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Ross McElwee ...
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Dede McElwee ...
Herself
Ross McElwee Jr. ...
Himself
Patricia Rendleman ...
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Ann McElwee ...
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Mary ...
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Lee ...
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Tom McElwee ...
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Claudia ...
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Ashley ...
Herself - Claudia's Daughter
Phillip ...
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Herb ...
Himself - Survivalist
Bill ...
Himself - Survivalist
Wini Wood ...
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Michael ...
Himself - Geologist
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Ross McElwee sets out to make a documentary about the lingering effects of General Sherman's march of destruction through the South during the Civil War, but is continually sidetracked by women who come and go in his life, his recurring dreams of nuclear holocaust, and Burt Reynolds. Written by Brett Coon <brett@rahul.net>

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Sherman's March: A Meditation on the Possibility of Romantic Love in the South During an Era of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation  »

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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[commenting on graffiti]
Charleen: This is the way women want to hear men talk to them. Now, you see, Becky knows how to talk. "I love you and I can't help it and I don't care who knows it." What is she saying? "I give you my life and heart." This is the way I want you to talk to Dede. This is what... This is the language women can understand. That's what they believe. They experience it in their own lives.
Ross McElwee: Well, not all women, I mean...
Charleen: Well, the only women I know believe that. That's the only way I can....
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Symphony No. 9
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Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Slow, long, subtle, and wonderful.
16 October 2000 | by (Austin, TX USA) – See all my reviews

Yowch! Some of these comments are so negative! The anonymity of the internet seems to have spawned this new subculture of jaded dissing. I've seen "Sherman's March" four times (and its sequel, "Time Indefinite," twice) and loved it every time. It's true that this movie is very slow, very long, and very subtle, but those are not necessarily flaws. If you watch "Sherman's March" with that it mind, it can be a tremendously rewarding experience - touching, subtly funny, and thought-provoking. Ross McElwee will never have the commercial viability of Quentin Tarantino or Arnold Schwartzenegger or whoever, but I don't think his "home movies" are intended to be viable. They're just intended to be good old-fashioned well-crafted art. Some people get mad when movies have no freakishly attractive people or satisfyingly pat endings or giant explosions, and some people feel grateful. This movie is for the latter camp.


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