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North and South is an Americanmarker television miniseries set before, during, and immediately after the American Civil War. It was based on the 1980s trilogy of novels North and South by John Jakes and follows its general storyline, despite some deviations. The three series were produced in 1985, 1986, and 1994 and follow the novels quite closely, although there are considerable differences, especially in Book Two. All three series (called "books") aired on the ABC-TV network in the United States. The first two series, entitled Books I and II, were an enormous success with audiences and critics, and remain among the highest-rated television miniseries in history. However, Book III, which aired eight years after Book II, was poorly received by both critics and audiences. Many of the actors in Books I and II did not appear in Book III.

North and South is about the enduring friendship that develops between two young men who meet as cadets at West Pointmarker Military Academy in the 1840s. One of them, Orry Main, is a southerner who lives on his family's plantation near Charleston, South Carolinamarker where they own slaves. The other, George Hazard is the son of a wealthy foundry owner from the fictional town of Lehigh Station, Pennsylvaniamarker. John Jakes used the Main and Hazard families to symbolize the divisions that eventually led to the Civil War: the Mains are slaveowning Southerners who prefer to remain rural gentleman planters; the Hazards are big-city Northerners who live by manufacturing and industry. In spite of their individual differences, however, both Orry Main and George Hazard remain close friends throughout the miniseries and even through the Civil War, thus symbolizing the fact that America will remain one nation.

Cast

Actor Role
Patrick Swayze Orry Main (in 1994 - archive and uncredited)
James Read George Hazard
Lesley-Anne Down Madeline Fabray LaMotte Main (Hazard post-series)
Wendy Kilbourne Constance Flynn Hazard
Kirstie Alley Virgilia Hazard Grady (1985, 1986)
Jean Simmons Clarissa Gault Main (1985, 1986)
Temi Epstein

Stephanie Allison Jolluck

Terri Garber
Ashton Main (Book I, ep.1)

Ashton Main (Book I, ep.2)

Ashton Main Huntoon Fenway
Nikki Creswell

Melissa Manley

Genie Francis
Brett Main (Book I, ep.1)

Brett Main (Book I, ep.2)

Brett Main Hazard
Philip Casnoff Elkanah Bent
Lewis Smith

Kyle Chandler
Charles Main (1985, 1986)

Charlie Main (1994)
Cary Guffey

John Stockwell

Parker Stevenson
Billy Hazard (Book I, ep.1)

Billy Hazard (1985)

Billy Hazard (1986)
David Carradine Justin LaMotte (1985, 1986)
Inga Swenson Maude Hazard (1985, 1986)
Jonathan Frakes Stanley Hazard
Wendy Fulton

Mary Crosby

Deborah Rush
Isabel Truscott Hazard (1985)

Isabel Truscott Hazard (1986)

Isabel Truscott Hazard (1994)
Jim Metzler James Huntoon (1985, 1986)
Olivia Cole Maum Sally (1985)
Georg Stanford Brown Garrison Grady (1985)
Tony Frank Salem Jones
Erica Gimpel Semiramis (1985, 1986)
Forest Whitaker Cuffey (1985, 1986)
Kate McNeil Augusta Barclay (1986)
Andrew Stahl Ned Fisk (1985, 1986)
Mark Moses

Anthony Zerbe

Rutherford Cravens
Sam Grant (1985)

Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (1986)

Ulysses S. Grant (1994)
William Preston Daly Tom "Stonewall" Jackson (1985)
Robert Wagner Cooper Main (1994)
Woody Watson Jack Quinlan (1994)
Jennifer & Michelle Steffin

Mary Elizabeth McCae
Hope Hazard (1986)

Hope Hazard (1994)
Cameron Finley Gus Main (1994)
Cathy Lee Crosby Judith Stafford Main (1994)
Ted Thin Elk Running Wolf (1994)


The miniseries features many well-known actors and actresses as guest stars. They include Johnny Cash, Morgan Fairchild, Robert Guillaume, Hal Holbrook, Gene Kelly, Robert Mitchum, David Ogden Stiers, Elizabeth Taylor, Mitchell Ryan, Forest Whitaker, Lloyd Bridges, Olivia de Havilland, Linda Evans, Wayne Newton, James Stewart, Whip Hubley, William Schallert, Beau Billingslea, Kurtwood Smith, Rip Torn, Billy Dee Williams, Cliff De Young, Gary Grubbs, Chris Burke, and Peter O'Toole.

