Gods and Generals (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

Gods and Generals (2003)



Critic Consensus: Filled with two-dimensional characters and pompous self-righteousness, Gods and Generals is a long, tedious sit. Some may also take offense at the pro-Confederate slant.

Movie Info

Director Ron Maxwell and producer Ted Turner return to the glory and tragedy of the Civil War in this historical drama, a prequel to Gettysburg, which examines the early days of the conflict through the experiences of three men. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) left behind a quiet life and a career as a college professor to become one of the Union's greatest military minds. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (Stephen Lang) was, like Chamberlain, a man of great religious faith who served in the defense of the Confederacy. And Gen. Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall), who led the Confederate army, was a man who was forced to choose between his loyalty to the United States and his love of the Southern states where he was born and raised. As Chamberlain, Jackson, and Lee are followed through the declaration of war and the battles at Manassas, Antietam, Frederickburg, and Chancellorsville, the film also introduces us to the many supporting players in the epic tale of the war between the States, among them the women these men left behind, among them Fanny Chamberlain (Mira Sorvino) and Anna Jackson (Kali Rocha). Based on a novel by Jeff Shaara, Gods and Generals also features a new song written and performed by Bob Dylan. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sustained battle sequences)
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ronald F. Maxwell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 15, 2003
Box Office: $12.9M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Jeff Daniels
as Lt. Col. Joshua Lawr...
Stephen Lang
as Gen. Thomas `Stonewa...
Robert Duvall
as Gen. Robert E. Lee
Mira Sorvino
as Fanny Chamberlain
Kevin Conway
as Sgt. Buster Kilrain
C. Thomas Howell
as Sgt. Thomas Chamberl...
Frankie Faison
as Jim Lewis
Patrick Gorman
as Gen. John Bell Hood
Brian Mallon
as Gen. Winfield Scott ...
Kali Rocha
as Anna Morrison Jackso...
Mia Dillon
as Jane Beale
Bruce Boxleitner
as Gen. James Longstree...
Jeremy London
as Alexander `Sandie' P...
Billy Campbell
as Gen. George Pickett
Stephen Spacek
as Capt. James Power Sm...
William Sanderson
as Gen. A.P. Hill
Robert Byrd
as Confederate General
Bo Brinkman
as Major Walter Taylor
Mark Aldrich
as Adjutant
George Allen
as Confederate Officer
Allison Keith
as James J. White
Royce D. Applegate
as General James Kemper
Dana Rohrbacher
as 20th Maine Officer
Mac Butler
as General Joseph Hooke...
R. E. Turner
as Col. Tazewell Patton
David Carpenter
as Reverend Beverly Tuc...
John Castle
as Old Penn
Jim Choate
as General Bernard Bee
Martin Clark
as Dr. George Junkin
Chris Conner
as John Wilkes Booth
Scott Cooper
as Lt. Joseph Morrison
Devon Cromwell
as Cadet Charlie Norris
Ryan Cutrona
as General Marsena Patr...
Bo Gray
as Poague
Justin Dray
as George Jenkins
Miles Fisher
as John Beale
Rosemary Knower
as Mary Lincoln
Keith Flippen
as Major Gilmore
Joseph Fuqua
as Col. J.E.B. Stuart
James Garrett
as General John Curtis ...
Robert C. Byrd
as Confederate General
Shane Callahan
as Bowdoin Student
Chris Clawson
as Charles Beale
Scott Davidson
as Sam Beale
Robert Easton
as John Janney
Bourke Floyd
as Longstreet's Courier
David Foster
as Captain Ricketts
Dennis E. Frye
as Griffin's Aide
Karen Goberman
as Lucy Beale
Scott Allen Cooper
as Lt. Joseph Morrison
Gordon Alexander
as Martha's Older Son
Phil Gramm
as Virginia Delegate
Devin Cromwell
as Caset Charlie Norris
Bo Greigh
as Private Pogue
Fred Griffith
as General Robert Rodes
Karen Hochstetter
as Roberta Corbin
James Horan
as Colonel Cummings
Con Horgan
as Private Dooley
Dennis Frye
as Griffin's Aide
Ben Hulan
as A Lieutenant
Sam Hulsey
as Julian Beale
Alex Hyde-White
as General Ambrose E. B...
Lydia Jordan
as Jane Corbin
Les Kinsolving
as General William Bark...
Damon Kirsche
as Harry McCarthy
Lew Knopp
as Jackson's Courier
James Thomas Lawler
as Another Looter
Matt Letscher
as Colonel Adelbert Ame...
Matt Lindquist
as Johann Heros Von Bor...
Doug Lory
as Second Irishman
Dan Manning
as Major John Harman
Edward Markey
as Irish Brigade Office...
Tom Mason
as Old Man in Frederick...
Jonathan Maxwell
as Captain Ellis Spear
Malachy McCourt
as Francis P. Blair
Daniel J. Jesus Mann...
as Maj. John Harman
Terry McCrea
as A Captain
Andrew McOmber II
as Young Corporal
Marquis Moody
as Martha's Younger Son
Peter Neofotis
as Wounded Main Man
Carsten Norgaard
as General Darius Nash ...
Tim O'Hare
as Lt. Col. Clair Mulho...
Sean Pratt
as Dr. Hunter Holmes Mc...
Mark J. Nichols
as Surgeon in Frederick...
Jasmyn Proctor
as Martha's Daughter
John Prosky
as General Lewis Armist...
Kyle Prue
as Wounded Maine Soldie...
W. Joseph Quam
as First Irishman
Ted Rebich
as Looter No. 3
Dana Rohrabacher
as 20th Maine Officer
Tim Ruddy
as Private McMillan
Noel Schwab
as Colston's Officer
Christie Lynn Smith
as Catherine Corbin
Dana Stackpole
as Lottie Estelle
William Morgan Shepp...
as Gen. Isaac Trimble
Matthew R. Staley
as Lieutenant Boswell
David Stifel
as Reverend David S. Je...
James Patrick Stuart
as General Edward Porte...
Michael Sorvino
as Federal Soldier
Stephen Leonard Sull...
as Federal Soldier
Buck Taylor
as General Maxcy Gregg
Tyler Trumbo
as Young Wellford
R.E. Turner
as Colonel Tazewell Pat...
Trent Walker
as Private McClintock
Scott Watkins
as General Raleigh Cols...
George Allen
as Confederate Officer
Michael Sorvino
as Federal Soldier
Bill Campbell
as Gen. George Pickett
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Critic Reviews for Gods and Generals

