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Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1994)

The movie, adapted from Allan Gurganus' 1989 book of the same name, chronicles the life of Lucy Marsden, a ninety-nine-year-old North Carolina woman who, at the age of fourteen, married a ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Cameron

Writers:

Allan Gurganus (novel), Joyce Eliason (teleplay)
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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Lane ... Lucy Honicut Marsden
Donald Sutherland ... Capt. William Marsden
Cicely Tyson ... Castralia, Marsden Family House Slave / Maid
Anne Bancroft ... Lucy Marsden (age 99-100)
Blythe Danner ... Bianca Honicut
E.G. Marshall ... Prof. Taw, Old Folks Home Resident
Gwen Verdon ... Etta Pell, Old Folks Home Resident
Camille Cooper ... Shirey Ann Williams, Lucy's best girlhood friend
Maureen Mueller ... Lady Mardsen
Kathryn Morris ... Zundro (Sandra)
Wil Horneff ... Willie Marsden (at 13)
Jesse Zeigler Jesse Zeigler ... Ned Mardsen (12), Lucy's eldest son
Garette Ratliff Henson ... Ned Smythe, Willie's best friend (flashback scenes)
Jordan Williams ... Samuel Honicut
Stephanie Astalos-Jones ... Ruth Wilgus, Neighbor with telephone
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The movie, adapted from Allan Gurganus' 1989 book of the same name, chronicles the life of Lucy Marsden, a ninety-nine-year-old North Carolina woman who, at the age of fourteen, married a fifty-year-old Confederate veteran of the Civil War and bore nine children (reduced to six for television). Diane Lane stars as Lucy from her teenage years into middle age, and Anne Bancroft plays Lucy approaching her one hundredth birthday, telling her story in flashback.

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kortalan hős See more »

Filming Locations:

Madison, Georgia, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts) | | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mary Stuart Masterson and Sissy Spacek were considered for the role of Lucy Honicut Marsden. See more »

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Lengthy, but interesting...
10 October 2005 | by jmckelveSee all my reviews

I found the show lengthy but interesting. The story is told in flashback sequence...a style I find particularly annoying. It also does not contain subtitles which add to viewing. Diane Lane is magnificent and Southerland does well also. One foible is that the boy Marsden shown in many of the Civil War battleground sequences has dark brown eyes while the adult Marsden (Southerland) clearly has light blue eyes. Tyson does a great job in her role as the housekeeper/former slave girl. The character of Marsden shows little or no love or care for his wife and children just doing whatever he pleases whenever he wants to...pretty accurate and indicative of a husband from the South at this time in history....


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