7.4/10
2,106
32 user 22 critic

Sherman's March (1985)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Ross McElwee

Writer:

Ross McElwee
Reviews

Watch Now

From $7.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
7 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This film travels through fantasy and reality as Joris Ivens goes to China to capture the wind. The film reflects the filmmaker's journey from Pour le Mistral (1966), his first film on the ... See full summary »

Director: Joris Ivens
Stars: Joris Ivens, Henxiang Han, Zhuang Liu
Bright Leaves (2003)
Documentary | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

North Carolina produces more tobacco than any other state in America. Bright Leaves describes a journey taken across the social, economic, and psychological tobacco terrain of North ... See full summary »

Director: Ross McElwee
Stars: Allan Gurganus, Paula Larke, Marilyn Levine
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story of Norbu, a horse thief, who is thrown out of his tribe in an effort to purge it of evil. Norbu repents after the birth of his son, but he is forced to steal again after the birth... See full summary »

Directors: Zhuangzhuang Tian, Peicheng Pan
Stars: Daiba, Jiji Dan, Drashi
Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Forty year old documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee has a penchant for filming everything around him. Following the announcement of his impending marriage to his film-making partner Marilyn ... See full summary »

Director: Ross McElwee
Stars: Steve Ascher, Michael Blumenthal, Robert Gardner
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Filmmaker Ross McElwee (Sherman's March, Bright Leaves) finds himself in frequent conflict with his son, a young adult who seems addicted to and distracted by the virtual worlds of the ... See full summary »

Director: Ross McElwee
Stars: Adrian McElwee, Ross McElwee
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary about Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief of Lyon, and his life after the war.

Director: Marcel Ophüls
Stars: Klaus Barbie, Claude Lanzmann, Marcel Ophüls
Comedy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The movie is set in chaotic 1920's China, when warlords fought each other for power while Sun Yat-Sen's underground movement tried to establish a democratic republic. The movie tells the ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Brigitte Lin, Sally Yeh, Cherie Chung
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dah and Jocelyn come from Benin, Africa, to coach their rooster, "S'en fout la mort", for an illicit cock-fight in the basement of a restaurant.

Director: Claire Denis
Stars: Isaach De Bankolé, Alex Descas, Solveig Dommartin
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is a shocking indictment of the racism inflicted on the Indigenous people of Australia.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike.

Director: Barbara Kopple
Stars: Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Three women, all strangers to each other, meet in a dress boutique. One of the three is approached by the male proprietor as she is shoplifting a garment. When he approaches her the other ... See full summary »

Director: Marleen Gorris
Stars: Edda Barends, Nelly Frijda, Henriëtte Tol
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

China's first horror film, this is loosely based on The Phantom of the Opera. A disfigured musical genius roams a traditional Chinese opera house, punishing those who offend him.

Director: Weibang Ma-Xu
Stars: Menghe Gu, Ping Hu, Shan Jin
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1988 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Adrian, Georgia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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 ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 9
(uncredited)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An attempt to document the deep south, documents the heart.
28 October 2000 | by Jed-30See all my reviews

Ill admit it.......I liked the three hours of woman chasing and obsession. Ross begins his documentary intent on the journeys of W. Sherman. Sherman was a southerner turned "yankee" during the civil war. Sherman's march through most of Georgia and the Carolina's left a painful scar of our country in troubled times. Ross parallels this scar to that of his present day life. Present day 1986 that is. And quite easily, this documentary changes tone as Ross becomes obsessed with the women he encounters on the way. At times he does jump back to "Sherman's March", but the lure of lust and love prove to be too much for Ross.

After seeing this movie, I ask myself, What did I just see? It took a while to think about this documentary, and it opens up thoughts of life and love. I really want to know if this was calculated to document a mans love of women, or a mans love of war. Sit down, watch, and be amazed by the documentation of life in this era, by following the path of a civil war leader.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 32 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed