Class of '61

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Class of '61
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Written by Jonas McCord
Directed by Gregory Hoblit
Starring Dan Futterman
Clive Owen
Josh Lucas
Theme music composer John Debney
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Executive producers: Steven Spielberg
Jonas McCord
Producer: Gregg Fienberg
Cinematography Janusz Kaminski
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) Amblin Entertainment
Distributor Universal Pictures
Original release
  • 1993 (1993)

Class of '61 is a 1993 television film produced by Steven Spielberg as a projected television series about the American Civil War.[1] The film was filmed in Charleston, South Carolina and Atlanta and was the first collaboration between Spielberg and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski.


The film follows the lives of several West Point cadet classmates who find themselves on opposite sides of the war. The film also follows the adventures of Lucius the slave escaping via the underground railroad to freedom with the film cutting between the First Battle of Bull Run and the birth of a Lucius' child born in slavery.



Renowned Civil War historian Shelby Foote acted as Consultant, and documentary producer Ken Burns received Special Thanks for his input, he having created the critically acclaimed The Civil War documentary in 1990.[2]


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

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