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Gods and Generals (2003)

 -  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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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

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The nations heart was touched by.... See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

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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

While we know Jackson by his nickname "Stonewall", his men usually referred to him as "Old Jack". His students at VMI referred to him as "Tom Fool" because of his stiff necked and pedantic style of teaching. See more »

Goofs

When Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain looks through his binoculars before the Battle of Fredericksburg, he would have been standing on the north side of the Rappahannock River looking at the city towards the south. But the Point of View shot through the binoculars shows what would have been seen looking north from Maryes Heights. See more »

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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

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

Soundtracks

Silent Night
Music by Franz Gruber (as Franz X. Gruber)
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
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If You Don't Know Who Sandy Pendleton Is, Stay Away
25 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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