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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Almost all of the extras were Civil War reenactors. They provided period-appropriate uniforms, weapons, clothing, tents, and glasses, at their own expense (over $1,000 per person). As a group, reenactors are very meticulous about what they and others eat, wear, carry, or use, including horse hair toothbrushes and a regiment's proper brass buttons. See more »
While General Longstreet talks to Colonel E. Porter Alexander during the bombardment of Cemetery Ridge on July 3rd, a Rebel gun emplacement is hit over Longstreet's shoulder, and the explosion throws a Confederate gunner over the earthworks. The camera turns to Colonel Alexander, then comes back to Longstreet. The same gun is shown intact,and the wounded Confederate is gone. See more »
[Buford's cavalry has sighted the Confederate army on the evening of June 30]
You know what's gonna happen here in the morning?
Col. Thomas C. Devin:
Whole damn Reb army's gonna be here. They'll move through this town, occupy these hills on the other side, and when our people get here Lee'll have the high ground, and there'll be the devil to pay! The high ground! Meade'll come in slowly, cautiously, new to command. They'll be on his back from Washington. Wires hot with messages. "Attack! Attack!" So he will set up...
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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 »
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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