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Sherman's March (1985)

Documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee sets out to make a movie about Union General Sherman's March to the Sea towards the end of the American Civil War, but keeps getting sidetracked by his own love life.


Ross McElwee


Ross McElwee
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ross McElwee Ross McElwee ... Self
Dede McElwee Dede McElwee ... Self
Ross McElwee Jr. Ross McElwee Jr. ... Self
Patricia Rendleman Patricia Rendleman ... Self
Ann McElwee Ann McElwee ... Self
Mary Mary ... Self
Lee Lee ... Self - Pat's Friend
Tom McElwee Tom McElwee ... Self
Claudia Claudia ... Self
Ashley Ashley ... Self - Claudia's Daughter
Phillip Phillip ... Self - Mechanic's Son
Herb Herb ... Self - Survivalist
Bill Bill ... Self - Survivalist
Wini Wood Wini Wood ... Self
Michael Michael ... Self - Geologist


Ross McElwee sets out to make a documentary about the lingering effects of General Sherman's march of destruction through the South during the Civil War, but is continually sidetracked by women who come and go in his life, his recurring dreams of nuclear holocaust, and Burt Reynolds. Written by Brett Coon <brett@rahul.net>

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Historical Narration: In 1864, during the American Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman began his famous March to the Sea. With an army of 60,000 men, he swept into the South destroying Atlanta, Georgia; Columbia, South Carolina; and dozens of small towns. His troops plundered homes, destroyed livestock, burned buildings and left a path of destruction 60 miles wide and 700 miles long, before finally forcing a Confederate surrender in North Carolina. Sherman's campaign marked the first time in ...
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Wonderful, Witty, Watchable
11 December 2001 | by shark-43See all my reviews

I love this film. I remember seeing it years ago on a NYC PBS station on a rainy night and I was immediately drawn into it. A southern documentary filmmaker starts to make his film about Civil War General Sherman but he breaks up with his girlfriend and goes back home down south and starts filming everyone in his life (his parents, his siblings, his friends) and they are all giving him advice on his struggling film career and his love life and they all try and fix him up with all these "southern belles" and he just films it all. It is fascinating and funny and real. Well, as real as life can be when you know someone has a film camera on their shoulder and they are filming you. I also highly recommend the two follow-ups to this "Time Indefinite" and "The Six O'Clock News". Ross McElwee is an incredibly talented filmmaker and a sweet, neurotic human being who has no trouble baring his soul on film. Check this film out.

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4 February 1988 (Australia) See more »

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Sherman's March: A Meditation on the Possibility of Romantic Love in the South During an Era of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation See more »

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Adrian, Georgia, USA See more »

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