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A sweeping epic charting the early years of the Civil War and how the campaigns unfolded from Manassas I to the Battle of Fredericksburg, this prequel to the film Gettysburg explores the motivations of the combatants and examines the lives of those who waited at home.
Action Drama War - An often slow, talky movie with several scenes of intense battle.
There are moments when it's very sad, as all war movies are. It's
also a very powerful story with many touching moments that will put
a lump in your throat.
PROFANITY: Just 9 very mild profanities. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Many intense battles. Somewhat bloody and graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Minor social drinking. ACTION: The only action was the many battles. COMEDY: Some mild humor in a few scenes to break the tension.
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and Generals, the screen
adaptation of Jeff Shaara's heralded best-selling novel and prequel to the
acclaimed drama Gettysburg, is an epic and sweeping portrayal of a
nation divided at the start of the Civil War. Beginning in early l861
and continuing through l863, just prior to the Battle of Gettysburg, the film
illuminates heroes from both sides of the war, such as Colonel Joshua Lawrence
Chamberlain (JEFF DANIELS), a professor at Maine's Bowdoin College who gave
up a promising academic career to enlist in the Union army, then went on to
become one of the North's finest military leaders; Confederate Generals
Robert E. Lee (ROBERT DUVALL), a distinguished 25-year veteran of the United
States Army and native Virginian, forced to choose between allegiance to his
country and loyalty to his home; and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (STEPHEN
LANG), a devoutly religious man whose faith and courage made him an
outstanding soldier and Lee's most trusted lieutenant.
tremendous suffering and bravery of the Civil War was not confined to the
battlefields. Gods and Generals vividly brings to life not only
the Civil War's legendary leaders, but also the legions of anonymous
soldiers and citizens who fought passionately and courageously for their
vision of freedom and unity, in a war in which more Americans lost their lives
than in any other conflict in the nation's history. The film
tells the story of the wives and families who were forced to assume
responsibility at home, often in cities under direct attack from the
opposition. Chamberlain's wife Fanny (MIRA SORVINO), Jackson's wife
Anna (KALI ROCHA), and Jane Beale (MIA DILLON), whose family was caught in the
Battle of Fredericksburg, reflect the spirit, courage and anxiety of those who
were left behind.