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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:
Broke new ground, still unsurpassed. See more (63 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)
Dave Pultz .... color timer (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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Trivia:
The soundtrack used as General Grant's theme is Kingdom Come (sometimes called Year of Jubilo), a minstrel show song written in 1862 by Henry Clay Work (see also trivia about Sherman's theme). This catchy, rollicking tune has appeared in other popular movies such as Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) and several cartoon shorts by Tex Avery. However, no movie, except one which requires a strictly accurate historical context, would dare to use the original lyrics, which are quite offensive by modern standards. As an example, the first line is "Say, darkey, have you seen de massa wif de moustache on his face?" and it only goes downhill from there.See more »
Quotes:
[On his escape from slavery]
Frederick Douglass:I appear this evening as a thief and robber. I stole this head, these limbs, this body from my master and ran off with them.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
We Are Climbing Jacob's LadderSee more »

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36 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Broke new ground, still unsurpassed., 2 January 2005
Author: jpellino from Connecticut

Contrary to the only other comment so far, I found this inspiring and elevating. I understood the civil war in a way nothing else in 17 years of formal education did. Burns was trying to tell what is perhaps the most compelling story since this country was founded. He had no footage, and was not interested in dramatizing the battles (which is notoriously difficult to to without boosting one side). Instead, he found a way to take the still images and remnants of the war and the stories of individuals and make them more real than any movie could do. Eleven hours of reenactments would have been interminable - and silly - as vaunted as the reenactors are, they get away with it because they are romanticized - can you imagine reenacting Ardennes or Khe Sanh? In a world where TV viewership is measured in 5-minute chunks if you're lucky, Burns kept viewers' attention for 11+ hours - and with no commercials - quite a feat.

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