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
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The scene shortly before Pickett's charge where Lee is cheered by the troops was impromptu. Some of the supporting cast had organized a "Thank you" for Martin Sheen, and the reenactors ran out cheering for him. When the film of this incident was looked over it was dubbed over with troops yelling "Lee" rather than "Sheen", and added to the film. See more »
James Longstreet says to Arthur Fremantle "You English had your own civil war, didn't you?" suggesting that they're in a civil war themselves. A Confederate General would not have thought of his fight as a "civil war," which is a conflict among factions within one country. Southern policy saw the war as being between two distinct nations, and thus regarded the Northern term "Civil War" as offensive, preferring to call it a War Between the States or War of Secession. These terms remained the preferred synonyms in Southern printed sources until about 100 years later, when revolutionary social changes caused the South to be a little more accepting of the term Civil War. Though it could be argued that Longstreet, who seems to be a very well read man, has heard of what the "damnyankees" call their war and is using it to make a rhetorical point. See more »
General Robert E. Lee:
To be a good soldier you must love the army. To be a good commander you must be able to order the death of the thing you love.
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Utterly superb dramatization of the turning point battle of the Civil War. A clash so enormous in scale that whoever won, was destined to win the war. Brilliantly directed and screenwritten with top notch moving performances by all. Almost makes you understand why so many people are into those reenactment things.
I think to fully appreciate the more intelligent war films, you almost have to know the battle in detail going in. The movie uses dialogue to try and explain whats happening, but its extremely hard to conceptualize without the aid of graphics. I'm not saying you won't enjoy this film without a firm grasp of the battle details, only that you will enjoy it much more if you are able to do a little reading beforehand. Either way, see it. I am truly amazed by the depth of feeling all these guys were able to put into this project. Daniels and Berenger, in particular, give Oscar caliber performances. A total home run.
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