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Gettysburg (1993)

PG | | Drama, History, War | 8 October 1993 (USA)
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.

Director:

Ron Maxwell (as Ronald F. Maxwell)

Writers:

Michael Shaara (novel), Ron Maxwell (screenplay) (as Ronald F. Maxwell)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet
Martin Sheen ... Gen. Robert E. Lee
Stephen Lang ... Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett
Richard Jordan ... Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead
Andrew Prine ... Brig. Gen. Richard B. Garnett
Cooper Huckabee ... Henry T. Harrison
Patrick Gorman ... Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood
Bo Brinkman ... Maj. Walter H. Taylor
James Lancaster ... Lieut. Col. Arthur Fremantle
William Morgan Sheppard ... Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble / Narrator (as Morgan Sheppard)
Kieran Mulroney ... Maj. G. Moxley Sorrel
James Patrick Stuart ... Col. E. Porter Alexander (as Patrick Stuart)
Tim Ruddy Tim Ruddy ... Maj. Charles Marshall
Royce D. Applegate ... Brig. Gen. James L. Kemper
Ivan Kane ... Cap. Thomas J. Goree
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Storyline

The four and 1/4 hour depiction of the historical and personal events surrounding and including the decisive American civil war battle features thousands of civil war re-enactors marching over the exact ground that the federal army and the army of North Virginia fought on. The defense of the Little Round Top and Pickett's Charge are highlighted in the actual three day battle which is surrounded by the speeches of the commanding officers and the personal reflections of the fighting men. Based upon the novel 'The Killer Angels'. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Same Land. Same God. Different Dreams. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and epic battle scenes | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killer Angels See more »

Filming Locations:

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$913,617, 10 October 1993

Gross USA:

$10,769,960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,769,960
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)| DTS (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was conceived and filmed as a miniseries for cable network TNT. Ted Turner saw portions in post-production, realized he had something bigger than a television miniseries, and decided to release it theatrically before editing was completed. New Line Cinema became the distributor. See more »

Goofs

When Gen. Meade first arrives at the battlefield, he says it's so dark out there he couldn't see a damn thing. Historical lunar data shows that the moon was 99% full, and with a cloudless night it should have been "bright as day" outside. See more »

Quotes

[seeing the remains of Pickett's Division after the charge]
General Robert E. Lee: This is all my fault.
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Alternate Versions

Originally filmed as a cable-tv miniseries but briefly released theatrically at 248 minutes. Some video versions add another 30 minutes of new footage. See more »


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Bonnie Blue Flag
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Lyrics by Harry McCarthy
[Played at army camp]
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Long, but Powerful Epic, Filmed on Location...
14 March 2004 | by cariartSee all my reviews

GETTYSBURG, based on Michael Shaara's bestseller, "The Killer Angels", is a truly remarkable film, in it's clear, if long, presentation of the Civil War's bloodiest, best-known, yet least understood battle, in it's 'humanizing' of the almost legendary characters of the period, and, most amazingly, for being filmed at the actual locations where the actions took place, in Gettysburg, itself. From Little Round Top to Seminary Ridge, you see the events where they actually occurred, 140 years ago. It is a singular achievement, and Ted Turner deserves credit for making it happen.

Two characters dominate the film; Jeff Daniels, in one of his finest performances, is a likable, totally believable Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the Maine ex-schoolteacher who would win the Congressional Medal of Honor; and Tom Berenger, sporting a huge, bushy beard, is a sympathetic 'voice of reason' as Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, successor to "Stonewall" Jackson as Robert E. Lee's field commander. Chamberlain and Longstreet provide the film it's focus, as honorable men attempting to fulfill their duty, while the carnage builds around each of them.

Other memorable performances include Sam Elliott, in a brief but memorable cameo as Brig. Gen. John Buford, the battle-hardened cavalry commander who initiates the battle after guessing the Confederates' objectives at Gettysburg; Richard Jordan, in one of his last appearances before his untimely death, as Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead, facing his best friend in battle; Kevin Conway, as Chamberlain's gruff but likable Irish First Sergeant, Sgt. 'Buster' Kilrain; C. Thomas Howell as Lt. Thomas D. Chamberlain, Joshua's brother, who creates a sense of familial concern for Daniels; and Stephen Lang (who would go on to play Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in GODS AND GENERALS), as an ever-confident, ebullient Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett.

In the pivotal role of Robert E. Lee, Martin Sheen is less effective, lacking Lee's well-documented charisma, and substituting constant world-weary gazes for characterization. Robert Duvall, who assumed the role in GODS AND GENERALS, would be far more credible as Lee.

The sheer numbers of the battle are staggering; over 150,000 combatants, with 53,000 dead, more in a single three-day engagement than were lost during the entire war in Vietnam. The armies of actors, extras, and recreators could not nearly match those numbers, yet the film effectively conveys the immensity of the conflict. The tactical errors (Lee's decision, on the third day of battle, to order Pickett's suicidal charge into the Union guns; Meade's decision, drawing the fury of President Lincoln, to allow the Southern survivors to return home without further slaughter, while a humane gesture, probably lengthening the war) are presented within the context of of the overall conflict, providing the viewer with justification for their decisions.

Director Ronald F. Maxwell presents a complex, fascinating tapestry in GETTYSBURG, and it is not a film you will soon forget!


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