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The Civil War: Season 1: Episode 9 -- In the bittersweet days after the war's end, the Union's triumphs quickly turns to sorrow.  Just five days after victory, President Lincoln dies by the hand of John Wilkes Booth, and the nation's story is again changed forever.  This final episode surveys the fates of the people who left their indelible marks on this remarkable era.  And it leaves us with insights into the meaning of a conflict that helped make us the nation we are today.

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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:
A Poignant and Vivid Look at The Civil War See more (65 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 Jackson ... 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:
Shelby Foote became a sudden celebrity after the success of this series. Foote's phone number was listed in his local phone book and he received frequent calls from fans. He never removed his number from the phone book and received calls whenever the series aired for the rest of his life.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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Soundtrack:
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A Poignant and Vivid Look at The Civil War, 28 February 2003
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

Not only is "The Civil War" Ken Burns' best documentary, it is one of the best out there, also. It easily mixes emotions with facts, while keeping an eye on narration.

It doesn't go for cheap "recreation" moments; in other words, we don't see a redo of the tale told with about five soldiers who look like they're dressed for Halloween; we instead see real pictures while listening to vivid narrations by such actors as Jason Robards, Laurence Fishburne, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Irons, M. Emmet Walsh, Pamela Reed, and more.

If you haven't seen this four hour epic yet, then go find it at a video store right now.

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