This miniseries from cable's History Channel travels back to the second half of the 19th century for an epic-length, dramatic evocation of one of history's most famous and vitriolic feuds. A conflict that first erupted in 1863 and spanned a whopping 28 years, the Hatfield-McCoy War began simply, with two Confederate soldiers, Randall McCoy (here played by Bill Paxton) and 'Devil' Anse Hatfield (here played by Kevin Costner) returning home after many months of battle in the U.S. Civil War. Initially, the future appears bright to both men, but a misunderstanding soon erupts that leads straight to a tragic murder, and an illicit love affair further complicates the situation. In time, minor clashes and disagreements blow up into a local civil war, as neighbors and friends take sides. Kevin Reynolds (Waterworld, Fandango) directs.~Nathan Southern
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The story-line opens at the Civil War Battle of Devil’s Backbone 1863 West Virginia and follows a family feud and numerous shootouts that finally end in 1888 at the Grapevine battle.. The film is typically period correct – language, clothing styles, equipment: both military and farming, building styles and most importantly the mountain people of West Virginia. The films story-line is well-told by a highly experienced troop of actors that deliver a memorable viewing experience. Unfortunately, this story is not a happy one but it does recount the quarrel between two mountain families that actively lasted 18 years but was never formally settled until the late 1914. The story is presented in three parts; Part 1: 102 Minutes, Part 2: 98 Minutes and Part 3: 89 Minutes. It is recommended the saga be viewed sequentially..
Under the oath of the same flag, two confederate soldiers, “Devil” Anse Hatfield (Kevin Costner) and Randall McCoy (Bill Paxton), return home seeking peace after tireless months of battle. Their expectations are quickly shattered when a murder based on misunderstandings and an illicit love affair trigger warfare between former comrades and their clans. This historic feud teeters on the brink of an all-out civil war as friends and neighbors join opposing sides in a rivalry that would ultimately shape American History. Overall it is a good western, even if ti is not about out west
Sadly, what began as friendship, ended up in tragedy for the entirety of both families. Truly, truly tragic. Fortunately, both families are now back on friendly terms. Considering what they both went through, they do deserve that happiness.
This is a History Channel production and an elaborate one. I didn't know all the details of the rivalry and it's a lesson in letting go of grudges before they ruin your life and family. Very well done with stellar performances from Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton with lots of great supporting roles as well. Not to be missed.