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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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Fate made them soldiers. Courage made them heroes. See more »


Drama | History | War

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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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$10,769,960 (USA)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In scenes involving the 20th Maine you sometimes see the soldiers with a red mark/badge on either the uniforms or on top of their hats. It is the shape of a Maltese Cross and it was the symbol representing the 5th Corps of the Union Army of the Potomac of which the 20th Maine was a part of. Soldiers from different corps would have worn different badges. Within each corps each division was identified by the color of the badge. First division units wore red, second division wore white and third division wore blue. See more »


Longstreet informs Pickett of the July 3 attack in the morning, and yet the sun is in the western sky. See more »


Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain: Colonel, you're a lovely man. I see a great difference between us, yet I admire you. You're an idealist, praise be.
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Referenced in Sweet Home Alabama (2002) See more »


Composed by Daniel Decatur Emmett (circa 1850s)
Played during Lee's march through Pennsylvania
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One of the Great War Films of All Time
12 June 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Its over four hours long,but doesn't feel it. Any while its not gory you do get a sense of the hell of war.

What can I say that hasn't been said already?

The film works mostly because at its center its the story of Jeff Daniel's Joshua Chamberlain, a well educated man who goes off to do his duty even though he knows he may end up dead. Daniel's gives a performance that should have been noticed by the Oscars but wasn't. Its through Daniel's interaction with all the other characters that we come to understand what the war was about.

Even if the odd facial hair makes you crazy, its a great film. I can't recommend this film enough.

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