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(1985–1994)

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To prepare for the role of George Hazard, James Read spent several weeks at Patrick Swayze's horse ranch, where Swayze taught Read how to ride horse back.
Since modern West Point bears little physical resemblance to the Academy of 1842, the West Point scenes were filmed at Jefferson College outside Natchez, Mississippi. Local military school cadets and ROTC students involved in the film were granted permission to grow their hair for six months for the proper period look.
Having entered West Point in 1842, George Hazard and Orry Main were part of the Class of 1846, perhaps the most famous and most talented graduating class in West Point history. George B. McClellan, Thomas J. Jackson, and George Pickett introduced themselves to George and Orry. McClellan would rank Second in that illustrious class. Jackson (later known as "Stonewall") would rank Seventeenth. George Pickett (later famous for "Pickett's Charge" at Gettysburg) would rank at the bottom of the class. All of them rose to General rank. Ranked First in that class was Charles Seaforth Stewart. The highest rank Stewart would achieve was that of Colonel.
Living history groups with the expertise to recreate the Mexican-American War battle of Churubusco (1847) filmed the battle in a field near Natchez, Mississippi. In mid-May 1984, fourteen re-enactor units from a dozen states took a week to stage what became the largest authentic encampment of Mexican War re-enactors ever held. More than one hundred forty people arrived at their own expense, bringing their own (mostly hand-made) period-correct uniforms, hand weapons and artillery, caissons, limbers, battery wagons, field ambulances, tenting, and camping equipment. The production company provided water, hay, feed, and straw for horses, reimbursement for powder, and donations to each of the participating units.
The scenes filmed in downtown Charleston required very little set preparation. Truckloads of dirt had to be brought in to cover the cement-paved streets.
James Stewart's final acting work in front of a camera.
Production took two years, and involved eighty-seven hundred pieces of wardrobe (lead actresses each wore twenty-eight to thirty-five different costumes), nine hundred forty scenes, a five hundred forty page teleplay, and twenty-five million dollars.
According to an extra from the Book Two movie, during the big Manassas scene with pandemonium among both the soldiers and the crowd, the wide angle shot was not staged, there was real panic. Something had gone wrong, a gun went off when it wasn't suppose to, somebody else ran a direction they weren't supposed to go, and it all caused a stir.
James Read's great-great-uncle, Sebaldus Hassler, fought and died with the Union Army, falling in battle at Vicksburg, Mississippi, on May 20, 1863. Read's great-great-grandfather, Sampson T. Groves, served in the First Ohio Volunteer Heavy Artillery until his honorable discharge on July 25, 1865, after which he lived to a ripe old age.
Exterior shots of Mont Royal were taken at the mansion Boone Hall. The interior were taken at another mansion, Stanton Hall.
All Saints Chapel, where Madeline and Orry met for secret trysts, was a built set.
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According to Kirstie Alley in her memoir, she and Patrick Swayze fell in love during filming. Both were married to other people, and did not cheat on their spouses.
Philip Casnoff was nearly passed over for the role of Elkanah Bent because the producers thought he was too short. Casnoff won them over when he did a practice scene in which he slammed another actor against a wall and yelled at him viciously. Casnoff noted that for the audition, he summoned his feelings of rage from being recently mugged in a parking lot.
Some of the eighty-seven hundred costumes were taken from storage at the Burbank Studios and Hollywood costume houses. One young extra even found a name tape marked "Mickey Rooney" sewn into his coat.
When the historic structures were correct, but the furnishings were not, or priceless antiques were so fragile they could not be used, the company brought in their own pieces, such as the bronze and marble statuary valued at more than two hundred thousand dollars that decorated the house used for the New Orleans bordello.
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The publicity shot of George and Orry in uniform that is used as the main art work for the DVD collection, the flags behind them are a U.S. flag and a Texas flag. The photo was taken during the filming of the Churubusco scenes, and the only flags available on set were the U.S. and Texas flags.
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With the exception of military or servants' garb, none of the main characters wear the same thing twice in the miniseries. Two exceptions are, Ashton who wears a purple dress for when she arrives, and departs Mont Royal, and Madeline, who wears the same dress when she visits her father when he is on his death bed, and when she leaves Mont Royal after Ashton tells her that her mother was a prostitute.
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Several actors and actresses also appeared in the Star Trek franchise. Jonathan Frakes (Stanley Hazard) appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) as Commander William Riker. Kirstie Alley (Virgilia Hazard) appeared as Lieutenant Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). Jean Simmons (Clarissa Main) appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) as a retired Starfleet Admiral. John Anderson (William Hazard) appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Mitchell Ryan (Tillet Main) appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). David Ogden Stiers appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
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Lesley-Anne Down met her future husband, Cinematographer Don E. FauntLeRoy on the set of North and South (1985), who was an Assistant Cameraman. Since then, they have worked together on around twenty movies: Scenes from the Goldmine (1987), Ladykillers (1988), Night Walk (1989), on one episode of CBS Schoolbreak Special: Frog Girl: The Jenifer Graham Story (1989), Night Trap (1993), Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (1994), Munchie Strikes Back (1994), Young Hearts Unlimited (1998), The King's Guard (2000), The Perfect Wife (2001), Today You Die (2005), Seven Days of Grace (2006), Mercenary for Justice (2006), Rosewood Lane (2011), Haunted (2014), I Am Watching You (2016), A Cinderella Christmas (2016), and Gates of Darkness (2017).
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Forest Whitaker and Mark Moses appeared in Platoon (1986).
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