Hatfields & McCoys

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Hatfields & McCoys

A clash of clans that evoked great passion, vengeance, courage, sacrifice, crimes and accusations, which changed the families and the history of the region forever.

Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton star in this sprawling, brutal epic, based on real events that took place along the banks of the Tug Fork and Big Sandy rivers on the border of West Virginia and Kentucky. 

In 1863, as the American Civil War rages, two Confederate brothers-in-arms choose different paths, as Union soldiers bear down on their vulnerable position. 'Devil' Anse Hatfield (Costner) opts for strategic withdrawal, while Randall McCoy (Paxton) musters as many firearms as possible and repels the oncoming forces as best he can while his comrades make their escape.

When the war is over, McCoy, released from the prison camp where he saw out the conflict, returns to find that his wife and children are barely scraping by, while Hatfield has successfully moved into the timber industry.

They are the patriarchal figures of their respective families, the McCoys being from Kentucky and the Hatfields coming from West Virginia. The McCoys are soon claiming, with dubious proof, that the Hatfields' land is rightfully theirs.

This is the beginning of a feud that sees the families come to blows over love, land and livestock, nearly pushing the states of Kentucky and Virginia towards another civil war.

"There's no North or South. Just people who've got money and I’m here to do business," says Devil, outlining how he sees the post-war landscape.

The alleged theft of a Hatfield pig at the hands of a McCoy brings the clans to court, where the jury of twelve is divided in half, six from each family. "This is about honour and lying and stealing and murdering," says Randall. "It's about sin…"


There's another chance to see Hatfields & McCoys, starting on Monday 2nd December at 10pm on Channel 5.

Comments (14)

  • Dave Woodyet

    over 1 year ago

    Dave Woodyet

    Why are there only the first three episodes available? What happened to episodes 4 & 5?

  • wishbone

    over 1 year ago

    wishbone

    Tom Berenger as Jim Vance is an absolute scene stealer. All the cast are outstanding, Costner & company should be very proud.

  • david

    over 1 year ago

    david

    has the pilot episode expired?

  • Richard

    over 1 year ago

    Richard

    Watched the repeat tonight (Sunday, 4 November) and disappointed that at one point during programme a comment was made perpetuating the MYTH about Native Americans (or "Indians") scalping "Whites". It was actually vice-versa, the "Whites" scalped the "Indians" - but I guess it would be too much to expect absolute truth when it comes to american history with american programmes.

  • Pirate John

    over 1 year ago

    Pirate John

    First Clas series with excellent cast. Well done

  • Pirate John

    over 1 year ago

    Pirate John

    First class story, and Kevin and Bill are superb actors. Looking forward to the rest of the series

  • michael hibberd

    over 1 year ago

    michael hibberd

    Always loved westerns, grew up with them. This in the true tradition, great score too. Good job Mr Costner and co!

  • michael hibberd

    over 1 year ago

    michael hibberd

    michael hibberd. I have always loved westerns and this is in the true tradition. good job costner and Co!! great score too.

  • sue

    over 1 year ago

    sue

    absolutely brilliant series.

  • Judy

    over 1 year ago

    Judy

    When will episode 2 be shown. Sky didn't offer the record series option.

  • Sunil

    over 1 year ago

    Sunil

    should be excellent! two great actors with our own Sarah Parish

  • Paul Vee

    over 1 year ago

    Paul Vee

    Bring it on - another great TV western about to hit UK screens! And not before time!

  • My Nikon

    over 1 year ago

    My Nikon

    Agree

  • keith

    over 1 year ago

    keith

    cant wait.

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