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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Few of the ground explosions made any real noise when detonated for fear of startling the horses that were all over the set and injuring their riders; most of the sound was added in post-production. The ASPCA later praised the film in their annual report for going out of their way on behalf of the animals. See more »
Prior to Pickett's Charge, Longstreet is giving orders to Pickett, Pettigrew and Trimble. He is drawing a diagram in the dirt outlining the intended position and movement of the troops. The orders for Pickett division of three brigades on the right wing was correct, but on the left wing of the attack, he has the brigades of Trimble's division in the lead with Pettigrew's brigades in the rear in support of the attack. In fact, it was the reverse. Pettigrew's division led the left wing of the "charge" while Trimble's brigades were in the rear in support of Pettigrew. See more »
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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