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Old 27-01-2011, 00:23   #1
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'To Appomattox' - HBO's next great historical/war mini-series?

Airing in 2013 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the American civil war is To Appomattox, an eight-part mini-series in the vein of Band of Brothers and John Adams which I presume will chart the course of the whole war rather than just the concluding Appomattox campaign as the title suggests, given that Stonewall Jackson is in it. HBO have a great track record when it comes to these sort of things, some I'm sure it will be top notch stuff. You can find out more here:

http://www.toappomattox.com/To_Appomattox.html

But I have a few reservations. Firstly all this involvement of NASCAR drivers and shit country music singers is highly unsettling, I don't know what the makers are getting at at all. This needs a proper score, not country musicians doing the soundtrack. Secondly, the criticism of Gods and Generals, Gettysburg and North and South pisses me off - all three, especially the latter two, hold a special place in my black heart and if this turns out to be anywhere near as good it will be some achievement.

But my biggest problem is with the cast. It looks like there will be some fine actors in this - Powers Boothe, Paul Giamatti, Bill Paxton, Damian Lewis. Will Patton should make a good Lee in particular. Peterson should be a decent enough Sherman. But Michael C. Hall is a poor Grant. And for me at least many figures will be too synonymous with the actors who played them so well in Gettysburg and Gods and Generals. Paxton's Jackson is unlikely to touch Stephen Lang's, while Noah Wyle's Pickett won't come anywhere near Lang's. As great an actor as he is, I can't see Giamatti pulling off Longstreet as well as Tom Berenger, he just doesn't seem that well-suited to the role. It goes without saying that Kix Brooks, whoever the fuck he is, will be poor in comparison to Brian Mallon as Hancock. I see they haven't cast Joshua Chamberlain yet, but he surely won't surpass Jeff Daniels. And I pity the poor cunt who is entrusted with the job of playing Lo Armistead, who was of course brought to life so magnificently by the late Richard Jordan in Gettysburg. How he was not even nominated for Best Supporting Actor I will never know, there's no way Tommy Lee Jones should have won it that year.

Having seen Gettysburg umpteen times, and it being one of my favourite films, this is probably a personal problem and won't trouble most people. To be honest, I'm more enthused about the longer cuts of Gods and General and Gettysburg coming out this year. On a side note, I could do without Richard Speight after his shit Trickers/Gabriel combo in the fifth season of Supernatural.


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Old 01-02-2011, 05:30   #2
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Thanks for bringing this to my attention. The cast looks decent, some I'm not familiar with. Will Patton playing Lee should be interesting. Lee's one of my favorite historical figures in American history. Duvall's portrayal of Lee in Gods and Generals was awesome, so we'll see how this turns out. After just visiting many Civil War sites in Virginia this past summer, a Civil War mini series is welcomed.
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Didn't even notice this thread until the bump, but you know how I feel about HBO miniseries barn. This will more than likely be top quality.
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Old 01-02-2011, 18:06   #4
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I'm glad people are replying now, because I looked like a cunt otherwise.

This:

http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf...racies_1033426

might also be good but since I'm so pro-conspiracy I'm not sure how seriously I can take it.
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Old 02-02-2011, 21:57   #5
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You do realise that link is 3 and a half years old right and it is still just floating around in possible pre-production land.

Until it gets made we can watch Barry pepper in this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ken...(TV_miniseries)
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Old 02-02-2011, 22:08   #6
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I read that on a forum a few days ago and he gave that link, don't blame me, would have been shit anyway.

I've heard The Kennedys is so shit that networks can't pass on it soon enough. Apparently very ahistorical.
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