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War Flowers (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Romance | 31 August 2012 (USA)
North Carolina 1863, the Civil War is raging. In this inspired story of tragedy and love we follow the lives of Melody, a precocious seven-year old, and her young mother Sarah as they struggle on their farm to survive during the Civil War.




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Credited cast:
Louis McIntire
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Private Perry
Gen. McIntire
The Bourbon County Minstrels ...
Jordan Brun ...
Maj. Collins
My-Ishia Cason-Brown ...
War Refugee
Soldier Wallace
John Ellis
Liotta Gabriel ...
Nesti Gee ...
Diane Hill ...
Miss Caroline


It is an American Civil War movie about a woman from North Carolina ( Sarabeth Ellis ) whose husband has joined the army of Confederate States of America. While her husband is away in war, a creepy neighbor is molesting her, and her daughter. In the skirmish on the family's farm, her husband got killed, and her daughter found him. She does not tell her mother, that her father is dead from fear that her mother would not take the news to well. They also discover a gravely wounded Union soldier who is using their cellar as hide-out. Together they decide to nurse him back to health and hide him when Confederate soldiers check the house. When the Union soldier recovers, Sarabeth makes sure he reaches his army. Upon his return, he is taken as a spy. Sarabeth runs out of food and the farm is burned to the ground, and she learns that her husband is dead. Yet, she is reunited with the Union soldier, and she decides to start a new life with him and her daughter. Written by Titus Pulo

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On the battlefield they will become heroes.


Drama | History | Romance | War

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Rated PG-13 for war violence and a scene of sexual menace | See all certifications »


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31 August 2012 (USA)  »

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Fighting to Forgive  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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When McIntire is captured and returned to the Union Army, the soldier on the right (who is holding him at gunpoint) is using an old relic rifle which is missing a hammer, thus it is not capable of firing. See more »


Abide with Me
Music by William H. Monk and lyrics by Henry F. Lyte
Sung by Melody (Gabrielle Popa) and Sarabeth (Christina Ricci)
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Nothing bloomed in this movie...
19 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

For an American civil war drama, then "War Flowers" was not a particularly impressive one. It was every bit as slow and long-dragged as it was uneventful and interesting.

Yeah, harsh words, but truthful words.

And the movie started out so nicely with a good amount of action and confrontation on the battlefield between the Union and Confederate troops. But after that scene it just went steeply downhill fast.

I managed to suffer through just a bit more than one hour through this unfathomably slow-paced movie before I was ready to surrender to either the Confederate or the Union troops, whomever had an available pistol for putting myself out of the misery and ordeal that was "War Flowers".

The story in "War Flowers" is about a southern woman living with her daughter under fairly poor circumstances, as they are waiting for the man of the house to return back from the front lines. When a small skirmish break out where they live, they come to find that a Union soldier has taken refuge in their basement. Wounded but conscious, the man poses no threat and they nurture him back to health.

Right, potentially the storyline could have been interesting, but director Serge Rodnunsky managed to claw onto anything even remotely looking like progress and holding it back in strict reins. This movie was literally taking forever to go from nowhere to nowhere, and it was was quite an ordeal to manage to suffer through an hour of it. And I can honestly say that I am not going to return to "War Flowers" in order to finish the movie and see how it ends. I just couldn't care less about the characters in the movie, nor the storyline itself.

The only actor I knew in this movie was Tom Berenger, and even he seemed to be tired and just wanting to get this over with. "War Flowers" was not his finest moment, not by a long shot.

If you enjoy American civil war movies, then stay well clear of "War Flowers", because it just isn't worth the time or the effort.

I am rating it a meager, but very generous, three out of ten stars.

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