During the 1864 battle of the Wilderness, three Union soldiers and three Confederate Soldiers get seperated from their units as twilight engulfs the ravaged battlefield. The men wander ... See full summary »
The views of the town of Fredericksburg, Virginia are really of the unincorporated town Great Cacapon, West Virginia, filmed from the Panorama Overlook near Berkeley Springs. See more »
Wristwatch visible on the confederate soldier nearest the
camera in many of the Fredricksburg sections. See more »
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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The movie was dedicated to the memory of John F. Maxwell and Royce D. Applegate. See more »
If You Don't Know Who Sandy Pendleton Is, Stay Away
Seriously, if you have no idea who Sandy Pendleton is then you have no business seeing this movie. If you are clueless about the Civil War and the 1860-65 period then it will seem downright weird and you won't like it.
Some of the reviews of this picture are hilarious. The person who couldn't believe the soldiers WALKING or STANDING UP during battle needs a good history lesson. Those who think the dialogue was stilted need to read a few hundred Civil War letters.
Those who don't like the portrayal of Confederate victories for modern political reasons need to stay away from movies about Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, and Mannassas at all times because GASP! the north lost those battles.
Ted Turner, as much as I dislike him, put together a straightforward movie that describes the period and the leaders on the Confederate side during this period of Confederate success in Northern Virginia. This is a gift for future generations of Civil War buffs. I am sure that some would love to see a movie made where Joshua Chamberlain wins the Battle of Chancellorsville singlehandedly but unfortunately THAT AIN'T WHAT HAPPENED.
The closeup shots of battle at Fredricksburg were extremely well done. The flank attack at Chancellorsville was extremely well done. The Manassas battle was okay. But the overview shots of Fredricksburg and the long range shots of the battlefield were TERRIBLE. The cannon bursts were the fakest I have seen in a while. They attempted to make the fuzzy, poorly drawn, aerial views of the city more realistic by having fake birds fly below your position EVERY TIME.
If you are a Civil War buff you will find it interesting. If you are a politically correct "southerners were all devils" type then you are going to detest it. If you are just a movie-goer who really cares nothing about history then you will be bored.
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