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  • Actors: Virginia Madsen, Alex Hyde-White, Reed Diamond, Philip Casnoff, E.G. Marshall
  • Directors: Delbert Mann
  • Writers: Harold Gast, James Retter
  • Producers: David A. Rosemont, Ira Marvin, Norman Rosemont
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: December 28, 1994
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008YP0W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Good cinematography, acting and story.
TGFinn
Supposedly a female Southern spy uses her feminine charms to get details of new ironclad designs to her lover, who just happens to be in the Confederate Navy.
J. Collins
All in all, Ironclads is a good slice of U.S. history, but faugh that love story.
Mr. Math Expert

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hancock on July 28, 2003
Although this film will never reach the popularity that "Gettysburg" and it's prequel "Gods and Generals" have achieved, "Ironclads" is still a worthy addition to anyone's library of Civil War films. The battle scenes between the Ironclad warships U.S.S. Monitor and C.S.S. Virginia (built on top of the captured remains of the U.S.S. Merrimac) are awesome to behold, and the acting and costuming are top notch. I hope that they release it on DVD soon! Grade: A+
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sherrill Leslie on January 17, 2000
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I liked this movie despite the cheesy, tacked on love story. The battle scene at the end is great and mostly historically accurate- when you finally get there. This movie is for Civil War buffs only.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marlin Lee on April 28, 2000
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Definitely a flawed movie, particularly the stock love story. But the scenes about the construction and especially the battle scenes more than make up for it. The special effects are not going to impress you. But considering this is a made for TV movie they are quite acceptable.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alan R. Holyoak on June 14, 2000
This made-for-TV movie tells the story of some events that culminated in the first ever conflict between ironclad warships -- the Confederacy's "Virginia" (formerly the USS Merrimack) and the USS Monitor. The battle took place in 1862. The "Virginia" (aka "Merrimack") came downstream to break the Union blockade at the Hampton Roads, near Norfolk, VA, during the American Civil War (or The War Between the States). On the second day of action at that location the Monitor and the "Merrimack" clashed.
The movie's cast is highlighted by Virginia Madsen and E.G. Marshall.
The story line includes hints of a love triangle involving Madsen and a Union naval officer and a Confederate naval officer. While this part of the movie lacked some sincerity, it helps one realize that large numbers of people had friends and relatives on both sides during the Civil War.
I must say that I awarded this movie only three stars because the acting was not top-notch, the romance was not particularly romantic, and the drama was not especially dramatic. The reason it deserves at least three stars is two-fold. 1) When Madsen is faced with personal dilemma and questions her loyalties and motives, her mother's slave servant puts things into perspective for her by saying that things would not be so hard to put into perspective if she (Madsen) had been born a black slave. 2) The battle scenes, though somewhat lacking in the special effects department, were still quite good and may represent as accurate a portrayal of the battle between the ironclads as has been produced for the screen.
I would do a few things differently if I had a chance to do this movie over. I would cut or drastically minimize the romantic triangle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2000
What a terrific film this would have been if they had just stuck to historic fact and thrown the silly love triangle out. Good pre-CGI special effects make up for some of the awfulness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael N. Ryan on June 15, 2006
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I enjoyed this movie, first when I saw it on television and later when I acquired a copy for my vcr.

I enjoyed the opening scenes of the burning of Norfolk navy yard even though it was clearly done slightly on the cheap. I certainly enjoyed the interior scenes of the ironclads in action. I loved the costuming. I enjoyed the acting of Fritz Weaver who played the eccentric genius John Ericson though I really do wish his story had been better told. He didn't submit his design the Monitor. He was originally brought in by one of the contractors to examine another's design. He casually took his design for an Ironclad he had offered Napoleon III to show what he knew of Ironclad warships. Showed the plans, the model and then casually answered every question fielded about it. After which time it was taken to the board and submitted by this man without Ericson's knowledge.

What I really did not like was the patheticly done Love Triangle between Virginia Madsen and the two naval heroes. It comes across dry and stiff and a waste of time watching.

Other than that this is a good film to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TGFinn on December 30, 2010
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A comprehensive and closely accurate account of the development and implementation of the emerging techologies of the time, The American Civil War. Good cinematography, acting and story. Dramatic portrail of the emotions and will driving the men of the times w/ some idea of what it is like to endure close engagement with the firepower of large naval guns. Great History at a Great Price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henry Paul Howard on September 23, 2012
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Although it is in VHS format, the movie is of fine quality. For Civil War buffs, this is one to have in your collection.
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