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Three West Point 1861 generation cadets and friends go on opposite sides after the breakout of The Civil War, with tragic consequences. A subplot involves Lucius, a Shelby Peyton's slave, who kills a slave trader and goes on the run.

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Gregory Hoblit

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Jonas McCord
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christien Anholt ... Terry O'Neil
Andre Braugher ... Lucius
Dan Futterman ... Shelby Peyton
Josh Lucas ... George Armstrong Custer (as Joshua Lucas)
Clive Owen ... Devin O'Neil
Sophie Ward ... Shannon O'Neil
Sue-Ann Leeds Sue-Ann Leeds ... Rose O'Neal Greenhow
Laura Linney ... Lily Magraw
Niall O'Brien Niall O'Brien ... James O'Neil (Da)
Paul Guilfoyle
Dana Ivey ... Mrs. Julia Peyton
Frederick Rolf Frederick Rolf
Timothy Scott ... (as Tim Scott)
Beverly Todd
Ed Wiley
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Three West Point 1861 generation cadets and friends go on opposite sides after the breakout of The Civil War, with tragic consequences. A subplot involves Lucius, a Shelby Peyton's slave, who kills a slave trader and goes on the run.

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Can the best of friendships survive the worst times?


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Country:

USA

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English

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12 April 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Impending WAR that won't be quick or glorious
19 January 2018 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

RELEASED TO TV IN 1993 and directed by Gregory Hoblit, "The Class of '61" details what happens when three West Point graduates & their friends opt for opposite sides when the The Civil War breaks out and the impending Battle of Bull Run destroys any delusions of a quick, glorious victory for the Union.

Despite the limitations of a TV budget, this is a well-done Civil War drama that leads up to the Battle of Bull Run. While there aren't any sweeping shots of this initial battle (because the budget wouldn't allow for it), I liked the way the movie focuses on the individual's experience during battle with those in the immediate vicinity.

Dan Futterman stands out as the main protagonist, but there are some future stars as well, like Clive Owen and Josh Lucas, the latter playing Armstrong Custer. The movie scores well on the female front with the jaw-dropping Sue-Ann Leeds, as well as Sophie Ward and a young Laura Linney. It's also interesting seeing Robert Newman again.

Besides the closing battle sequence, a couple of scenes are dramatically exceptional: The compelling train sequence and, especially, the quiet fishing boat scene where the protagonist has an honest talk with his black friend, who also happens to be a family slave (Andre Braugher).

FYI: This was originally intended as the first of a 13-episode miniseries.

THE MOVIE RUNS 95 minutes. WRITER: Jonas McCord.

GRADE: B-


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