This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war - both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.Written by
(At around twenty-six minutes) When Inman and Ada enter the church, they do so to wrangle a bird in the dove family, the "bird of peace and love". This represented or foreshadowed the budding relationship between the two. See more »
At the end of the movie it is supposedly Easter time. There are vases of fresh flowers on their dinner table outside. Some of the flowers are lovely white and pink cosmos which are a mid- to late-summer flower and do not bloom in spring at Easter in the mid-Atlantic. See more »
Dear Mr. Inman, I began by counting the days, then the months. I don't count on anything anymore except the hope that you will return, and the silent fear that in the years since we saw each other, this war, this awful war, will have changed us both beyond all reckoning.
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A strongly acted and always interesting portrait of the hardships that came with the American Civil War, not only for soldiers but for those who did not fight too. The times are portrayed well, with sets and costumes that cannot be faulted. What can be flawed in the film however is the central romance, which is without much spark or realism. But all the action surrounding the romance is great, with some good-natured humorous touches, wonderful supporting characters and the perfect picture overall of life during the American Civil War. The cast is superb, with Zellweger in particular undergoing a superb transformation from her typical roles. The film is generally well written and well directed by Minghella, so that in spite of a lackluster romance, the film is still a captivating and entertaining watch.
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