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If D.W. Griffith's 1915 Civil War stunner, 'The Birth of a Nation,' was 'history writ with lightning,' in the famous phrase of President Woodrow Wilson, than Ted Turner's 'Gods and Generals' is history writ with sorghum...
History buffs and Civil War re-enactors may find this painfully long-winded epic a gem worth exploring but others will most likely prefer to go dancing in the active battlefields of Fredricksburg as opposed to enduring this detached costume drama.
With trailers, etc., it weighs in at a whacking great 244 minutes. That's two movies' worth of time. Personally, I'm considering petitioning to being paid for reviewing two movies. I'll think about that tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.
...it's not made for critics, and it's not made for most moviegoers. While it's tempting to suggest that people interested in this particular period of American history ought to read a book, Gods and Generals might suffice as a watchable Cliffs Notes.