John Jakes' wife Rachel also makes an appearance in Episode 1 as Abraham Lincoln's wife Mary.

Filming of the miniseries resulted in three marriages amongst the cast and crew. James Read and Wendy Kilbourne fell in love while shooting scenes where their characters, George Hazard and Constance Flynn Hazard, fell in love. They were married in 1988 and now have two children. Jonathan Frakes and Genie Francis also met on the set and eventually married in 1988. Leslie-Anne Down married assistant cameraman Don E. FauntLeRoy in 1986. When they met during filming of Book 1, both were married to someone else, but eventually obtained divorces.

Crew

Name
Directed by Richard T. Heffron (1985), Kevin Connor (1986), Larry Peerce (1994)
Written by Suzanne Clauser (1994), Paul F. Edwards (1985), Richard Fielder (1986), Patricia Green (1985), Douglas Heyes (1985, 1986), Kathleen A. Shelley (1985)
Produced by Stephanie Austin (1986), Paul Freeman (1985), Hal Galli (1994), Rob Harland (1985), Chuck McLain (1985), Robert Papazian (1986), David L. Wolper (1985, 1986), Mark Wolper (1986)
Music by David Bell (1994), Bill Conti, Greig McRitchie (1985)
Cinematography by Stevan Larner (1985), Jacques R. Marquette (1986), Don E. FauntLeRoy (1994)


