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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 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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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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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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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)

Gross USA:

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

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where soldiers from the 14th Brooklyn (the red-legged infantrymen) gather over the corpse of General Reynolds was designed to replicate the 1770 Benjamin West painting, "The Death of General Wolfe". Director of Photography Kees Van Oostrum excitedly greeted members of the 14th Brooklyn the day of shooting saying he was worn out from constantly shooting blue and gray. See more »

Goofs

When Kemper is shot he falls on a Confederate flag, but when the Union soldiers attempt to move him, he is lying on a gray blanket. See more »

Quotes

[Longstreet is briefing the commanders before the final charge]
Brig. Gen. J. Johnston Pettigrew: Johnston Pettigrew, University of North Carolina.
Lt. Gen. James Longstreet: Yes, General; your fame as a scholar precedes you. They still speak of your grades at North Carolina with reverence and awe. I understand you've written a book.
Brig. Gen. J. Johnston Pettigrew: A minor work; if the General would care to read it...
Lt. Gen. James Longstreet: Yes, General, I would like that very much.
Brig. Gen. J. Johnston Pettigrew: Captain, fetch a copy of my book from the wagon.
Lt. Gen. James Longstreet: Excuse me, General, but I don't think I will have time to read it today.
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Alternate Versions

Laserdisc Collector's Box Set is 271 min. Contains many scenes not in the standard release. The standard VHS release does not include these scenes, as the theatrical release did not. See more »

Connections

Referenced in That's Awesome! The Story of 'Dumb and Dumber To' (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Bonnie Blue Flag
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Traditional Irish tune
Lyrics by Harry McCarthy
[Played at army camp]
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Excellent, not perfect, but excellent
6 February 2000 | by F6PilotSee all my reviews

With a few notable exceptions Schindler's List, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan and Glory, history based movies usually die quick and quiet in the movie theater (The Messenger, Ride with the Devil, Cobb) History flicks cost a bundle to make with the costumes and the challenge of finding a place to shoot that's nowhere near highways, bridges, and cities, and they don't always appeal to mass audiences.

So it's not that often that really good historical film comes around. As a result, it's good not to be too fussy when one does. Both Gettysburg and the Killer Angels, the book it was based on, were stuffed with historical inaccuracies, the grossest of all being the presence of the 20th Maine regiment anywhere near Pickett's charge (this happens in both the movie and the book).

For all the lengthy soliloquies, historical misses, whitewashed violence, and the fact that only about 30% of the battle of Gettysburg is shown on film, Gettysburg remains as the best effort to capture the sprawling battle of July 1863 on film. Where the movie lacks in realism, it makes up for it's dialogue, and in the scope of the battle scenes, which are on a scale so grand, that the bloodless body count and the inaccurate tactics can be forgiven. The sheer numbers of soldiers taking part in Pickett's charge was breathtaking. Kudos to the reenactors.

Martin Sheen and Tom Beringer were they're usual excellent selves as Lee and Longstreet and for me, their ongoing debate of the strategy of Gettysburg helped make the movie. Other highlights include the disenchantment of Union soldiers at this stage of the Civil War, and the personal trauma Richard Jordan's Lewis Armistead felt at having to fight his friend Winfield Hancock not only in the same war, but in the same sector of the same battle of that war.

Much of Gettysburg has to be viewed with a grain of salt, but until a Stephen Speilberg or other directing genius with a knack for war footage comes along, it's one of the best we have. And it's pretty good.


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