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The Blue and the Gray is a very emotional civil war movie with many good actors. It is great in every way with good war sequences, good actors, and good drama.
The Blue And The Gray is a tremendously underrated civil war epic and to me, it's one of the best war films, best dramas, and best romance films I've ever seen. It's a sprawling and very engaging war epic that is never dull for one minute despite a very long running time. The performances are superb, the writing is great, the moments that are sad and the moments that are surprisingly witty are executed perfectly. It's a staggering and powerful epic that deserves a lot more attention than it has currently received. If you enjoy a good film epic, you must see this one because it is a damn good one.
Sprawling miniseries with the wise choice of using a sketch artist as its focal point with sympathies on both sides. Having someone who isn't fighting for one side or the other allows both sides to be presented without one being dominant. John Hammond is fine in the lead but not so strong that he pulls the focus off the story. An amazing cast cycles through the story without most given enough time to really register, its a shame but with a canvas this large unavoidable. All are fine but a few do manage to make an impression, Gregory Peck is perfectly cast as Abe Lincoln, strong and dignified. Colleen Dewhurst and Diane Baker are an interesting contrast as sisters, although they never share a scene, one a southern farm woman the other a northern homemaker but perhaps the one performer who makes the most of her few scenes is Geraldine Page as a southerner trapped in a war zone who has adapted to survive but still retains her ladylike demeanor. In just three scenes she creates a character that the viewer fully understands. For history buffs or fans of epic scale storytelling this is a must.
Revisiting one of my favorite miniseries of the '80's. Accurate recreation of the American Civil War. Makes me nostalgic for the rolling hills and farmlands of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
There really is two movies here. One is a classic miniseries melodrama revolving around a Virginia family during the civil war, and the other, far more impressive one is the historically dead-on accuracy of the depiction of the battles and life during this pivotal struggle. Bruce Caton, who wrote the book that the movie was based on,has his signature all over this impressive effort