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 … More

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


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as Gen. Thomas `Stonewa...

as Gen. Robert E. Lee

as Fanny Chamberlain

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as Jim Lewis

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as Gen. Winfield Scott ...

as Anna Morrison Jackso...

as Jane Beale

as Gen. James Longstree...

as Alexander `Sandie' P...

as Gen. George Pickett

as Capt. James Power Sm...

as Gen. A.P. Hill

as Confederate General

as Major Walter Taylor

as Adjutant

as Confederate Officer

as James J. White

as General James Kemper

as 20th Maine Officer

as General Joseph Hooke...

as Col. Tazewell Patton

as Reverend Beverly Tuc...

as Old Penn

as General Bernard Bee

as Dr. George Junkin

as John Wilkes Booth

as Lt. Joseph Morrison

as Cadet Charlie Norris

as General Marsena Patr...

as Poague

as George Jenkins

as John Beale

as Mary Lincoln

as Major Gilmore

as Col. J.E.B. Stuart

as General John Curtis ...

as Confederate General

as Bowdoin Student

as Charles Beale

as Sam Beale

as John Janney

as Longstreet's Courier

as Captain Ricketts

as Griffin's Aide

as Lucy Beale

as Lt. Joseph Morrison

as Martha's Older Son

as Virginia Delegate

as Caset Charlie Norris

as Private Pogue

as General Robert Rodes

as Roberta Corbin

as Colonel Cummings

as Private Dooley

as Griffin's Aide

as A Lieutenant

as Julian Beale

as General Ambrose E. B...

as Jane Corbin

as General William Bark...

as Harry McCarthy

as Jackson's Courier

as Another Looter

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as Johann Heros Von Bor...

as Second Irishman

as Major John Harman

as Irish Brigade Office...

as Old Man in Frederick...

as Captain Ellis Spear

as Francis P. Blair

as Maj. John Harman

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as Dr. Hunter Holmes Mc...

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as Martha's Daughter

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as First Irishman

as Looter No. 3

as 20th Maine Officer

as Private McMillan

as Colston's Officer

as Catherine Corbin

as Lottie Estelle

as Gen. Isaac Trimble

as Lieutenant Boswell

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as General Edward Porte...

as Federal Soldier

as General Maxcy Gregg

as Young Wellford

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as Private McClintock

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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

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