Gods and Generals (2003)
Front Cover Actor
Donzaleigh Abernathy Martha
Mark Aldrich Adjutant
George Allen Confederate Officer
Keith Allison Capt. James J. White
Royce D. Applegate Gen. James Kemper (as Royce Applegate)
Bruce Boxleitner Gen. James Longstreet
Bo Brinkman Major Walter Taylor
Mac Butler Gen. Joseph Hooker
Robert C. Byrd Confederate General
Shane Callahan Bowdoin Student
Jeff Daniels Lt. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Stephen Lang Lt. Gen. Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson
Robert Duvall Gen. Robert E. Lee
Mira Sorvino Fanny Chamberlain
Kevin Conway Sgt. Buster Kilrain
C. Thomas Howell Sgt. Thomas Chamberlain
George Allen (III)
Movie Details
Genre Action; Drama; War; History
Director Ronald F. Maxwell
Producer Suzanne Arden; Moctesuma Esparza
Writer Jeff Shaara; Ronald F. Maxwell
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 3 hr 51 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
The more you know about the Civil War, the more you'll appreciate Gods and Generals and the painstaking attention to detail that Gettysburg writer-director Ronald F. Maxwell has invested in this academically respectable 220-minute historical pageant. In adapting Jeffrey Shaara's 1996 novel (encompassing events of 1861-63, specifically the Virginian battles of Bull Run, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville), Maxwell sacrifices depth for scope while focusing on the devoutly religious "Stonewall" Jackson (Stephen Lang), whose Confederate campaigns endear him to Gen. Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall, giving the film's most subtle performance). Battles are impeccably recreated using 7,500 Civil War re-enactors and sanitized PG-13 violence, their authenticity compromised by tasteful discretion and endless scenes of grandiloquent dialogue. Still, as the first part of a trilogy that ends with The Last Full Measure, this is a superbly crafted, instantly essential film for Civil War study. For all its misguided priorities, Gods and Generals is a noble effort, honoring faith and patriotism with the kind of reverence that has all but vanished from American film – but provides abundant proof that historical accuracy is no guarantee of great storytelling. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
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Index 73
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date July 2003
Purchase Price $15.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 001
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 085392341320
Chapters
Release Date 2003
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby