TCM to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of the Civil War with Month-Long Programming Spotlight in April

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March 21st, 2011

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TCM to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of the Civil War with Month-Long Programming Spotlight in April

The Birth of a Nation (1915), The General (1927), Gone with the Wind(1939), Friendly Persuasion (1956), Glory (1989) and Gettysburg (1993) Among 34 Classics Scheduled for Monday/Wednesday Primetime Lineup

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will embark on a month-long exploration of the brutal conflict as seen through the eyes of some of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers. Mondays and Wednesdays in April, TCM will present a wide range of stories from both the battlefield and the home front. TCM’s commemoration of the Civil War begins Monday, April 4, with the beloved Gone with the Wind (1939).

Each night’s films will focus on a different theme. In addition to Gone with the Wind, the first night’s examination of Civil War epics will include Raintree County (1957), with an all-star cast led by Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint, Lee Marvin, Rod Taylor and Agnes Moorehead. Life on the home front takes center stage Wednesday, April 6, led off by the moving Quaker drama Friendly Persuasion(1956), starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire and Anthony Perkins.

TCM presents a night of silent films on Monday, April 11, with a lineup that includes D.W. Griffith’s controversial The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Buster Keaton’s delightful The General (1927). Wednesday, April 18, will feature a lineup of comedies and musicals, including A Southern Yankee (1948), starring Red Skelton; The Littlest Rebel (1935), starring Shirley Temple; and the TCM premiere of Golden Girl(1951), with Mitzi Gaynor.

Week three of TCM’s Civil War collection focuses on westerns. The Monday, April 18, lineup includes Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and Charlton Heston in Sam Peckinpah’s Major Dundee (1965). On Wednesday, April 20, the western offerings include Alvarez Kelly (1966), with William Holden in the title role, and the TCM premiere of The Siege at Red River (1954), an underrated drama starring Van Johnson.

TCM heads to the battlefield Monday, April 25, with Glory(1989), starring Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman and Oscar®-winner Denzel Washington; Gettysburg(1993), Turner Pictures’ monumental epic with Martin Sheen as General Lee; and John Huston’s adaptation of The Red Badge of Courage (1951), starring Audie Murphy. The Civil War showcase comes to an end Wednesday, April 27, with a night of movies about the war’s politics and the difficult post-war reconstruction. The lineup includes D.W. Griffith’s presidential biography Abraham Lincoln (1930), with Walter Huston, and Tennessee Johnson (1942), a look at the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, played by Van Heflin.

A complete schedule of TCM’s April presentations marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is attached.

About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site,www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.

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TCM Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War
Mondays and Wednesdays in April (all times shown are Eastern)

Monday, April 4 – Civil War Epics
8 p.m.    Gone with the Wind (1939)
Midnight    Raintree County (1957)

Wednesday, April 6 – Life on the Home Front
8 p.m.    Friendly Persuasion (1956)
10:30 p.m.    Band of Angels (1957)
12:45 a.m.    Of Human Hearts (1938)
2:45 a.m.    Little Women (1949)

Monday, April 11 – Civil War Silents
8 p.m.    The Birth of a Nation (1915)
11:30 p.m.    The Coward (1915)
1 a.m.    The General (1927)
2:30 a.m.    Grandma’s Boy (1922)

Wednesday, April 13 – Civil War Comedies and Musicals
8 p.m.    A Southern Yankee (1948)
10 p.m.    The Littlest Rebel (1935)
11:30 p.m.    Advance to the Rear (1964)
1:15 a.m.    Golden Girl (1951) – TCM premiere
3:15 a.m.    General Spanky (1936)

Monday, April 18 – Civil War Westerns, Part 1
8 p.m.    The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
10:30 p.m.    Major Dundee (1965)
1 a.m.    The Horse Soldiers (1959)
3:15 a.m.    Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
5 a.m.    A Time for Killing (1967)
3:30 a.m.    Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1927)

Wednesday, April 20 – Civil War Westerns, Part 2
8 p.m.    Alvarez Kelly (1966)
10 p.m.    Virginia City (1940)
12:15 a.m.    The Siege at Red River (1954) – TCM premiere
1:45 a.m.    Great Day in the Morning (1956)
3:30 a.m.    Hangman’s Knot (1952)

Monday, April 25 – Stories from the Battlefield
8 p.m.    Glory (1989)
10:15 p.m.    Gettysburg (1993)
3 a.m.    The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

Wednesday, April 27 – Politics and Postwar Reconstruction
8 p.m.    Abraham Lincoln (1930)
9:45 p.m.    Tennessee Johnson (1942)
11:45 p.m.    Drango (1957)
1:30 a.m.    The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)
3:30 a.m.    Count Three and Pray (1955)

 
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