The story begins in the years before WW2 and a familys' journey into those turbulent times. The casting, while quite good at times, was not flawless. Mitchum, as stalwart Pug Henry, was his commanding and intuitive best. Jan-Michael Vincent was annoying, but that was perhaps his characters' persona. Ali MacGraw was playing her Love Story character - if Jennifer had been alive in those days - smart mouthed, know it all and completely aware of the camera. Those things aside, the stories are the thing, as they say. The politics of war, how one family
copes with the changes in the world and their world, all coming together. You can become thoroughly engrossed and caring about these people and their struggles. You get a real feel for the era and what led to WW2. Granted, the Henrys' are fictional, but
the interwoven facts make this an exceptional drama.