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Andersonville (1996)





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Made for the TNT cable channel, this lengthy docudrama records the harrowing conditions at the Confederacy's most notorious prisoner-of-war camp. The drama unfolds through the eyes of a company of Union soldiers captured at the Battle of Cold Harbor, VA, in June 1864, and shipped to the camp in southern Georgia. A private, Josiah Day (Jarrod Emick), and his sergeant (Frederic Forrest) try to hold their company together in the face of squalid living conditions, inhumane punishments, and a gang of predatory fellow prisoners called the Raiders. After an unsuccessful escape attempt, the Massachusetts men help to put an end to the Raiders' activities. With the permission of the camp's commandant, Captain Wirz (Jan Triska), the Raiders are tried by their peers (with newly arrived prisoners as the impartial jury) and punishment is meted out. The men eagerly greet each new batch of arrivals to the overcrowded camp, hoping to hear some news of prisoner exchange, but as the months drag on and more of the men succumb to disease, that hope begins to flicker.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television
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Written By: David W. Rintels
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On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Warner Home Video


Jarrod Emick
as Josiah Day
Frederic Forrest
as Sgt. McSpadden
Cliff De Young
as Sgt. Gleason
Tom Aldredge
as Trimble
Ted Marcoux
as Martin Blackburn
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Andersonville stands out as one of the best American Civil War films in terms of the quality of the authenticity, the acting/casting, and the production values. The Andersonville Camp is a controversial subject and there will be those who feel that this movie is either a sugar-coated treatment or an unfair condemnation, but I feel -- as with most things -- that the answer lies somewhere in between. Try to keep an open mind regardless of what color you root for. I have to say that the scene towards the end where the prison inmates methodically march away en masse from the rebel colonel who offers them release in exchange for fighting with the Confederacy was a bit over-done. I personally think that had they simply turned their backs and walked away silently, by ones and twos, it would have been a bit more dramatic, not to mention realistic. Other than this little hiccup -- and it's a subjective one, to be sure -- Andersonville more than hits the mark.

good war show. it is unbelievable how when they are on the battlefield they are dedicated brothers but when they are forced to live in such horrible and deathly conditions it turns into brother vs. brother all to survive. it marvels me.

Blake Lyman

Awesome and depressing story of the hell that was the south's prison camps during The Civil War. Get a great, but depressing and brutal history lesson and see this soon. I had no idea.

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