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Gettysburg -- In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.

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Same Land. Same God. Different Dreams. See more »
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Berenger ... Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet

Martin Sheen ... Gen. Robert E. Lee

Stephen Lang ... Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett

Richard Jordan ... Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead

Andrew Prine ... Brig. Gen. Richard B. Garnett

Cooper Huckabee ... Henry T. Harrison

Patrick Gorman ... Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood

Bo Brinkman ... Maj. Walter H. Taylor

James Lancaster ... Lieut. Col. Arthur Fremantle

William Morgan Sheppard ... Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble / Narrator (as Morgan Sheppard)

Kieran Mulroney ... Maj. G. Moxley Sorrel

James Patrick Stuart ... Col. E. Porter Alexander (as Patrick Stuart)
Tim Ruddy ... Maj. Charles Marshall

Royce D. Applegate ... Brig. Gen. James L. Kemper
Ivan Kane ... Cap. Thomas J. Goree
Warren Burton ... Maj. Gen. Henry Heth
MacIntyre Dixon ... Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early

Joseph Fuqua ... Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart

Timothy Scott ... Lieut. Gen. Richard S. Ewell (as Tim Scott)

George Lazenby ... Brig. Gen. J. Johnston Pettigrew
Alex Harvey ... Maj. Hawkins
Charles Lester Kinsolving ... Brig. Gen. Willilam Barksdale
Ted Kozlosky ... Confederate Lieutenant
Henry Atterbury ... Lee's Aide
Graham Winton ... Maj. Gen. Robert E. Rodes
Curtis Bradford ... Another Officer (as Curtiss Bradford)
Daniel Chamblin ... Confederate Officer
Patrick Falci ... Lieut. Gen. Ambose Powell Hill
Greg Ginther ... Rodes' Courier
George Heffner ... Another Officer
Tom Landon ... Texas Soldier #2

Trent Walker ... Rebel Prisoner (as Michael Tennessee Lee)

Rick Leisenring ... Confederate Voice
Steve Leone ... An Officer

Tom Mays ... Early's Courier
Frank McGurgan ... Old Sergeant
Peter Miller ... Pender's Courier
Arnold Nisley ... Sergeant
Ted Rebich ... Dr. Cullen
Curtis Utz ... Texas Soldier #1
C. George Werner ... Another Officer
Joe Ayer ... Banjo and Guitar Player
Eric Ayer ... Banjo and Guitar Player

Jeff Daniels ... Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Sam Elliott ... Brig. Gen. John Buford

C. Thomas Howell ... Lieut. Thomas D. Chamberlain

Kevin Conway ... Sgt. 'Buster' Kilrain
Brian Mallon ... Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock

Buck Taylor ... Col. William Gamble

John Diehl ... Private Bucklin
Joshua D. Maurer ... Col. James C. Rice (as Josh Mauer)

John Rothman ... Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds

Richard Anderson ... Maj. Gen. George G. Meade

Billy Campbell ... Lieut. Pitzer (as William Campbell)

David Carpenter ... Col. Thomas C. Devin

Maxwell Caulfield ... Col. Strong Vincent

Donal Logue ... Capt. Ellis Spear

Dwier Brown ... Capt. Brewer

Herb Mitchell ... Sgt. Andrew J. Tozier
Emile O. Schmidt ... Brig. Gen. John Gibbon
Daniel Baumann ... Private #2

Ken Burns ... Hancock's Aide
Michael Callahan ... Bearded Man
Scott Allan Campbell ... Capt. Atherton W. Clark
David C. Cole ... Buford's Aide (as David Cole)
Mark Z. Danielewski ... Private
Brian James Egen ... Cocky Lieutenant (as Brian Egen)
Thomas Fife ... 2nd Maine Man (as Tom Fife)
David Fiske ... Courier
John Fitzpatrick ... Old 2nd Maine Man
Vee Gentile ... Private
Gary Gilmore ... Union Rider (Voice #1)
John Hadfield ... Vincent's Courier

