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Title: 'Hatfields and McCoys' on History channel
Post by: mi6a2lm on May 29, 2012, 05:22:21 pm
Entertaining.  [Three 2-hr episodes]


Review excerpt:
 This ambitious six-hour dramatization of America’s most famous and lethal family feud suggests that even when these two families weren’t shooting at each other, life in the back country of Kentucky and West Virginia in the late 19th century was a battle.

The food supply was spotty, clothes look uncomfortable and health and well-being seem to be largely a matter of luck.

That this ambience comes across says producer/star Kevin Costner and his team have done well. “Hatfields & McCoys” doesn’t just explain a feud, it humanizes the people on both sides and reminds us how differently some of our ancestors lived just a few generations back.

Costner plays “Devil Anse” Hatfield, the patriarch of his clan.

Devil Anse is a decent man with a sharp eye for business and self-preservation.

He acquires land to start a lumber business that thrives as the Civil War ends and the country starts to grow.

He survived that war partly because, as a Confederate soldier, he rode away when he saw there was no winning for anyone.

By deserting, however, he opened a fateful breach with Randall McCoy (Bill Paxton), his close friend and fellow soldier.

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Title: Re: 'Hatfields and McCoys' on History channel
Post by: S. Jester on May 29, 2012, 10:44:27 pm
Title: Re: 'Hatfields and McCoys' on History channel
Post by: mi6a2lm on June 01, 2012, 01:15:27 am
Not a bad three-part series - but each episode was set years apart from each other, which wasn't emphasized.  ... and it was filmed in Romania!  Free on History Channel website.


Deep in the woods outside of Bucharest, Romania, the sun sets early over bare trees. It's silent until galloping becomes audible, and Kevin Costner, looking perfectly natural, rides up on a large black horse.

The cast of History's "Hatfields & McCoys," a miniseries airing over three consecutive nights beginning Monday, May 28, races against the fading sunlight to shoot a scene.

A little later, as the makeup artist deftly removes a beard, which made Costner look old and grungy, he reflects on the historical feud that lured him to produce and star in his major foray into television.

"Anybody who goes through war is marked," Costner says of his character, Devil Anse, patriarch of the Hatfields. "Anybody who has killed is marked, or has seen somebody killed is marked. How do you ever truly recover? He went on to father children, create an entrepreneurial business."

"Like any man of war, he is not willing to fight over anything," Costner says. "There's a serenity to Devil Anse."

Title: Re: 'Hatfields and McCoys' on History channel
Post by: Lookingup on June 03, 2012, 06:21:31 am
Hilariously bad.