Gods and Generals (2003)

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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.

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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, Rovi
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PG-13 (for sustained battle sequences)
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Classics , Drama
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Cast

Jeff Daniels
as Lt. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Stephen Lang
as Gen. Thomas `Stonewall' Jackson
Robert Duvall
as Gen. Robert E. Lee
Mira Sorvino
as Fanny Chamberlain
Kevin Conway
as Sgt. Buster Kilrain
C. Thomas Howell
as Sgt. Thomas Chamberlain
Frankie Faison
as Jim Lewis
Patrick Gorman
as Gen. John Bell Hood
Brian Mallon
as Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Kali Rocha
as Anna Morrison Jackson
Mia Dillon
as Jane Beale
Bruce Boxleitner
as Gen. James Longstreet
Jeremy London
as Alexander `Sandie' Pendleton
Billy Campbell
as Gen. George Pickett
Stephen Spacek
as Capt. James Power Smith
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 Hooker
David Carpenter
as Reverend Beverly Tucker Lacy
R. E. Turner
as Col. Tazewell Patton
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 Patrick
Bo Gray
as Poague
Justin Dray
as George Jenkins
Miles Fisher
as John Beale
Conn Horgan
as Dooley
Rosemary Knower
as Mary Lincoln
Keith Flippen
as Major Gilmore
Joseph Fuqua
as Col. J.E.B. Stuart
James Garrett
as General John Curtis Caldwell
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
Gordon Alexander
as Martha's Older Son
Scott Allen Cooper
as Lt. Joseph Morrison
Phil Gramm
as Virginia Delegate
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. Burnside
Lydia Jordan
as Jane Corbin
Les Kinsolving
as General William Barksdale
Damon Kirsche
as Harry McCarthy
Lew Knopp
as Jackson's Courier
James Thomas Lawler
as Another Looter
Matt Letscher
as Colonel Adelbert Ames
Matt Lindquist
as Johann Heros Von Borcke
Doug Lory
as Second Irishman
Dan Manning
as Major John Harman
Edward Markey
as Irish Brigade Officer
Tom Mason
as Old Man in Fredericksburg
Jonathan Maxwell
as Captain Ellis Spear
Malachy McCourt
as Francis P. Blair
Daniel J. Jesus Manning
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 Couch
Tim O'Hare
as Lt. Col. Clair Mulholland
Sean Pratt
as Dr. Hunter Holmes McGuire
Mark J. Nichols
as Surgeon in Fredericksburg
Jasmyn Proctor
as Martha's Daughter
John Prosky
as General Lewis Armistead
Kyle Prue
as Wounded Maine Soldier
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 Sheppard
as Gen. Isaac Trimble
Matthew R. Staley
as Lieutenant Boswell
David Stifel
as Reverend David S. Jenkins
James Patrick Stuart
as General Edward Porter Alexander
Michael Sorvino
as Federal Soldier
Stephen Leonard Sullivan
as Federal Soldier
Buck Taylor
as General Maxcy Gregg
Tyler Trumbo
as Young Wellford
R.E. Turner
as Colonel Tazewell Patton
Trent Walker
as Private McClintock
Scott Watkins
as General Raleigh Colston
Devin Cromwell
as Caset Charlie Norris
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 (121) | 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 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Four hours including the intermission, I felt like I was seeing the Civil War in real time for awhile there.

February 24, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It was made strictly by and for Civil War buffs who insist that every pious speech and every skirmish is worthy of filming, even if the end result suffers from serious battle fatigue.

Full Review… | February 21, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A movie that crams in so many faces, chronological details and endlessly ham-handed stretches of dialogue that the impact of the legitimately moving segments is considerably diminished.

Full Review… | February 21, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's a plodding, episodic film, reverent and sanctimonious, and its pro-Southern viewpoint -- a time-honored Hollywood tendency -- makes Gone With the Wind look like a Northern polemic.

Full Review… | February 21, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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  Aya
Keiko Aya

Super Reviewer

½

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
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
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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