Plot

Book I

  • Episode 1 (summer 1842 - summer 1844) - Young Southerner Orry Main, the only son of a wealthy South Carolina plantation owner, goes to West Pointmarker. During the journey, he meets and falls in love with beautiful New Orleansmarker French-Creole Madeline Fabray. In New York Citymarker Orry meets Northerner George Hazard, the second son of a wealthy Pennsylvania steel-factory owner, who is also on his way to West Point. They soon become close friends. At the Academy, they meet the amoral egomaniac Elkanah Bent, a fellow cadet from Ohio. Bent, who becomes the main villain in the miniseries, is a handsome, smooth-talking man who hides his evil, twisted nature beneath his charm and good looks. Bent takes an instant dislike to Orry and George and uses his status as their drillmaster to constantly harass them. Orry keeps writing letters to Madeline, although it seems that Madeline hasn't been responding. After a two-year absence, the men return home for a summer leave. George's abolitionist sister, Virgilia, immediately takes a dislike to Orry as he keeps slaves. While at home, Orry learns that Madeline is getting married to his cruel neighbor, plantation owner Justin LaMotte. Orry is devastated by the news. Orry has an argument with his father over the hiring of the brutal and sadistic Salem Jones as the plantation overseer. Orry stops Jones from using a bullwhip to "punish" a slave. After Orry sees Madeline get married, they find out that Madeline's father has been hiding Orry's letters so the she would marry Justin.
  • Episode 2 (autumn 1844 - spring 1848) - Bent continues his cruelty towards George, Orry, and their friends. The men, with some help from other cadets, make Bent a fool and he is forced to leave the Academy. When Bent learns of George and Orry's involvement, he promises them he will have revenge. George and Orry graduate from West Point. They leave to fight in the Mexican War. During the Battle of Churubuscomarker, Bent, who has used his political connections to obtain a superior rank, orders George and Orry to lead a suicidal charge against the Mexican forces. Both men survive, but Orry is shot in his left leg and is permanently crippled. Meanwhile, George meets Constance Flynn, the Irish Catholic daughter of an Army surgeon, and falls in love. They plan to marry soon. Orry turns to drink to drown his sorrows. With the Mexican War over, George quits the army, finds Bent, and beats him up. He tells Bent that, if he ever harms Orry or him again, he (George) will kill him. Traumatised by his injuries, Orry temporarily becomes a recluse. When Madeline helps Priam, one of Orry's slaves, escape, one of the other slaves gets whipped for helping Priam.
  • Episode 3 (spring 1848 - summer 1854) George gets married to Constance and Orry is his best man. Orry's father dies and Orry inherits the family plantation. His first act is to fire the brutal Salem Jones as overseer. Jones vows revenge. Orry's cousin Charles, who doesn't have good relations with the Main family, is challenged to a pistol duel in a dispute over a woman. Orry helps Charles to survive the duel and they become friends. The Mains visit the Hazards in Pennsylvania. Orry's sister Ashton courts George's brother Billy. Billy and Charles are going to attend West Point together, just as Orry and George did. Orry and George begin a partnership cotton mill at Orry's plantation in South Carolina; they do so on George's condition that Orry not use slave labor in the mill. Virgilia is furious that her family has allowed slaveowners into their house and tries to humiliate them, angering the rest of her family. While dying, Madeline's father tells her that her mother's grandmother was black.
  • Episode 4 (summer 1854 - autumn 1856) - The Hazards visit the Mains in South Carolina. Billy discovers how vain and wicked Ashton can be and falls in love with Ashton's younger sister Brett. George's sister Virgilia helps one of the local slaves escape and gets into trouble. Orry and Madeline become secret lovers. Billy and Charles graduate from West Point, and both families attend the graduation. Ashton sleeps with many of Billy's friends and gets pregnant. She asks Madeline for help, and Madeline takes her to a local midwife who performs a secret abortion. When Madeline lies to Justin about where she was while she was helping Ashton, he beats Madeline, locks her in a spare bedroom and leaves her to starve.
  • Episode 5 (spring 1857 - November 1860) - Madeline is drugged by Justin and disappears from society, even seeming to forget her love for Orry. Ashton marries James Huntoon, an ambitious but easily-manipulated South Carolina politician. Orry visits George, but they have a serious argument over the issue of slavery. Orry doesn't want Brett to marry Billy because of the growing tensions between the North and South. Virgilia marries the slave she helped escape from the Main plantation in South Carolina. They both join abolitionist leader John Brown. In 1859 Brown makes his famous raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, to arm and free the slaves there. The U.S. Army stops the raid, Virgilia's husband is killed and Brown is captured. Virgilia escapes, but is more bitter than ever towards Southerners. Abraham Lincoln is elected President; several Southern states make plans to secede from the U.S. and establish themselves as a separate nation.
  • Episode 6 (November 6, 1860 - April 1861) - Having fought with Orry and fled to Ashton's house in Charleston, Brett meets Billy who is stationed at Fort Sumter. George visits Orry and the two apologize to each other. Orry gives Brett permission to marry Billy. South Carolina secedes from the Union, infuriating Orry. Brett and Billy get married. Ashton schemes to have Billy killed, partly out of jealously, and partly because Billy is now a "Yankee" enemy. She fails, thanks to the drugged Madeline, who overhears Ashton and Justin's scheme and informs Orry. Madeline leaves Justin and takes refuge with Orry at his family's plantation. Now off the drugs, Madeline plans to divorce Justin and marry Orry. Orry goes to the Hazard's mansion near Philadelphia to give George his part of their cotton mill money. Virgilia finds out that Orry is present and tries to have him killed by forming a lynch mob which threatens the Hazard estate; the mob's leaders demand that George give them the "rebel traitor", there is little doubt that they intend to kill Orry. George and Orry face down the mob with shotguns and Orry boards a train to return to South Carolina. The two friends part, unsure if they will ever see each other again. The Civil War begins.


