North and South (TV miniseries)

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North and South
North+South-Complete1-3.jpg
Complete Collection DVD cover
GenreHistorical drama
Created byDavid L. Wolper
Produced byPaul Freeman
Starring
Jean Simmons
James Read
Patrick Swayze
Lesley-Anne Down
Kirstie Alley
Mitchell Ryan
Genie Francis
David Ogden Stiers
Jonathan Frakes
among others
CinematographyStevan Larner, ASC
CountryUnited States
Original channelTVA
Release dateBook I: November 3, 1985
Book II: May 4, 1986
Book III: February 27, 1994
Running time90 minutes/episode
No. of episodesBook I: 6
Book II: 6
Book III: 3
 
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North and South
North+South-Complete1-3.jpg
Complete Collection DVD cover
GenreHistorical drama
Created byDavid L. Wolper
Produced byPaul Freeman
Starring
Jean Simmons
James Read
Patrick Swayze
Lesley-Anne Down
Kirstie Alley
Mitchell Ryan
Genie Francis
David Ogden Stiers
Jonathan Frakes
among others
CinematographyStevan Larner, ASC
CountryUnited States
Original channelTVA
Release dateBook I: November 3, 1985
Book II: May 4, 1986
Book III: February 27, 1994
Running time90 minutes/episode
No. of episodesBook I: 6
Book II: 6
Book III: 3

North and South is the title of three American television miniseries broadcast on the ABC network in 1985, 1986, and 1994. Set before, during, and immediately after the American Civil War, they are based on the 1980s trilogy of novels North and South by John Jakes.[1] The 1985 first installment, North and South, remains the seventh-highest rated miniseries in TV history.[2][3][4] North and South: Book II (1986) was met with similar success, while 1994's Heaven and Hell: North and South Book III was poorly received by both critics and audiences.[5][6]

The saga tells the story of the enduring friendship between Orry Main of South Carolina (Patrick Swayze) and George Hazard of Pennsylvania (James Read), who become best friends while attending the United States Military Academy at West Point but later find themselves and their families on opposite sides of the war.[1] The slave-owning Mains are rural planters, while the Hazards, who resided in a small Northern mill town, live by manufacturing and industry, their differences reflecting the divisions between North and South that eventually led to the Civil War.[7]

Cast[edit]

The initial 1985 miniseries cast Patrick Swayze as Orry Main and James Read as George Hazard, with Lesley-Anne Down as Orry's love interest Madeline and Wendy Kilbourne as George's future wife Constance.[8] Kirstie Alley played George's outspoken abolitionist sister Virgilia, with Genie Francis as Orry's "good" sister Brett and Terri Garber as his selfish and wicked sister Ashton, as well as Philip Casnoff as Elkanah Bent, George and Orry's nemesis.[8] All of these actors returned for the 1986 sequel, joined by Parker Stevenson as Billy Hazard, George's brother and Brett's husband.[9]

North and South (1985) also featured many well-known actors as guest stars, including Elizabeth Taylor as bordello proprietor Madam Conti, David Carradine as the sadistic Justin LaMotte, Hal Holbrook as Abraham Lincoln, Gene Kelly as Bent's father Senator Charles Edwards, Robert Mitchum as Colonel Patrick Flynn, M.D., Johnny Cash as abolitionist John Brown, Jean Simmons as Orry's mother Clarissa Main, Mitchell Ryan as Orry's father Tillet Main, Jonathan Frakes as George's older brother Stanley Hazard, Robert Guillaume as abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Morgan Fairchild as Burdetta Halloran, David Ogden Stiers as Congressman Sam Greene, and Olivia Cole as Madeline's devoted but doomed servant Maum Sally.[8] John Jakes' wife Rachel also made an appearance in Episode 6 as Lincoln's wife Mary. North and South: Book II (1986) saw the return of Carradine as LaMotte, Holbrook as Lincoln, and Stiers as Congressman Greene, as well as new guests Lloyd Bridges as Jefferson Davis, Anthony Zerbe as Ulysses S. Grant, Nancy Marchand as Dorothea Dix, Jimmy Stewart as Miles Colbert, Wayne Newton as Captain Thomas Turner, and William Schallert as Robert E. Lee,[9] with Inga Swenson as George's mother Maude Hazzard, Linda Evans as Rose Sinclair and Olivia de Havilland as Mrs. Neal. 1994's Heaven and Hell featured Peter O'Toole as "louche actor" Sam Trump[10] and Billy Dee Williams as Francis Cardozo.

