Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.

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 Garrison Grady 6 episodes, 1985
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 Elkanah Bent / ... 6 episodes, 1985
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 Brett Main / ... 6 episodes, 1985
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 Ashton Main Huntoon / ... 6 episodes, 1985
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 Constance Flynn Hazard / ... 6 episodes, 1985
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 James Huntoon 6 episodes, 1985
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 John Brown 6 episodes, 1985
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 Maum Sally 6 episodes, 1985
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 Burdetta Halloran 6 episodes, 1985
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 Frederick Douglass 6 episodes, 1985
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 Abraham Lincoln 6 episodes, 1985
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 Sen. Charles Edwards 6 episodes, 1985
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 Patrick Flynn 6 episodes, 1985
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 Clarissa Main 6 episodes, 1985
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 Congressman Sam Greene 6 episodes, 1985
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 Maude Hazard 6 episodes, 1985
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 Madam Conti 6 episodes, 1985
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 William Hazard 6 episodes, 1985
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 Nicholas Fabray 6 episodes, 1985
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 Stanley Hazard 6 episodes, 1985
Wendy Fulton ...
 Isabel Truscott Hazard 6 episodes, 1985
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 Tillet Main 6 episodes, 1985
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 Corporal Owens 6 episodes, 1985
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 Semiramis 4 episodes, 1985
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 Forbes LaMotte 4 episodes, 1985
Tony Frank ...
 Salem Jones 3 episodes, 1985
Alveda King ...
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 Benny Haven 2 episodes, 1985
Nikki Creswell ...
 Young Brett Main 2 episodes, 1985
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 George McClellan 2 episodes, 1985
Temi Epstein ...
 Young Ashton Main 2 episodes, 1985
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 Tom 'Stonewall' Jackson 2 episodes, 1985
Arthur Gilliard ...
 Nathaniel 2 episodes, 1985
Cody W. Hampton ...
 George Pickett 2 episodes, 1985
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 Smith Dawkins 2 episodes, 1985
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 Cadet Ned Fisk 2 episodes, 1985
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1842, a special summer day at the huge plantation of Mont Royal. A South Carolinian young man, Orry Maine, leaves his rich home for West Point Academy. On his way northwards, in very strange circumstances, he meets two people who will play a decisive role in his life: beautiful lady Madeleine Fabray whom Orry helps and with whom he falls in love and a "Yankee" George Hazard by whom Orry is helped and who is also on his way to West Point Academy. From that time, Orry and George are best friends and help each other at every moment, they fight for the USA in the Mexican War at Churubusco where George saves Orry's life. A few years later, the friendship of Orry and George spread to the friendship of their families, the Maines from South Carolina and the Hazards from Pennsylvania. Yet, the love of Orry's life, Madeleine gets married to Justin LaMotte, a rich cruel owner of nearby plantation in South Carolina. Their love cannot be fulfilled and they only meet in secret. Years pass by and ... Written by Marcin Kukuczka

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Philip Casnoff was nearly passed over for the role of Elkanah Bent because the producers thought he was too short. Casnoff won them over when he did a practice scene in which he slammed another actor against a wall and yelled at him viciously. Casnoff noted that for the audition, he summoned his feelings of rage from being recently mugged in a parking lot. See more »

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After Orry throws Ashton out of Mont Royal, he goes back to the study to pick up his cane. When he bends down to pick up the cane, his tie is undone. When he stands back up, the tie is tied again. See more »

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Great 80's mini-series
21 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

Sweeping drama with great sets, costumes and performances – though some folks are channeling Rhett, Scarlett, Melanie and even Lady Macbeth. Patrick Swayze and James Read are excellent as two men trying to maintain a friendship despite the ties of family and location. Splendid villains – you'll want them all to come to a very bad end. Lots of strong female characters in this one – both good and bad. Secondary story lines also are well developed. Several cameos by major stars of past eras. Good representation of history and conflicts for those caught between friendship and politics.

Curl up on a rainy day with your DVD or VHS player and drink of choice with this one. A lap rug and a cat would be optional.


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