Book II

  • Episode 1 (June 1861 - July 21, 1861) - Orry and Charles, now officers in the Confederate Army, leave the Main family plantation for the war in Virginia. Orry, despite having been against secession, becomes a general and military aide to Confederate President Jefferson Davis in the Confederate capital of Richmondmarker. Meanwhile, George and Billy are in Washington, D.C.marker, where they are officers in the U.S. Army. Billy joins the U.S. Sharpshooters regiment, while George becomes a military aide to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Charles, a Confederate cavalry officer, meets Augusta Barclay, a Virginia belle who smuggles medicine for the southern soldiers. Virgilia wants to work as a nurse at a Washington, D.C. military hospital and asks fellow abolitionist Congressman Sam Greene for help. Orry's cruel and manipulative sister Ashton meets her match in Elkanah Bent, who sees the Civil War as a great way to get rich by smuggling forbidden luxury goods through the U.S. Navy blockade of the South. Bent and Ashton quickly become lovers, while Ashton's politician husband, James Huntoon, is unaware of his wife's adultery. With Orry and Charles gone to war, Justin kidnaps Madeline from the Main family plantation and burns the cotton mill; Orry's mother is injured trying to stop the fire. The First Battle of Bull Runmarker takes place with George and Constance getting caught up in the panicked asftermath as they reluctantly watch from a distance. The South is the winner.
  • Episode 2 (July 1861 - summer 1862) - Hearing about her mother's injury, Brett and her slave Semiramis make the dangerous trip from Washington, D.C. to the Main plantation in South Carolina. Along the way, Semiramis is captured by Union soldiers, but rescued by Brett. Orry leaves Richmond and returns to South Carolina as well - he finds Madeline at Justin's plantation and kills Justin in a fight. Orry and Madeline finally get married. Orry discovers Bent's illegal smuggling enterprise and stops it by capturing Bent's blockade runners, arresting his men, and destroying most of his merchandise. Bent and Ashton vow revenge. In Pennsylvania, meanwhile, George's older brother Stanley takes over the family's steel factories. His greedy wife Isabel talks him into profiteering from the war by using cheap, low-grade iron to make cannons for the U.S. Army; the cannons often explode and kill Northern soldiers. They forge George's name on the documents, in case the cannons are traced back to Hazard Iron.
  • Episode 3 (September 17, 1862 - spring 1864) - At the bloody battle of Antietammarker, Charles and Billy nearly kill each other, but each allows the other to escape. Charles's friend Ambrose is killed in the battle by one of the poor-quality cannons made by Stanley. Afterwards, President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation frees the slaves in the rebel Southern states. Most of the slaves leave the Main plantation in South Carolina, but a few remain. Ashton visits her family's plantation, supposedly to see her recovering mother and sister Brett, but in reality to carry out Bent's revenge against Orry. Ashton tells Madeline that she knows that Madeline's mother was a high-priced black prostitute in New Orleans, and that, unless Madeline leaves Orry with no explanation, she will reveal this secret and "ruin" Orry's public reputation. Madeline flees to Charleston where she is befriended by a suave gambler and begins working for the city's poor and orphans who are suffering from the war. Meanwhile, Bent - who has become increasingly psychotic and unstable - begins planning to assassinate Confederate President Jefferson Davis and become the dictator of the South. Billy, sick of not having seen his wife Brett for nearly two years, goes AWOL from the U.S. Army and makes his way to South Carolina, where he and Brett spend some time together. Ashton discovers Billy's presence and goes to tell the local authorities, but Billy is saved when Brett threatens her sister with a pitchfork long enough for Billy to escape.
  • Episode 4 (May 1864 - late autumn 1864) - When Billy returns to his regiment, his commanding officer threatens to court-martial and execute him if he ever goes AWOL again. Billy is also placed in harm's way by his C.O. by being put in charge of the regiment's skirmishers. George is captured in a raid by Southern forces and taken to the dreaded Libby Prison in Richmond, where he is tortured by the prison's ruthless commandant. Orry is shot and taken to the hospital where Virgilia works, despite her hatred of Southerners she helps him recover and allows him to escape. Later, Virgilia is accused of allowing a wounded Southern soldier to die and is fired from the hospital. Desperate for money and work, she goes to Congressman Greene for help, he gives her money in exchange for sex. Charles saves Augusta from being raped by Northern soldiers at her farm in Virginia, the two then become lovers.
  • Episode 5 (December 1864 - February 1865) - The war has turned against the South. Orry and Charles save George from Libby Prison, kill the commandant in a fight, and allow George to return to the North. Madeline helps starving people in Charleston. Returning home, George learns of his brother and sister-in-law's illegal business schemes to use cheap iron to build cannon. He forces his brother Stanley and Stanley's wife Isabel to admit guilt. Bent tries to kill Madeline in Charleston, but is rescued by her gambler friend, who saves Madeline, but is fatally shot by Bent. Orry learns of Bent's plan to overthrow the Confederate government from James Huntoon, Ashton's husband, who Bent enlisted to help him. In a final fight, Orry and James Huntoon attack Bent's hideout near Richmond. Bent is (apparently) killed when the ammunition he was hiding in a barn explodes. Ashton confesses to Orry that she helped Bent drive Madeline away, Orry tells Huntoon that he never wants to see his sister again. Ashton asks Huntoon to forgive her, but he tells her that it is too late. Huntoon is not seen again and Ashton does not appear again until Episode 1 of Book III.
  • Episode 6 (March 1865 - April 1865) - The fighting ends with a Northern victory. Orry and George lead troops against each other in the last major battle at Petersburg; Orry is wounded. Confederate General Robert E Lee surrenders his army to U.S. Army General Ulysses Grant. George learns that Orry is wounded and searches for him, finally finding him in a Union hospital. Their reunion is spoiled when both learn that President Lincoln has been shot. Charles goes to Augusta's farm and finds that she has died giving birth to his child, a son. He goes to Charleston and gets his child from Augusta's uncle's wife. Virgilia kills Congressman Greene after he refuses to help her anymore and is sentenced to death by hanging. She and George have a tearful farewell before her execution. Salem Jones, the cruel and brutal former overseer of the Main plantation, joins with one of the Main's former slaves, Cuffey, to plan an attack on the Main plantation. Their plan is to loot and steal everything from the mansion, kill the Main family, and burn the mansion. With the war over, Billy quits the army and reunites with Brett at her family's plantation. George helps Orry find Madeline, who reveals that Orry is now the father of their son. Orry, Madeline, their baby, and George all set out for the Main plantation. Salem Jones leads several former slaves in his attack on the plantation; they burn the mansion before being killed or driven off by Charles, Billy, and Ezra, a former slave who is engaged to marry Brett's slave Semiramis. Orry, George, and Madeline arrive. ╬črry's mother is killed in the attack. Orry and George pledge to renew their family's friendship, and George agrees to help Orry rebuild his plantation home by reopening the cotton mill and letting Orry take the profits.


