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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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(as Ronald F. Maxwell)

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(novel), (screenplay) (as Ronald F. Maxwell)
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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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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,769,960
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1.85 : 1
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Composer Randy Edelman was initially not interested in the project because of the massive amount of music he would have to write for the film's original six hour length (when it was meant to be a miniseries). However, says Edelman, "I saw the faces of these officers, at the beginning of it, and it completely turned me on. I knew I was going to have to do it." See more »

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If the artillery at the last day is to fire at long range the cannons should be highly elevated, not firing horizontally. See more »

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Major General Winfield Scott Hancock: There are times when a corps commander's life does not count.
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Home! Sweet Home!
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Music by H.R. Bishop (as Sir Henry Bishop)
Lyrics by John Howard Payne (1823)
[Heard at Pickett's camp.]
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2 November 2003 | by 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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