Class of '61

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Class of '61
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Genre Action
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
Executive producer(s) Steven Spielberg
Jonas McCord
Producer(s) Gregg Fienberg
Location(s) Charleston, South Carolina
Atlanta, Georgia
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Editor(s) David Rosenbloom
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) Amblin Television
Universal Television
Distributor ABC
Original network ABC
Original release April 12, 1993

Class of '61 is a 1993 American biographical war drama 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 Kamiński.


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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