Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.
Stephen Lang also appeared in Gettysburg (1993). However, he does not reprise his original role from "Gettysburg", that of Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett. Instead, he plays Lt. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, who died two months prior to the momentous clash in Gettysburg. Billy Campbell took over the role of Pickett. See more »
Watch Hancock's hairdo change during his visit to the Beale House after the Battle of Fredericksburg. 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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No reenactors were credited individualy, rather there was general thank you to all the reenactors who participated in the filming. See more »
If you knew absolutely nothing about the American Civil War you might come away from Gods and Generals believing something like this: A madman named Lincoln decides one day in 1861 to raise an army to invade several southern states because he just feels like doing that. The people of these states have no choice but to start their own country to defend themselves and a polite, bearded, man named Lee leads them and this other polite, bearded, man Jackson too. Because god is on their side, the kind, virtuous, heroic, and excessively chivalrous men of the southern army prevail in several engagements against the godless, sex-crazed, murderous barbarians of the north. Jackson and Lee deftly direct the outnumbered army of Christ against the unwashed Yankee heathen and wins the war except that he got shot by one of his own men by accident and dies otherwise the south won.
Yep, that's just what you might believe.
Gods and Generals is a confused, heavily pro-Confederate, train wreck. It attempts to span two years of the war though the perspective of General Thoams "Stonewall" Jackson, arguably one of the most brilliant field commanders West Point has ever produced. Like it's antecedent Gettysburg it is of epic length except that Gettysburg made sense. This film is all over the place. Focuses on non-pivotal battle scenes and is bloated with nonsensical dialog and close ups of men talking to themselves in archaic,sanctimonious, soliloquies. There are no issues, there are no cassus belli,no internal conflicts, there is only a clumsy and amateurish elevation of the confederacy; an embattled yet righteous society defending their way of life against their tyrannical northern overlords. Or so you would be led to believe. There is one mention of Fort Sumter, a passing nod or two to slavery, and the rest is the Lee/Jackson traveling show. Overall a sloppy and weakly constructed PSA for why the south should have won the war.
To it's credit, it does have very graphic and disturbing battle scenes where both sides are, at times, honored and portrayed with equanimity.
However, G&G, like Gettysburg, had potential to evenly instruct and entertain. That's where the similarities between the two films ends Gods and generals is a ponderous and poorly edited, rambling, confusing, tribute to the CSA. Aside from it's endless length it jumps around way too much, lacks proper character development and historical veracity. It is no wonder it bombed at the box office. It's just not very watchable, at least not in one sitting. It might be of interest to those, like myself, who are interested in civil war films. This one is a grave disappointment.
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