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Ambrose Bierce: Civil War Stories (2006)

Three of the most popular and controversial Civil War stories by legendary writer Ambrose Bierce are presented in this acclaimed feature collection.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Campbell Scott ... Ambrose Bierce
Vivian Schilling ... Gertrude Atherton
Nathan Darrow ... William Randolph Hearst
T. Max Graham T. Max Graham
Kathrin Gnorski Kathrin Gnorski
David Haydn-Jones ... (as David Jones)
Casi Riegle Casi Riegle
Bruce Heinrich ... Captain Nathan Ransome (segment "One Kind of Officer")
Kip Niven ... General Masterson (segment "One Kind of Officer")
Mark Robbins Mark Robbins ... General Cameron (segment "One Kind of Officer")
Delno Ebie ... Lt. Price (segment "One Kind of Officer")
Martin English Martin English ... Gunner Manning (segment "One Kind of Officer")
Michael Rapport ... Sgt. Morris (segment "One Kind of Officer")
Lee Ingalls ... Adjutant (segment "One Kind of Officer")
Nate Van Camp Nate Van Camp ... Staff Officer (segment "One Kind of Officer")


Legendary writer Ambrose Bierce was known to be brilliant, cantankerous and romantic in all his life's passions, and was revered as one of the top storytellers of the late 19th Century. In 1890, he presented his recently published collection of Civil War Stories to novelist Gertrude Atherton and fledgling young publisher William Randolph Hearst during an infamous meeting in Sonol, California. This meeting sets the forum for the presentation of three of Bierce's most popular stories including "One Kind Of Officer", "Story Of A Conscience" and "An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge." This acclaimed collection features epic battle sequences, deeply conflicted drama and the signature "surprise endings" that characterized most of the short stories by Ambrose Bierce. Written by MajorFilms@aol.com

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A country divided, one man at a time.


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Fouling Up Owl Creek
26 November 2006 | by julioecolonSee all my reviews

As a narrative technique, framing a story, or a series of stories, within a larger story has its merits. But not so in this case. We don't need, after all, to meet Ambrose Bierce (who was far more handsome than Campbell Scott, by the way) or William Randolph Hearst, or a woman writer of dubious talents whom no one reads anymore, as a prelude to the filmic adaptations of Bierce's stories. But that is where this mediocre film begins and ends: on a rather cheap looking set (think Gunsmoke) designed as the parlor of a western hotel where the three meet and where Bierce reads three of his stories. The adaptations are not so good as I might have liked. The acting was only passable in most cases. The first story, about shell-shock, drags on interminably, the second has occasional good moments, and the third, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," almost manages to get things right. The quality is thus incremental but the attention dulls along the way. All of the stories are hampered by actors of limited talent who appear to have been culled from local theater companies, by rather dull cinematography, and especially by an exceedingly unskilled makeup and hair artist.

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Release Date:

15 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Civil War - Ein Krieg kennt keine Helden See more »


Box Office


$1,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,402, 17 September 2006

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DTS | Dolby Digital EX



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1.33 : 1
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