Hatfields & McCoys

Series 1 - Episode 5

Hatfields & McCoys
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Judge Wall Hatfield (Powers Boothe) pays a call on his brother “Devil” Anse (Kevin Costner). He plans to turn himself in to the Kentucky authorities: “All this damn bloodshed and killing’s gotta stop,” he rumbles, a sentiment that might have been more use about a decade earlier, before the flower of two families got slaughtered.

Not that Anse takes any notice, promptly setting off with the biggest posse yet and colliding with a McCoy posse to fight the chaotic Battle of Grapevine, where even Anse begins to grasp the folly of it all. There are moving moments as the saga concludes, but you might be well advised to exit before the saccharine end captions.

About this programme

5/5. Judge Hatfield fails in his attempt to convince Anse that he should let the law deal with their dispute with the McCoys and the brothers shake hands before going their separate ways. When a lookout spreads the word that Anse is leading his men to the jailhouse to break out his incarcerated family members, the McCoys form their own posse and the two clans come face to face in a gunfight at Grapevine Creek. Fact-based drama, starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton. Last in the series.

Cast and crew


`Devil' Anse Hatfield
Kevin Costner
Randall McCoy
Bill Paxton
Johnse Hatfield
Matt Barr
Jim Vance
Tom Berenger
Judge Hatfield
Powers Boothe
Frank Philips
Andrew Howard
Nancy McCoy
Jena Malone
Levicy Hatfield
Sarah Parish
Roseanna McCoy
Lindsay Pulsipher
Perry Cline
Ronan Vibert
Selkirk McCoy
Joe Absolom
Ellison Mounts
Noel Fisher


Kevin Reynolds
Executive Producer
Nancy Duboc
Executive Producer
Leslie Grief
Executive Producer
Dirk Hoogstra