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Book Title: North and South, Book II Episode #1.5|
Directors: Kevin Connor
Runtime: 95 min
Stars: Kirstie Alley,David Carradine,Philip Casnoff
IMDb Rating: 7.7
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Release Date: 1986-05-08
Full movie description "North and South, Book II Episode #1.5":Charles and Orry set out to rescue George Hazard, who is being held at Libby Prison in Richmond. They make sure he gets back to Union Lines and he makes it home for Christmas. As he recovers however, he learns that a warrant has been issued for his arrest for selling faulty cannons to the Army. He goes after Morgan the black marketeer and his brother Stanley does the right thing. At Mont Royal, Brett has an unfortunate encounter with Salem Jones. Madeline has been continuing her good works in Charleston helping those living in the shanty town and gets Rafe Baudeen's help when a group of young boys are take to dig rifle pits for the army. Elkanah Bent continues to dream of taking control of the Confederacy and gets Ashton to sleep with a contributor. Bent has a large stash of ammo and powder but Orry is soon onto him. An exhausted Charles visits Augusta Barclay.
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- "We kill Yankees by the hundreds and save one man. It doesn't make
- "Compassion still makes sense." (Orry).
After the depressing ending of Episode 4, this part begins in December 1864 - a significant moment of the Civil War that marks its near end. Characters, especially the southerners, are tormented by a rhetorical question "is there anything that makes sense?.' Wounds are yet to come out despite the fact that, as the prologue to the episode says, "events have slowly changed in favor of the North. The war has stretched the resources of both sides to their limits with the South suffering the most dramatically." Yet, there is some hope that shines from persistent friends.
George, psychologically and physically wounded in Libby Prison, mocked by the beastly captain as "half dead," is rescued by Orry and Charles who make their way by force granting the villains with desirable justice. In the thought provoking and atmospheric moment, George thanks them for saving his life. In spite of a barely authentic humor in the situation, the scene occurs to symbolize the tormented individuals. Charles reveals the psychological state of the southern soldiers' at this moment of the war - despair manifested in "Nothing makes sense!" Yet, are everybody bound to such pessimistic reality? Wish this aspect were developed more...Instead, what we find in Episode 5 are many plots packed into 90 minutes, which does not occur to make much sense, unfortunately.
Episode Five, though supplying us with some of truly unforgettable moments, is one among the weakest episodes of the series. These drawbacks refer primarily to the supporting plots that bring out rather mindful confusion than viewing satisfaction. A surprise comes with a great TV series actress Linda Evans (such a clear reference to ultra popular soap opera DYNASTY) but her charm is condensed to mere screen presence rather than the acting abilities. Her performance (or, ironically, benefit performance within portrayal) suffers from terrible inconsistency from the screenplay. She plays Rose Sinclair, a widowed actress who once had played Cordelia in KING LEAR and is now hired by Madeline to find out what insanely ambitious Elkanah Bent aims at. Here lies a secret of conspiracy against Jefferson Davis revealed to...a charming widow in black veil, a disguise of the 'Angel of the poor.' Can you take that seriously?
Some other unrealistic depictions of characters and the limits of various plots harm the series's reputation. Lee Horsley has some dramatic moments but his end is rather a mere cliché of some Hollywood mixture of tradition than something captivating. There is mixture of noir and thriller when Madeline enters a cemetery at the grave of John C Calhoun where the evil takes over within darkness. But...at least. we get revenge and justice (whatever you call that). Some eminent villains who have been with us for so long and stimulated our conscience get punished - Bent's empire and Ashton's wretchedness are anguished. His ambitions for leadership within Confederacy perish in the almost 'apocalyptic' finale on the verge of lunacy. Meanwhile, Stanley and Isabel's illegal venture is brought to light when George recovers from the Libby Prison trauma. Farewell, villains! Yet, not all the hated characters come to an end...there is, unfortunately, Salem Jones (Tony Frank) who is spared one unusual Chritmas morning and appears at Mont Royal from time to time with destruction.
There are, however, still moments worth attention. The noteworthy scenes of the episode include:
- George's great entrance home on Christmas Eve. Apart from the
- the depiction of southerners' suffering in the character of Charles.
- Madeline's visit at her lawyer uncle Miles Colbert (James Stewart)
- James Stewart's hilarious face when Lee Horsley utters an edgy
- Clarissa and Brett watching the family album - such a cute reference
As both the war and the storyline get closer to the end, we look forward to focusing on major characters. Those reliable characters experience the torments within the dilemma: what does really make sense? 'Compassion still makes sense' but for whom? It is too late for the villains...
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