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North & South: Book 1, North & South 

North and South (original title)
Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.


Douglas Heyes
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Kirstie Alley ...  Virgilia Hazard / ... 6 episodes, 1985
Georg Stanford Brown ...  Garrison Grady 6 episodes, 1985
David Carradine ...  Justin LaMotte 6 episodes, 1985
Philip Casnoff ...  Elkanah Bent / ... 6 episodes, 1985
Lesley-Anne Down ...  Madeline Fabray LaMotte 6 episodes, 1985
Genie Francis ...  Brett Main / ... 6 episodes, 1985
Terri Garber ...  Ashton Main Huntoon / ... 6 episodes, 1985
Wendy Kilbourne ...  Constance Flynn Hazard / ... 6 episodes, 1985
Jim Metzler ...  James Huntoon 6 episodes, 1985
James Read ...  George Hazard 6 episodes, 1985
Lewis Smith ...  Charles Main 6 episodes, 1985
John Stockwell ...  Billy Hazard 6 episodes, 1985
Patrick Swayze ...  Orry Main 6 episodes, 1985
Johnny Cash ...  John Brown 6 episodes, 1985
Olivia Cole ...  Maum Sally 6 episodes, 1985
Morgan Fairchild ...  Burdetta Halloran 6 episodes, 1985
Robert Guillaume ...  Frederick Douglass 6 episodes, 1985
Hal Holbrook ...  Abraham Lincoln 6 episodes, 1985
Gene Kelly ...  Sen. Charles Edwards 6 episodes, 1985
Robert Mitchum ...  Patrick Flynn 6 episodes, 1985
Jean Simmons ...  Clarissa Main 6 episodes, 1985
David Ogden Stiers ...  Congressman Sam Greene 6 episodes, 1985
Inga Swenson ...  Maude Hazard 6 episodes, 1985
Elizabeth Taylor ...  Madam Conti 6 episodes, 1985
John Anderson ...  William Hazard 6 episodes, 1985
Lee Bergere ...  Nicholas Fabray 6 episodes, 1985
Jonathan Frakes ...  Stanley Hazard 6 episodes, 1985
Wendy Fulton Wendy Fulton ...  Isabel Truscott Hazard 6 episodes, 1985
David Harris ...  Priam 6 episodes, 1985
Mitchell Ryan ...  Tillet Main 6 episodes, 1985
Forest Whitaker ...  Cuffey 6 episodes, 1985
Michael McClendon ...  Corporal Owens 6 episodes, 1985
Erica Gimpel ...  Semiramis 4 episodes, 1985
William Ostrander ...  Forbes LaMotte 4 episodes, 1985
Tony Frank ...  Salem Jones 3 episodes, 1985
Alveda King ...  Slave 3 episodes, 1985
Walter Barnes ...  Benny Haven 2 episodes, 1985
Nikki Creswell Nikki Creswell ...  Young Brett Main 2 episodes, 1985
Chris Douridas ...  George McClellan 2 episodes, 1985
Temi Epstein Temi Epstein ...  Young Ashton Main 2 episodes, 1985
Bill Eudaly ...  Tom 'Stonewall' Jackson 2 episodes, 1985
Arthur Gilliard Arthur Gilliard ...  Nathaniel 2 episodes, 1985
Cody Wilson Hampton Cody Wilson Hampton ...  George Pickett 2 episodes, 1985
Tuck Milligan ...  Smith Dawkins 2 episodes, 1985
Andy Stahl ...  Cadet Ned Fisk 2 episodes, 1985


1842, a special summer day at the huge plantation of Mont Royal. A South Carolinian young man, Orry Main (Patrick Swayze), leaves his rich home for West Point Academy. On his way northwards, in very strange circumstances, he meets two people who will play a decisive role in his life: beautiful lady Madeline Fabray (Leslie-Anne Down), who Orry helps and with whom he falls in love, and a "Yankee", George Hazard (James Read), by whom Orry is helped, and who is also on his way to West Point Academy. From that time, Orry and George are best friends and help each other at every moment, they fight for the U.S. in the Mexican War at Churubusco, where George saves Orry's life. A few years later, the friendship of Orry and George spread to the friendship of their families, the Mains from South Carolina and the Hazards from Pennsylvania. Yet, the love of Orry's life, Madeline gets married to Justin LaMotte (David Carradine), the rich cruel owner of a nearby plantation in South Carolina. Their ... Written by Marcin Kukuczka

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Philip Casnoff was nearly passed over for the role of Elkanah Bent because the producers thought he was too short. Casnoff won them over when he did a practice scene in which he slammed another actor against a wall and yelled at him viciously. Casnoff noted that for the audition, he summoned his feelings of rage from being recently mugged in a parking lot. See more »


After Orry throws Ashton out of Mont Royal, he goes back to the study to pick up his cane. When he bends down to pick up the cane, his tie is undone. When he stands back up, the tie is tied again. See more »


Referenced in The History of North and South (2004) See more »

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17 June 2001 | by PacullitonSee all my reviews

I was 13 when this mini-series (and its sequel North and South, Book II) first aired. I had already been captivated by the personal interest stories in/around our American Civil War, which is what interested me in watching this made-for-tv program.

I loved it. And now I'm 29 years old and I only love it more. It is full of history, beautiful costuming, real-life characters woven in and out of the lives of fictional characters, all of whom you come to care deeply about. There is intrigue, love, loyalty, betrayal, family, extended family, lust, battles, victory, defeat and reconstruction.

Even though I had the full set of episodes on tapes I recorded back when it originally aired, I purchased the full set of both N&S and N&S II from Columbia House some years ago when they became available. Once every few years I'll take a whole weekend and watch all the installments back to back - and am sad when the last episode rolls to an end, because I find myself wanting to continue watching the story of the lives of these characters.

I cannot recommend this mini-series more highly.

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3 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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North and South Book I See more »

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