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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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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 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 »

Genres:

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, 31 December 1965
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Denver Pyle (Pastor Bjoerling) and James Best (Carter - Rebel Soldier) appeared on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) as "Uncle Jessie" and "Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane", respectively. See more »

Goofs

During much of the farm sequences, you can see the distinct shadow of the camera. 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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Rock of Ages
(uncredited)
By Augustus Montague Toplady
[Sung at the first church service]
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Timing is everything
25 January 2003 | by lauramaeSee all my reviews

I saw this movie the 1st time with my dad when I was in grade school. It brings up a lot of big issues. Like "High Noon" or "The Searchers" there is an underlying theme that may or may not have been intended. Released in 1965 when Vietnam was just beginning to become a hot issue. In his last 'chat' with his dead wife, he vocalized a dove perspective on war in general--that the people who think that war is a good idea usually aren't the ones who will be dodging bullets, chemical weapons or bombs.

Having the youngest son rescued by an African American was also a daring move at the time.

Worth a look. It may not be historically accurate, but it touches on some important and timely, considering the nature of current events.


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