George Washington | 1983
A sweeping eight-hour, three-part miniseries chronicling the life of Washington from ages 11 to 51, beginning just after the death of his father in 1743 and taking him through his journeyman days as a young surveyor, his hidden love for Sally Fairfax, the wife of his best friend, his marriage to widowed Martha Custis, his involvement in the French and Indian Wars, his premature retirement from military life and his return to uniform to head the American colonists in the Revolutionary War. It concludes with his emotional farewell to his officers and his return to Mount Vernon following war's end. Barry Bostwick heads an all-star cast in this dramatization of historian James Thomas Flexner's four volume "George Washington" biography, which was published between 1965 and 1973.
The film itself was made over a five-month period on location in the Alexandria-Mount Vernon area of Virginia, in Williamsburg, Virginia, and in the Philadelphia-Valley Forge area of Pennsylvania. In addition to Emmy Award nominations as Outstanding Limited Series and to Patty Duke Astin as Outstanding Supporting Actress, the production received nominations for editing (Part 3), makeup (Part 3), and hairstyles (Part l).