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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.


James Stewart
as Charlie Anderson
Rosemary Forsyth
as Jennie Anderson
Glenn Corbett
as Jacob Anderson
Phillip 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 Beard
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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Critic Reviews for Shenandoah

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

    Jun 28, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 28, 2007 | Rating: 76/100
  • 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.

    Jun 14, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Shenandoah often comes close to being soap opera, stays on its dramatic path because of the cast and the work of director Andy McLaglen and screen writer James Lee Barrett.

    Nov 20, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shenandoah

  • May 05, 2009
    This was a great civil war film i really liked it and a bunch of good actors in here like Charles Robinson, Denver Pyle, Doug McClure, George Kennedy, Glenn Corbett, James Best, James Stewart, Jim McMullan, Patrick Wayne, Paul Fix, Phillip Alford, Tim McIntire and thats all i can think of right now and a peaceful, hardworking farming family suffers the strains and unavoidable losses of the Civil War in `Shenandoah.' James Stewart is the head of the clan, who does not keep slaves and refuses to fight for men who do. Since the death of his wife, he has raised his large family to work hard and fight for what is right, and now the onset of the war forces them to come to terms with everything they believe in. The film is largely set on Stewart's farm in the Shenandoah Valley. At the start of the film, the family tries to go about its business as if the war did not exist. Ignoring the war becomes increasingly difficult, however, with soldiers constantly marching through the property trying to recruit the sons and requisition the livestock. When the youngest son is taken prisoner Stewart decides the time has come to take action, so they set out to find the boy. Along the way, lives are lost, values are tested, and mindsets are changed with experience. Stewart's performance as the proud patriarch is excellent. It is a grizzled, more mature Jimmy Stewart than one is used to, with a cigar stub constantly dangling from his mouth and a perpetual scowl on his face, but in essence it is the same proud, upright character that he has always specialized in. He is effective in conveying the fear and vulnerability of a man who is unsure of the right thing to do, looking out for his family and land in the midst of a war-torn nation. His conversations at his wife's gravestone stand among the most poignant work of his career. <a href="¤t=mm82e08f284761643f.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> Boy Anderson: What'd I do? Charlie Anderson: It's what you haven't done, boy. A man who eats with his hat on is going nowhere in a hurry. Now, your mother wanted you all raised as good Christians, and I may not be able to do that thorny job as well as she could, but I can do something about your manners. Lt. Sam: I'd be eternally grateful if you'd permit me to call upon you this evening. Jennie Anderson: Eternally is a long time, Sam. Lt. Sam: Not when one carries a memory of you, Miss Jennie. Pastor Bjoerling: Charlie Anderson, I wonder if you'd be good enough to tell me why you even bother coming to services. Meaning no disrespect, of course. Charlie Anderson: It was my wife's last request, Pastor Bjoerling. Meaning no disrespect, of course. Charlie Anderson: I'm glad you're here, Johnson. I've been meaning to have a word with your people about those cannons of yours. The chickens have stopped laying, the cows have dried up. Who do I send the bill to? Boy Anderson is wearing a confederate cap] Charlie Anderson: Where'd you get the hat, boy? Boy Anderson: Down by the creek, sir. Charlie Anderson: Some fella down there handing out hats? Charlie Anderson: What about you, James? You ever think you might like to own a slave? James Anderson: Well, I guess I never thought about it, Pa. Charlie Anderson: Well, think about it! Think about it! If you had money would you go out and buy a slave? James Anderson: No sir, I wouldn't. Charlie Anderson: Why not? James Anderson: Well, if I can't do my own work with my own hands it'd never get done. pouring whiskey to celebrate the birth of his granddaughter] Charlie Anderson: How old are you now, Boy? Boy Anderson: Eighteen, sir. Charlie Anderson: That means you'll be twenty in four years. Eighteen to you, sixteen to me. Boy Anderson: Just a little bit, sir. I've never tasted it. Charlie Anderson: Well, that's no good reason at all. I've known men who've been drinkin' hard and steady all their lives that have never tasted it, either. Carter: You can have your chance tonight, if you want to take it. Boy Anderson: Chance for what? Carter: To run. They don't waste men on prisoner duty and they're usually the worst of the lot. They plan on herdin' us onto that sternwheeler and some of us don't fancy no sightseein' tour up North. When they open that gate tonight, you stay as close to me as a flea on a hound dog. Somethin' else. Once we get goin', you're on your own. I gotta forget you ain't nothin' but a lap baby.
    †HorrorFan† . Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2008
    as usual a gripping performance from james stewart as the father of a southern family trying simply to survive the civil war. not one to get involved until a person sets foot on his property or tries to steal what is his he tries to lead his family with the rules of christianity owing to his dead wifes last and dying request. eventually the war does come to his doorstep and he helplessly has to get involved. a very strong story, a very strong performance from stewart and a very emotional family adventure
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2007
    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 X Super Reviewer

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