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The Civil War -- Clip: Appomattox
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The Civil War -- Interview: George Will

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It divided a country. It created a nation.
Plot:
A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War. Full summary »
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The best use to which television has been put See more (61 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [45])

Sam Waterston ... President Abraham Lincoln (9 episodes, 1990)

Julie Harris ... Mary Chestnut (9 episodes, 1990)

Jason Robards ... Ulysses S. Grant (9 episodes, 1990)

Morgan Freeman ... Frederick Douglass / ... (9 episodes, 1990)
Paul Roebling ... Joshua L. Chamberlain / ... (9 episodes, 1990)

Garrison Keillor ... Walt Whitman / ... (9 episodes, 1990)
George Black ... Robert E. Lee (9 episodes, 1990)
David McCullough ... Himself - Narrator (9 episodes, 1990)

Arthur Miller ... William Tecumseh Sherman (9 episodes, 1990)

Christopher Murney ... Pvt. Elijah Hunt Rhodes (9 episodes, 1990)
Charles McDowell ... Pvt. Sam Watkins (9 episodes, 1990)
Horton Foote ... Jefferson Davis (9 episodes, 1990)

George Plimpton ... George Templeton Strong / ... (9 episodes, 1990)

Philip Bosco ... Horace Greeley / ... (9 episodes, 1990)
Terry Courier ... George McClellan (9 episodes, 1990)
Jody Powell ... Stonewall Jackson / ... (9 episodes, 1990)

Studs Terkel ... Benjamin F. Butler (9 episodes, 1990)

Jeremy Irons ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

Derek Jacobi ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

Gene Jones ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Jerome Dempsey ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

Laurence Fishburne ... Various / ... (9 episodes, 1990)
Betsy Apple ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Carol Craven ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Marissa Copeland ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Halo Wines ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
David Marks ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

Pamela Reed ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Ronnie Gilbert ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

M. Emmet Walsh ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

Hoyt Axton ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
John Hartford ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Walt MacPherson ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

Colleen Dewhurst ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

LaTanya Richardson ... Various / ... (9 episodes, 1990)
Bradford Washburn ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Jesse Carr ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Wendy Tilghman ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)
Joe Mattys ... Various (9 episodes, 1990)

Shelby Foote ... Himself - Writer / ... (8 episodes, 1990)
Ed Bearss ... Himself - Historian (6 episodes, 1990)
Barbara Fields ... Herself - Historian (5 episodes, 1990)
James Symington ... Himself - Former Congressman (4 episodes, 1990)
Stephen B. Oates ... Himself - Historian / ... (4 episodes, 1990)

Series Directed by
Ken Burns (9 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Writing credits
Ken Burns (9 episodes, 1990)
Ric Burns (9 episodes, 1990)
Geoffrey C. Ward (9 episodes, 1990)

Series Produced by
Ken Burns .... executive producer (9 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Original Music by
Jay Ungar (9 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ken Burns (9 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Film Editing by
Paul Barnes (9 episodes, 1990)
Tricia Reidy (9 episodes, 1990)
Bruce Shaw (9 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Sound Department
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer (9 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Joyce .... animation stand photography (9 episodes, 1990)
Carlos Sanchez .... animation stand photography (9 episodes, 1990)
Ed Searles .... animation stand photography (9 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Editorial Department
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (9 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Music Department
Ken Burns .... musical director (9 episodes, 1990)
John Colby .... music producer (9 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Other crew
James Madden .... title designer (9 episodes, 1990)
 

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USA:680 min
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Trivia:
Sam Waterston, who voices President Abraham Lincoln, also portrayed the 16th President in "Lincoln" (1988).See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:A week before the battle of Bull Run, Sullivan Ballou, a major in the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, wrote home to his wife in Smithfield.
Sullivan Ballou:July 14, 1861. Washington, D.C. Dear Sarah, indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days-perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write again, I feel impelled to write a few lines that may fall under your eye when I'm no more. I have no misgivings about...
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Yankoheit 27 (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
We Are Climbing Jacob's LadderSee more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The best use to which television has been put, 28 September 2002
Author: s@tori from New York

As a historian I can say that there is little so difficult or gratifing as to bring history accurately alive for others. As a military historian I will say that war is both the highest and lowest achievement and calling of humanity. All wars are filled with pathos, and it is almost by definition impossible to fully understand and contextualize them until they are of the past. It may be that the US Civil War is that around which the greatest pathos exists; perhaps the last war in which honour and purpose were equally upheld on both sides - which is not to say that all those who participated were honorable or idealistic. In this work, Ken Burns brought history to life, made the war as understandable as possible, and transmitted the pathos, the honour, the horror, the vileness, and the humanity of the thing. In so doing he redefined film documentary. The Civil War is the best use to which television has been put.

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