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Pharaoh's Army (1995)

PG-13 | | Western | April 1995 (USA)
During the American Civil War, a Union Army captain leads his rag-tag cavalry troop up a misty creek to a remote farm to appropriate enemy (Confederate) livestock. The farm is worked by ... See full summary »


Robby Henson


Robby Henson

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Cooper ... Captain John Hull Abston
Patricia Clarkson ... Sarah Anders
Kris Kristofferson ... Preacher
Robert Joy ... Chicago
Richard Tyson ... Rodie
Frank Clem ... Neely
Huckleberry Fox ... Newt
Will Lucas Will Lucas ... Boy
Mac Miles Mac Miles ... Israel
Robert P. Sampson Jr. Robert P. Sampson Jr. ... Narrator (as Robert E. Sampson)
Maude Mitchell Maude Mitchell ... Preacher's Wife
Rebecca Ryland Rebecca Ryland ... Mourner
Scott Coffman Scott Coffman ... Mourner
Gale Wilson Gale Wilson ... Mourner
Stacie Coffman Stacie Coffman ... Mourner


During the American Civil War, a Union Army captain leads his rag-tag cavalry troop up a misty creek to a remote farm to appropriate enemy (Confederate) livestock. The farm is worked by Sarah Anders, whose husband is away fighting for the Confederate Army. Far from the great armies and battlefields, a very private civil war erupts. The Captain and Sarah are pulled apart by the war's undertow into choices they can not fully control or understand. Each character in this drama must decide whether loyalty will be paid in blood. This story has a relevance to current partisan conflicts. Armies are not filled with murdering psychopaths. Good people can be driven to do bad things. The story chronicles the pathology of war, how escalating events can trigger unasked-for tragedy. Based on a true story about a southern child who shot and killed a union soldier during the Civil War. Written by <jstanley@stern.nyu.edu>

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A private civil war



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief violence and sexual references






Release Date:

April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die graue Armee See more »

Filming Locations:

Casey County, Kentucky, USA See more »


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The film was originally titled "Sinkhole", but was changed because director Robby Henson felt that people outside of Kentucky would not appreciate the reference. See more »


[first lines]
Preacher: By the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread until thou return unto the ground, for out of it we was taken. Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. Heavenly Father, pick this child up on heaven's side. Put the grave behind for the promise on the other side, that she might live and abide with you.
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16 July 2012 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

Hidden gem here.

This is a war film, and it gives us the best of all worlds in film making.

However, I don't want to build it up too much. It's best to be somewhat pleasantly surprised, like I was.

It gives us the old fashioned war film, with a focus on an isolated group of soldiers. Here, it is the Civil War, and the soldiers are on a patrol to confiscate food for their army from Confederate sympathizers.

My initial feeling is that the characters are too three dimensional for most of IMDb's bubble boy posters. For the rest of the world, I dare say this story would envelop them in a world they could believe existed.

The cinematography is outstanding. The scenery is powerful. Everything about this film is amazing. I'd nominate everyone from cue card holder up for an Academy Award.

I'll echo what others have said. The characters look true to the times. Not like 20th or 21st century actors in uniform between video games. This is the real deal. I also like the way the accents were moderate, more Kentucky than the recent push to turn Kentucky into Mississippi. This was the "neutral" state of the Civil War. Historically, and geographically, it has never been the South, but more of the meeting of North and South.

I won't tell more of the plot, because I think you should take the ride. Trust these reviews. I don't think this film can possibly get a bad review, unless it's from a jealous competitor.

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