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North and South, Book I 

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.


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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 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 W. Hampton Cody W. Hampton ...  George Pickett 2 episodes, 1985
Tuck Milligan ...  Smith Dawkins 2 episodes, 1985
Andy Stahl ...  Cadet Ned Fisk 2 episodes, 1985
Robert Vaucresson Robert Vaucresson ...  Jed 2 episodes, 1985


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Release Date:

3 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Exterior shots of Mont Royal were taken at the mansion Boone Hall. The interior were taken at another mansion, Stanton Hall. See more »


When Orry breaks up Charles's fight at the tavern, Orry's waking cane bends when he hits one of the fighters on the back. See more »


Referenced in Retrosexual: The 80's (2004) See more »

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Beautifully Crafted
16 August 2006 | by CosmicDwellingsSee all my reviews

"North & South" the television mini-series is to the 80's what "Rich Man, Poor Man" (the first-ever TV mini-series) was to the 70's.

It's a fabulous adaptation of the first classic novel in the trilogy from author John Jakes. The story itself covers the two decades leading up to the years of the election of President Abraham Lincoln and the imminent proclamation of the Civil War - North versus South. The intertwining stories evolve around the families of the Hazards (the 'North' in the title) and the Mains and their two central figures of George and Orry who form a friendship whilst embarking on their West Point training in 1842.

"North & South" is a wonderful historic timeline and as I have grown older (and wiser!) it very much interests me to learn about the contrasting attitudes to such controversial aspects as 'Slavery' and 'Abolitionists', and how these attitudes originated.

The series also portrays some great characterisation development as we get to know about the friends and enemies in George and Orry's lives, and also the women that stole their hearts as young men. This aspect of the story also uncovers a romantic tale that is set to the turbulent backdrop of the American Civil War.

"North & South", along with "Rich Man, Poor Man" is overshadowed by 1977's "Roots" as the greatest mini-series of all-time. However, it does come a close second/third and also shares the same kind of timeline and themes as "Roots". But, don't let this one get away, even if it's just to see the great scenery, costumes, and brilliant all-star cast including Gene Kelly, Johnny Cash, Elizabeth Taylor, James Stewart, Olivia De Havilland, Lesley-Anne Down et al.

The series is beautifully crafted and is firmly tied to actual historic events and it's a pity the Emmys and Golden Globes didn't honour a lot more of the actors and actresses for their portrayals. Patrick Swayze and James Read, the two virtual unknown lead actors at the time, turn in compelling performances as Orry Main and George Hazard respectively. However, it's Kirstie Alley's riveting performance as George's 'Abolitionist' sister Virgilia that steals the show many times. Plus, Terri Garber, David Carradine and Philip Casnoff as Elkanah Bent are the delicious villains of the piece you just love to hate.

"North & South" Books 1 & 2 are now available on two DVD sets.

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