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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".


(as Ronald F. Maxwell)


(book) (as Jeffrey M. Shaara), (screenplay) (as Ronald F. Maxwell)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Allen ...
Confederate Officer
Capt. James J. White
Gen. James Kemper (as Royce Applegate)
Major Walter Taylor
Mac Butler ...
Confederate General (as Robert C. Byrd)
Bowdoin Student
Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy
Old Penn
Jim Choate ...
Gen. Bernard Bee
Dr. George Junkin


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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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


$56,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Contains some cameo appearances by American politicians. According to a report on CNN.com, Senators Robert Byrd (D-WV) and George Allen (R-VA), Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), as well as former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX), all make small appearances in this film. "Wet plate" photographs of these politicians in full Civil War attire are available online. See more »


During the battle of Fredericksburg, Saint-Clair Augustine Mulholland was a major, not a Lieutenant Colonel. He commanded the 116th Pennsylvania, which was in Meagher's brigade, but not the brigade in total. Meagher made the charge on horseback, and did not 'protect the rear'. See more »


[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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Music by Daniel Decatur Emmett (as D. Emmett)
Performed by The 28th Pennsylvania Regimental Band
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Ted Turner's Halloween Party 2001
6 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All I should have to tell you about this film is that Ted Turner plays George Patton's grandfather. If that doesn't raise some flags I don't know what would. The problems this film has are myriad. For one, all the foot soldiers are old men who are so obviously re-enacters that the action scenes have no weight. I don't recall seeing one fit, young man among the foot soldiers. When a group of people who are obviously senior citizens are "Charging" (more like hobbling) into the breach well...let's just say it doesn't float. Because of a lackluster, sappy, script and horrible editing, this film wastes an absolutely top notch performance by Stephen Lang as Stonewall Jackson. As a historian I was constantly baffled by how little military strategy is a part of the film. Major engagements are quickly glossed over with little explanation. How you could make a movie about the greatest tactician of the War and not examine his strategies in depth is a mystery to me. This is just a Ted Turner vanity project that should have been made for TV. If you ask me, you're better off watching documentaries about the civil war.

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