John Heffron ... Sgt. Charles H. Veil
Conn Horgan ... Officer #1 (as Con Horgan)
Richard Kiester ... Devin's Aide

Matt Letscher ... Young 2nd Maine Man (as Matthew Letscher)
Robert Lucas ... Guard, 118th Pennsylvania
Reid MacLean ... Private Jim Merrill
Jonathan Maxwell ... Private Bill Merrill

Barry McEvoy ... 2nd Maine Soldier
Scott Mehaffey ... Lieutenant, Buford's Staff

Mark Moses ... Sgt. Owen
Russel Starlin ... Officer #2
Leonard Termo ... Cpl. George F. Estabrook
Frank Moseley ... Soldier #1 20th Maine
Brian Resh ... Soldier #2 20th Maine
Lawrence Sangi ... Soldier #3 20th Maine
Michael Phillips ... Soldier #4 20th Maine
Adam Brandy ... Soldier #5 20th Maine
Sandy Mitchell ... Fiddle and Guitar Player
John Durant ... Fiddle and Guitar Player

Olivia Maxwell ... Taneytown Girl
Darryl Wharton ... Escaped Slave
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Saxton's Cornet Band ... Civil War brass band (as unnamed brass band in Cashtown Scene)

Bill Chemerka ... Confederate soldier (uncredited)
Chris Dedman ... Signal Corpse Soldier (uncredited)
Ed DeLeo ... The Mayor (uncredited)
Michael Dickerson ... Soldier 187 PA Vol (uncredited)

Rami Rivera Frankl ... Rebel Soldier (uncredited)

Kevin R. Hershberger ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Robert Lee Hodge ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Alec Holmes ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Jay Lance ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Bruce Lindsay ... Confederate / Union Soldier (uncredited)
Brian Pohanka ... Brig. Gen. Alexander Stewart Webb (uncredited)
Alejandro de Quesada ... Union Soldier (uncredited)

Ken DeSoto Ramoz ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)

Ted Turner ... Col. Waller T. Patton (uncredited)
Greg van Wey ... Soldier (uncredited)
Andrew Zappone ... Confederate (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Maxwell  (as Ronald F. Maxwell)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Michael Shaara (novel "The Killer Angels")

Ron Maxwell (screenplay) (as Ronald F. Maxwell)

Produced by
Moctesuma Esparza .... producer
Robert Katz .... producer
Nick Lombardo .... co-producer
Sandy Martin .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Randy Edelman 
 
Cinematography by
Kees Van Oostrum 
 
Film Editing by
Corky Ehlers 
 
Casting by
Joy Todd 
 
Production Design by
Cary White 
 
Art Direction by
Michael J. Sullivan  (as Mike Sullivan)
 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Haberecht  (as Barbara Haberacht)
 
Costume Design by
Michael T. Boyd 
 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup supervisor (as Allan Apone)
Adam Brandy .... makeup artist
Hala Iqal .... hair stylist
Katherine Rees .... hair stylist
Mark Sisson .... makeup artist
Michael Spatola .... key makeup artist
Gunnar Swanson .... key hair stylist
Scott Taylor .... makeup artist: second unit
 
Production Management
Graham Ford .... unit production manager
Cal Naylor .... unit manager
Alicia Rivera Frankl .... executive in charge of production (as Alicia Rivera Alon)
Zach Staenberg .... post-production supervisor
James Wilberger .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Boyum .... second unit director (as Steve M. Boyum)
Karen Estelle Collins .... second assistant director (as Karen Collins)
Skip Cosper .... first assistant director
Jeff Kay .... additional second assistant director
Chemen Ochoa .... key additional second assistant director
Kaaren F. Ochoa .... first assistant director: second unit
Jay Smith .... second assistant director
Richard 'Dub' Wright .... additional second assistant director (as Richard Wright)
 
