (3 episodes, 1982)
 Kathy Reynolds (3 episodes, 1982)
 Arbuthnot (3 episodes, 1982)
 Ben Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
 Gen. George Meade (3 episodes, 1982)
 Maggie Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
 Phineas Wade (3 episodes, 1982)
Michael Horton ...
 Mark Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
 Maj. Welles / ... (3 episodes, 1982)
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
 Sgt. O'Toole (3 episodes, 1982)
 Mrs. Lovelace (3 episodes, 1982)
 Luke Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
 Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (3 episodes, 1982)
 Sen. Reynolds (3 episodes, 1982)
 Secretary of State Seward (3 episodes, 1982)
 Jonathan Henry (3 episodes, 1982)
 Abraham Lincoln (3 episodes, 1982)
 Mary Hale (3 episodes, 1982)
Robin Gammell ...
 Jacob Hale Sr. (3 episodes, 1982)
David W. Harper ...
 James Hale (3 episodes, 1982)
 Lester Bedell (3 episodes, 1982)
 Matthew Geyser (3 episodes, 1982)
 Malachy Hale (3 episodes, 1982)
 Capt. Potts (3 episodes, 1982)
 Maj. Harrison (3 episodes, 1982)
Walter Olkewicz ...
 Pvt. Grundy (3 episodes, 1982)
 Emma Gayser (3 episodes, 1982)
 Capt. Randolph (3 episodes, 1982)
David Rounds ...
 Christopher Spencer (3 episodes, 1982)
 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)
 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)
 Pennsylvania Colonel (2 episodes, 1982)
Matthew Tobin ...
 James Hale's Doctor (2 episodes, 1982)
William Wellman Jr. ...
 Lt. Mercer (2 episodes, 1982)


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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1.33 : 1
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One of Gregory Peck's greatest heroes from childhood was President Abraham Lincoln. Peck was initially concerned about playing him since at 66 he was a decade older than Lincoln was when he was assassinated. See more »


The scene showing the First Battle of Bull Run shows the trees without leaves, indicating autumn or winter time. The battle actually took place in July, so the trees would be full of leaves. See more »


Abraham Lincoln: It's well known that the more a man speaks, the less he's understood.
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An epic TV mini worth remembering
23 April 1999 | by (Seatown, WA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this mini-series while in 5th grade history class as part of our studies on the Civil War, and I thought it was excellent. Many years later, I watched it again after finding a copy of the unabridged version (all 6+ hours of it!). I wasn't sure how it would stand the test of time (both as a 16 year old production and my own view of it, being 16 years older now) and braced myself for disappointment; however, I was very pleasantly surprised. The movie is as well done as I remembered it.

It's an engrossing movie that gives an honest, frank look at the inherent moral ambiguity of war, as well as the additional consequences of the Civil War, where "brother fought brother". Although the movie certainly takes dramatic license (the main character, a young Southerner who relocates to the north after becoming disillusioned with the cruel treatment of slaves, ends up stumbling across his staunchly pro-Confederate siblings as if they're all wandering around in the same town instead of an entire country!), you can see that the film makers took great pains to portray as many perspectives as possible, to show that each and every person involved in the war was human, with their own thoughts and feelings. I'm certainly no Civil War expert, but I thought it was a very balanced portrait. What's more amazing is that the mini rarely drags despite sometimes taking a leisurely pace during its 6 hour run-time. Although we all know how the movie with ultimately end, it keeps you interested in the lives of all the characters it introduces. I thought Stacy Keach did a particularly good job despite a few hammy lines. This mini-series should definitely be on any must-see list of war films.

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