Filming of the miniseries resulted in four 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, who had previously played opposite each other on the failed NBC soap Bare Essence, eventually married in 1988. Lesley-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.[11] Terri Garber married North and South cameraman Chris Hager in 1985. The couple divorced four years later, and have a daughter named Molly.[citation needed]

CharacterNorth and South
1985
North and South: Book II
1986
Heaven and Hell:
North and South Book III

1994
Orry MainPatrick SwayzePatrick SwayzePatrick Swayze (archive/uncredited)
George HazardJames ReadJames ReadJames Read
Madeline Fabray LaMotte MainLesley-Anne DownLesley-Anne DownLesley-Anne Down
Constance Flynn HazardWendy KilbourneWendy KilbourneWendy Kilbourne
Virgilia Hazard GradyKirstie AlleyKirstie Alley
Ashton Main Huntoon Fenway
   Young Ashton
   Young Ashton
Terri Garber
Temi Epstein (Ep. 1)
Stephanie Jolluck (Ep. 2)
Terri Garber


Terri Garber


Brett Main Hazard
   Young Brett
   Young Brett
Genie Francis
Nikki Creswell (Ep. 1)
Melissa Manley (Ep. 2)
Genie Francis


Genie Francis


Elkanah BentPhilip CasnoffPhilip CasnoffPhilip Casnoff
Charles MainLewis SmithLewis SmithKyle Chandler
Billy Hazard
   Young Billy
John Stockwell
Cary Guffey (Ep. 1)
Parker Stevenson

Stanley HazardJonathan FrakesJonathan FrakesJonathan Frakes
Isabel Truscott HazardWendy FultonMary CrosbyDeborah Rush
Justin LaMotteDavid CarradineDavid Carradine
Clarissa Gault MainJean SimmonsJean Simmons
Maude HazardInga SwensonInga Swenson
Burdetta HalloranMorgan FairchildMorgan Fairchild
Congressman Sam GreeneDavid Ogden StiersDavid Ogden Stiers
James HuntoonJim MetzlerJim Metzler
Salem JonesTony FrankTony Frank
PriamDavid HarrisDavid Harris
SemiramisErica GimpelErica Gimpel
CuffeyForest WhitakerForest Whitaker
Ned FiskAndrew StahlAndrew Stahl
Maum SallyOlivia Cole
Madam ContiElizabeth Taylor
Garrison GradyGeorg Stanford Brown
Tillet MainMitchell Ryan
IronworkerRay Spruell
BarmanRonnie Stutes
Augusta BarclayKate McNeil
Rafe BaudeenLee Horsley
Miles ColbertJimmy Stewart
Mrs. NealOlivia de Havilland
Rose SinclairLinda Evans
Captain Thomas TurnerWayne Newton
Colonel Hiram BerdanKurtwood Smith
EzraBeau Billingslea
Lt. Rudy BodfordMichael Dudikoff
Lt. Stephen KentWhip Hubley
Hope HazardJennifer and Michele SteffinMary Elizabeth McCae
Sam TrumpPeter O'Toole
AdolphusRip Torn
Cooper MainRobert Wagner
Judith Stafford MainCathy Lee Crosby
Gus MainCameron Finley
Running WolfTed Thin Elk
GettysCliff De Young
Jack QuinlanWoody Watson
IsaacStan Shaw
JaneSharon Washington
Historical figures
PersonBook I
1985
Book II
1986
Book III
1994
Abraham LincolnHal HolbrookHal Holbrook
Mary Todd LincolnRachel Jakes (uncredited)
Ulysses S. GrantMark MosesAnthony ZerbeRutherford Cravens
Frederick DouglassRobert Guillaume
John BrownJohnny Cash
George B. McClellanChris Douridas
George PickettCody W. Hampton
Tom "Stonewall" JacksonWilliam Preston Daly
Jefferson DavisLloyd Bridges
Robert E. LeeWilliam Schallert
Dorothea DixNancy Marchand
Francis CardozoBilly Dee Williams
Major AndersonJames Rebhorn

Crew[edit]

