A group of teenage cadets sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute must confront the horrors of an adult world when they are called upon to defend the Shenandoah Valley.

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Sean McNamara
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Krebs ... Abraham Lincoln
Jake Lawson Jake Lawson ... Armisted
Sean Marquette ... Benjamin 'Duck' Colonna
David Arquette ... Captain Henry A. DuPont
Courtney Gains ... Captain Chinook
Steve Lebens ... Confederate Soldier #1
Coby Batty ... Confederate Soldier #2
William Flaman ... Doctor
Dutch Hofstetter Dutch Hofstetter ... DuPont Aide de Camp
Parker Croft ... Garland Jefferson
Jason Isaacs ... General John C. Breckinridge
Werner Daehn ... General Franz Sigel
Tom Skerritt ... General Ulysses S. Grant
Joe Inscoe ... General Wharton
Alexa Yeames ... Girl from the Dance
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Based on a true story of the American Civil War, culminating at the Battle of New Market, May 1864. A group of teenage cadets sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute must confront the horrors of an adult world when they are called upon to defend the Shenandoah Valley. Leaving behind their youth, these cadets must decide what they are fighting for. Written by Anonymous

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Send the boys in...and may God forgive me.

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Action | Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for war violence and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Shown at beginning of film: "Every year a parade is held at VMI to honor cadets who gave their lives at a turning point during the American Civil War. On May 15, 1864 seven friends marched into the Battle of New Market ... Only four came out." See more »

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As the cadets are on the attack around the barns/sheds,you can see two crew members just disappearing round the side of one of the barns/sheds.Just before the cadet picks up the flag.One is in blue and the other is in a biscuit coloured coat. See more »

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US Civil War true tale that is a bit short on historical fact.
6 August 2015 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

This is a film dedicated to the boys of the Virginia Military Institute who in May of 1864 answered the call from Confederate General Breckenridge to go to defend their homeland from the oncoming Union Army of General Ulysses S. Grant.

They were mere cadets of varying age and all went to fight at the Battle of Newmarket Gap. The film follows the plight of seven cadets and incorporates their back stories up to a point and the issues of slavery. The slavery aspect is used as the sole reason for the Civil War and is posted right up front. That kind of myth should really be stopped from any more propagation as the causes were never that simple and it is only with retrospect that the nobler cause of emancipation was ever used to justify the slaughter. Still I digress.

The film itself is rather good; it balances the comradeship and action perfectly and is filmed using real actors / re-enactors for the main battle which is also done very well. It is overly sentimental but then I am a sucker for such and never mind that at all. The title 'The Field of Lost Shoes' is in reference to the many that became unshod in the fog and mud of the battle. Noteworthy performances are aplenty - but Jason Isaacs as Breckenridge is extremely good at getting the Southern charm with steely resolution just right. All in all a film that war fans and indeed some history fans will appreciate.


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20 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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