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Gettysburg (1993)

PG  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  8 October 1993 (USA)
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble / Narrator (as Morgan Sheppard)
Maj. G. Moxley Sorrel
Col. E. Porter Alexander (as Patrick Stuart)
Tim Ruddy ...
Ivan Kane ...


The four and 1/4 hour depiction of the historical and personal events surrounding and including the decisive American civil war battle features thousands of civil war re-enactors marching over the exact ground that the federal army and the army of North Virginia fought on. The defense of the Little Round Top and Pickett's Charge are highlighted in the actual three day battle which is surrounded by the speeches of the commanding officers and the personal reflections of the fighting men. Based upon the novel 'The Killer Angels'. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and epic battle scenes | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Killer Angels  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$10,769,960 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scenes in the cupola of the Lutheran Theological Seminary with Buford and his staff were mostly filmed on ground level. It was actually serving as a gazebo in a nearby resident's yard when it was spotted by the film's set design/props department. They rented it, adjusted it to a nearly identical carbon copy of the real cupola (which still sits atop the real Lutheran Theological Seminary) and returned it to the family upon completion of filming. See more »


The battle of Little Round top takes place on the hot afternoon of July 2. Yet after the battle, as Chamberlain speaks to the wounded Sergeant Kilrain, you can see the actor's breath as "Kilrain" speaks his lines, evidence that the air was much colder than on a July afternoon. The same thing occurs later in the film when a messenger climbs Big Round Top to speak with Chamberlain. The messenger is breathing heavily, and the vapor of his breath is visible. See more »


Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds: What goes, John?
Gen. Buford: There's the Devil to pay.
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Rock of Ages
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady and music by Thomas Hastings
Played outside the Confederate headquarters
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2 November 2003 | by (Malltown) – See all my reviews

Utterly superb dramatization of the turning point battle of the Civil War. A clash so enormous in scale that whoever won, was destined to win the war. Brilliantly directed and screenwritten with top notch moving performances by all. Almost makes you understand why so many people are into those reenactment things.

I think to fully appreciate the more intelligent war films, you almost have to know the battle in detail going in. The movie uses dialogue to try and explain whats happening, but its extremely hard to conceptualize without the aid of graphics. I'm not saying you won't enjoy this film without a firm grasp of the battle details, only that you will enjoy it much more if you are able to do a little reading beforehand. Either way, see it. I am truly amazed by the depth of feeling all these guys were able to put into this project. Daniels and Berenger, in particular, give Oscar caliber performances. A total home run.

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