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Old November 1st, 2012, 05:18 PM   #11

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I still say that Glory and to a lesser extent, Gettysburg, are the only good movies on the Civil War I'm aware of.

I appreciate Glory for its intimate depiction of the lives and challenges of both officers and men, white and black alike. It also hints at some of the corruption and almost criminal negligence that tainted the Union war effort, and even if it depicts the Confederates as the 'bad guys', it doesn't get preachy about it.

Gettysburg is fun to watch, though I find the dialogue of many of the characters preachy and rather stiff. The battle-scenes were impressive for their time, though I am annoyed at how half the soldiers are depicted as overweight, middle-aged men, some with glasses.

It seems the movies and reenactors alike tend to forget that the average Civil War soldier on either side was a dirty, scrawny, 20 year-old with greasy hair, blistery feet, and a dingy uniform, who would have sold his soul for a hot meal.
I agree entirely with this post. I would recommend you give Ride with the Devil a try, I thought it was a good movie. I hated Gods and Generals, which turned a balanced novel into a poorly directed Stonewall Jackson biopic.
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I agree entirely with this post. I would recommend you give Ride with the Devil a try, I thought it was a good movie. I hated Gods and Generals, which turned a balanced novel into a poorly directed Stonewall Jackson biopic.
Ride with the Devil is certainly worth a try, it is outstanding. Remembering Gettysburg, if it is the prequel to Gods and Generals, I remember the Jeff Daniels character above all others, along with his sergeant. Chamberlain was a hero in my book.
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Ride with the Devil is certainly worth a try, it is outstanding. Remembering Gettysburg, if it is the prequel to Gods and Generals, I remember the Jeff Daniels character above all others, along with his sergeant. Chamberlain was a hero in my book.
The performance of Jeff Daniels as Chamberlain and Sam Elliot as Buford were the highlights, in my opinion. Tom Berenger made a pretty decent Longstreet. Martin Sheen was an odd choice for Lee though.
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I don't know his name off the top of my head, but I was very impressed by the gentleman who played Hancock.
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I don't know his name off the top of my head, but I was very impressed by the gentleman who played Hancock.
That would be Brian Mallon. I liked him, but my awareness of the fact that the real Hancock was a large man who cursed ferociously dampened his performance a bit for me.
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The performance of Jeff Daniels as Chamberlain and Sam Elliot as Buford were the highlights, in my opinion. Tom Berenger made a pretty decent Longstreet. Martin Sheen was an odd choice for Lee though.


Odd, yet excellent at the same time, IMO.
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Odd, yet excellent at the same time, IMO.
Sheen wasn't horrible.
But Robert Duvall - one of the few saving graces of Gods and Generals, IMHO - would have been better. I understand he was unavailable when Gettysburg was made. Pity.
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I'm used to seeing Civil War movies with only Confederates killed and Confederates
always the bad, despicable, un-Godly hunch back heathens. This one sounds no
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Perhaps a watch of <I>Rio Lobo</i> is in order. The story does not dwell in the Civil War, but it has its plot beginning at that time. It has a time lag, because John Wayne's character carry an 1872 Colt Peacemaker; unless that is an anachronism that is possible in movies. The interaction between a Union officer and two Confederates may have been a rare authentic.
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I'm used to seeing Civil War movies with only Confederates killed and Confederates
always the bad, despicable, un-Godly hunch back heathens. This one sounds no
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Yeah, they always make the Confederates the bad guys - not fair
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