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Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1994)

The movie, adapted from Allan Gurganus's 1989 book of the same name, chronicles the life of Lucy Marsden, a 99-year-old North Carolina woman who at age 14 married a 50-year-old Confederate ... See full summary »



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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy Honicut Marsden
Castralia, Marsden Family House Slave / Maid
Lucy Marsden (age 99-100)
Bianca Honicut
Prof. Taw, Old Folks Home Resident
Etta Pell, Old Folks Home Resident
Camille Cooper ...
Shirey Ann Williams, Lucy's best girlhood friend
Lady Mardsen
Zundro (Sandra)
Willie Marsden (at 13)
Jesse Zeigler ...
Ned Mardsen (12), Lucy's eldest son
Ned Smythe, Willie's best friend (flashback scenes)
Samuel Honicut
Ruth Wilgus, Neighbor with telephone


The movie, adapted from Allan Gurganus's 1989 book of the same name, chronicles the life of Lucy Marsden, a 99-year-old North Carolina woman who at age 14 married a 50-year-old Confederate veteran of the Civil War and bore nine children (reduced to six for television). Diane Lane stars as Lucy from her teenage years into middle age, and Anne Bancroft plays Lucy approaching her 100th birthday, telling her story in flashback.

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1 May 1994 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Mary Stuart Masterson and Sissy Spacek were considered for the role of Lucy Honicut Marsden. See more »

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A Must See or Read
18 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently watched the Netflix version (does anyone know if it was edited a lot...curious...never saw full mini series on TV)and really enjoyed it. This is a must see. I found this to be one of the most romantic and endearing stories about respect, love, loyalty and the sanctity of marriage. These days portrayed in the story are long gone and they will never return. The cast did an incredible job: Donald Sutherland and Diane Lane were amazing together! Sutherland plays a Southern gentleman/heal/charmer and after reading the book there is no one that I can imagine in that role but he. Diane Lane, Cicely Tyson, Anne Bancroft, lets not forget Blythe Danner who in my opinion stole every scene she was in! Incredible cast, amazing storyline it was a joy to watch and made me want to read the book. I read the book to get some detail and to see if there were any signifigant differences and there is so much detail and some differences but the mini series really took the basics and created a visual masterpiece from an incredible story. I recommend seeing it twice because there are some scenes where it is hard to understand due to the Southern Drawl accents and what-not. Now that I think about it why a 9 instead of a 10? I may have decided that there were some scenes that could have been left out but for the most part I was really enjoying myself.

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