Book III

  • Episode 1 (summer 1865 - autumn 1865) - Elkanah Bent, having survived the explosion of his hidden ammunition depot near Richmond, becomes obsessed with getting "final revenge" on Orry and George, whom he blames for his failures in life. He begins his revenge by going to Richmond and murdering Orry Main. Furious, Ashton tries unsuccessfully to kill Bent; she then moves to the Old West to start a new life. Heartbroken at Orry's death, Madeline tries to rebuild the Main family mansion at Mont Royal and helps local freed slaves, to the disapproval of most of her white neighbors. After learning of Orry's death, George goes to Mont Royal and helps Madeline. Charles Main, now a corporal in the U.S. Cavalry in the Old West, meets and romances Willa Parker. Ashton begins working as a prostitute in Santa Femarker; her goal is to earn enough money to buy Mont Royal. Carrying out the next part of his plan of revenge, Bent goes to the Hazard mansion near Philadelphia and murders George's wife Constance.
  • Episode 2 (autumn 1865 - spring 1866) - Devastated by news of his wife's murder, George begins searching for Bent to exact justice. Cooper Main, Orry's older brother, becomes a member of the Ku Klux Klan and begins working to undermine his sister-in-law Madeline's efforts to help local blacks. Isabel, George Hazard's greedy sister-in-law, wants to buy Mont Royal and evict the Main family. Charles continues to work as a cavalryman in the Old West, and continues to romance Willa Parker. Realizing that she cannot stand against Cooper and Isabel alone, Madeline asks George for help. Charles helps to form a unit of buffalo soldiers. Cavalrymen massacre a Cheyenne village.
  • Episode 3 (spring 1866 - spring/summer 1866) - George arrives at Mont Royal to help Madeline, and they fall in love. Carrying out the final part of his revenge, Bent kidnaps Gus, the child of Charles and Augusta Berkley. When George learns of this, he goes West and finds Charles. Together the two men rescue Gus, hunt down Bent, and hang him. The hanging ends the personal "war" between Bent and the Main and Hazard families. When Ashton finally gets home, she weeps when she sees that Mont Royal has been burned. It is implied (although never stated) that George and Madeline agree to marry; the series ends.


