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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
The Other Best ever Civil War movie made. If you are a History buff than this movie is a MUST have. The other Best ever Civil War movie is "Gettysburg". Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tony
Way too many stilted speeches. The writer was obviously overly impressed with the words these people spoke. A poor representation of the human element of this historical event.Published on June 29 2013 by Scott Wallace
I loved Gettysburg and both these books, but I don't think I have disliked a sequel (or prequel?) more than this one. Gettysburg felt like a 90 minute film- it flew by. Read morePublished on May 27 2013 by Rob Campbell