Hatfields and McCoys (History 2012, Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton)

Hatfields and McCoys is the story of a clash of clans that evoked great passion, vengeance, courage, sacrifice, crimes and accusations, and includes a cast of characters that changed the families and the history of the region forever. The Hatfield-McCoy saga begins with ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy. Close friends and comrades until near the end of the Civil War, they return to their neighboring homes – Hatfield in West Virginia, McCoy just across the Tug River border in Kentucky – to increasing tensions, misunderstandings and resentments that soon explode into all-out warfare between the families. As hostilities grow, friends, neighbors and outside forces join the fight, bringing the two states to the brink of another Civil War.

Based on a true story, this three part mini series is epic in scope and brilliantly told. Bloodthirsty at times, it certainly pulls no punches, indeed for much of the second episode it seems that half of the cast are busy being killed off.

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The first episode scored the highest ever rating for a basic cable show with 13.9 million viewers, clearly History knows what its subscribers want.

production details
USA / History Channel / 3×120 minutes / Broadcast 28-30 May 2012

Writers: Bill Kerby, Ted Mann, Ronald Parker
Costume Design: Karri Hurtchinson
Production Design: Derek R. Hill
Music: John Debney, Tony Morales
Director: Kevin Reynolds

Kevin Costner as ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield
Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy
Tom Berenger as Jim Vance
Matt Barr as Johnse Hatfield
Lindsay Pulsipher as Roseanna McCoy
Ronan Vibert as Perry Cline
Jena Malone as Nancy McCoy
Andrew Howard as ‘Bad’ Frank Phillips
Sarah Parish as Levicy Hatfield
Powers Boothe as Judge Valentine ‘Wall’ Hatfield
Boyd Holbrook as William ‘Cap’ Hatfield
Noel Fisher as Ellison ‘Cotton Top’ Mounts
Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy
Max Deacon as Calvin McCoy
Tom McKay as Jim McCoy
Greg Patmore as Good ‘Lias Hatfield
Joy McBrinn as Aunt Betty Blankenship
Darrell Fetty as Doc Rutherford
Nick Dunning as Preacher Dyke Garrett
Katie Griffiths as Alifair McCoy
Joe Absolom as Selkirk McCoy
Serbanescu Florin as Tom Chambers
Viscreanu Constantin as Alex Messer
Ionut Alexandru as Charlie Gillespie
Marin Petre as Plyant Mahon
Mario Marian as Sam Mahon
John Bell as Billy Dempsey
Adam Jones as Wiggins
Sam Reid as Tolbert McCoy
Michael Jibson as Phamer McCoy
Andy Gathergood as ‘Skunkhair’ Tom Wallace
Ben Cartwright as Parris McCoy
Jack Laskey as Squirrel Huntin Sam McCoy
Tyler Jackson as Bud McCoy
Jonathan Fredrick as Jefferson McCoy
Damian O’Hare as Ellison Hatfield
Christopher Hatherall as French Ellis
Noah Taylor as Lark Varney
Emanuel Zainea as Robert E. Lee Hatfield
James Jordan as Sheriff Maynard
Alixandra von Renner as Kate Schnoover
Jilon VanOver as Ransom Bray
Maria Popa as Fanny McCoy

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