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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 overview, first billed only:
Ross McElwee ... Himself
Dede McElwee ... Herself
Ross McElwee Jr. ... Himself
Patricia Rendleman ... Herself
Ann McElwee ... Herself
Mary ... Herself
Lee ... Herself - Pat's Friend
Tom McElwee ... Himself
Claudia ... Herself
Ashley ... Herself - Claudia's Daughter
Phillip ... Himself - Mechanic's Son
Herb ... Himself - Survivalist
Bill ... Himself - Survivalist
Wini Wood ... Herself
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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Sherman's March: A Meditation on the Possibility of Romantic Love in the South During an Era of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation  »

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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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An interesting experiment, but a test in patience.
22 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Sherman's March is three hours of footage from a broken man's life. Ross McElwee takes us on a journey to make a documentary on Sherman's March, but ends up showing us a sequence of extensive real life footage from his subsequent crisis in love. The picture feels like a home movie. Experiencing so much of the director's personal life is an unusual experience and takes the motion picture somewhere it doesn't often go. However, the movie is long and I feel it should have been further edited for the public. it is a bit egocentric to expect people to spend so much time watching some random guy's life.


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