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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.


Ambrose Bierce (short stories), Brian James Egen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




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.







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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital EX



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Version of Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1961) See more »

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Three of Bierce's Civil War Stories
27 March 2009 | by brettdbSee all my reviews

As a high school English teacher I welcome this video as an opportunity to show my students how a very strong writer of short stories can manipulate his audience. The discussion in the parlor adds to the students' understanding of the times and of the attitudes of the people.

The twist at the end of each story grabs my juniors and takes them by surprise every time. The discussion by Bierce, Hearst, and Atherton between the stories allows the students to get a glimpse of the writing process and the ideas from which a writer gets his ideas.

If you want car chases and explosions look elsewhere. If you want a very nice glimpse into the civil war and the mind of one of America's great writers then this is an excellent place to look.

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