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A sweeping epic charting the early years of the Civil War and how campaigns unfolded from Manassas to the Battle of Fredericksburg, this prequel to the film Gettysburg explores the motivations of the combatants and examines the lives of those who waited at home.
The more you know about the Civil War, the more you'll appreciate Gods and Generals and the painstaking attention to detail that Gettysburg writer-director Ronald F. Maxwell has invested in this academically respectable 220-minute historical pageant. In adapting Jeffrey Shaara's 1996 novel (encompassing events of 1861-63, specifically the Virginian battles of Bull Run, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville), Maxwell sacrifices depth for scope while focusing on the devoutly religious "Stonewall" Jackson (Stephen Lang), whose Confederate campaigns endear him to Gen. Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall, giving the film's most subtle performance). Battles are impeccably recreated using 7,500 Civil War re-enactors and sanitized PG-13 violence, their authenticity compromised by tasteful discretion and endless scenes of grandiloquent dialogue. Still, as the first part of a trilogy that ends with The Last Full Measure, this is a superbly crafted, instantly essential film for Civil War study. For all its misguided priorities, Gods and Generals is a noble effort, honoring faith and patriotism with the kind of reverence that has all but vanished from American film--but provides abundant proof that historical accuracy is no guarantee of great storytelling. --Jeff Shannon
Stilted. The script is just awful. I feel sorry for the "speaking" actors. The attempt at regional accents .. epic fail. This must of been on Ted Turner's bucket list.Published 2 days ago by southerntothecore
Alternately impressive and then embarrassing (mostly the Stonewall Jackson sequences, but as an eccentric he would be hard to depict to a "modern" audience) The battle... Read morePublished 3 days ago by D. J. W.
Great movie; received quickly and as described. A+++transaction.Published 3 days ago by Teresa J. Brooks
It's loooong but if you want to get a feel for the Civil War it's a good movie. Lots of reenactors in the movie. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Page Me Book Club
Yes there were heroes on both sides. It's all part of American history. None of it, including the flag of the Confederacy, should be redacted from history.Published 6 days ago by Lanie
An overwrought Gettysburg. Just as the book Gods and Generals falls short as an extension of The Killer Angels as a work of historical fiction, so too does Gods and Generals fall... Read morePublished 11 days ago by beppo
Another good movie. I didn't think it equalled its predecessor Gettysburg, but that would be expecting a lot!Published 16 days ago by A Man Reads
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|any hope for an extended version of the DVD?||
My sister, who had a small part in the film, says that there may be a director's version if they are encouraged enough but I haven't ssen it yet. You may wish to write the director and studio.
Jan 28, 2007 by Belly Laugh | See all 4 posts
|Has the third part of the trilogy been released ?||
The last part of the trilogy has not been released. I've heard that Ted Turner may not produce it due to the poor box office sales of Gods and Generals.
Jun 30, 2008 by Amy E. Barker | See all 4 posts
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