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The Andersonville Trial (17-May-1970)

Director: George C. Scott

Writer: Saul Levitt

Producer: Lewis Freedman

Keywords: Drama, Civil War, Prison, Courtroom

Made-for-TV (PBS) dramatization of the trial of William Wirz, warden of Andersonville Prison where atrocities were committed during the U.S. Civil War.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John Anderson
20-Oct-1922 7-Aug-1992 Harry Jackson on MacGyver
Richard Basehart
31-Aug-1914 17-Sep-1984 La Strada
Whit Bissell
25-Oct-1909 5-Mar-1996 The Time Tunnel
Jack Cassidy
5-Mar-1927 12-Dec-1976 The Eiger Sanction
Buddy Ebsen
2-Apr-1908 6-Jul-2003 Jed Clampett
Bert Freed
3-Nov-1919 2-Aug-1994 Rufe Ryker on Shane
Alan Hale, Jr.
8-Mar-1921 2-Jan-1990 The Skipper on Gilligan's Island
Wright King
11-Jan-1923   Character actor
Charles McGraw
10-May-1914 30-Jul-1980 Armored Car Robbery
Dick Miller
25-Dec-1928 30-Jan-2019 A Bucket of Blood
Cameron Mitchell
4-Nov-1918 6-Jul-1994 The High Chaparral
Ford Rainey
8-Aug-1908 25-Jul-2005 Window on Main Street
Albert Salmi
11-Mar-1928 22-Apr-1990 The Brothers Karamazov
William Shatner
22-Mar-1931   Captain Kirk on Star Trek
Martin Sheen
3-Aug-1940   The West Wing
Kenneth Tobey
23-Mar-1917 22-Dec-2002 Chuck Martin on Whirlybirds
Ian Wolfe
4-Nov-1896 23-Jan-1992 Bedlam


John Anderson   ...   Ambrose Spencer
Richard Basehart   ...   Henry Wirz
Michael Burns   ...   James Davidson
Jack Cassidy   ...   Otis Baker
Buddy Ebsen   ...   Dr. John Bates
Cameron Mitchell   ...   Gen. Wallace
Albert Salmi   ...   James Gray
William Shatner   ...   Col. Chipman
Harry Townes   ...   Col. Chandler
Wright King   ...   Maj. Hosmer
Woodrow Parfrey   ...   Louis Schade
Martin Sheen   ...   Capt. Williams
Whit Bissell   ...   Dr. Ford
Lou Frizzell   ...   Jasper Culver
Dallas McKennon   ...   First Guard
Nino Candido   ...   Second Guard
William Bryant   ...   The Lieutenant
Ray Stricklyn   ...   Court Clerk
Robert Easton   ...   Court Reporter
Dick Miller   ...   Sketch Artist
The Board of Military Judges
Philip Bourneuf   ...   Board Member
Bert Freed   ...   Board Member
Alan Hale, Jr.   ...   Board Member
Charles McGraw   ...   Board Member
Ford Rainey   ...   Board Member
Kenneth Tobey   ...   Board Member
Ian Wolfe   ...   Board Member


Review by Willard F. (posted on 2-Oct-2005)

I bought the movie on the spur of the moment when reviewing the cast list; a stallar list of TV Vets. I found William Shatner's character very moody in his struggle to convict Richard Basehart's 'William Wirz'. One TV vet that was overlooked in the list was Albert Salmi who was one of the witnesses for the prosecution. The version I have has a beginning overview by George C. Scott which really helps in understanding the basis of the movie. Watching the movie gave insight into one of the dark days of our nation's history and wonder how we as 'civilized' American Citizens could treat each other in the way the movie AND history describes. Be prepared to have your opinion change on the 'glory' of the American Civil War.

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