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North and South, Book II 

The story of two friends and their families on opposite sides of the American Civil War.

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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 Virgilia Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
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 Justin LaMotte 6 episodes, 1986
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 Elkanah Bent 6 episodes, 1986
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 Isabel Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
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 Madeline LaMotte Main / ... 6 episodes, 1986
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 Stanley Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
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 Brett Main Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
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 Ashton Main Huntoon 6 episodes, 1986
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 Constance Flynn Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
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 Augusta Barclay 6 episodes, 1986
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 James Huntoon 6 episodes, 1986
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 George Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
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 Billy Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
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 Jefferson Davis 6 episodes, 1986
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 Mrs. Neal 6 episodes, 1986
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 Rose Sinclair 6 episodes, 1986
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 Burdetta Halloran 6 episodes, 1986
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Lee Horsley ...
 Rafe Beaudeen 6 episodes, 1986
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 Dorothea Dix 6 episodes, 1986
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 Capt. Thomas Turner 6 episodes, 1986
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 Clarissa Main 6 episodes, 1986
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 Miles Colbert 6 episodes, 1986
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 Congressman Sam Greene 6 episodes, 1986
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 Maude Hazard 6 episodes, 1986
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 Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 6 episodes, 1986
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 General's Wife 6 episodes, 1986
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 Lt. Rudy Bodford 6 episodes, 1986
Burton Gilliam ...
 Cpl. Strock 6 episodes, 1986
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 Semiramis 6 episodes, 1986
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 Gen. Philip Henry Sheridan 6 episodes, 1986
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 Lt. Stephen Kent 6 episodes, 1986
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 Gen. Robert E. Lee 6 episodes, 1986
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Lou Felder ...
 Thaddeus Stevens 6 episodes, 1986
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John Nixon ...
 Washington 5 episodes, 1986
James Houghton ...
 Lt. Ambrose Pell 4 episodes, 1986
Russell Rarick ...
Tony Frank ...
 Salem Jones 3 episodes, 1986
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 Col. Hram Berdan 3 episodes, 1986
Michael Burgess ...
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 Detective Haller 2 episodes, 1986
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Jack Thibeau ...
 Mr. Morgan 2 episodes, 1986
Lloyd Alan ...
 Lt. Roberts 2 episodes, 1986
Lee Anthony ...
 General Scott 2 episodes, 1986
Dixie K. Wade ...
 Mrs. Shoup 2 episodes, 1986
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The continuing saga of the Hazards and the Mains. The Hazards are from the North and the Mains from the South. George Hazard and Orry Main met at West Point and fought in the Mexican American war together becoming fast friends. Now they find themselves fighting on opposite sides of the Civil War and struggle to maintain their friendship through these troubled times. Written by Susan Southall <stobchatay@aol.com>

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4 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Kirstie Alley and Robert Englund appeared in Infidelity (1987). See more »

Goofs

At the battle of Petersburg, when the Union army advances on the Confederate lines, Billy crosses on planks and climbs to the top of the trench. At the top, he grabs the Confederate flag (the Stainless Banner)and waves it around. The scene cuts to a distance, and now he's waving the "Stars and Bars". The scene cuts back and he's waving the "Stainless Banner" again. See more »

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Followed by Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (1994) See more »

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Excellent in every way shape or form.
18 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Nothing I say here will be new, save for a few words on Lewis Smith I'll get to momentarily. I loved everything about Book I and Book II of the North and South saga. (As far as I'm concerned, Book III doesn't exist.) And although the series strays from the book in many ways, that shouldn't and doesn't matter when speaking of the series as a seperate and totally independent entity. It stands on its own and tells the story it wants to tell regardless of Cooper Main or any other plot lines ommitted. To include every single detail of John Jakes's novels would be utterly pointless and drag down the flow of a story in a medium that demands action and visual stimulation to keep its audience interested. Too much exposition is never good for a movie or a series. I for one, who DID enjoy the books just as much, applaud the directors and screenplay writers for NOT trying to parallel the text word for word.

As everyone has said, the acting in both parts was superb. James Read and Patrick Swayze yes, but also Leslie Anne Down, Wendy Kilbourne-Read (she and James really did get married in real life, isn't that cool?) Parker Stevenson (a drastic improvement from John Stockwell) Phillip Casnoff and David Carridine (whom we all love to hate) Terri Garber and Genie Francis. But I have to say I'm disappointed that more people here have not commented on Lewis Smith's portrayal of Charles Main in both books, who perhaps goes through just as much development of character as Orry, and Smith does it flawlessly. A great actor and a highly overlooked and underrated performance, Lewis Smith is simply awesome as Charles Main.

The story is about passion, love, romance, desire-yes. But more than that, it is about friendship. No other series, movie or tv show has ever displayed such a complex love story, love not only between lovers, but between friends, and no one should ever try. Rating North and South on a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a smashing 95!


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