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Ride with the Devil (1999)
A few things about historical accuracy
RWTD was meant to be as historically accurate as possible. The research that went into this production was precise, down to the creation of Lawrence, KS, using the little abandoned town of Pattonsberg, MO as the basic pattern, and dressing it from there. Signage and storefronts were reproduced from photographs of the period, and the town was spot on, including the dirt streets - dirt was hauled in to cover the original macadam to a depth of a foot, in order to prevent serious injury to horses and riders, as well as to maintain accuracy.
Language - anyone who has studied language of this period knows how accurate this production was. People spoke in what would be considered stilted today, only because we have become slaves to slang. Read text of the period to verify this.
Events - read the history of the timetable of events. RWTD went blow-for-blow with history to repeat the story, from the gathering of bushwhackers to their demise. It's not pretty, but war seldom is.
Characters - again, there were thousands of each type of character throughout the area. History research is your friend. The little drama of Jewell - well, those things still happen.
The Stuff - all wardrobe, hair, weapons, tack, tactics,etc., were reviewed daily by Any Lee and his assistants. Ang Lee is a bear for accuracy. Believe it.
As far as the political ramifications, and why the film did not fare well initially, a few thoughts. It has been said that the NAACP was unhappy with the portrayal of a black man seen as a fighter for the confederacy, and was ready to protest that issue in the press. This may or may not be hearsay, but I heard it from people in production before and after the film was released, so take that as you will.
I worked on the production from almost start to finish in Misouri and Kansas. It was the most historically accurate production I've ever worked on, and I am pleased to have been a part of it. I also enjoyed the final result, and wish it would get more play, although I do believe history will be kind to it.