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North and South, Book II 

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

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Series cast summary:
Kirstie Alley ...  Virgilia Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
David Carradine ...  Justin LaMotte 6 episodes, 1986
Philip Casnoff ...  Elkanah Bent 6 episodes, 1986
Mary Crosby ...  Isabel Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
Lesley-Anne Down ...  Madeline LaMotte Main / ... 6 episodes, 1986
Jonathan Frakes ...  Stanley Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
Genie Francis ...  Brett Main Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
Terri Garber ...  Ashton Main Huntoon 6 episodes, 1986
Wendy Kilbourne ...  Constance Flynn Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
Kate McNeil ...  Augusta Barclay 6 episodes, 1986
Jim Metzler ...  James Huntoon 6 episodes, 1986
James Read ...  George Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
Lewis Smith ...  Charles Main 6 episodes, 1986
Parker Stevenson ...  Billy Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
Patrick Swayze ...  Orry Main 6 episodes, 1986
Lloyd Bridges ...  Jefferson Davis 6 episodes, 1986
Olivia de Havilland ...  Mrs. Neal 6 episodes, 1986
Linda Evans ...  Rose Sinclair 6 episodes, 1986
Morgan Fairchild ...  Burdetta Halloran 6 episodes, 1986
Hal Holbrook ...  Abraham Lincoln 6 episodes, 1986
Lee Horsley Lee Horsley ...  Rafe Beaudeen 6 episodes, 1986
Nancy Marchand ...  Dorothea Dix 6 episodes, 1986
Wayne Newton ...  Capt. Thomas Turner 6 episodes, 1986
Jean Simmons ...  Clarissa Main 6 episodes, 1986
James Stewart ...  Miles Colbert 6 episodes, 1986
David Ogden Stiers ...  Congressman Sam Greene 6 episodes, 1986
Inga Swenson ...  Maude Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
Anthony Zerbe ...  Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 6 episodes, 1986
Bonnie Bartlett ...  General's Wife 6 episodes, 1986
Michael Dudikoff ...  Lt. Rudy Bodford 6 episodes, 1986
Burton Gilliam ...  Cpl. Strock 6 episodes, 1986
Erica Gimpel ...  Semiramis 6 episodes, 1986
Clu Gulager ...  Gen. Philip Henry Sheridan 6 episodes, 1986
Whip Hubley ...  Lt. Stephen Kent 6 episodes, 1986
William Schallert ...  Gen. Robert E. Lee 6 episodes, 1986
Forest Whitaker ...  Cuffey 6 episodes, 1986
Lou Felder Lou Felder ...  Thaddeus Stevens 6 episodes, 1986
Beau Billingslea ...  Ezra 5 episodes, 1986
John Nixon John Nixon ...  Washington 5 episodes, 1986
James Houghton ...  Lt. Ambrose Pell 4 episodes, 1986
Russell Rarick Russell Rarick ...  Tom 4 episodes, 1986
Tony Frank Tony Frank ...  Salem Jones 3 episodes, 1986
Kurtwood Smith ...  Col. Hram Berdan 3 episodes, 1986
Michael Burgess Michael Burgess ...  Jim 3 episodes, 1986
Jeff Williams ...  Boz 3 episodes, 1986
Michael Champion ...  Detective Haller 2 episodes, 1986
Bumper Robinson ...  Michael 2 episodes, 1986
Jack Thibeau Jack Thibeau ...  Mr. Morgan 2 episodes, 1986
Lloyd Alan Lloyd Alan ...  Lt. Roberts 2 episodes, 1986
Lee Anthony Lee Anthony ...  General Scott 2 episodes, 1986
Dixie K. Wade Dixie K. Wade ...  Mrs. Shoup 2 episodes, 1986
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Storyline

The continuing saga of the Hazards and the Mains. The Hazards are from the North and the Mains from the South. George Hazard and Orry Main met at West Point and fought in the Mexican American war together becoming fast friends. Now they find themselves fighting on opposite sides of the Civil War and struggle to maintain their friendship through these troubled times. Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Official Sites:

