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"RACE TO FREEDOM: THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD" (1994) Review

Many télévision viewers and moviegoers might be surprised to learn that Hollywood had aired a good number of télévision films that featured the topic of U.S. slavery. One of those films proved to be an offshoot of the 1977 miniseries, "ROOTS". However, another was the 1994 télévision movie called "RACE TO FREEDOM: THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD".

The 1994 télévision movie is a story about the Underground Railroad, a loose network of secret routes and sûr, sans danger houses occasionally used par willing 19th-century slaves in the United States to escape...
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"THE BLUE AND THE GRAY" (1982) Review

In 1982, CBS télévision aired a three-part miniseries about the experiences of two families during the Civil War. Sounds familiar? It should, for John Jakes had wrote something similar in three novels between 1982 and 1987 – namely the "NORTH AND SOUTH" Trilogy. Jakes’ novels were adapted for télévision in 1985, 1986 and 1994. However this miniseries was produced par Larry White and Lou Reda. And despite the mildly similar theme to the "NORTH AND SOUTH" saga, there are some vast differences.

"THE BLUE AND THE GRAY" had not been based upon any particular...
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"THE SHADOW RIDERS" (1982) Review

When I first set out to discover how many of auteur Louis L'Amour novels had been adapted for the films and television, I had assumed at least a handful had gone through this process. I was surprised to discover that many of his works had been adapted. And one of them turned out to be the 1982 télévision movie, "THE SHADOW RIDERS".

I have only seen two L'Amour adaptations in my life - "THE SHADOW RIDERS" and the 1979 two-part miniseries, "THE SACKETTS". Both productions seemed to have a great deal in common. The two productions are adaptations of L'Amour (which...
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”THE WINDS OF WAR” (1983) Review

Some forty-five years ago, auteur Herman Wouk wrote ”The Winds of War”, a bestselling novel about the experiences of a middle-aged U.S. Navy officer and his family during the early years of World War II. A decade later, ABC télévision and producer David Wolper brought his story to the télévision screen with a seven-part, fourteen-and-a-half heure miniseries that became a ratings hit and a major Emmy and Golden Globe nominee.

Produced par Dan Curtis and Barbara Steele, and directed par Curtis; ”THE WINDS OF WAR” was a sprawling saga that told the story...
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