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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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Gen. James Kemper (as Royce Applegate)
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Major 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 ...
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:

The nations heart was touched by.... 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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Berenger actively lobbied for the part of Stonewall Jackson. He turned down reprising James Longstreet because the part was so small & insignificant to the film. Indeed, it was barely a cameo. See more »

Goofs

The 20th Maine did not charge independently at Fredericksburg. It was part of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division of the 5th Corp of the Union Army. No lone regiment charge at the Confederate position without supporting regiments around it. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Spin-off Gods and Generals (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Dixie
Music by Daniel Decatur Emmett (as D. Emmett)
Performed by The 28th Pennsylvania Regimental Band
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period detail, but overlong, sentimental, and unclear as to its message.
19 February 2010 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The period detail is impressive and clearly most effort went into its creation, and the actors make what they can of it, but it is far too long, not enough action and sickly sentimental. It did present the extent to which public figures at the time were motivated in their own conscious mind by religion, including generals, but given the fact that the South was fighting to maintain slavery, the message seemed confused. As someone said, just as you do not judge a person by what they think of themselves, you cannot judge an age by its consciousness. Jackson and others may have been convinced that God was on their side, but how exactly did they square that with support for a system that had already been abolished in the British Empire? The United States was the last but one country in the Western hemisphere to abolish slavery (Brazil being the last). Are we supposed to take their false moralizing at face value, or is this a satire? Hard to tell. It may be an effort to contrast Jackson's of his grief for the death of the little girl with his apparent enthusiasm for setting thousands of young men to kill each other, but if so, the scene with the girl and the family are far too long to make that point. Jackson appears to be a monster, but was that what the director intended? For all the effort, not half the film which Gettysburg was. Gettysburg concentrated more on the bravery of ordinary soldiers, and in some instances, their equivocal feelings, to better effect.


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