James Jones' classic novel had two TV adaptations: a three-part 1979 miniseries and a 1980 series, both on NBC. The miniseries held true to the sprawling saga of the pre-WWII Army, while the series picked up where the book ended, focusing on the characters' personal problems. Many of the mini's cast returned, with one notable exception: Natalie Wood was replaced by Barbara Hershey in the role of Karen Holmes.

Active Cast

Former Cast

Natalie Wood Karen Holmes
Barbara Hershey Karen Holmes
Joe Pantoliano Pvt. Angelo Maggio
Peter Boyle Fatso Judson
Steve Railsback Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt
Don Johnson Jefferson Davis Prewitt