Art Department
James D. Boyd .... props: second unit
Rodney Brown .... construction foreman
Tim Carr .... set dresser
Tonatiuh Esparza .... set dresser
Kelly Farrah .... property master
Ray Giron .... assistant property master (as Dr. Ray Giron)
John Lindsey McCormick .... art department coordinator
Tommy McCutcheon .... set dresser
Michael Peal .... storyboard artist
Stephen Rinehart .... painter (as Steve Rinehart)
Bot Roda .... storyboard artist
Michael Sabo .... set dresser
Jeff Schwan .... lead man
Stephen G. Shifflette .... set dresser
Gregory H. Starbuck .... prop assistant: second unit
Brian Steblinski .... set dresser
Jack Steblinski .... third assistant props (as John 'Ski' Steblinski)
Peter Terry .... props gunpowder assistant: second unit
Joseph E. Valley Jr. .... swing gang set dresser
Jerry Vaughn .... property assistant
Ed Vega .... scenic artist
Hap Weaver .... on-set dresser
David Wilt .... construction coordinator (as Dave Wilt)
 
Sound Department
Jane Cameron .... sound post coordinator: Signet
Richard Corwin .... adr editor
Richard Corwin .... dialogue editor
Richard F.W. Davis .... assistant sound editor (as Richard Davis)
Stuart Deutsch .... sound mixer: second unit
Gabrielle Gilbert Reeves .... assistant dialogue editor (as Gabrielle Reeves)
Tom Gonta .... foley mixer
Peter Halbert .... boom operator
Stephen Halbert .... sound mixer
Catherine Harper .... foley walker
J. Stanley Johnston .... re-recording mixer
J. Stanley Johnston .... supervising sound editor
Ossama Khuluki .... foley walker
Thomas Kost .... cable person
Gerry Lentz .... re-recording mixer
Ernesto Mas .... adr editor
Tanya McGinnis-Potvin .... assistant sound engineer
Bruce Nazarian .... supervising sound editor
Kelly Neese .... boom operator: second unit
Mark Petersen .... assistant dialogue editor
Christopher B. Reeves .... adr editor (as Chris Reeves)
Christopher B. Reeves .... dialogue editor (as Chris Reeves)
Scott Sanders .... sound effects editor
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Robert Troy .... assistant sound editor
Everett Williams .... assistant dialogue editor
Scott Wolf .... senior sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Hank Atterbury .... special effects assistant
Kelly Beadling .... special effects assistant
Taylor Black .... special effects
Joel P. Blanchard .... special effects key
Bonnie Burnham .... special effects
Thomas Fife .... special effects assistant (as Thomas W. Fife)
Peter H. Gerber .... special effects assistant
Sherri Holland .... special effects assistant
Richard Huggins .... special effects key
Jeff Mather .... special effects assistant
Mitchell Medford .... special effects assistant (as Mitchell A. Medford)
Carl Merritt .... special effects assistant (as Carl Alexander Merritt)
Dean W. Miller .... special effects key (as Dean Miller)
Jay Mullenax .... special effects assistant
Jeff Naparstek .... special effects key
Ralph Pavarotto .... special effects
Eric Shanoltz .... special effects assistant
Ed Stamps .... special effects assistant
Raymond M. Tasillo .... special effects key (as Raymond Tasillo)
Matt Vogel .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Ted Rae .... matte painter/compositor: forced perspective miniatures (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Steve Boyum .... stunt coordinator (as Steve M. Boyum)
Bob Brown .... utility stunts (as Bobby Brown)
Steven Chambers .... utility stunts (as Steve Chambers)
Mark Combs .... utility stunts
Steve M. Davison .... utility stunts (as Steve Davison)
Tom Elliott .... utility stunts
