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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.


(as Ronald F. Maxwell)


(novel), (screenplay) (as Ronald F. Maxwell)
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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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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$10,769,960 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many scenes were filmed, or were in the daily shooting script, but not used in the final print: among them, there is a scene after General Reynolds death where his body is carried by stretcher through the Union lines by his staff. They pass by a stunned General Buford on horseback who pauses to watch it go by, before turning his attention back to the raging front line. This was filmed but eventually deleted. The raw footage can be found on the DVD version. See more »


Throughout the first third of the film, General Buford is depicted riding on a bay horse. At Gettysburg, Buford rode his favorite mount Grey Eagle, an old, large white horse. See more »


Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead: The last time I saw Winn he played that song. That very song. Back in California, we were all together for the last time. Before we broke up. Spring of '61. Almyra Hancock. You remember Almyra, Hancock's wife? Beautiful woman. Most perfect woman I ever saw. They were a beautiful couple. Beautiful. Garnett was with me that night. A lot of fellows from the old outfit. People standing around singing in the blue uniform. We were leaving the next day. Some going north, some going south. Splitting up...
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My Old Kentucky Home
Composed by Stephen Foster (1852)
[Played in Union camp when Tom Chamberlain is talking to the Confederate prisoners]
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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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