Hallmark Channel

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love and War See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Billy and Isabel Hazard are played by two different cast members in this miniseries. See more »

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It is commonly regarded as a mistake that Ashton's wedding photo contains color when color photography was not available at the time. While it is true that the type of photography at the time produced only black and white images, it was possible and even common practice to add color to photographs by tinting them by hand. See more »

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Love conquers war and friendship divisions
1 April 2007 | by marcin_kukuczkaSee all my reviews

This comment discusses "North and South Book II" dealing with the Civil War (1861-1865).

As I have mentioned in my comment on "North and South Book I", the movie absorbed me so much that I felt an undeniable need to see its sequel based on John Jakes' novel LOVE AND WAR. However, as sequels on screen usually tend to be worse than the originals, one may have doubts: at first different credits, a different director, some changes in the cast...nevertheless, from the beginning, "North and South Book II" appears to be good in a more or less equal but unique way... yet surely different.

Why will you find it different? The Civil War content inevitably draws your attention not so primarily to the families' saga, as it was the case with Book I, but rather to history and politics. Although the sequel retains most characters from the Maines and the Hazards, it contains such historic figures like Abraham Lincoln, Robert Lee, Ulysses Grant and Jefferson Davis. There are pure facts embedded in the story, there are battles, imprisonments, executions, there are also dreams of peace. Therefore, "North and South Book II" is very educative as a historical piece of work, as an insight into a nightmare of war, and as a provider of historical imagination since the past comes to life here.

Old characters are the same, yet different, war changes them in time, makes them tired of hardship and cruelty that war has brought. They start to long for peace. It is simply unbelievable how, for instance, Virgilia Hazard (Kirstie Alley) changes - from a fanatical abolitionist into a nurse supposed to help both northerners and southerners. Couples in love face separations, friends divisions, and the elderly loneliness. The whole country seems to go mad (as in any war). Dreams of honor and righteousness seem to belong to the days of yore. Yet, finally, it is not the evil of war that wins.

There is, however, one significant fact to mention about these old characters. Some of them seem to me a bit less fascinating than in Book I. That is my only complaint to the sequel. Richard T Heffron, the director of the first part, seemed to care more for the development of characters. Perhaps, the historical facts absorbed Kevin Connor so much that he allowed some shortage in this case. That does not refer to all characters from Book I but some, mostly those performed by different cast: Billy Hazard (now Parker Stevenson) and Isabel (now Mary Crosby). However, I loved some new characters, in particular Augusta Barclay (Kate McNeil) and Rafe Beaudeen (Lee Horsley). Both head for helping other people, both find love; yet, what is ahead of them is only a nightmare...

Someone said that the performances are weak. I don't agree with this opinion, there may be a drawback in character development but the acting is equally great as in Book I. I even admit that Book II is worth attention in this case due to beautifully characterized Hal Holbrook as President Abraham Lincoln and especially appealing Anthony Zerbe as General Ulysses Grant...consider the moment he drinks apple juice while others accuse him of drinking too much whiskey. Zerbe is a terrific actor and that part of Grant is one of his best performances. James Read and Patrick Swayze again shine in their roles as well as Kirstie Alley and Terri Garber. I also admire Lewis Stone for his charismatic part of Charles hardened by war but softened by love. Some guest appearances are also worth consideration, including Olivia de Havilland and late James Stewart.

Both parts of NORTH AND SOUTH constitute wonderful history lesson, but history which is not filled with neutral facts but history filled with emotions. This mini series made me interested in American Civil War the results of which cried out how important it is to live in peace. That Palm Sunday of 1865 should always remind America that peace is the only way and even if there are storms of hatred, prejudice and divisions, true love will conquer them in the end. See both parts of "North and South" and you'll see that it is a history on screen watched in tears. Highly recommended! 8/10!


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