Moctesuma Esparza .... utility stunts
Mark Fulks .... stunt double
Buddy Gilyard .... utility stunts
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunts (as Tom Harper)
Billy Hank Hooker .... utility stunts (as Hank Hooker)
Tommy J. Huff .... utility stunts (as Tom Huff)
Gary McLarty .... utility stunts
John Meier .... utility stunts
Mic Rodgers .... utility stunts
Michael Runyard .... utility stunts (as Mike Runyard)
Doug Sloan .... stunt double
Gregg Smrz .... utility stunts
C.J. Staats .... stunt double
R.L. Tolbert .... utility stunts
Jay Lance .... stunts (uncredited)
Lloyd Lively .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Aros .... electrician (as Donald Aros)
Curtis Bradford .... gaffer (as Curtiss Bradford)
Brian 'Buzz' Buzzelli .... grip: second unit (as Brian Buzzelli)
Ellsworth Chou .... electrician
Douglas Coates .... electrician: second unit
Alan Colbert .... electrician (as Alan P. Colbert)
Tim Collins .... dolly grip
Mark Combs .... key grip: second unit
Joseph V. Dickerson .... grip
Eduard van der Enden .... director of photography: second unit (as Eddy Van Der Enden)
Rodney French .... grip
Rusty Gardner .... electrician (as William 'Rusty' Gardner)
Christopher Dunn George .... assistant camera: second unit (as Christopher George)
Thomas Greco .... camera loader
Paul Hamacher .... grip: second unit
David A. Harp .... first assistant camera (as David Harp)
Erik Heinila .... still photographer
Jonathan Herron .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Jon Herron)
Susan C. Ingram .... assistant camera: "b" camera (as Susan Ingram)
Joe Kurtz .... grip: second unit (as Joseph Kurtz)
Jerry Lee .... grip: second unit
Crispin May .... second assistant camera: second unit
Patrick McAllister .... electrician
Chris Moseley .... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit
John Nash .... best boy grip
Mike Nash .... grip
Rafael Ortiz-Guzman .... additional camera operator: second unit (as Rafael Ortiz)
Onofrio Nino Pansini .... second assistant camera
David Parker .... best boy grip: second unit
Rick Perez .... electrician (as Richard Perez)
Tim Pershing .... key grip
Scott Satterfield .... grip: second unit (as Scott N. Sattersfield)
Keith Seymour .... grip
David Stein .... best boy grip: second unit
David J. Thompson .... assistant camera (as David James Thompson)
Don Tomich .... best boy electric
Ronald M. Vargas Sr. .... additional camera operator: second unit (as Ron Vargas)
Maria Varni .... camera loader
Ralf Voellmer .... electrician
Greg Walters .... first assistant camera: second unit
Dave Wilkins .... grip (as David Wilkins)
Merrick Morton .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Lynne Redding .... adr voice casting: Loop du Jour
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Abbey .... costumer (as Anne Abbey)
Marsha Barton .... seamstress
Dana Campbell .... key set costumer
Jay Anna Dorsey .... assistant costume designer
Stanley Moore .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Lisa Bianco .... post-production assistant editor
Sue Ehlers .... first assistant film editor
Andrew Golov .... post-production services
Mato .... color timer
Marc Pollon .... apprentice editor
Candace Snyder .... director of post-production: TNT
Joseph R. Thygesen .... associate film editor (as Joe Thygesen)
Angie Under .... post-production assistant
Michael Yetter .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Ralph Berge .... location coordinator (as Ralph Kendall Berge)
Dennis Kern .... location manager
Peter Locaccio .... assistant location manager
 
