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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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Michael Shaara (novel)
Ronald F. Maxwell (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 October 1993 (USA) See more »
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Same Land. Same God. Different Dreams. See more »
Plot:
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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Long, but Powerful Epic, Filmed on Location... See more (250 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Berenger ... Lt. 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 ... Lt. 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 ... Lt. 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 ... Lt. 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 ... Lt. Thomas D. Chamberlain

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

Buck Taylor ... Col. William Gamble

John Diehl ... Pvt. 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 ... Lt. 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 ... Pvt. Jim Merrill
Jonathan Maxwell ... Pvt. 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:

Bill Chemerka ... Confederate soldier (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)

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

Ronald F. Maxwell (screenplay)

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 .... sound re-recording mixer
J. Stanley Johnston .... supervising sound editor
Ossama Khuluki .... foley walker
Thomas Kost .... cable person
Gerry Lentz .... sound 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 foreman
Bonnie Burnham .... special effects
Thomas Fife .... special effects assistant (as Thomas W. Fife)
Peter Gerber .... special effects assistant (as Peter H. Gerber)
Sherri Holland .... special effects assistant
Richard Huggins .... special effects foreman
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 foreman (as Dean Miller)
Jay Mullenax .... special effects assistant
Jeff Naparstek .... special effects foreman
Ralph Pavarotto .... special effects
Eric Shanoltz .... special effects assistant
Ed Stamps .... special effects assistant
Raymond M. Tasillo .... special effects foreman (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
Ron Vargas .... additional camera operator: second unit
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)
 
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)
 
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
Ralph Berge .... location coordinator (as Ralph Kendall Berge)
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
Dennis Kern .... location manager
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)
Peter Locaccio .... assistant location manager
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
Ronald F. Maxwell .... title designer: main titles
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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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby SR (35 mm prints) | DTS (35 mm prints)

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An exterior model of the Lutheran Theological Seminary had to be built by the film's construction crew due to the modern buildings surrounding the real one. This "fake" one is seen in the wide-range shots, and cost about $40,000 to build. The actual Lutheran Theological Seminary is only seen in one, very carefully angled shot, when Buford is writing the message to General Reynolds the night before the battle.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: If the artillery at the last day is to fire at long range the cannons should be highly elevated, not firing horizontally.See more »
Quotes:
Brig. Gen. Richard B. Garnett:Quick step, my boys. Give them the cold steel!See more »
Soundtrack:
Bonnie Blue FlagSee more »

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51 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Long, but Powerful Epic, Filmed on Location..., 14 March 2004
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

GETTYSBURG, based on Michael Shaara's bestseller, "The Killer Angels", is a truly remarkable film, in it's clear, if long, presentation of the Civil War's bloodiest, best-known, yet least understood battle, in it's 'humanizing' of the almost legendary characters of the period, and, most amazingly, for being filmed at the actual locations where the actions took place, in Gettysburg, itself. From Little Round Top to Seminary Ridge, you see the events where they actually occurred, 140 years ago. It is a singular achievement, and Ted Turner deserves credit for making it happen.

Two characters dominate the film; Jeff Daniels, in one of his finest performances, is a likable, totally believable Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the Maine ex-schoolteacher who would win the Congressional Medal of Honor; and Tom Berenger, sporting a huge, bushy beard, is a sympathetic 'voice of reason' as Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, successor to "Stonewall" Jackson as Robert E. Lee's field commander. Chamberlain and Longstreet provide the film it's focus, as honorable men attempting to fulfill their duty, while the carnage builds around each of them.

Other memorable performances include Sam Elliott, in a brief but memorable cameo as Brig. Gen. John Buford, the battle-hardened cavalry commander who initiates the battle after guessing the Confederates' objectives at Gettysburg; Richard Jordan, in one of his last appearances before his untimely death, as Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead, facing his best friend in battle; Kevin Conway, as Chamberlain's gruff but likable Irish First Sergeant, Sgt. 'Buster' Kilrain; C. Thomas Howell as Lt. Thomas D. Chamberlain, Joshua's brother, who creates a sense of familial concern for Daniels; and Stephen Lang (who would go on to play Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in GODS AND GENERALS), as an ever-confident, ebullient Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett.

In the pivotal role of Robert E. Lee, Martin Sheen is less effective, lacking Lee's well-documented charisma, and substituting constant world-weary gazes for characterization. Robert Duvall, who assumed the role in GODS AND GENERALS, would be far more credible as Lee.

The sheer numbers of the battle are staggering; over 150,000 combatants, with 53,000 dead, more in a single three-day engagement than were lost during the entire war in Vietnam. The armies of actors, extras, and recreators could not nearly match those numbers, yet the film effectively conveys the immensity of the conflict. The tactical errors (Lee's decision, on the third day of battle, to order Pickett's suicidal charge into the Union guns; Meade's decision, drawing the fury of President Lincoln, to allow the Southern survivors to return home without further slaughter, while a humane gesture, probably lengthening the war) are presented within the context of of the overall conflict, providing the viewer with justification for their decisions.

Director Ronald F. Maxwell presents a complex, fascinating tapestry in GETTYSBURG, and it is not a film you will soon forget!

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