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    What if someone decided to remake the 1983 ABC miniseries “The Winds of War” and its 1988-89 sequel “War and Remembrance?”

    Who should produce/stream? Who should direct? Who should play the main cast (seen below in the next post)?

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    MAIN CHARACTERS (appear in at least half of the episodes of both series combined)

    Pug Henry (Robert Mitchum)

    Natalie Jastrow Henry (Ali MacGraw [S1]; Jane Seymour [S2])

    Byron Henry (Jan-Michael Vincent [S1]; Hart Bochner [S2])

    Rhoda Henry (Polly Bergen)

    Armin von Roon (Jeremy Kemp)

    Pamela Tudsbury (Victoria Tennant)

    Aaron Jastrow (John Houseman [S1]; John Gielgud [S2])

    Berel Jastrow (Topol)

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy)

    Adolf Hitler (Gunter Meisner [S1]; Steve Berkoff [S2])

    Leslie Slote (David Dukes)

    Winston Churchill (Howard Lang [S1]; Robert Hardy [S2])

    Wilhelm Keitel (Alexander Kerst [S1]; John Malcolm [S2])

    Alfred Jodl (Joachim Hansen)

    Harry Hopkins (Roy Poole [S1]; William Schallert [S2])

    Hermann Goering (Reinhard Kolldehoff [S1]; Michael Wolf [S2])

    Avram Rabinovitz (Francesco Carnelutti [S1]; Sami Frey [S2])

    Madeline Henry (Lisa Eilbacher [S1]; Leslie Hope [S2])

    John Simms (Zevi Wolmark)

    Janice Lacouture Henry (Deborah Winters [S1]; Sharon Stone [S2])

    Franz Halder (Werner Kreindl [S1]; Barry Morse [S2])

    Carter “Lady” Aster (Joseph Hacker [S1]; Barry Bostwick [S2])

    Warren Henry (Ben Murhpy [S1]; Michael Woods [S2])

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    SECONDARY CHARACTERS (appear in at least half of the episodes on one season but not the other)

    Palmer Kirby (Peter Graves)

    Walter von Brauchitsch (Wolfgang Preiss)

    Philip Rule (Ian McShane)

    Sammy Mutterperl (John Rhys-Davies)

    Werner Beck (Bill Wallis)

    Erich Raeder (Rainer Penkert)

    Josef Goebbels (Ian Jentle)

    Joachim von Ribbentrop (Anton Diffring)

    Yeoman Ryan (Timothy Stack)

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    I’ve seen War and Remembrance but not Winds of War. Was Ali McGraw really that bad in the first one? I read they’d only let the sequel be made if they recast that part. I think they were told they had to have one of three actresses (Jane Seymour being one of them) star in it or else the network wouldn’t fund it. I forget the other two.

    Natalie is kind of the linchpin that the second series revolves around. Some of it is really dull until they get to her storylines, usually at the end of each episode.

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    I’ve seen War and Remembrance but not Winds of War. Was Ali McGraw really that bad in the first one? I read they’d only let the sequel be made if they recast that part. I think they were told they had to have one of three actresses (Jane Seymour being one of them) star in it or else the network wouldn’t fund it. I forget the other two. Natalie is kind of the linchpin that the second series revolves around. Some of it is really dull until they get to her storylines, usually at the end of each episode.

    You’re correct that MacGraw’s performance was not well-received, but I haven’t heard about ABC refusing to fund the project unless the role was recast.

    Nonetheless, “The Winds of War” did have a problem with casting people much older than their characters. They had a 66-year-old Robert Mitchum playing a character who should be in his 40s or 50s. They had 44-year-old Ali MacGraw, 41-year-old Ben Murphy, and 39-year-old Jan-Michael Vincent playing characters who should be in their 20s. And they had 79-year-old Ralph Bellamy playing a real-life person who was in his 50s during the events of the series.

    Out of those five I mentioned, only Mitchum and Bellamy reprised their roles in “War and Remembrance.” And Mitchum was nearly replaced with James Coburn because he was ill during production.

     

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