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Gods and Generals
- Stephen Lang

Overview - This epic film from writer-director Ron Maxwell chronicles the early events of the American Civil War. It's a prequel to his earlier GETTYSBURG, with some of the same cast, and is part of a planned trilogy. Stephen Lang plays Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, the famous (and deeply religious) Confederate general who, along with fellow General Robert E.  Read more...

 
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Overview

This epic film from writer-director Ron Maxwell chronicles the early events of the American Civil War. It's a prequel to his earlier GETTYSBURG, with some of the same cast, and is part of a planned trilogy. Stephen Lang plays Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, the famous (and deeply religious) Confederate general who, along with fellow General Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall), must weigh the mighty consequences of his actions, as each battle costs the lives of thousands of men. Over on the Union side there's Jeff Daniels as Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, who, like Jackson and Lee, is fond of making long, poetic speeches to his troops. Beginning with the start of the war and ending with Jackson's death, the film chronicles the three main battles leading up to Gettysburg, using their actual locations and thousands of actual Civil War re-enactors as extras. Maxwell pays careful attention to authentic period detail as he chronicles the minutiae of the generals' domestic lives in the intervals between the harrowing battle scenes. While a little on the long side, the end result should serve as an invaluable document for history buffs. Mogul Ted Turner was an executive producer and appears in a small role.

Cast List

Jeff Daniels - American Actor, SOMETHING WILD (1986)
C. Thomas Howell - American Actor
Ronald F. Maxwell - Director/"Gettysburg"
Mira Sorvino - American actress
Stephen Lang - American Supporting Actor
John Frizzell - Composer
Frankie R. Faison - American Supporting Actor
Frankie Faison - American Supporting Actor
Randy Edelman - American Composer
Kees Von Oostrom - Director of Photography, GODS AND GENERALS (2003)
Kees Von Oostrum - Director of Photography, GODS AND GENERALS (2003)
Kees Von Oostrom - Director of Photography, GODS AND GENERALS (2003)
Kees Von Oostrum - Director of Photography, GODS AND GENERALS (2003)
Moctesuma Esparza - Producer/"Milagro Bean."
R.E. Turner - Executive Producer, GODS AND GENERALS (2003)
Robert Katz - Producer/Executive
Kevin Conway - American Character Actor
Robert Duvall - American Actor/Director
Bodge - American Actor/Director
Jeffrey M. Shaara - Author, GODS AND GENERALS (2003)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 229
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 085392341320
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (Sustained Battle Sequences)
  • Release Date: September 2010

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Civil War
War
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Theatrical Release Date: February 21, 2003.

Reviews:
"...[The film] should delight Civil War buffs....Beautifully photographed in various locations around Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia..." - 02/21/2003 New York Times, p.E13


"...[With] rich and full-bodied widescreen cinematography..." - 02/17/2003 Variety, p.39-40


"...The film is beautifully shot by Kees Van Oostrum and the sounds of battle by Stephen Halbert measure up to the greatness of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. There is much to relish in this epic..." - 05/01/2003 Box Office, p.62


"...GODS AND GENERALS is well-structured....Maxwell gives us a clear sense of the issues that divided America, a vivid sense of the cumbersome logistics involved, the complexity of battles and, in the instance of Fredericksburg, what it was like for a town to be overrun by warfare..." - 02/21/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C6


"Solid, stirring stuff..." - 07/01/2004 Uncut, p.144

 
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