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Gods and Generals (2003)

Gods and Generals

Overview


Genre

War, Drama

Release Date

February 21, 2003

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

231 min.

Production Budget

$56 millions

Studio

Warner Bros.

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Ronald F. Maxwell

Producer

Ronald F. Maxwell

Screenwriter

Ronald F. Maxwell

Starring

Story


Gods and Generals, the epic screen adaptation of Jeff Shaara's heralded best-selling novel, is a dramatic look back at the Civil War - America's bloodiest conflict, in which more than 620,000 lives were lost. A prequel to the acclaimed screen drama Gettysburg, also directed by Ron Maxwell, the film is based on events that are sweeping in scope and made all the more compelling by the human-scaled drama it depicts. A moving portrayal of a nation divided, Gods and Generals begins in early 1861 and continues through 1863, climaxing with the stunning Battle of Chancellorsville.

The film illuminates heroes from both sides of the war, such as Colonel Joshua Chamberlain (JEFF DANIELS), a professor at Maine's Bowdoin College who gave up a promising academic career to enlist in the Union army, then went on to become one of the North's finest military leaders; Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee (ROBERT DUVALL), a distinguished 25-year veteran of the United States Army and native Virginian, forced to choose between allegiance to his country and loyalty to his home state; and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (STEPHEN LANG), a devoutly religious man whose faith and courage and audacity made him an outstanding soldier and Lee's most trusted lieutenant.

The tremendous suffering and bravery of the Civil War was not confined to the battlefields. Gods and Generals also tells the story of the wives and families who were forced to assume responsibility at home, often in cities under direct attack from the opposition. Joshua Chamberlain's wife Fanny (MIRA SORVINO), Thomas Jackson's wife Anna (KALI ROCHA) and Jane Beale (MIA DILLON), whose family was caught in the Battle of Fredericksburg, reflect the spirit, courage and anxiety of those who were left behind.

Encompassing 158 speaking roles and thousands of battlefield "re-enactors," Gods and Generals vividly brings to life not only the Civil War's legendary leaders, but also the legions of anonymous soldiers and citizens who fought passionately and courageously for their vision of freedom.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..It is disappointing that Ron Maxwell decided not to pass some of this complexity around to other characters..”
by Stephen Jared [Boxoffice Magazine]
“..Every conversation is a soliloquy, and the battle scenes are stagy, almost stiff..”
by [E! Online]
“..There are numerous problems with this film, but among the most serious are writer-director Ronald F. Maxwell's stilted dialogue..”
by Jeff Vice [Deseret News, Salt Lake City]