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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 »

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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
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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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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 »

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Mono

Color:

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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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References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

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Symphony No. 9
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Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Slow, long, subtle, and wonderful.
16 October 2000 | by will-162See all my reviews

Yowch! Some of these comments are so negative! The anonymity of the internet seems to have spawned this new subculture of jaded dissing. I've seen "Sherman's March" four times (and its sequel, "Time Indefinite," twice) and loved it every time. It's true that this movie is very slow, very long, and very subtle, but those are not necessarily flaws. If you watch "Sherman's March" with that it mind, it can be a tremendously rewarding experience - touching, subtly funny, and thought-provoking. Ross McElwee will never have the commercial viability of Quentin Tarantino or Arnold Schwartzenegger or whoever, but I don't think his "home movies" are intended to be viable. They're just intended to be good old-fashioned well-crafted art. Some people get mad when movies have no freakishly attractive people or satisfyingly pat endings or giant explosions, and some people feel grateful. This movie is for the latter camp.


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