This listing is for Blue and the Gray VHS Stacy Keach, John Hammond, Diane Baker.
Actors: Stacy Keach, John Hammond, Diane Baker, Kathleen Beller, Paul Benedict
Writers: John Leekley
Producers: Jack Arbib, John Leekley, Jon C. Andersen, Larry White, Lou Reda
Format: Color, NTSC
Rated: NR - Not Rated
Number of tapes: 2
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures Home Video
VHS Release Date: 1982
Run Time: 295 minutes
An American Civil War epic, made for TV, with Stacey Keach as a secret service agent caught in the bitter battles which eventually united the nation. The Blue and the Gray is about 2 families, on the one side are a newspaper owner and his family of sons and daughter and 1 war correspondent artist nephew who comes to work for his uncle, all on the North side and on the South were the nephew John's modest family farmers, pop and mama and his 3 brothers and sister. It starts off in the south and before John goes to his uncle but soon moves quickly with John for the newspaper sketching the trial verdict on John Brown and the hanging and goes on from there. The war on both sides and the suffering inflicted on the many is very well done. The greenhorn never fought before civilian new recruits in 1st battle is very believable and quite touching, in particular the two brothers, the elder expected and believed to be a soldier, absolutely terrified and actually running away, but by chance meeting an opposing deserter soldier and agreeing that whichever side wins that battle, the other will become a prisoner of war for him. In this case the North wins. You really feel for both of these young men both new to fighting, terrified and admitting that fear to each other. Both sides of the family also lose family members to the war, including a female which is also extremely believable. There is a star studded cast, a very good script and acting, genuine dirty soldiers and dirty uniforms that look authentic and over 6000 extras used to make it so, accurate battles, scenes and historical events, no sex or lewdious behaviour that is totally out of keeping for the period standards and morals of most women of that time and most important of all, no over the top acting, pretend Scarlett Ohara females or cringing phoney accents. There are characters to relate to and feel for on both sides not just the 2 families, there are other soldiers, other civilians as well. This is everything I would look for and hope to find in such a production.
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