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Gods and Generals (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  21 February 2003 (USA)
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The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863. Prequel to the 1993 classic "Gettysburg".

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(as Ronald F. Maxwell)

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(book) (as Jeffrey M. Shaara) , (screenplay) (as Ronald F. Maxwell)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Martha
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Adjutant
George Allen ...
Confederate Officer
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Capt. James J. White
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Brig. Gen. James Kemper (as Royce Applegate)
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Maj. Walter Taylor
Mac Butler ...
Robert Byrd ...
Confederate General (as Robert C. Byrd)
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Bowdoin Student
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Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy
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Old Penn
Jim Choate ...
Brig. Gen. Bernard Bee
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Dr. George Junkin
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The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863. Prequel to the 1993 classic "Gettysburg".

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

An unforgettable story of the Civil War, from the Director of "GETTYSBURG" See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sustained battle sequences | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dioses y generales  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$56,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,675,246 (USA) (21 February 2003)

Gross:

$12,870,569 (USA) (25 April 2003)
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Trivia

Damon Kirsche:  as minstrel Harry Macarthy, singing "The Bonnie Blue Flag" for the Northern Virginia high command in the USO-type performance. Macarthy wrote these verses to the tune of "The Irish Jaunting Car," a vaudeville song from his native country. The Bonnie Blue Flag was popular enough to become one of the unofficial Confederate national anthems, alongside "Dixie" and "God Save the South". See more »

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The tender of the locomotive bears the initials V & T R R. These are the initials of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. Confusingly, the railroad is situated in Nevada, not in Virginia. See more »

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[first lines]
Title Card: A human life, I think, should be well rooted in some spot of a native land, where it may get the love of tender kinship for the face of the earth, for the labors men go forth to, for the sounds and accents that haunt it, for whatever will give that early home a familiar unmistakable difference amidst the future widening of knowledge. The best introduction to astronomy is to think of the nightly heavens as a little lot of stars belonging to one's own homestead. - George Eliot
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Crazy Credits

No reenactors were credited individualy, rather there was general thank you to all the reenactors who participated in the filming. See more »

Connections

Follows Gettysburg (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Song for the Irish Brigade (aka
Martinmas Time")"
Performed by David Kincaid, John Whelan & Group
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1 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It amazes me that the people who made this film could not see what a mind-numbing, boring turkey they had produced. Actors carefully reciting lines obviously drawn from letters, and thus speaking like nobody ever speaks; long, boring scenes where nothing happens (we do not go to films to see T.J. Jackson in bed with his wife or Joshua Chamberlain lecturing his brother on 19th-Century politically-correct terminology for blacks); endless numbers of soldiers being hit by bullets and falling down...). There is no sense of strategy or how the war is going, no feeling for the ebb and flow of battle, nothing but endless vignettes. Jackson would be better represented by giving some idea of why he is considered a great soldier (the Valley campaign) rather than being shown as primarily a sentimental, but simultaneously bloodthirsty, religious crackpot ("hoist the black flag... kill everyone..."). The film also tried to do too much: Gettysburg also has its very boring parts, but is unified by concentrating on the major stages of one battle. And, IMHO, the General Lee in Gettysburg is a much more real character than the one in G&G (who, however, gets little screen time). This movie deserved to fail, and, though I am in some ways sorry that "Last Full Measure" will therefore not be produced, I am apprehensive what these filmmakers would have done with it. It may be just as well.


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