on July 16, 2004
After watching most movies, you absorb it and a day later it is more or less forgotten. NOT ANDERSONVILLE! This movie stuck with me for a solid week after viewing. Very similar to the way I felt after watching Schindlers List......
However, I think this movie should be viewed as a look into what all of the Civil War camps were like. The Union obviously had prison war camps also. Such as Fort Jefferson, Fort Delaware & Camp Chase to name a few. Many of the conditions in these camps were just as bad.......
However, Andersonville was the worst of the worst of all prison camps North & South. And this movie depicts the conditions extremely well. Great movie!!!!!!
on August 9, 2015
Well presented by the director.
Amazing the conditions that these men had to endure because of one man's ego. I read the free volume's that are offered on Amazon - a 4 volume series by one of the men in Andersonville that was one of the first captures to go.
Half way through the movie, there is a glimpse of a woman in a dress - but that was wrong considering all the types of men that were in there and their mental conditions - a woman would never be able to survive. I believe the book when the section stated that no one knew a woman was there with her husband but only was found out by the camp's doctor and was secretly removed and arranged to stay with a reluctant Confederate family that was asked to give housing to a Union mother. According to the books there were 2 women in Andersonville, 1 died due to bad conditions and was found out then and other was found at the end of Andersonville when she died and was buried under her male's name (this can be confirmed on the internet. Towards the end of the movie, then Negros (a few appeared) and if you watched the movie Glory (in 1963 with the introduction of the 1st Negro regiment) the Confederates issued a proclamation that any blacks captured would be killed along with any white man assisting or fighting beside them.
The free volumes are worth reading and the director did an excellent job combining 4 volumes into a well entertaining true story movie and what the men endured - location, physical and mental obstacles will being captured and spending time in captivity.
Need to get. You'll watch it more than once and the actors are fantastic.
on July 20, 2003
The Civil War has a lot of different meanings to a lot of people. Many of us know of the great battles such as Gettysburg and Antietam, but few remember the horrors of the Civil War prison camps. Andersonville brings that reality to life. More than 12,000 Union soldiers died at Andersonville in the short time it was open. Most died from disease and the lack of food or the unsanitary conditions they were forced to live with. Many were even killed by some of their own. This movie is straight forward and direct. There are no great battles depicted, no great charges or heroes leading an attack. There is only the brutal reality of life in a Civil War prison. The movie takes you inside the walls and almost makes you one of the inmates as you get caught up in the harsh conditions and the inhumanity. The Civil War was a great time in our history but it was also a terrible one too. Andersonville is definately a Civil War reality check. For anyone with an interest in the Civil War and who wants to know the good along with the bad, then this movie is a worthwhile purchase.
on July 12, 2004
This fine movie focuses on one aspect of the war; namely, prisoners of war, and, therefore has considerably more substance than most Civil War dramas. The fact that I've viewed this more than once should speak for itself. The fine ensemble cast makes it work with support from hundreds of civil war re-enactors. As with any historical drama, it sometimes is loose with the facts as pointed out by other reviewers. If you want accuracy, you should consult as many sources as possible to negate bias. I do take issue with the idea that conditions at Andersonville were related to the southern war shortages. This same excuse has been used to explain away the treatment of allied POWs by the Japanese and also the holocaust. That part of Georgia had an abundance of corn and rice so there was no excuse for the starvation. As for Ted Turner's "yankee bias", in "Gettysburg" he was wearing a Confederate uniform.