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (32)

Maxwell continues his textbook emphasis on military maneuvers, but despite literally thousands of Civil War reenactors recruited for the film, the wide-screen canvas fails to map the tactics or evoke the terror of battle.

Full Review… | February 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The procession of monotonous, oddly gore-free battles breaks frequently for bloated speechifying.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Succumbs to turgidity. And...intentionally or not...conveys the impression that the film uncritically celebrates the Confederacy. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | May 30, 2011
Groucho Reviews

Meticulous Civil War story runs a little long.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Everybody is so good and decent that it's hard to tell where the generals leave off and the gods start.

Full Review… | October 29, 2008
Decent Films Guide

A labour of love with special interest to history buffs, this epic film is extraordinary in many ways.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Gods and Generals

I sat throw the long nearly 6 hour cut of the film drinking Tea and by the end i only asked "WERE THE FUCK DID MY DAY GO?".

Gods and Generals is a dry hollow epic thats boring and has woodern acting and camerea work thats nothing short of standered.

Some nice music but thats it this movie is crap lol

Keiko A. --Samurai--
Keiko Aya

Super Reviewer


A great Civil War Flim, The scenes are as realistic as its going to get, will teach you much about the civil war that wasn't in those high school books? Do they even teach about the civil war anymore, or is it not politacl correct?

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

I do have a problem with this one. IT SUCKS. One of the most boring films in the history of bad boring films.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Gods and Generals Quotes

Gen. Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson: Tell me general, do you expect to live till the end of this war?
Brig. Gen. John Bell Hood: Oh... I do not know, but... I'm inclined to think I will. I expect I will be wounded. And you general?
Gen. Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson: I do not expect to live to see the end of this war. Nor can I say that without victory I would desire to do so.
– Submitted by Nick S (4 years ago)
Gen. Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson: Tell me general, do you expect to live till the end of this war?
Brig. Gen. John Bell Hood: Oh... I do not know, but... I'm inclined to think I will. I expect I will be wounded. And you general?
Gen. Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson: I do not expect to live to see the end of this war. Nor can I say that without victory I would desire to do so.
– Submitted by Nick S (4 years ago)

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