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Andersonville (1996)

The story of the most notorious Confederate prisoner of war camp in the American Civil War.

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John Frankenheimer
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jarrod Emick Jarrod Emick ... Josiah Day
Frederic Forrest ... Sgt. McSpadden
Ted Marcoux Ted Marcoux ... Martin Blackburn
Carmen Argenziano ... Hopkins
Jayce Bartok ... Billy
Frederick Coffin ... Collins
Cliff De Young ... Sgt. John Gleason
Denis Forest ... Mad Matthew
Justin Henry ... Tyce
Tony Higgins Tony Higgins ... Tucker
Kris Kamm ... 2nd Wisconsin Soldier
Andrew Kavovit ... Tobias
Olek Krupa ... Olek Wisnovsky
William H. Macy ... Col. Chandler
Matt McGrath ... Ethan
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Sort of Civil War version of "Schindler's List" looks at the atrocities that occurred in the 1864 prisoner-of-war camp run by the Confederacy in Georgia. The prison originally planned to house 8000, eventually swelled to 33,000 which left little shelter, food or water for the prisoners and unclean conditions. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apodrasi ap' tin Kolasi See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Turner Pictures (I) See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The jury members at the trial are all sergeants, indicated by their shoulder patches. See more »

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Capt. Wirz: *Tunnels*... are useless!
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Best Civil War Film Ever!
18 February 2004 | by historynutSee all my reviews

My opinion is that Andersonville is the best Civil War movie ever made, period. As a former Civil War reenactor, I'm not going to sit here and nitpick at all the "mistakes." Were there mistakes? Sure. The timeline was a little fuzzy for one. But that does not detract from the power of this movie. The guards were not well fed regulars either, but so what? You don't have to take a test after watching this movie!

I think the REAL factor in Andersonville being such a great production was the fact that you had no real "name" people involved. Fredric Forrest may have been the biggest name in the film and is a career role actor - but WHAT an actor! These guys busted their balls for this film and it really shows. I heard one reenactor complain that the characters seemed "cartoonish," and I don't buy it. I bet he was refering to Jan Triska who played Wirz. Well, read up on Wirz. I think they got it pretty close.

Forgive me, my reenacting brethern, but alhough Gettysburg was a tolerable film (I got to be an extra in that) and Gods and Generals was a disaster, the problem with these productions was the fact that they relied way too heavily on reenactors. Reenactors are NOT actors! They were used most effectively in Glory, not so well in Gettysburg, and Gods and Generals? Don't want to even go there. Andersonville followed Glory's success formula in using reenactors as background with small parts filled in by them (my buddy Martin Leibschner playing the banjo in the Raider camp was a good use of the talent reenactors can bring to film).

Frankenheimer must be given a lot of credit, as should the writer. The script did get a little cheesy here and there, but not enough again to trash the overall production. Jarrod Emick (sp?) as Josiah Day did a nice job, but until that point he had been a stage actor mostly, and his voice inflections projected that. Still, he did a great job. Peter Murnik as Limber Jim added that "mystery character" to the film well (as the real Limber Jim who was at Andersonville is a mystery to history). Again, I can't think of one lame performance by any of the key actors here. They put 110% into the job and I commend them for it. And whoever was involved in the set design was on the ball too. To try and recreate that place was no small task.

I remember a reenactor bitching because for the "filling" of the stockade for the wide shots, they had to use women and even cardboard figures. Big frekin deal! When they are dots on the screen, did it REALLY matter?

I can't see this movie being topped in terms of a Civil War period piece. Hollywierd is always bent on turning just about every period piece into some type of romance for the younger target audience. Andersonville is certainly a refreshing change of pace to that drill.


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