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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:
Great documentary by a great documentarian 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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Trivia:
The piano music used to soundtrack the Abraham Lincoln scenes is "God Save the South".See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In describing the assassination of President Lincoln, the narrator states the president was 54 years old when he died. He was, in fact, 56 years old. This mistake, however, has been corrected on the DVD.See more »
Quotes:
Abraham Lincoln:As a nation, we began by declaring that "All men are created equal." We now practically read it, "All men are created equal, except Negroes." Soon, it will read "All men are created equal, except Negroes, and Foreigners and Catholics." When it comes to this, I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty. To Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.See more »
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Great documentary by a great documentarian, 2 May 2002
Author: (jam5219) from Indiana

This is by far the best documentary I've ever seen. History is my favorite subject to study and I have seen a lot of documentaries and "The Civil War" by Ken Burns is by far my favorite.

The Civil War is my favorite subject in history to study and Ken Burns does and excellent job at spacing out the sequence of the war in this set, basically two videos per year of the war. Many people stereotypically think of documentaries as dull and boring, but Ken Burns definately does not let "The Civil War" fall into that stereotype. Thats why this documentary is not only good for learning but the soundtrack, the scenery and everything else put into it makes you really appreciate and get a feel for the Civil War era. As you watch through the videos from Fort Sumter through Antietam and Gettysburg and up to Appomattox, you can really get the fealing of how the actual Yankee and Rebel soldiers felt during these times. burns does not only focus on the battles which would stand out as the most interesting part of a war, but he gets into the personal lives of the soldiers, the soldiers' families, abolitionists and slaves.

David McCullough has a wonderful voice as the narrator and it was also nice to hear some familiar voices for some of the characters such as Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman, and Sam Waterston. The interviews by Edwin Bears, Shelby Foote and other historians were always nice to hear among the documentary.

Overall a very well done documentary on the Civil War. If you are interested in American history in general this and "The West" also by Ken Burns are an excellent choice to see.

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