Music Department
Elton Ahi .... scoring mixer
Grimace Boyer .... assistant musical director
Joanie Diener .... music editor
Ralph Ferraro .... orchestrator
David Franco .... music supervisor
Dennis S. Sands .... scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Hill Brin Swimmer .... location music recording (as Hill Swimmer)
Joseph R. Thygesen .... associate music editor (as Joe Thygesen)
Guy Moon .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Norma Allard .... talent driver
E. Michael Bledsoe .... transportation captain
Ron Bledsoe .... transportation coordinator
Vincent Leo Boyle .... driver
Duane D. Eckert .... driver
Clay Fissel .... driver
Paul French .... driver
Jason Ingram .... driver
Pamela Newton .... driver
Henrietta C. O'Shea .... driver
James P. O'Shea .... driver
Michael Olswfski .... driver
David Owens .... driver
Pat Owens .... driver
Geraldine Sue Roderick .... driver
Tony L. Sarrah .... driver
Joseph Schneider .... driver
Larry Slimp .... talent driver
Debra A. Vitulli .... driver
Joyce A. Warfield .... driver
Jim Welshonce .... driver
Randy Worley .... driver
Carolyn Wright .... transportation dispatcher
Kenneth Wright .... transportation co-captain
Tonia Wright .... driver
 
