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Class of '61 (1993)

Three West Point 1861 generation cadets and friends go on opposite sides after the breakout of The Civil War, with tragic consequences. A subplot involves Lucius, a Shelby Peyton's slave, who kills a slave trader and goes on the run.

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Gregory Hoblit

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Jonas McCord
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christien Anholt ... Terry O'Neil
Andre Braugher ... Lucius
Dan Futterman ... Shelby Peyton
Josh Lucas ... George Armstrong Custer (as Joshua Lucas)
Clive Owen ... Devin O'Neil
Sophie Ward ... Shannon O'Neil
Sue-Ann Leeds Sue-Ann Leeds ... Rose O'Neal Greenhow
Laura Linney ... Lily Magraw
Niall O'Brien Niall O'Brien ... James O'Neil (Da)
Paul Guilfoyle
Dana Ivey ... Mrs. Julia Peyton
Frederick Rolf Frederick Rolf
Timothy Scott ... (as Tim Scott)
Beverly Todd
Ed Wiley
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Three West Point 1861 generation cadets and friends go on opposite sides after the breakout of The Civil War, with tragic consequences. A subplot involves Lucius, a Shelby Peyton's slave, who kills a slave trader and goes on the run.

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Can the best of friendships survive the worst times?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Class of '61 See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Noted writer, historian and novelist Shelby Foote--perhaps most well known for his appearances in Ken Burns' PBS series The Civil War--served as a historical consultant for this Spielberg-produced ABC pilot that's now seen as a stand-alone movie. Burns was also connected to the Class of '61. See more »

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A movie about people rather than about war
2 July 1999 | by Polly_PlummerSee all my reviews

I just saw the last two-thirds of this movie on TV, and was very impressed by it. I'm not fond of Civil War movies in general, because they are bound to be very sad. This movie fulfills that promise, but nonetheless I found myself liking it a lot. The Class of '61 succeeds in humanizing both sides of that terrible war, by giving you characters on both sides to root for. Rather than rooting for the North or the South, you instead find yourself rooting desperately for peace so the lives of the men and women involved will not be destroyed. Though many important issues are involved in the plot, the movie is about the characters, not about the issues. The acting is superb, especially for a TV movie. The relationship between Shelby, a southern gentleman, and Lucius, his friend and slave, is particularly compelling. This movie, on the whole, is very worth watching despite its inevitably depressing end.


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