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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.

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(as Ronald F. Maxwell)

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(novel), (screenplay) (as Ronald F. Maxwell)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet
... Gen. Robert E. Lee
... Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett
... Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead
... Brig. Gen. Richard B. Garnett
... Henry T. Harrison
... Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood
... Maj. Walter H. Taylor
... Lieut. Col. Arthur Fremantle
... Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble / Narrator (as Morgan Sheppard)
... Maj. G. Moxley Sorrel
... Col. E. Porter Alexander (as Patrick Stuart)
Tim Ruddy ... Maj. Charles Marshall
... Brig. Gen. James L. Kemper
... 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 »

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Drama | History | War

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

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8 October 1993 (USA)  »

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The Killer Angels  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,769,960
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1.85 : 1
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Sam Elliott was so in character on the set, that a Production Assistant was sent out ahead of him in-between takes to warn the re-enactors being used as extras that he only responded to salutes, and would address individuals by their rank. See more »

Goofs

When Tom Chamberlain is talking to the captured Confederates, one of them says he is a Tennessean from Archer's Brigade of Heth's division. He then says he was captured in the railroad cut west of Gettysburg. The Confederates in the railroad cut were actually Mississippians from Davis's brigade of the same division. The Tennesseeans would have been fighting in McPherson's Woods, half a mile away. See more »

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Lieutenant Thomas D. Chamberlain: [Gen Armistead has just been mortally wounded, and is surrounded by Union soldiers] Sir? Sir!
Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead: Will you help me up please?
Lieutenant Thomas D. Chamberlain: Sir, could you tell me what your name is, who you are?
Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead: I would like to speak to General Hancock. Do you know where General Hancock may be found?
Lieutenant Thomas D. Chamberlain: I'm sorry, Sir. The General is down. He's been hit.
Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead: NO! Not both of us! Not all of us! Please God!
Lieutenant Thomas D. Chamberlain: Sir, sir we're having a surgeon come as quickly as we can!
Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead: Can you hear me son?
Lieutenant Thomas D. Chamberlain: Yes, sir. I can hear you.
Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead: Will you tell General ...
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Rock of Ages
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Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady and music by Thomas Hastings
Played outside the Confederate headquarters
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Gettysburg: All Time Top 10
23 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

I've been reading all the other comments pro & con with great interest, and I just have to add my voice to the "pro" side for this ambitious and stirring epic. Gettysburg is indeed one of my "all time top 10" movies. I was especially curious to see it on initial theatrical release because of the casting of Martin Sheen as Lee; were I to cast a civil war movie, the name Martin Sheen would NEVER have entered my mind as an appropriate performer for this make-or-break role. To my astonishment, Sheen was MAGNIFICENT in his portrayal of Lee; in appearance, demeanor, and aura of command, Sheen COMPLETELY sold me. A stunning performance from an unexpected casting choice. I agree that "Gods & Generals" would have benefited from Sheen's re-casting, though Duvall did his best with the more limited part he was given.

Yeah, I agree that the script tended to a lot of bloviation and speechifying by the principals. I do think we need to make allowance for the fact that in this pre-technological 19th century era portrayed, people DID communicate in ways that seem artificial and awkward by our standards. This was a time when oratory, whether in churches, politics, or general discourse, was valued both as communication and entertainment. So even if the dialogue got a bit overblown, I was more than willing to cut the production some slack.

The beards were a problem for me also, especially poor Tom Berenger's. Still, he (like ALL the lead actors) transcended the limitations and delivered what resonated for me as a credible interpretation of the time and situation.

MANY details of the movie can be nit-picked, and of course, those determined to hate "Gettysburg" can always find a reason, rational or not. I was BLOWN AWAY by the quality and passion of this movie from my first theatrical viewing and it was one of the very first DVD's I purchased. After multiple viewings (all 4 hours) I'm still impressed and grateful that Ted Turner had the desire and ambition to tackle such a BIG project that would be sniped at from all corners for eternity. My goodwill extends to the much weaker (but still defensible) "Gods and Generals"; if they go ahead and produce "The Last Full Measure," I promise I'll be first in line at the movie theater AND pre-order the DVD!

10 out of 10!


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