Other crew
Lara Aldrich .... office production assistant
Eduardo N.T. Andrade .... production assistant: second unit (as Eduardo Andrade)
Jon Andrus .... action re-enactor
Rhett Arnold .... craft service
Kim Barta .... corps background wrangler
Yvonne Barton .... re-enactors coordinator
Gabor Boritt .... historical script reviewer: Gettysburg College (as Prof. Gabor S. Boritt)
Dan Boston .... corps background wrangler
John Botkin .... caterer: re-enator catering
Joe Bowden .... film liaison: Gettysburg National Military Park
Carolyn Caldera .... assistant: Mr. Katz & Mr. Esparza
Mike Causley .... action re-enactor
Marie E. Chambers .... dialect coach
Jose A. Cisneros .... superintendent: Gettysburg National Military Park
Laurie E. Coughlan .... interpretation and visitor services: Gettysburg National Military Park
Craig Crabb .... action re-enactor
Butch Culpepper .... corps background wrangler
Wendy Dallas .... script supervisor: second unit
Noel Dimitri Delcastillo .... production assistant: second unit
Hans Den Bezemer .... flycam operator: second unit (as Hans der Bezemer)
Don Dramer .... corps background wrangler
Dawn C. Dreiling .... script supervisor (as Dawn Dreiling)
Patrick Falci .... historical advisor (as Pat Falci)
Dale Fetzer .... military choreographer (as Dale E. Fetzer Jr.)
Gwenn Forsythe .... office production assistant
Billy L. 'Butch' Frank .... wrangler (as Billy Frank)
Gary G. Frank .... wrangler
Rami Rivera Frankl .... production assistant: second unit (as Rami Frankl)
Mark Fulks .... wrangler
Karl German .... corps background wrangler
Keith Gibson .... historical script reviewer: Virginia Military Institute (as Lt. Col. Keith Gibson)
Dwight Gladhill .... dailies runner
Wilson A. Greene .... historical script reviewer
Mike Grigaliunas .... dailies runner
Nancie W. Gudmestad .... production secretary
Lori Haddox .... coordinator: Los Angeles
Marge Hall .... assistant re-enactor coordinator
Joe Hanna .... chef
Nick Hanna .... craft service
Judy C. Harris .... assistant re-enactor coordinator
Jim Hatsell .... corps background wrangler
Stephen M. Hearst .... production assistant: second unit
George Heffner .... re-enactors corps commander: Confederate
Beth Hickman .... production coordinator
Clark Hoak .... action re-enactor
Chuck Johnson .... corps background wrangler
Roger Johnson .... re-enactors corps commander: Confederate
Steven M. Kalb .... production legal counsel
Katie Karppala .... dailies runner
Sarah Kelly .... production assistant: second unit
John Kock .... corps background wrangler
Michael Kraus .... re-enactors corps commander: Federal
Tim Kueberth .... assistant cavalry commander (as Timothy Kuebreth)
Victoria Land .... set production assistant
Dan Laroc .... craft service
Amy Lauritsen .... set production assistant
Rick Leisenring .... assistant re-enactor coordinator (as Rick Liesenring)
Karl Luthin .... corps background wrangler (as Karl Luthen D.V.M.)
G. Gary Mahas .... wrangler
Jonathan Maxwell .... set production assistant (as Jon Maxwell)
Olivia Maxwell .... set production assistant
Ron Maxwell .... title designer: main titles (as Ronald F. Maxwell)
Mark Myers .... corps background wrangler
Bryan Patterson .... action re-enactor
Kelly Paull .... assistant re-enactor coordinator
Marcia Paull .... re-enactors coordinator
Ron Paull .... chief of security
James Permane .... assistant re-enactor coordinator
George Pierce .... corps background wrangler
Brian Pohanka .... on-set historical advisor
Roger Poirer .... caterer: re-enator catering
Ron Prillaman .... action re-enactor
Mark Purnell .... production assistant: second unit
Roger Ragland .... corps background wrangler
Selbia J. Reagan .... assistant re-enactor coordinator
Robin Reck .... production assistant: second unit
Damon Resch .... assistant: Mr. Maxwell
Jason Rex .... set production assistant
Bill Reynolds .... corps background wrangler
John Rivas .... prep cook
Mark Rivas .... assistant chef
Alicia Rivera Frankl .... vice president of finance (as Alicia Rivera Alon)
Susan Roehre .... assistant production accountant
Harold Runckel .... corps background wrangler
Cheryl Russo .... re-enactors coordinator
Alan Selge .... assistant re-enactor coordinator
Sarah Shields .... key production assistant: second unit
Peter C. Sienkiewicz .... production assistant: second unit
Misty Skedgell .... unit publicist
Doug Sloan .... head wrangler
Ben Smith .... corps background wrangler
Charles Smithgall .... artillery commander
David Spencer .... corps background wrangler
C.J. Staats .... wrangler
Ame Stargensky .... script supervisor
David Stevens .... action re-enactor
Tia Stine .... office production assistant (as Krystia 'Tia' Stine)
Bruce Stocking .... re-enactors corps commander: Federal
Jim Strauss .... corps background wrangler (as James Strauss)
William Sumner .... action re-enactor
Jeff Talbert .... corps background wrangler
Diane Tennyson .... set production assistant
Joe Valley .... corps background wrangler
Jon Verhagen .... flycam operator: second unit
Kevin Wells .... corps background wrangler
Tom Williams .... cavalry commander
William Williams .... re-enactors camp manager
Melissa Wivell .... office production assistant
James Yap Bear .... action re-enactor
Yale Zimmerman .... medical coordinator
John Guss .... historical technical assistant (uncredited)
Cynthia Lejeune .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Jay Sheveck .... premiere and release (uncredited)
Darryl Wharton .... production assistant (uncredited)
Adam D. Wright .... distribution executive (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Kenneth J. Cole .... special thanks
Don Johnson .... special thanks
Richard Jordan .... dedicatee
Terry Punt .... special thanks
Lou Reda .... special thanks
Gar Royer .... special thanks
Velda Royer .... special thanks
Michael Shaara .... dedicatee
Art L. Snyder .... special thanks
Bill Yingling .... special thanks
Don Yingling .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG for language and epic battle scenes (certificate no. 31000)
Runtime:
271 min | Sweden:254 min | UK:259 min | Netherlands:244 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby SR (35 mm prints) | DTS (35 mm prints)

