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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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Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble / Narrator (as Morgan Sheppard)
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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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Fate made them soldiers. Courage made them heroes. See more »

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Drama | History | War

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

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8 October 1993 (USA)  »

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The Killer Angels  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,769,960 (USA)
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Except for the professional actors, this movie featured over 13,000 volunteer Civil War re-enactors who paid their own way, provided their own props and uniforms and fought the battles presented on screen using the same tactics as were current at the time. The re-enactors were in Gettysburg for the 125th anniversary of the battle during July 1-3, 1988. Most of the battle footage was filmed for the CNN news coverage of the re-enactment. The footage not used in the news story was used for the movie. See more »

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Much is made of General Garnett being obliged to ride during Pickett's charge; and General Armistead is shown advancing on foot. In actual fact, Armistead was also mounted at the start of the charge. His horse was killed under him, and he carried on by foot. See more »

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Lieutenant General James Longstreet: Sam?
Surgeon: We drugged him, Sir. Be better if he slept.
Major General John Bell Hood: I didn't see much. The boys' went in and hit the rocks. How'd it go, Pete?
Lieutenant General James Longstreet: Fine, Sam.
Major General John Bell Hood: We take those rocks?
Lieutenant General James Longstreet: Most of 'em.
Major General John Bell Hood: Worst... ground I ever saw. You know that?
[Longstreet nods]
Major General John Bell Hood: They call it Devil's Den. It's a good named for it.
[Longstreet nods again before grasping Hood's outstretched hand to comfort him]
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Kathleen Mavourneen
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Music by F. Crouch and lyrics by Francis Marion Crawford
Sung outside Longstreet's tent
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Not the best, but a great representation of the epic battle of the Civil War
10 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All I hear is people griping about how long this film is. That's not the point. The point is it represents what is considered by historians to be the most important battle of the American Civil War.

I will admit that the length of the film kinda takes away from it, but it is nonetheless good.

Save a few historical gaffes (eg. Chamberlain and the 20th Maine at Picket's Charge - in reality, they were being held in reserve near the Round Tops with the rest of the V Corps), this film is very realistic, using thousands of professional re-enactors to fight the battle scenes, which adds to it.

Many battles and side notes were left out (eg. Vincent was mortally wounded on Little Round Top; or did they mention this, I don't remember), but that is okay, given the film focuses on Joshua L. Chamberlain and the 20th Maine, who saved the day at Little Round Top on July 2.

Skirmishes at the Herr Tavern, McPherson's Hill, Little Round Top, and Picket's Charge were all the fighting I remember. But, again, this doesn't really take anything away.

The sweep and grandeur is helped by the superb cinematography (by Kees Van Oostrum) and great acting on the part of Tom Berenger (Longstreet), Martin Sheen (Lee), Jeff Daniels (Chamberlain), C. Thomas Howell (Tom Chamberlain), Sam Elliot (Buford), and the rest of the superb cast. A standout is the late Richard Jordan as Lewis Armistead, the brigade commander in Picket's division who was killed leading his troops "over the top" against Union artillery.

The battle scenes are excellent; Picket's Charge, in real time, is superb, but the furious battle for Little Round Top is one of the most desperate battle scenes ever filmed. You can feel the fear and tension of the 20th Maine as the 44th Alabama (I believe this is correct) charges up the hill again and again. When Chamberlain and his men finally sweep their opponents off the hill?

I think that it may have been good to portray the charging Confederates as well, since they had many interesting stories among them (e.g., the commander of the 44th, William Oates, had a brother, John, who had been ill with a fever and refused to stay behind, and was mortally wounded in the carnage), and the heroics of such people as Vincent himself, and Patrick O'Rourke (who led his New York regiment in a counterattack that saved Vincent's right flank and was killed in the charge) are neglected, but I'm not complaining.

Despite the length and a few overdramatic speeches, this is a great movie.

Seven out of ten.


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