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The Andersonville Trial (1970)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  17 May 1970 (USA)
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A dramatization of the 1865 war-crimes trial of Henry Wirz, commandant of the notorious Confederate POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia.

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General Wallace
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Col. Chipman
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Otis Baker
Wright King ...
Major Hosmer
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Louis Schade
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Captain Williams
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Henry Wirz
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Doctor Ford
Harry Townes ...
Col. Chandler
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Dr. John Bates
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Ambrose Spencer
Lou Frizzell ...
Jasper Culver
Michael Burns ...
James Davidson
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James Gray
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First Guard (as Dallas McKennon)
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Lt. Col. N.P Chipman is the Army prosecutor, Otis Baker the defense attorney and Gen. Lew Wallace the judge in the trial of Henry Wirz, the Confederate officer who ran a prisoner of war camp in Andersonville, which saw 14,000 Union prisoners die from cruel neglect. Witnesses include Lt. Col. Chandler, who was assigned to inspect the Andersonville prison; Dr. John C. Bates, the physician at the camp horrified by his experience; Ambrose Spencer, a plantation owner who can testify that food offered to the camp by nearby residents was refused; James Davidson, a haunted 19-year-old prisoner who claims a fellow was torn apart by dogs; Jasper Culver, another prisoner who has a story about a man named Chickamauga; Sgt. James Gray, who testifies that Wirtz killed a man with his own hands; and Dr. Ford, the one witness for the defense. Written by J. Spurlin

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The Broadway production of "The Andersonville Trial" by Saul Levitt opened at the Henry Miller's Theater in New York on December 29, 1959 and ran for 179 performances. See more »

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The two provost guards on duty during the trial are seen slouching, lounging about and generally taking the whole thing rather casually. It's not likely that the president of the court would allow that. See more »

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First-rate historical drama
27 July 1999 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

A wonderful TV movie about the most notorious of the "concentration camps" of the American Civil War. It has a first-rate cast, with Richard Basehart giving an especially intense performance as the camp commandant. I hope some day it comes out on video or is rebroadcast, perhaps by the History Channel.


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