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Trivia:
At 271 minutes, this is officially the longest American film ever made.See more »
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Factual errors: In the film, Moxley Sorrell holds the rank of major. During the war Major Sorrell was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on June 18, 1863, 13 days before the battle of Gettysburg.See more »
Quotes:
James L. Kemper:[Kemper, Pickett, Garnett, and Col. Freemantle are sitting around a table playing cards, while Kemper expounds on the Confederate cause] You see, Colonel, uh... the government derives its power from the consent of the people. Every government, everywhere. Well, let me make this very plain to you, sir: we do not consent, and we will *never* consent. And what you've got to do is -
[he stands up and looks straight at Freemantle]
James L. Kemper:- you've got to go back over there to your Parliament, and you've gotta make it very plain to *them*. You've gotta tell them that what we're fighting for here is the - is the freedom from what we consider to be the rule of a foreign power! I mean, that's all we want. That's what this war is all about.
Brig. Gen. Richard B. Garnett:Jim -
[he tries to pull Kemper back into his chair]
James L. Kemper:[brushes Garnett off] No, no, no, no. Now-now, we-we established this country in the first place with very strong state governments just for that very reason. I mean, uh... let me put it to you this way: my home is in Virginia. The government of my home *is* home. Virginia would not allow itself to be ruled by... by some, uh, king over there in London. And it's not about to let itself be ruled by some president in Washington! Virginia, by God, sir, is gonna be run by *Virginians*!
Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead:[Armistead and Longstreet are walking by and overhear this] Oh, my. "The Cause."
Major General George E. Pickett:[looks at his cards] Actually, Jimmy, I got a pair of kings.
[laughs]
James L. Kemper:[keeps plowing on] And it's all for the Yankees, the damn, money-grubbin' Yankees. I mean, those damn fools, they don't get the message! Always the darkies, nothin' but the darkies.
[...]
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33 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Long, But Worth The Effort Of Watching, 1 November 2001
Author: sddavis63 (revsdd@gmail.com) from Durham Region, Ontario, Canada

A very interesting take on the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, which is unfortunately marred by its excessive length (well over four hours), which could easily have been cut by at least an hour if unnecessary marching scenes were cut out. (I timed one point in the movie when a full six minutes went by showing nothing but troops marching. This was absolutely tedious!)

There isn't much "drama" involved in this. How can there be? Everyone knows the Battle of Gettysburg, we all know that the North won, and serious students of the Civil War know most of the military manoeuvres that were used, as well as the fates of the major combatants. So, it was up to the director (Ronald F. Maxwell) and the various actors to give us something of a unique spin to hold our attention through the long story. For the most part, they were successful.

I was quite intrigued by Martin Sheen's portrayal of General Robert E. Lee. Lee comes across almost in a mystical way - a man of vision and courage, and yet also very human. The debates between Lee and General James Longstreet (played by Tom Berenger) over strategy were realistic, and the fact that Longstreet was proved for the most part to be right demonstrate the fact that Lee - while a great General - was subject to human failings as well. Sheen portrays a Lee who is coming to terms with his hero status among his troops, but also shows him subtly uncomfortable with it.

Also interesting was the constant hearkening back to the pre-war relationship between Union general Winfield Hancock (Brian Mallon) and Confederate General Lewis Armistead (Richard Jordan). Good friends before the war (almost brothers, as both describe the relationship) they now find themselves on opposite sides of this great battle, wanting to see each other because they are friends and yet not wanting to see each other as enemies. Tears well up in both as they speak to fellow officers about the relationship. A believable portrayal of how many Americans must have felt in this conflict which divided friends and families.

Most interesting of all, though, was the portrayal of General Joshua Chamberlain (by Jeff Daniels), the colonel of the 20th Maine Infantry. I was only vaguely familiar with Chamberlain when I first saw this movie, and was motivated by it to become more familiar with a truly fascinating individual. Hardly a classic soldier (he was a university professor of English and Religion back in Maine) Chamberlain displays a solid grasp of tactics, and comes across as the great Northern hero in this account of Gettysburg.

So, there are a lot of good things in this movie. Don't let the length of over four hours put you off. Although there are a few tedious scenes (such as the marching scene I described earlier) it's worth hanging in through them to get a very realistic and largely historically accurate picture of perhaps the greatest battle of the US Civil War.

6/10

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