North and South (1985) was directed by Richard T. Heffron, from a script adaptation by Patricia Green, Douglas Heyes, Paul F. Edwards, and Kathleen A. Shelley. It was produced by David L. Wolper, Paul Freeman, Rob Harland, and Chuck McLain, with music by Bill Conti and Stevan Larner as cinematographer. Wolper also produced 1986's North and South: Book II with his son Mark Wolper, as well as Stephanie Austin and Robert Papazian. Conti returned as composer, with Kevin Connor directing, Jacques R. Marquette as cinematographer, and a script by Heyes and Richard Fielder. Heaven and Hell: North and South Book III (1994) was directed by Larry Peerce from a script by Suzanne Clauser. Hal Galli produced the miniseries, with music by David Bell and Don E. FauntLeRoy as cinematographer.

Plot[edit]

Book I: North and South[edit]

Book II: Love and War[edit]

Book III: Heaven and Hell[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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

YearAwardN/WCategory/People
1986Golden GlobesNDavid Carradine for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (N&S1)
1986Golden GlobesNLesley-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)
1986EmmyWmany people for Outstanding Achievement in Costuming for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S1, ep.4)
1986EmmyNVirginia Darcy for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S1, ep.1)
1986EmmyNmany people for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S1, ep.6)
1986EmmyNBill Conti for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Miniseries or a Special (Dramatic Underscore) (N&S1, ep.1)
1986EmmyNStevan Larner for Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S1, ep.6)
1986EmmyNmany people for Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or a Special - Single Camera Production (N&S1, ep.4)
1986EmmyNmany people for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S1, ep.2)
1986EmmyNmany people for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S2, ep.1)
1986EmmyNRobert Fletcher for Outstanding Costume Design for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S2, ep.1)
1986EmmyNmany people for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries or a Special (N&S2, ep.6)
1995ASC AwardNDon E. FauntLeRoy for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Mini-Series (N&S3, ep.3)

Media[edit]

VHS and DVD releases[edit]

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, Lesley-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 miniseries.

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[edit]

A soundtrack CD published by Varèse Sarabande in 1985 (VCD47250) contains tracks from the music scores of two Bill Conti films, North and South and The Right Stuff. It includes the following tracks from North and South:[12]

  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

The Varèse Sarabande Soundtrack Club released the entire score to North and South (1985) in a four-CD box set on February 25, 2008.[13] The tracks in this set are the original recordings used in the production of the series. The entire score to North and South: Book II (1986) was released on October 3, 2008 and includes three CDs.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Editorial Review: North and South (1982). Kirkus Reviews (c) VNU Business Media, Inc. 1982. Retrieved January 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ Bennett, Mark (August 8, 2007). "John Jakes' journey to New York Times bestseller list included boyhood years in Terre Haute". Tribune-Star. TribStar.com. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Bill (March 18, 2002). "Bestselling novelist penning saga of fictional Charleston family". The Post and Courier. Excerpted at DePauw.edu. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ Jones, Mary Ellen (November 30, 1996). "The People's Author: The Life of John Jakes". John Jakes: A Critical Companion. Greenwood Press. p. 3. ISBN 0-313-29530-1. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.reviewgraveyard.com/2008_reviews/dvd/08-10-20_north-south3.htm
  6. ^ DVD Verdict http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/northandsouth.php
  7. ^ O'Connor, John J. (November 1, 1985). "TV Weekend; North and South, A Mini-series". The New York Times (NYTimes.com). Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c Leonard, John (November 4, 1985). "Slavs, Slaves, and Shoulders (Review: North and South)". New York. pp. 58–61. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Leonard, John (May 5, 1986). "The Blue, The Gray, and the Déshabille (Review: North and South: Book II)". New York. p. 85. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  10. ^ O'Connell, Patricia (February 25, 1994). Review: John Jakes' Heaven and Hell: North and South Part 3. Variety.com [1]. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  11. ^ Allis, Tim (February 28, 1994). "The Spoils of War". People magazine. Vol. 41, No. 8. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ It may be noted that the VCD47250 tracks are re-recordings, as the CD notes state that the tracks were recorded November 25, 1985, which was after North and South had originally aired.
  13. ^ http://www.varesesarabande.com/details.asp?pid=VCL%2D0208%2D1072
  14. ^ http://www.varesesarabande.com/details.asp?pid=VCL%2D0908%2D1082

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