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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

Writer:

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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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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It's a Nice Period Piece
1 July 2013 | by denis888See all my reviews

Not the greatest of its kind, Class Of '61 suffers a hastily delivered plot, too many plot holes and sometimes, poor acting. Anyway, Clive Owen and Laura Linney alone saved this albeit a bit shallow effort, as their delivery is very decent and very deep. The sheer tragedy of a class split, of friendships destroyed, of mates killed in the same battle is shown here. Well, bother, that could have been much better, had Ron Maxwell done that in his sheer Gettysburg style and grandeur. What the movie does show well is the very banality of death at war, the immediacy of tragedy looming, the simplicity of bloodshed. No heroism, almost, just a real suffering of men and women. That could be a better movie, but even now, it is OK


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