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Shenandoah (1965)

Approved | | Drama, War, Western | 29 June 1965 (Japan)
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During the Civil War, a Virginia farmer and his family vow to remain neutral, but one of the sons is captured by Union soldiers, sending the farmer to his rescue.

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Andrew V. McLaglen
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Charlie
Doug McClure ... Sam
Glenn Corbett ... Jacob
Patrick Wayne ... James
Rosemary Forsyth ... Jennie
Phillip Alford ... Boy
Katharine Ross ... Ann
Charles Robinson ... Nathan
Jim McMullan ... John (as James McMullan)
Tim McIntire ... Henry
Gene Jackson ... Gabriel (as Eugene Jackson Jr.)
Paul Fix ... Dr. Tom Witherspoon
Denver Pyle ... Pastor Bjoerling
George Kennedy ... Col. Fairchild
James Best ... Carter - Rebel Soldier
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Storyline

In Shenandoah, Virginia, widower farmer Charlie Anderson lives a peaceful life with his six sons - Jacob, James, Nathan, John, Henry and Boy, his daughter Jennie, and his daughter-in-law and James' wife Ann Anderson. Charlie does not let his sons join the army to fight in the Civil War that he does not consider their war. Jennie marries her beloved Lieutenant Sam, but they do not have a honeymoon since Sam has to return to the front. Charlie's youngest son Boy is mistakenly taken prisoner by soldiers from the North so Charlie rides with his sons to rescue Boy, while James and Ann stay on the farm. It is time of violence and war, and tragedy reaches the Anderson family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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SHAKES THE SCREEN LIKE CANNON THUNDER! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | War | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Fields of Honor See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,268,889
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the wedding scene, the Corporal states that "the Yankees have broken through at Winchester." That occurred on Monday, Sep. 19, 1864 (the Third Battle of Winchester). See more »

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The Confederate lieutenant who is calling on Mr. Anderson for his boys is wearing gold & black hat cords and similar acorn ends. This is incorrect; a lieutenant's hat cords were silver. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jacob Anderson: They come closer every day, Pa.
Charlie Anderson: They on our land?
Jacob Anderson: No, sir.
Charlie Anderson: Then it doesn't concern us... does it?
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Referenced in Creature (1985) See more »

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Lyrics written by Julia Ward Howe
Music by William Steffe
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Stewart is Phenomenal in this anti-war Vietnam era drama
17 October 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Shenandoah (1965)

A leisurely, somewhat by-the-book movie, directed by a television veteran, Andrew V. McLaglen. The story, of a family who resisted the Civil War by sheer stubborn principles (like objecting to war), is interesting, and a bit different. This has the feel of a Western, but it's set in Virginia, so is closer to "Drums Along the Mohawk" in depth and intention.

But more to the point--James Stewart is the patriarch, and he brings an older, deeper, wiser sensibility to the film than all the other actors combined. It's a great performance top to bottom, and he pulls it off with complexity and rare conviction. The plot is absorbing because of Stewart, and that's the final word, really.

It doesn't hurt to note this is 1965, and the Vietnam war is getting going on a large scale, making the front of Life Magazine. Whether or not this is a comment on that war, or on war in general, it's hard to know from here, but the audience must have seen it that way. There is a conflict of innocence and sheer naiveté that doesn't always wash well with common sense, and this large family is nothing if not smart. The large crisis that marks the halfway point was avoidable by paying attention to the hat a little more.

But these men and women still show the power of passive resistance to a war that seemed, to them, to be nonsense.


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