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Class of '61 is a 1993 American war drama television film produced by Steven Spielberg as a projected television series about the American Civil War.[1] It focused on men who were classmates at West Point and separated by the war between the North and the South. Filmed in Charleston, South Carolina and Atlanta, this work was the first collaboration between Spielberg and cinematographer Janusz Kamiński.

Class of '61
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Written byJonas McCord
Directed byGregory Hoblit
StarringDan Futterman
Clive Owen
Josh Lucas
Theme music composerJohn Debney
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Steven Spielberg
Jonas McCord
Producer(s)Gregg Fienberg
Production location(s)Charleston, South Carolina
Mt. Berry, Georgia
CinematographyJanusz Kamiński
Editor(s)David Rosenbloom
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)Amblin Television
Universal Television
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseApril 12, 1993


The film follows the lives of several West Point classmates who fight on opposite sides of the American Civil War, which disrupts their previously close community.

The film also follows the adventures of Lucius, a slave who escapes via the underground railroad to freedom. The film cuts between the First Battle of Bull Run and the birth of Lucius' child into slavery.



Renowned Civil War historian Shelby Foote acted as consultant, and documentary producer Ken Burns was acknowledged for his contributions. He had created the critically acclaimed The Civil War documentary series in 1990.[2]


  1. ^ Time - Google Books. Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  2. ^ "Class of '61 (1993) - Overview". Turner Classics ( 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2013-10-24.

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