Awards and nominations

The North and South miniseries were nominated (N) and awarded (W) with many different awards around the world, among which the most significant are :

Year Award N/W Category/People
1986 Golden Globes N David Carradine for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (N&S1)
1986 Golden Globes N Lesley-Anne Down for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (N&S1)
1986 Emmy W many people for Outstanding Achievement in Costuming for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S1, ep.4)
1986 Emmy N Virginia Darcy for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S1, ep.1)
1986 Emmy N many people for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S1, ep.6)
1986 Emmy N Bill Conti for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Miniseries or a Special (Dramatic Underscore) (N&S1, ep.1)
1986 Emmy N Stevan Larner for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S1, ep.6)
1986 Emmy N many people for Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or a Special - Single Camera Production (N&S1, ep.4)
1986 Emmy N many people for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S1, ep.2)
1986 Emmy N many people for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S2, ep.1)
1986 Emmy N Robert Fletcher for Outstanding Costume Design for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S2, ep.1)
1986 Emmy N many people for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S2, ep.6)
1995 ASC Award N Don E. FauntLeRoy for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Mini-Series (N&S3, ep.3)


Media

VHS and DVD releases

"North and South" Books I and II were released on NTSC VHS in the United States. Book III was never released on VHS in the United States. Books I, II and III were released on PAL VHS in Europe.

All three Books were released on Region 1 DVD in October, 2004. This release also included a bonus featurette with John Jakes and David Wolper talking about the books and the miniseries, James Read, Leslie-Anne Down, and Patrick Swayze discussing their characters, general thoughts of other cast and crew members, plus information about the historical background and trials of its reconstruction for the movies.

The Region 2 DVD release contained only Books I and II at first, but eventually Book III also became available, with the bonus featurette included. All volumes were sold as separate boxes, but later on they were also available in one box.

Soundtrack

Varese Sarabande CD (VCD47250) contains music scores from two of Bill Conti's movies - "North and South" miniseries and "The Right Stuff" movie.

The following titles from North & South are present on the CD:

  1. Main Title 3:45
  2. Southern Life 1:38
  3. Love In The Chapel 4:04
  4. A Close Call 2:00
  5. Returning Home 2:13
  6. Last Embrace 2:57
  7. Final Meeting 2:28


Note that the VCD47250 tracks are re-recordings, as the CD notes state the tracks were recorded November 25, 1985, which was after North & South had originally aired.

The Varese Sarabande Soundtrack Club released the entire score to "Book 1" in a 4 CD box set on February 25, 2008.[283561] The tracks on this 4 CD box set are the original recordings used in the production of the series. The entire score to "Book 2" includes 3 CDs and was released on October 3, 2008. [283562]

External links



References

  1. http://www.reviewgraveyard.com/2008_reviews/dvd/08-10-20_north-south3.htm
  2. DVD Verdict http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/northandsouth.php
  3. Allis, Tim "The Spoils of War" People magazine February 28, 1994. Vol. 41. No. 8 http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20107588,00.html



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