Shenandoah (1965)




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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.

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James Stewart
as Charlie Anderson
Rosemary Forsyth
as Jennie Anderson
Glenn Corbett
as Jacob 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

All Critics (4)

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…

Audience Reviews for Shenandoah

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.

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