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The Civil War (TV Mini-Series 1990) Poster

(1990 TV Mini-Series)

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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.
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Took six years to make - two years longer than the war itself.
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Sam Waterston, who voices President Abraham Lincoln, also portrayed the 16th President in Lincoln (1988).
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The piano music used to soundtrack certain of Abraham Lincoln's and Jefferson Davis' scenes, as well as a few other characters, is "God Save the South".
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Shelby Foote and Horton Foote were distant cousins. Their great-grandfathers were brothers.
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The soundtrack used as General Sherman's theme is Marching Through Georgia, which is appropriate as this iconic song was written in 1865 as apologist propaganda for his Georgian campaign of the previous year. It was written by Henry Clay Work who also wrote the song "Kingdom Come" used as General Grant's theme.
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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.
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George Plimpton (voice of George Templeton Strong) was the great-great-grandson of General Benjamin Franklin Butler voiced by Studs Terkel.
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