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Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (27-Feb-1994)

Director: Larry Peerce

Writer: Suzanne Clauser

From novel: Heaven and Hell by John Jakes

Keywords: Drama

TV miniseries.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Chris Burke
26-Aug-1965   Corky on Life Goes On
Philip Casnoff
3-Aug-1949   Dr. Robert Jackson on Strong Medicine
Kyle Chandler
17-Sep-1965   Friday Night Lights
Cathy Lee Crosby
2-Dec-1944   That's Incredible!
Cliff De Young
12-Feb-1946   Former lead singer, Clear Light
Lesley-Anne Down
17-Mar-1954   The Bold and the Beautiful
Cameron Finley
30-Aug-1987   Leave It to Beaver
Jonathan Frakes
19-Aug-1952   Commander Riker on Star Trek: TNG
Genie Francis
26-May-1962   Laura Spencer on General Hospital
Steve Harris
3-Dec-1965   The Practice
Mariette Hartley
21-Jun-1940   CBS Morning Program
Tom Noonan
12-Apr-1951   Manhunter
Peter O'Toole
2-Aug-1932 14-Dec-2013 Lawrence of Arabia
Stan Shaw
14-Jul-1952   Snake Eyes
Patrick Swayze
18-Aug-1952 14-Sep-2009 Dirty Dancing
Rip Torn
6-Feb-1931   Arthur on The Larry Sanders Show
Robert Wagner
10-Feb-1930   Jonathan Hart on Hart to Hart
Billy Dee Williams
6-Apr-1937   Lando Calrissian, Colt-45 malt liquor pitchman


Review by anonymous (posted on 4-Nov-2005)

This movie was horribly inaccurate, sadly. The first two book-to-movie reproductions of North and South were absolutely wonderful. It is true that in order to follow the original plot of Heaven and Hell, the producers would have to create some random turnarounds, such as the immediate death of Orry, the random appearance of Cooper Main, and the impossible resurrection of Elkanah Bent. There is no way that Cooper Main could just come out of thin air; as certified in a scene in the Book II movie when Clarissa tells Orry he was destined to inherit Mont Royal from childhood (Which wouldn't have been possible with the older Cooper in existence). There should have been some way of keeping Orry alive. The scenes with the Indian Wars and Charles were skimped on too. Lewis Smith should have played Charles again. The other guy was horrible. The scenes of George and Madeleine were the only good part of the movie. How, though, did Stanley and Isobel avoid arrest for their involvement with Morgan and Axol Ironworks? I notice they had to find a third actress to play Isobel. She didn't look like either of the first two. I don't like how a whole new Belvedere was randomly fabricated. Also, how did Mont Royal fall down even more? The general frame of the house was still erect after it was initially burned. Only a pillar or two remain in the third movie. Where did Ezra and Semiramis go? I give credit to Philip Casnoff (spelling might be wrong there) for excellent acting. Terri Garber did a fairly good job too. I don't like being so critical of the conclusion of the North and South trilogy. I loved the first two films. I try to convince myself that the entire story ends with Orry, George, and the rest of the "good guys" walking out of Mont Royal. I know the twisted nature of the film "Heaven and Hell" was designated to make the viewer feel the mishaps and uncomfortable emotions of the post-war period. There has to be a way of doing it, though, without sacrificing so much of the general quality that vibrated through the first two films. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give the first film of North and South a 10, the second film a 9, and the third one a 3. -- Mark Cowett

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