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
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Famous late film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert had opposing views on the film. Ebert thought it was too focused on making the American Civil War buffs happy, but he still ended up enjoying it anyway, especially praising Jeff Daniels' in the role of Union Colonel Joshua Chamberlain. Siskel on the other hand dislike the movie seeing it as Southern pro-Confederate propaganda. However, he did enjoy Daniels' character as well, adding that Daniels deserves an Academy Award nomination for the role. See more »
Obvious memorial statue of General Gouverneur Warren on Little Round Top. See more »
[Chamberlain is not feeling well and doesn't want to ride the horse]
Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain:
Colonel, darlin', could you do us all a favor and get on the damn horse?
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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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