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Gettysburg (1993)

PG | | Drama, History, War | 8 October 1993 (USA)
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.

Director:

Ron Maxwell (as Ronald F. Maxwell)

Writers:

Michael Shaara (novel), Ron Maxwell (screenplay) (as Ronald F. Maxwell)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet
Martin Sheen ... Gen. Robert E. Lee
Stephen Lang ... Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett
Richard Jordan ... Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead
Andrew Prine ... Brig. Gen. Richard B. Garnett
Cooper Huckabee ... Henry T. Harrison
Patrick Gorman ... Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood
Bo Brinkman ... Maj. Walter H. Taylor
James Lancaster ... Lieut. Col. Arthur Fremantle
William Morgan Sheppard ... Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble / Narrator (as Morgan Sheppard)
Kieran Mulroney ... Maj. G. Moxley Sorrel
James Patrick Stuart ... Col. E. Porter Alexander (as Patrick Stuart)
Tim Ruddy Tim Ruddy ... Maj. Charles Marshall
Royce D. Applegate ... Brig. Gen. James L. Kemper
Ivan Kane ... Cap. Thomas J. Goree
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Storyline

The four and 1/4 hour depiction of the historical and personal events surrounding and including the decisive American civil war battle features thousands of civil war re-enactors marching over the exact ground that the federal army and the army of North Virginia fought on. The defense of the Little Round Top and Pickett's Charge are highlighted in the actual three day battle which is surrounded by the speeches of the commanding officers and the personal reflections of the fighting men. Based upon the novel 'The Killer Angels'. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Taglines:

Same Land. Same God. Different Dreams. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and epic battle scenes | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Tom Chamberlain mentions that General Meade's son is an aide-de-camp. That son was George Gordon Meade, Jr. (1843-1897). He was a Captain at the time of the Gettysburg battle, and remained his father's aide-de-camp for the duration of the war. See more »

Goofs

In the film, Moxley Sorrell holds the rank of major. In real life, Sorrell was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on June 18, 1863, 13 days before the battle of Gettysburg. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain: Don't call me Lawrence.
Lieutenant Thomas D. Chamberlain: Darn it, Lawrence, I'm your brother.
Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain: Just be careful of the name business in front of the men, just because you're my brother... it looks like favoritism.
Lieutenant Thomas D. Chamberlain: God Almighty, General Meade has his own son as his aide de camp.
Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain: That's different. Generals can do anything they want. There's nothing so much like a god on earth as a General on a battlefield.
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Alternate Versions

Originally filmed as a cable-tv miniseries but briefly released theatrically at 248 minutes. Some video versions add another 30 minutes of new footage. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Making of 'Gettysburg' (1993) See more »

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Dixie
(uncredited)
Composed by Daniel Decatur Emmett (circa 1850s)
Played during Lee's march through Pennsylvania
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An amazing battle picture
5 March 2002 | by vaughan.birbeckSee all my reviews

A film that runs longer than 'Lawrence of Arabia' and only covers three days of action sounds a long haul but it is not. As someone who is both British and interested rather than an expert on the Civil War I found 'Gettysburg' very satisfying. The prologue makes the objectives of the two armies clear and the 'updates' in the form of dialogue between the commanders mean the viewer doesn't lose sight of the course of events. The battle scenes capture the "terrible beauty" of combat, conveying terror, claustrophobia and violence without being too horrific.

More important, the film makes the most of the remarkably rich characters who took part. My only hope is that Col. Chamberlain was as intelligent, humane and courageous in life as Jeff Daniels's performance. This is just one example, and there are many men one would like to know more about as a result of seeing this.

The one question I was left with came from Martin Sheen's portrayal of Lee. I know Lee had been unwell before the battle but Martin Sheen seems strangely remote from events, with a glazed look in his eye and high-pitched 'other worldly' voice. Is this fair and accurate? At least Lee has the moral courage to say "It's all my fault" when he sees the result of Pickett's Charge. I don't remember Douglas Haig saying that after the first day on the Somme in 1916.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killer Angels See more »

Filming Locations:

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$913,617, 10 October 1993

Gross USA:

$10,769,960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,769,960
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)| DTS (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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