More About Gettysburg
The TNT original GETTYSBURG is a sweeping production depicting the events that led up to the Battle of Gettysburg and the three-day battle itself, which claimed tens of thousands of lives, turned the tide of the Civil War, and eventually put an end to slavery in the United States. An excellent production illuminating the horrors and heroes of this uniquely idealistic war, the film boasts terrific performances from Jeff Daniels, Tom Berenger, and Martin Sheen. The screenplay was based on the best-selling novel THE KILLER ANGELS by Michael Shaara.
Main Cast & Crew
Ronald F. Maxwell - Director
C. Thomas Howell
Royce D. Applegate
GETTYSBURG captures in vivid detail one of the most famous battles of the Civil War, in which more than 50,000 American lives were lost. Covering three days of brutal military campaigns, the film re-creates the world in which Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, Lewis Armistead, and others made their tactical decisions and demonstrated their leadership. Special attention is paid to historical accuracy in costumes, epic battle scenes, and weaponry. The film alternates between Northern and Southern perspectives in order to deliver a full picture of the battle that changed American history.
Michael Shaara's source novel, THE KILLER ANGELS, earned the Pulitzer Prize. Michael's son Jeff finished the Civil War trilogy with the publication of his GODS AND GENERALS and THE LAST FULL MEASURE.
"...Gere's showy but intense performance is the film's real focus, and it commands attention..." - 10/08/1993 New York Times, p.C16
"...There are real virtues in almost all the performances..." - 10/01/1994 Sight and Sound, p.43-4
"...GETTYSBURG succeeds as a motion picture event, and as a recreation of a pivotal chapter of American history..." - 10/04/1993 Variety
"...This is a film that Civil War buffs will find indispensable..." - 10/08/1993 Chicago Sun-Times, p.38
"...[This] epic does catch viewers up in the Civil War's three-day turning point -- both on tactical and humanistic levels, and from the viewpoint of both sides..." - 03/25/1994 USA Today, p.3D