Andersonville

Andersonville

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Director: John Frankenheimer, Jarrod Emick, Frederic Forrest, Ted Marcoux

Cast: John Frankenheimer, Jarrod Emick, Frederic Forrest, Ted Marcoux

     
 

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Made for the TNT cable channel, this lengthy docudrama records the harrowing conditions at the Confederacy's most notorious prisoner-of-war camp. The drama unfolds through the eyes of a company of Union soldiers captured at the Battle of Cold Harbor, VA, in June 1864, and shipped to the camp in southern Georgia. A private, Josiah Day (Jarrod Emick), and his sergeant

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Made for the TNT cable channel, this lengthy docudrama records the harrowing conditions at the Confederacy's most notorious prisoner-of-war camp. The drama unfolds through the eyes of a company of Union soldiers captured at the Battle of Cold Harbor, VA, in June 1864, and shipped to the camp in southern Georgia. A private, Josiah Day (Jarrod Emick), and his sergeant (Frederic Forrest) try to hold their company together in the face of squalid living conditions, inhumane punishments, and a gang of predatory fellow prisoners called the Raiders. After an unsuccessful escape attempt, the Massachusetts men help to put an end to the Raiders' activities. With the permission of the camp's commandant, Captain Wirz (Jan Triska), the Raiders are tried by their peers (with newly arrived prisoners as the impartial jury) and punishment is meted out. The men eagerly greet each new batch of arrivals to the overcrowded camp, hoping to hear some news of prisoner exchange, but as the months drag on and more of the men succumb to disease, that hope begins to flicker.

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All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
In a genre crowded with classic films like Rules of the Game, Stalag 17, The Great Escape, and Bridge on the River Kwai, Andersonville may be forgiven for falling short of that august company. To simply document the horrendous conditions in that Georgia camp wouldn't have made for very involving drama, so writer David Rintels created several "events" on which to hang his story. As in every POW film, escape is foremost in the minds of the featured group of prisoners. But in Andersonville, that event occurs at the halfway point of the film, and after all of the men are either caught, killed, or wind up dead after suffering punishment, there is a second event. The prisoners' revenge on the Raiders, with the trial and punishment shown in great detail, is Rintels' way of showing how the majority of the Union soldiers would not succumb to barbarism, no matter how badly they were treated. As a variation on that point, he later shows a Confederate officer offering to release whoever will join the cause of the South. Their mass refusal, even though they've been told that the North is not interested in an exchange of prisoners, provides Rintels and director John Frankenheimer with the film's best scene, as thousands of men, one company at a time, turn their backs on the officer and march off. The film has other moments almost as powerful as these, but it doesn't create the rich gallery of characters that the best POW films have. And its grotesque portrayal of Henry Wirz, the camp commandant, as a strutting, bug-eyed Prussian, short-circuits one of this genre's most attractive features: the cat-and-mouse interplay between the officer prisoners and their often cultivated head captor.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2012
UPC:
0883929243297
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:47:00
Sales rank:
3,672

Special Features

Closed Caption; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; 2 feature-length commentaries, one by Director John Frankenheimer, the other featuring Writer/Producer David W. Rintels, Cinematographer Ric Waite, Editor Paul Rubell, Production Designer Michael Z. Hanan, Costume Designer May Routh and Historian/Military Choreographer Dale Fetzer; Additional scene: A Visit from the Ladies

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jarrod Emick Actor
Frederic Forrest Actor
Ted Marcoux Actor
Tom Aldredge Actor
Carmen Argenziano Actor
Jayce Bartok Actor
Cliff De Young Actor
Jan Triska Actor

Technical Credits
John Frankenheimer Director,Executive Producer
Gary Chang Score Composer
Michael Z. Hanan Production Designer
Marsha Kleinman Casting
David W. Rintels Producer,Screenwriter
May Routh Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Rubell Editor
Diane Smith Co-producer
Ric Waite Cinematographer
Ethel Winant Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Andersonville
1. Credits [2:24]
2. Captured [3:37]
3. Nobody Moves [3:08]
4. Man of Letters [4:09]
5. Prison Train [3:34]
6. Andersonville [3:20]
7. Fresh Fish [3:47]
8. Wirz's Proclamation [3:47]
9. Dead Line [3:04]
10. A Private Word [3:42]
11. Tunnel Project [3:54]
12. Nice Long Night [4:37]
13. Survival Tips [3:01]
14. Raiders Strike [3:58]
15. Don't Drink the Water [4:35]
16. The Challenge [4:30]
17. Fight Clubbed [3:31]
18. Underground Work [5:22]
19. Tunnel Traitor [6:06]
20. Marked Man [4:35]
21. Tell What It's Like [2:18]
22. Escape Underway [3:31]
23. Fugitives [:23]
24. Confronting Wirz [4:17]
25. Stocks of the Dead [7:08]
26. Together! [1:35]
27. Gleason's Fate [2:49]
28. Taking on the Raiders [4:07]
29. A Trial [7:08]
30. Opening Statements [5:11]
31. I Swaer [5:16]
32. Andersonville Law [2:30]
33. The Verdict [4:19]
34. Six Hanged Men [3:39]
35. Imaginary Feast [2:52]
36. Headed the Other Way [3:48]
37. Rebel Recruiter [3:54]
38. To the Rear, March! [5:49]
39. Barely Survivors [2:13]
40. The Gate is Open [2:57]
41. Coda and End Credits [5:56]

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