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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 Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a college professor whose unorthodox techniques save the day (and possibly the war) for his beleaguered army. Other cast standouts include Richard Jordan in his final film appearance as the ill-fated General Lewis Armistead, and cameo roles for Civil War buff Ken Burns and media mogul producer Ted Turner. Filmed on-location at Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg was shot as a television miniseries for Turner's TNT cable channel, but earned a limited theatrical release. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Cast

Tom Berenger
as Lt. Gen. James Longstreet
Martin Sheen
as Gen. Robert E. Lee
Jeff Daniels
as Col. Joshua Chamberlain
Richard Jordan
as Gen. Lewis Armistead
Sam Elliott
as Gen. John Buford
Stephen Lang
as Gen. George Pickett
Andrew Prine
as Gen. Richard B. Garnett
C. Thomas Howell
as Lt. Thomas Chamberlain
Kevin Conway
as Sergeant `Buster' Kilrain
Royce D. Applegate
as Brigadier General James L. Kemper
Maxwell Caulfield
as Colonel Strong Vincent
Richard Anderson
as General George Gordon Meade
Kieran Mulroney
as Major G. Moxley Sorrel
Ted Turner
as Lieutenant Colonel W.T. Patton
Patrick Gorman
as Major General John Bell Hood
Cooper Huckabee
as Henry T. Harrison
James Lancaster
as Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Fremantle
Brian Mallon
as Major General Winfield Scott Hancock
John Rothman
as Major General John F. Reynolds
William Morgan Sheppard
as Major General Isaac R. Trimble
Bo Brinkman
as Major Walter H. Taylor
James Patrick Stuart
as Colonel E. Porter Alexander
Timothy Scott
as Lieutenant General Richard S Ewell
Tim Ruddy
as Major Charles Marshall
Ivan Kane
as Captain Thomas J. Goree
George Lazenby
as Brigadier General J. Johnston Pettigrew
Warren Burton
as Major General Henry Heth
Macintyre Dixon
as Major General Jubal A. Early
Buck Taylor
as Col. William Gamble
Joseph Fuqua
as Major General Jeb Stuart
Tim Scott
as Lieutenant General Richard S Ewell
John Diehl
as Private Bucklin
Alex Harvey
as Major Hawkins
Charles Lester Kinsolving
as Brigadier General William Barksdale
Ted Kozlosky
as Confederate Lieutenant
Henry Atterbury
as Lee's Aide
Graham Winton
as Major General Robert E Rodes
Curtiss Bradford
as Another Officer
Daniel Chamblin
as Confederate Officer
Patrick Falci
as Lieutenant General Ambrose Powell Hill
Greg Ginther
as Rodes' Courier
George Heffner
as Another Officer
Scott Allan Campbell
as Capt. Atherton W. Clark
David Cole
as Buford's Aide
Tom Landon
as 2nd Texas Solider
John Fitzpatrick
as Old 2nd Maine Man
Michael Tennessee Lee
as Rebel Prisoner
Robert Lucas
as Guard, 118th Pennsylvania
Steve Leone
as An Officer
Tom Mays
as Early's Courier
Mark Moses
as Sgt. Owen
Donal Logue
as Captain Ellis Spear
Leonard Termo
as Cpl. George F. Estabrook
Michael Phillips
as Soldier #4 20th Maine
Ken Burns
as Hancock's Aide
John Durant
as Fiddle and Guitar Player
Frank McGurgan
as Old Sergeant
Peter Miller
as Pender's Courier
Arnold Nisley
as Sergeant
Ted Rebich
as Dr. Cullen
Curtis Utz
as 1st Texas Soldier
C. George Werner
as Another Officer
Joe Ayer
as Banjo & Guitar Player
Eric Ayer
as Banjo & Guitar Player
Josh Mauer
as Colonel James C. Rice
Billy Campbell
as Lieutenant Pitzer
David Carpenter
as Colonel Thomas C. Devin
Dwier Brown
as Captain Brewer
Herb Mitchell
as Sergeant Andrew J. Tozier
Emile O. Schmidt
as Brigadier General John Gibbon
Daniel Baumann
as 2nd Private
Bill Campbell
as Lieutenant Pitzer
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Critic Reviews for Gettysburg

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6)

It's a movie that parades authenticity, but never settles on its own point of view.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 28, 2004
Variety
Top Critic

Mr. Daniels's luminous performance as the heroic colonel dominates ... half of the film. And when the actor all but disappears in Part 2, he is sorely missed.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

While sincerity obviously can't guarantee quality, it's still a refreshing step up from the blatant commercialism of most West Coast media projects.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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]

Full Review… | May 30, 2011
Groucho Reviews

Awesome telling of Civil War battle with stellar cast, set pieces.

October 14, 2005
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Audience Reviews for Gettysburg

½

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.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

Now, moving onto a completely different war Gettysburg is Ted Turner's Civil ar epic about the major turning point in the war when the Confederacy officially started getting its ass handed to it due to Lee's stubbornness, for the most part. The movie is long, over 4 hours, but it's not stretched out. The battle scenes are unbelievably realistic with people getting blown away and hurled across fields by cannon blasts. Plus the acting is top notch, but the only real complaint here is the dialogue. Sometimes when a General or Colonel gets to rambling on a simple answer or explanation it turns into a speech and this happens several times. But that's the only real complaint here. Serious time and effort were put into this movie and it shows.

Derek Daniels
Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

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