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Gettysburg (1993)

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara becomes this sprawling historical epic. As in Shaara's novel, director Ronald Maxwell focuses on a handful of major players to dramatize the events of July 1863, when the armies of the Union and Confederacy clash at the small Pennsylvania town of the title. Among them are Martin Sheen as General Robert E. Lee, who disagrees with his top advisor, General James Longstreet (Tom Berenger) over battle strategy, and Jeff Daniels as

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Drama, Classics

Dec 5, 2000

Turner Home Entertainment

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Gettysburg succeeds as a motion picture event, and as a re-creation of a pivotal chapter of American history.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Variety
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Wins the day by giving a detailed account of the three-day battle (for the first time in a feature film), shot on the actual locations where the events took place. [Blu-ray]

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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Awesome telling of Civil War battle with stellar cast, set pieces.

October 14, 2005
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Ought to be seen for Jeff Daniels' performance alone.

July 26, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for Gettysburg

Really a terrible film. Though it gets points for historical accuracy there is no heart in this overly long mess. Scenes that should take 30 seconds drag on for what seems like hours. The performances (excluding Jeff Daniels) seem like the actors are just going through the motions. The editing is sloppy. Then there is the score. The music plays constantly through the film and is based in digital keyboard sounds. You would think a film that strives to be so historically accurate would have spent the time to develop a more fitting score.
December 7, 2012
Graham Jones

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Gettysberg directed by Ronald F. Maxwell and financed by Ted Turner is an epic war film. The film recreates the battle of Gettysberg during the American civil war. During the three days of July 1,2 and 3rd 1863, the Confederate army and Union army clashed head to head to gain control of Gettysberg Pennsylvania. Gettysberg was a strategic point of interest for the Confederate army as Gettysberg had a network of important roads that led to the Northern states. taking Gettysberg would have permitted to Confederate forces to march on Washington D.C. This film chronicles the battle in vivid detail. This is an incredible film to watch because the attention to every single detail is well done. I would say that this film is quite accurate and it has minimal inaccuracy. Jeff Daniels delivers his greatest performance as Joshua Chamberlain. Martin Sheen plays Robert E. Lee, the much respected Confederate general. Gettysberg is a different kind of war film as this is set during the Civil war. The three days of brutal warfare are astounding to watch on the big screen. Everything about the battle is huge and its really awesome to see this incredible battle unfold on film. Maxwell direction is superb and the actors involved in this project really deliver something special on screen. As a war film, Gettysberg delivers something very epic, this is a four hour long film compressing three big days of battle into those four hours. If you're a civil war buff, you must watch this film. The film is quite the experience, and the film has a lot going for it. One thing thats great is that it shows both sides of the conflict, Confederate and Union. Despite some conflicting opinions on both sides, you come to understand why these men would fight for something. Gettysberg shows us not only the battle, But the reason why both sides are fighting. To that degree, Gettysberg is one terrific film as this was a war that ravaged not only America, but families and friends as well.
October 6, 2010
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Im a major Civil War buff, and Gettysburg too me, was the greatest. I bought it as soon as I watched it and I've probably seen it about 20-times. But, as I said, I think this is moreless because of my historic loving of this period.
I think the movie itself has a downfall, of just being carried out for SO long. I think they needed to that too make sure they included everything that mattered (because it all did) but at the same time, it's hard for alot of people to actually sit and watch this movie all the way through - remain thrilled - and enjoy it.
But overall, I really liked it and I probably wouldnt change it for nothing. Just, not reccommend it too anyone who isnt serious civil war fanatics.
June 12, 2007
bhobbs1985

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Movies Like Gettysburg

    1. Robert E. Lee: When the fight is comin' I want you to stay back from the main line. This army has already lost far too many of it's veteran commanders, and you sir have a very bad habit of movin' too far forward.
    2. Lieutenant General James Longstreet: Can't lead from behind.
    – Submitted by John A (9 months ago)
    1. Brigadier General Lewis A.Armistead: What does Col. Fremantle think? Will the British come in on our side?
    2. Brigadier General James L.Kemper: Oh, hell yeah, they'll come in - they'll come in when we don't need 'em no more. Just like some damn bank gonna loan you money when you no longer in debt.
    – Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)
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