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Shenandoah (1965)

Approved | | Drama, War, Western | 3 June 1965 (USA)
During the Civil War, a Virginia farmer and his family vow to remain neutral but one of the sons is captured by Union soldiers, sending the farmer to his rescue.

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In Shenandoah, Virginia, widower farmer Charlie Anderson lives a peaceful life with his six sons - Jacob, James, Nathan, John, Henry and Boy, his daughter Jennie, and his daughter-in-law and James' wife Ann Anderson. Charlie does not let his sons join the army to fight in the Civil War that he does not consider their war. Jennie marries her beloved Lieutenant Sam, but they do not have a honeymoon since Sam has to return to the front. Charlie's youngest son Boy is mistakenly taken prisoner by soldiers from the North so Charlie rides with his sons to rescue Boy, while James and Ann stay on the farm. It is time of violence and war, and tragedy reaches the Anderson family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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SHAKES THE SCREEN LIKE CANNON THUNDER! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | War | Western

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3 June 1965 (USA)  »

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Fields of Honor  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The train that Anderson stops is pulled by a locomotive called the General Gault. The source of the name is unclear. The only noted pre-ACW military person of that name served in Napoleon's forces. A search of the web reveals only two other generals of that name, one from the US in the 1950s and one Canadian (served in the Second World War). See more »

Goofs

About two minutes into the film, the house in the distance is clearly a matte painting as the smoke from the chimney does not move at all. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jacob Anderson: They come closer every day, Pa.
Charlie Anderson: They on our land?
Jacob Anderson: No, sir.
Charlie Anderson: Then it doesn't concern us... does it?
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Connections

Referenced in Married with Children: The Gas Station Show (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Praise God From Whom all Blessings Flow
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Thomas Ken
Music ('Old 100th') from Genevan Psalter
Attributed to Louis Bourgeois
Sung in the last scene at the church
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Timing is everything
25 January 2003 | by (Moss Landing, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie the 1st time with my dad when I was in grade school. It brings up a lot of big issues. Like "High Noon" or "The Searchers" there is an underlying theme that may or may not have been intended. Released in 1965 when Vietnam was just beginning to become a hot issue. In his last 'chat' with his dead wife, he vocalized a dove perspective on war in general--that the people who think that war is a good idea usually aren't the ones who will be dodging bullets, chemical weapons or bombs.

Having the youngest son rescued by an African American was also a daring move at the time.

Worth a look. It may not be historically accurate, but it touches on some important and timely, considering the nature of current events.


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