Class of '61

Class of '61 Information

Class of '61 is a 1993 biographical war drama television film produced by Steven Spielberg as a projected television series about the American Civil War. 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.


  • Dan Futterman as Shelby Peyton
  • Josh Lucas as George Armstrong Custer
  • John P. Navin, Jr. as Burnett
  • Clive Owen as Devin O'Neil
  • Sophie Ward as Shannen O'Neil
  • Laura Linney as Lily Magraw
  • Andre Braugher as Lucius
  • Barry Cullison as Sergeant Yancy
  • Len Cariou as Dr Leland Peyton
  • Dana Ivey as Mrs Julia Peyton


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.

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