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Sherman's March (1985)

Documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee sets out to make a movie about Union General Sherman's March to the Sea towards the end of the American Civil War, but keeps getting sidetracked by his own love life.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ross McElwee Ross McElwee ... Himself
Dede McElwee Dede McElwee ... Herself
Ross McElwee Jr. Ross McElwee Jr. ... Himself
Patricia Rendleman Patricia Rendleman ... Herself
Ann McElwee Ann McElwee ... Herself
Mary Mary ... Herself
Lee Lee ... Herself - Pat's Friend
Tom McElwee Tom McElwee ... Himself
Claudia Claudia ... Herself
Ashley Ashley ... Herself - Claudia's Daughter
Phillip Phillip ... Himself - Mechanic's Son
Herb Herb ... Himself - Survivalist
Bill Bill ... Himself - Survivalist
Wini Wood Wini Wood ... Herself
Michael Michael ... Himself - Geologist
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Ross McElwee sets out to make a documentary about the lingering effects of General Sherman's march of destruction through the South during the Civil War, but is continually sidetracked by women who come and go in his life, his recurring dreams of nuclear holocaust, and Burt Reynolds. Written by Brett Coon <brett@rahul.net>

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USA

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English

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4 February 1988 (Australia) See more »

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Sherman's March: A Meditation on the Possibility of Romantic Love in the South During an Era of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation See more »

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Adrian, Georgia, USA See more »

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Historical Narration: In 1864, during the American Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman began his famous March to the Sea. With an army of 60,000 men, he swept into the South destroying Atlanta, Georgia; Columbia, South Carolina; and dozens of small towns. His troops plundered homes, destroyed livestock, burned buildings and left a path of destruction 60 miles wide and 700 miles long, before finally forcing a Confederate surrender in North Carolina. Sherman's campaign marked the first time in ...
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Enthralling Doc
10 June 2004 | by tommer113See all my reviews

This is a great doc just out on DVD. Ross McElwee originally set out to shoot a documentary following General Sherman's Civil War path in the south, but then decided to shift the focus, upon a break-up with his girlfriend, to the various single women he comes across while ambling through the south. In the purest of D.I.Y. film-making, McElwee stars, operates the camera, handles sound, and narrates...all at the same time! On the surface, this loose and rambling documentary might appear too self indulgent, but it does indeed succeed its task of tracking General Sherman's historic march, albeit in a most unique way. It's the documentary equivalent of "Adaptation."


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