Shenandoah (1965) - Rotten Tomatoes

Shenandoah (1965)





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Movie Info

A Civil War western about a Virginia farmer reluctant to get involved in the conflict which has taken hold of the country, but when one of his sons is murdered by Confederate looters and his youngest boy is captured by Union soldiers, he is forced to take a stand.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Western, Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: James Lee Barrett
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 6, 2003
MCA Universal Home Video


James Stewart
as Charlie Anderson
Rosemary Forsyth
as Jennie Anderson
Glenn Corbett
as Jacob Anderson
Philip Alford
as Boy Anderson
Patrick Wayne
as James Anderson
Katharine Ross
as Ann Anderson
Charles Robinson
as Nathan Anderson
Jim McMullan
as John Anderson
Tim McIntire
as Henry Anderson
Paul Fix
as Dr. Tom Witherspoon
Denver Pyle
as Pastor Bjoerling
James Best
as Carter
George Kennedy
as Col. Fairchild
Warren Oates
as Billy Packer
Dabbs Greer
as Abernathy
Tom Simcox
as Lt. Johnson
Berkeley Harris
as Capt. Richards
Edward Faulkner
as Union Sergeant
Peter Wayne Burke
as Confederate Corporal
Gregg Palmer
as Union Guard
Bob Steele
as Union Guard with Bea...
Charles Knox Robinso...
as Nathan Anderson
Pae Miller
as Negro Woman
John Daheim
as Osborne
Hoke Howell
as Crying Prisoner
George Fisher
as Confederate Soldier
John Day
as Osborne
Joe Yrigoyen
as Marshal
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News & Interviews for Shenandoah

Critic Reviews for Shenandoah

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A well-acted, folksy, sentimental and respectable Civil War drama.

Full Review… | June 28, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A successful film not just because of the marriage of the right actor in the appropriate genre, but also the timely infusion of challenging questions about a nation at war.

Full Review… | June 28, 2007
Apollo Guide

Set in a Virginia farm during the Civil War, this popular family film offers all-American star Jimmy Stewart a classic role, a widower with six sons who initially refuses to takes sides or get involved in the conflict--only to learn otherwise.

Full Review… | June 14, 2007

December 5, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Shenandoah

More a rugged outdoor family drama than a cowboys 'n' injuns shoot 'em up, it features a typically reliable performance by old warhorse James Stewart who plays the pragmatic patriarch of a Virginia farming family caught up in the civil war. It's episodic and a little cloyingly sentimental, but it has it's moments, particularly the cow stopping play during a battle and a memorable cameo from George Kennedy as a world weary union colonel.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


"If we don't try, we don't do. And if we don't do, why are we here on this Earth?" I'll be brief with this one, not too much to say. Pretty good, no wow factor. It's basically the story of Treebeard haha. Jimmy Stewart was great, as per usual, but some of his supporting cast was bleh in terms of acting. And a couple plot points were a little too unrealistic for my taste. Other than that, I had no big qualms about it. It's not even two hours long. I found this to actually be a plus: too many times a war movie is made under the condition that it must be at least 2.5 hours. It's an enjoyable Civil War flick, since it barely shows the actual battles, and instead focuses on the characters and the events that surround the war.

Classic 1960's western with a strong underlying anti-war theme It was some of James Stewart''s best acting later in his career, but the plot is so sad and devastating.

Shenandoah Quotes

Charlie Anderson: Lord, we cleared this land. We plowed it, sowed it, and harvest it. We cook the harvest. It wouldn't be here and we wouldn't be eating it if we hadn't done it all ourselves. We worked dog-bone hard for every crumb and morsel, but we thank you Lord just the same for the food we're about to eat, amen.
– Submitted by Joseph B (3 years ago)

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