26 user 3 critic

The Blue and the Gray 

America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.


John Leekley

On Disc

at Amazon




Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

North and South (1985–1994)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.

Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of two friends and their families on opposite sides of the American Civil War.

Stars: Kirstie Alley, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff
Centennial (1978–1979)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid 1700s to the late 1970s.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Carrera, Richard Chamberlain
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Civil War has just finished, but things in the country aren't much better, especially in the South.

Stars: Philip Casnoff, Kyle Chandler, Cathy Lee Crosby
Certificate: Passed Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This is a story about family relationships, set in the time before and during the American Civil War. Ethan Wilkins is a poor and honest man who ministers to the human soul, while his son ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Walter Huston, James Stewart, Beulah Bondi
Andersonville (TV Movie 1996)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of the most notorious Confederate prisoner of war camp in the American Civil War.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Jarrod Emick, Frederic Forrest, Ted Marcoux
MacArthur (1977)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Biopic of General Douglas MacArthur covering his war exploits during WW2 and the Korean War.

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Gregory Peck, Dan O'Herlihy, Ed Flanders
The Winds of War (TV Mini-Series 1983)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The trials of the Henry and Jastrow families in the early years of World War II.

Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ali MacGraw, Jan-Michael Vincent
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

This mini series covers 60 years in the lives of the Cleary family, brought from New Zealand to Australia to run their aunt Mary Carson's ranch. The story centers on their daughter, Meggie,... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Christopher Plummer
Shogun (TV Movie 1980)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.

Director: Jerry London
Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Shimada
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

During the Korean War peace talks, U.S. troops fight to retake a hill from the Communist Chinese forces.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn
Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.

Stars: Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh


Series cast summary:
Stacy Keach ...  Jonas Steele 3 episodes, 1982
John Hammond ...  John Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
Julia Duffy ...  Mary Hale 3 episodes, 1982
Robin Gammell ...  Jacob Hale Sr. 3 episodes, 1982
David W. Harper ...  James Hale 3 episodes, 1982
Julius Harris ...  Preacher / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Gregg Henry ...  Lester Bedell 3 episodes, 1982
Cooper Huckabee ...  Matthew Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
James Carroll Jordan ...  Professor Lowe 3 episodes, 1982
Brian Kerwin ...  Malachy Hale 3 episodes, 1982
William Lucking ...  Capt. Potts 3 episodes, 1982
Charles Napier ...  Maj. Harrison 3 episodes, 1982
Walter Olkewicz ...  Pvt. Grundy 3 episodes, 1982
Penny Peyser ...  Emma Gayser / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Duncan Regehr ...  Capt. Randolph 3 episodes, 1982
David Rounds David Rounds ...  Christopher Spencer 3 episodes, 1982
Christopher Stone ...  Maj. Fairburn 3 episodes, 1982
Diane Baker ...  Evelyn Hale 3 episodes, 1982
Kathleen Beller ...  Kathy Reynolds 3 episodes, 1982
Paul Benedict ...  Arbuthnot 3 episodes, 1982
Lloyd Bridges ...  Ben Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
Rory Calhoun ...  Gen. George Meade 3 episodes, 1982
Colleen Dewhurst ...  Maggie Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
David Doyle ...  Phineas Wade 3 episodes, 1982
Michael Horton ...  Mark Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
Warren Oates ...  Maj. Welles / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...  Sgt. O'Toole 3 episodes, 1982
Geraldine Page ...  Mrs. Lovelace 3 episodes, 1982
Dan Shor ...  Luke Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
Rip Torn ...  Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 3 episodes, 1982
Robert Vaughn ...  Sen. Reynolds 3 episodes, 1982
John Vernon ...  Secretary of State Seward 3 episodes, 1982
Sterling Hayden ...  John Brown 3 episodes, 1982
Paul Winfield ...  Jonathan Henry 3 episodes, 1982
Gregory Peck ...  Abraham Lincoln 3 episodes, 1982
Bruce Abbott ...  Jake Hale Jr. 3 episodes, 1982
Janice Carroll Janice Carroll ...  Mary Todd Lincoln 2 episodes, 1982
Veronica Redd Veronica Redd ...  Hattie 2 episodes, 1982
Fred Stuthman ...  George (older employee at the Gettysburgh Newspaper) 2 episodes, 1982
John Voldstad John Voldstad ...  Alvin Mooney 2 episodes, 1982


America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | History | War


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »






Release Date:

14 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Blauen und die Grauen See more »

Filming Locations:

Arkansas, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(Recut 2005 Version) | (Original 1982 Version)

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The final film project of Sterling Hayden. See more »


As Lincoln and Captain Steele are walking after testing the new repeating rifle, Modern street lamp posts can be seen. See more »


Wanda Mae: If you was to kiss me, I'd be mighty obliged.
John Geyser: [following the kiss] My mouth's burning!
Wanda Mae: Shucks, I'm sorry, Johnny. It's my chaw.
See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1991) See more »


Tenting On the Old Camp Ground
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Brother Against Brother
24 April 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Back in the early Sixties there was a short lived television series called The Americans about two brothers who after their father was killed decided to fight on opposite sides in the Civil War. The whole business about brother against brother was no exaggeration. Right up to the very top with Mary Todd Lincoln having relatives who fought for the Confederacy, families were torn apart. The Blue And The Gray brings that aspect of the Civil War better than any other film made for the big or small screen since The Americans.

The families are the Geysers and the Hales related by the mothers, Diane Baker and Colleen Dewhurst being sisters. The Hales are from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and the Geysers from what would now be West Virginia in and around Harper's Ferry and that's not even 100 miles distance. But the families are true to the sectional divide.

With the exception of John Geyser played by John Hammond who has made a black friend, a free man played by Paul Winfield who gets lynched for helping runaway slaves. He won't fight for a section that espouses slavery as a cause, but won't enlist in the Northern Armies either. A passing acquaintance played by Stacy Keach who gets himself involved in a lot of the major events of the war and married into the Hale family with Julia Duffy persuades Hammond to become a war correspondent and put his artistic talents to good use. Hammond becomes a pictorial chronicler of the seminal event of his generation.

Without ever losing control of the main story lines, what happens to the various Geyser and Hale family members, The Blue And The Gray captures the sweep and pageantry of the Civil War. Such real characters as Abraham Lincoln played by Gregory Peck and John Brown played by Sterling Hayden in what was his farewell performance do take a life of their own. With Peck we see a public and a private Lincoln which is true to the Lincoln mythology and yet quite a human character.

If I had to single out one performance that was especially touching it would be that of David W. Harper as one of the Hale brothers. The young man was eager to be the first to enlist in his town of Gettysburg, but he never made it to the battle that town became famous for. A not well covered portion of the war was the lack of sanitary facilities in army camps. Young Harper falls victim to dysentery and his performance will move you.

A few years later North and South covered a lot of the same ground that this particular mini-series did and it was as well done as The Blue And The Gray. I would recommend them both highly especially for young audiences to gain a real understanding of what the Civil War meant to the average individual/

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 26 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed