Gods and Generals

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Beautifully Filmed and Poorly Acted - a wonderful look at the 1800's. Incredible scenery, sets, homes, costumes. The sound track is wonderful, a great way to enjoy the full abilities of a THX sound system. Unfortunately the acting is not good. This movie is many battle scenes tied together with insignificant talking and a lot of praying. If you like to see poor uneducated Americans kill each other on behalf of those who control the land and commerce of the early stated this is your movie!

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Beautifully Filmed and Poorly Acted

by David on 7/30/2003

Beautifully Filmed and Poorly Acted - a wonderful look at the 1800's. Incredible scenery, sets, homes, costumes. The sound track is wonderful, a great way to enjoy the full abilities of a THX sound system. Unfortunately the acting is not good. This movie is many battle scenes tied together with insignificant talking and a lot of praying. If you like to see poor uneducated Americans kill each other on behalf of those who control the land and commerce of the early stated this is your movie! Read More

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on 7/7/2011

This is not your typical movie - One has to expect that. I actually like it, because it is not Hollywood and not slick and polished, but more like about how things really were in the war. Acting of Stonewall Jackson was excellently done and well portrayed in the movie. The level of detail was tremendous, but if you just want a regular fast paced, low detail, low frills movie, then you will hate it...I have watched movies less than half this length and been bored stiff. This is a very complete movie with truth that makes its mark and wish more historical dramas/war movies had this detail, because sometimes it is so hard to beleive what really happened in the past unless you see and understand the smallest details. Read More

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Product Overview

Gods and generals follows the rise and fall of legendary war hero stonewall jackson. The prequel to the 1993 hit gettysburg.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 40223350
UPC 085392341320
UPC 14 00085392341320
Format DVD
Release Date 12/7/2010
Rating NR
Keywords
Civil War
Theatrical Release
War
Editors Note
Note 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.
Reviews
New York Times "...[The film] should delight Civil War buffs....Beautifully photographed in various locations around Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia..." 02/21/2003 p.E13
Variety "...[With] rich and full-bodied widescreen cinematography..." 02/17/2003 p.39-40
Box Office "...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 p.62
Los Angeles Times "...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 p.C6
Uncut "Solid, stirring stuff..." 07/01/2004 p.144
Directors
Ronald F. Maxwell
Actors
Jeff Daniels
Stephen Lang
Robert Duvall
Cast & Crew
C. Thomas Howell - Actor
Frankie Faison - Actor
Jeff Daniels - Actor
Jeremy London - Actor
Mira Sorvino - Actor
Robert Duvall - Actor
Kevin Conway - Actor
Mark J. Nichols - Actor
Stephen Lang - Actor
Jeff Shaara - Based On Novel By
Kees Van Oostrum - Cinematographer
Ronald F. Maxwell - Director
Corky Ehlers - Editor
Ted Turner - Executive Producer
Ronald F. Maxwell - Producer
Michael Z. Hanan - Production Designer
Ronald F. Maxwell - Screenplay
Technical Info
Catalog ID 23413
UPC 00085392341320
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 219 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Gods and Generals is the kind of movie beloved by people who never go to the movies, because they are primarily interested in something else--the Civil War, for example--and think historical accuracy is a virtue instead of an attribute. The film plays like a special issue of American Heritage. Ted Turner is one of its prime movers and gives himself an instantly recognizable cameo appearance. Since sneak previews must already have informed him that his sudden appearance draws a laugh, apparently he can live with that.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource L.A. Times
Review Just as the Civil War revealed a nation divided, Ronald F. Maxwell's Gods and Generals, a prequel to his 1993 Gettysburg, is a film divided. With an awesome sense of authenticity and scope, he has staged three major battles leading up to the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg, but he has populated his film with paragons rather than people.
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Reviewer Kevin Thomas
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review One could easily make the argument that Gettysburg is among the best war movies ever made. Despite its four-plus hour running length, the high drama and pacing of the film allow the time to breeze by. So, when it was announced that much of the cast and production team would re-assemble to adapt Jeff Shaara's Gods and Generals, the "prequel" to "The Killer Angels" (the book upon which Gettysburg is based), I was encouraged. Sadly, the movie falls far short of expectations. So far short, in fact, that I can recommend this motion picture only to two kinds of individuals: die-hard Civil War buffs and insomniacs. If ever there was a movie that could cause even the most restless sleeper to fall into a deep slumber, this is it.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Director's Cut, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Lang,Stephen
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times ...An Awesome Sense of Authenticity and Scope...

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