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  • 'Class of '61' - The TV Series That Never Was

    Hi all

    Just picked up a copy of 'CLASS OF 61' on DVD at my local dept store for $4.00 AUS

    What a gem .... following the West Point grad class of 1861 and focussing on three characters .... is ashame that this was never made into a Series as Speilbergs production company intended.

    Following on the heals of Ken Burns Civil War documentary .... I thought it would be picked up as a series .....

    No need to bore forum members here, but if you have not seen it, it is well worth a look ....

    Regards
    "I hope to live long enough to see my surviving comrades march side by side with the Union veterans along Pennsylvania Avenue, and then I will die happy."

    General James Longstreet at a Memorial Day Parade in 1902

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    Thanks for the head's up; I'd never heard of this one. Have you ever read Class of 1846 by John C. Waugh? The graduates of that West Point Class reads like a Who's Who of the Civil War, and Waugh follows them through their military careers. It's one of my favorite nonfiction books.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Blitzpuppy View Post
      Thanks for the head's up; I'd never heard of this one. Have you ever read Class of 1846 by John C. Waugh? The graduates of that West Point Class reads like a Who's Who of the Civil War, and Waugh follows them through their military careers. It's one of my favorite nonfiction books.
      Thanks, sounds like a great read, I'll look for it!

      Regards
      "I hope to live long enough to see my surviving comrades march side by side with the Union veterans along Pennsylvania Avenue, and then I will die happy."

      General James Longstreet at a Memorial Day Parade in 1902

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      • #4
        Originally posted by newjack66 View Post
        Hi all

        Just picked up a copy of 'CLASS OF 61' on DVD at my local dept store for $4.00 AUS

        What a gem .... following the West Point grad class of 1861 and focussing on three characters .... is ashame that this was never made into a Series as Speilbergs production company intended.

        Following on the heals of Ken Burns Civil War documentary .... I thought it would be picked up as a series .....

        No need to bore forum members here, but if you have not seen it, it is well worth a look ....

        Regards
        Never heard of this! Thanks for the heads up.
        The muffled drums sad roll has beat the soldier's last tatoo. No more on life's parade shall meet that brave and fallen few.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by newjack66 View Post
          Hi all

          Just picked up a copy of 'CLASS OF 61' on DVD at my local dept store for $4.00 AUS

          What a gem .... following the West Point grad class of 1861 and focussing on three characters .... is ashame that this was never made into a Series as Speilbergs production company intended.

          Following on the heals of Ken Burns Civil War documentary .... I thought it would be picked up as a series .....

          No need to bore forum members here, but if you have not seen it, it is well worth a look ....

          Regards
          Just curious, but any idea who the actors were in the presentation? Thanks.
          I come here to discuss a piece of business with you and what are you gonna do? You're gonna tell me fairy tales? James Caan in the movie "Thief" ca 1981

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TomDeFranco View Post
            Just curious, but any idea who the actors were in the presentation? Thanks.
            IMDB is your friend! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106578/
            The muffled drums sad roll has beat the soldier's last tatoo. No more on life's parade shall meet that brave and fallen few.

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            • #7
              I vaguely remember watching it when it was first broadcast, a long time ago.

              "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TomDeFranco View Post
                Just curious, but any idea who the actors were in the presentation? Thanks.
                Hi all ....

                Actors are Clive Owen, Laura Linney, Josh Lucus Dan Futterman, you will recognise some faces ....

                Interesting scene when Sumter is fired upon ..... anyway the class are on the parade ground when half of them sing the Star Spangled Banner, then the others sing Dixie and a almighty heated fight develops ....

                I do recommend you track it down .... Wikipedia has a right up on it I think ....
                "I hope to live long enough to see my surviving comrades march side by side with the Union veterans along Pennsylvania Avenue, and then I will die happy."

                General James Longstreet at a Memorial Day Parade in 1902

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hellboy30 View Post
                  Never heard of this! Thanks for the heads up.
                  Well worth a look .... buy the way can anyone tell me if GETTYSBURG has been released with all the scenes that were in the VHS Tape two pack ....
                  "I hope to live long enough to see my surviving comrades march side by side with the Union veterans along Pennsylvania Avenue, and then I will die happy."

                  General James Longstreet at a Memorial Day Parade in 1902

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                  • #10
                    So is this just the one episode then?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Pyle's Heroes View Post
                      So is this just the one episode then?
                      Unfortunately yes. This was the pilot.
                      "I hope to live long enough to see my surviving comrades march side by side with the Union veterans along Pennsylvania Avenue, and then I will die happy."

                      General James Longstreet at a Memorial Day Parade in 1902

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