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

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 Garrison Grady 6 episodes, 1985
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 Elkanah Bent / ... 6 episodes, 1985
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 Brett Main / ... 6 episodes, 1985
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 Ashton Main Huntoon / ... 6 episodes, 1985
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 Constance Flynn Hazard / ... 6 episodes, 1985
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 James Huntoon 6 episodes, 1985
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 John Brown 6 episodes, 1985
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 Maum Sally 6 episodes, 1985
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 Burdetta Halloran 6 episodes, 1985
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 Frederick Douglass 6 episodes, 1985
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 Abraham Lincoln 6 episodes, 1985
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 Sen. Charles Edwards 6 episodes, 1985
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 Patrick Flynn 6 episodes, 1985
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 Clarissa Main 6 episodes, 1985
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 Congressman Sam Greene 6 episodes, 1985
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 Maude Hazard 6 episodes, 1985
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 Madam Conti 6 episodes, 1985
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 William Hazard 6 episodes, 1985
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 Nicholas Fabray 6 episodes, 1985
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 Stanley Hazard 6 episodes, 1985
Wendy Fulton ...
 Isabel Truscott Hazard 6 episodes, 1985
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 Tillet Main 6 episodes, 1985
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 Corporal Owens 6 episodes, 1985
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 Semiramis 4 episodes, 1985
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 Forbes LaMotte 4 episodes, 1985
Tony Frank ...
 Salem Jones 3 episodes, 1985
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 Benny Haven 2 episodes, 1985
Nikki Creswell ...
 Young Brett Main 2 episodes, 1985
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 George McClellan 2 episodes, 1985
Temi Epstein ...
 Young Ashton Main 2 episodes, 1985
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 Tom 'Stonewall' Jackson 2 episodes, 1985
Arthur Gilliard ...
 Nathaniel 2 episodes, 1985
Cody W. Hampton ...
 George Pickett 2 episodes, 1985
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 Smith Dawkins 2 episodes, 1985
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 Cadet Ned Fisk 2 episodes, 1985
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1842, a special summer day at the huge plantation of Mont Royal. A South Carolinian young man, Orry Maine, 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 Madeleine Fabray whom Orry helps and with whom he falls in love and a "Yankee", George Hazard, 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 Maines from South Carolina and the Hazards from Pennsylvania. Yet, the love of Orry's life, Madeleine gets married to Justin LaMotte, a rich cruel owner of nearby plantation in South Carolina. Their love cannot be fulfilled and they only meet in secret. Years pass by ... 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 »

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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 »

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

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Wonderful
17 June 2001 | by See 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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