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Gods and Generals (2003)
The Extended Version is the one you want to see!!!
I hated this movie in the theater. I hated it on DVD. THEN we got The Extended Version.....
This movie was originally six hours long. They slashed and burned it down to 229 minutes for the theater. The extended version brings it up to 280 minutes. What a DIFFERENCE adding back that 51 minutes makes.
In the theater version, Stonewall comes off as a sappy guy with a religious bent and a penchant for children. So many things in this movie never make sense, even to those who have seen it more than once, or those who know history.
In the extended version, Stonewall becomes a whole man. He's not sappy. He's not a weirdo. And the movie makes SENSE. Dots are connected. Ts are crossed. It's actually Exciting!
Beards are much better this time around, too. ;)
An aside note, I do wish that the credits would list the actors in accordance with the side they fought on. So many times we saw an actor, "Hey, he was in Gettysburg" and then were unable to find the actor's name.
She's Back on Broadway (1953)
I can do that....
Someone took this movie, or at least the first half of it, and made A Chorus Line out of it. The musical, not the movie - but even the added scenes in the Chorus Line movie come from this movie. The relationships, some of the conversations, and even some of the characters themselves - they are too close to be coincidental.
Obviously not *everything* is the same - but I think I noticed the storyline from the point of the "argument" between Catherine and Rick. The former boyfriend is directing the show that the fading star needs to bring back her career. And the argument is very reminiscent of the song/scene, "Let Me Dance for You" from the CL movie... and Rick is a moody sort, like the Michael Douglas character from the CL movie... (a better comparison than to someone from the BWay cast that people may never have seen, even if they have seen the musical.) Or. take the guy who tries to get a part by auditioning for everything....
At least they improved it with the musical...