Pharaoh's Army (1995)
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Most Civil War movies emphasize reconciliation between the sides. This is a film about bitterness, hatred, and inevitable conflict. Its idea of the sides coming together is a Yankee soldier not shooting a child and a southern woman burying a dead Yankee by dumping his body in a sinkhole. This one is a keeper.
I personally love this movie. All the characters were believable and so was the plot. That is a rarity among movies today that are too concerned with keeping the audience interesting with exaggerated plots and conflicts. They tend to have the opposite effect on me. Also, this movie didn't attempt to change your mind about which side of the Civil War was just by representing characters as ridiculous stereotypes. Simply because one side in a war might be carrying the banner of justice doesn't mean that everyone on that side was morally straight. Enlisted soldiers often join the militia for the wrong reasons even if the call to arms is just. The characters in this movie acted based on their prior experiences (deaths or other influences) and not on the basis that they must always do evil acts since they are on the "bad" side. This movie is a realistic representation of the Civil War with relatable characters. I highly recommend it.
An absolutely fantastic film, which ranks among Ride With the Devil as the best civil war movies. The story itself is small and self-contained, yet speaks to the many of the emotions and issues at play during the Civil War which made it such a tremendously complex conflict. No black and white, just shades of gray.
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