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The Blue and the Gray 

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America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.

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John Leekley
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Series cast summary:
Stacy Keach ...  Jonas Steele 3 episodes, 1982
John Hammond ...  John Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
Julia Duffy ...  Mary Hale 3 episodes, 1982
Robin Gammell ...  Jacob Hale Sr. 3 episodes, 1982
David W. Harper ...  James Hale 3 episodes, 1982
Julius Harris ...  Preacher / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Gregg Henry ...  Lester Bedell 3 episodes, 1982
Cooper Huckabee ...  Matthew Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
James Carroll Jordan ...  Professor Lowe 3 episodes, 1982
Brian Kerwin ...  Malachy Hale 3 episodes, 1982
William Lucking ...  Capt. Potts 3 episodes, 1982
Charles Napier ...  Maj. Harrison 3 episodes, 1982
Walter Olkewicz ...  Pvt. Grundy 3 episodes, 1982
Penny Peyser ...  Emma Gayser / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Duncan Regehr ...  Capt. Randolph 3 episodes, 1982
David Rounds David Rounds ...  Christopher Spencer 3 episodes, 1982
Christopher Stone ...  Maj. Fairburn 3 episodes, 1982
Diane Baker ...  Evelyn Hale 3 episodes, 1982
Kathleen Beller ...  Kathy Reynolds 3 episodes, 1982
Paul Benedict ...  Arbuthnot 3 episodes, 1982
Lloyd Bridges ...  Ben Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
Rory Calhoun ...  Gen. George Meade 3 episodes, 1982
Colleen Dewhurst ...  Maggie Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
David Doyle ...  Phineas Wade 3 episodes, 1982
Michael Horton ...  Mark Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
Warren Oates ...  Maj. Welles / ... 3 episodes, 1982
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...  Sgt. O'Toole 3 episodes, 1982
Geraldine Page ...  Mrs. Lovelace 3 episodes, 1982
Dan Shor ...  Luke Geyser 3 episodes, 1982
Rip Torn ...  Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 3 episodes, 1982
Robert Vaughn ...  Sen. Reynolds 3 episodes, 1982
John Vernon ...  Secretary of State Seward 3 episodes, 1982
Sterling Hayden ...  John Brown 3 episodes, 1982
Paul Winfield ...  Jonathan Henry 3 episodes, 1982
Gregory Peck ...  Abraham Lincoln 3 episodes, 1982
Bruce Abbott ...  Jake Hale Jr. 3 episodes, 1982
Janice Carroll Janice Carroll ...  Mary Todd Lincoln 2 episodes, 1982
Veronica Redd Veronica Redd ...  Hattie 2 episodes, 1982
Fred Stuthman ...  George (older employee at the Gettysburgh Newspaper) 2 episodes, 1982
John Voldstad John Voldstad ...  Alvin Mooney 2 episodes, 1982
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America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blue and the Gray See more »

Filming Locations:

Arkansas, USA See more »

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(Recut 2005 Version) | (Original 1982 Version)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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One of Gregory Peck's greatest heroes from childhood was President Abraham Lincoln. Peck was initially concerned about playing him since at 66 he was a decade older than Lincoln was when he was assassinated. See more »

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The scene showing the First Battle of Bull Run shows the trees without leaves, indicating autumn or winter time. The battle actually took place in July, so the trees would be full of leaves. See more »

Quotes

Wanda Mae: If you was to kiss me, I'd be mighty obliged.
John Geyser: [following the kiss] My mouth's burning!
Wanda Mae: Shucks, I'm sorry, Johnny. It's my chaw.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1991) See more »

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Rock of Ages
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady (as Au­gus­tus M. Top­la­dy)
Music by Thomas Hastings
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A good if somewhat uneven miniseries
15 November 2000 | by antelope-3See all my reviews

This miniseries shows the war primarily through the eyes of a Virginian who wants to witness history but cannot commit to either side of the conflict. His new-found profession of journalism allows him to participate as a neutral observer. He is surrounded by relatives and friends on both sides, and the miniseries shows events through their eyes as well.

The human side of the war is stressed, and it excellently portrays the toll the conflict took on families.

Many of the subplots are taken from Civil War historian Bruce Catton's final work, "Reflections On The Civil War." However, none of the people in the book, including the real John Geyser, appear in the miniseries. Rather, observations made in the book are woven around the main storyline as supplementary material.

Most of the military aspects of the miniseries are laughable and bear little resemblance to reality. Due to the miniseries being done on a miniseries budget we see none of the grand scale evident in "Gettysburg" or "Glory."

Stacy Keach gives a terrific performance as Jonas Steele, the Federal special operations agent. We see from his performance a little of the decentralized, more personalized ways in which intelligence gathering and other non-standard military operations were conducted in the nineteenth century.

The miniseries ran for over six hours on CBS in 1982, but well over an hour was cut for the two-cassette video release. Get the whole treatment if you can.


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