Gods and Generals

Gods and Generals

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Director: Ronald F. Maxwell

Cast: Robert Duvall, Stephen Lang, Jeff Daniels

     
 

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Director Ron Maxwell and producer Ted Turner return to the glory and tragedy of the Civil War in this historical drama, a prequel to Gettysburg, which examines the early days of the conflict through the experiences of three men. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) left behind a quiet life and a career as a college professor to become one of theSee more details below

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Director Ron Maxwell and producer Ted Turner return to the glory and tragedy of the Civil War in this historical drama, a prequel to Gettysburg, which examines the early days of the conflict through the experiences of three men. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) left behind a quiet life and a career as a college professor to become one of the Union's greatest military minds. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (Stephen Lang) was, like Chamberlain, a man of great religious faith who served in the defense of the Confederacy. And Gen. Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall), who led the Confederate army, was a man who was forced to choose between his loyalty to the United States and his love of the Southern states where he was born and raised. As Chamberlain, Jackson, and Lee are followed through the declaration of war and the battles at Manassas, Antietam, Frederickburg, and Chancellorsville, the film also introduces us to the many supporting players in the epic tale of the war between the States, among them the women these men left behind, among them Fanny Chamberlain (Mira Sorvino) and Anna Jackson (Kali Rocha). Based on a novel by Jeff Shaara, Gods and Generals also features a new song written and performed by Bob Dylan.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Ron Maxwell, who directed the brilliant Gettysburg some years ago, brings us another sprawling Civil War saga, which is opulently mounted and painstakingly re-created to an almost fetishistic degree. Robert Duvall’s portrayal of Confederate general Robert E. Lee is dignified and, perhaps more important, refreshingly free of the Actors Studio-type quirkiness that occasionally mars his performances. But top-billed Stephen Lang, best known for his character work in supporting roles, dominates the film with his turn as General "Stonewall" Jackson, who sacrifices everything -- including, ultimately, his life -- for the cause of Southern secession. Gods and Generals focuses on the bloody campaigns that unfolded in the conflict’s early years, when it seemed that the rebels had a real chance of breaking free from the Union. Maxwell occasionally sacrifices dramatic effect to present the battle sequences with documentary-style accuracy: Individual fighting units are named in subtitles, military tactics are precisely rendered, and the period settings, costumes, and weaponry are duplicated with relentless accuracy. The film is truly larger than life, which makes it hard for supporting players to make much of an impression, but special mention should be made of Jeff Daniels portraying Lt. Col. Joshua Chamberlain, the erstwhile Yankee professor who entered the war reluctantly, and became one of its heroes. Also noteworthy are C. Thomas Howell (seen of late only in direct-to-video potboilers) as Sgt. Thomas Chamberlain and Donzaleigh Abernathy, who registers strongly as a slave who remains in a Southern home when its owners evacuate. At 220 minutes, Gods and Generals is seriously overlong, and the film's pro-Southern bias may offend some viewers (and delight others), but Civil War buffs in particular will find it an absorbing and engaging tour of duty.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
UPC:
0085391142645
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
3:39:00

Special Features

Introduction by Executive Producer Ted Turner; Commentary by Director/Screenwriter Ronald F. Maxwell and Historical Adivsors Col. Keith Gibson and James I. Robertson Jr.; 3 Documentaries: Journey to the Past: The African-American Slave Experience in the Film's Era, the Life of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and the Authenticities of the Film; 2 Music Videos: Bob Dylan's Cross the Green Mountain and Mary Fahl's Going Home; Theatrical Trailer.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Duvall Gen. Robert E. Lee
Stephen Lang Gen. Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson
Jeff Daniels Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Mira Sorvino Fanny Chamberlain
Bruce Boxleitner Lt. General James Longstreet
Kevin Conway Sgt. Buster Kilrain
C. Thomas Howell Tom Chamberlain
Frankie R. Faison Jim Lewis
Matt Letscher Col. Adelbert Ames
Jeremy London Alexander "Sandie" Pendleton
William Sanderson Gen. A. P. Hill
Kali Rocha Anna Morrison Jackson
Brian Mallon Brig. General Winfield Scott Hancock
Mia Dillon Jane Beale
Donzaleigh Abernathy Martha
George Allen Confederate Officer
George Allen Confederate Officer
Bo Brinkman Major Walter H. Taylor
Robert Byrd Confederate General
Bill Campbell Gen. George Pickett
Ryan Cutrona Gen. Marsena Patrick
Robert Easton John Janney
Joseph Fuqua Col. J.E.B. Stuart
Phil Gramm Virginia Delegate
Lydia Jordan Jane Corbin
Edward Markey Irish Brigade Officer
Dana Rohrbacher 20th Maine Officer
R. E. Turner Col. Tazewell Patton
Alex Hyde-White Ambrose Burnside
Malachy McCourt Francis P. Blair
Royce D. Applegate Brig. General James L. Kemper
John Castle Old Penn
David Foster Captain Ricketts
Patrick Gorman Brig. Gen. John Bell Hood
Bo Gray Poague
Conn Horgan Dooley
Rosemary Knower Mary Lincoln
James Patrick Stuart Col. E. Porter Alexander
Dechen Thurman Actor
Trent Walker McClintock
Mark Aldrich Adjutant
Keith Allison Capt. James J. White
Mac Butler Gen. Joseph Hooker
Shane Callahan Bowdoin Student
David Carpenter Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy
Jim Choate Gen. Bernard Bee
Martin Clark Dr. George Junkin
Chris Clawson Charles Beale
Scott Allen Cooper Lt. Joseph Morrison
Devin Cromwell Caset Charlie Norris
Scott Davidson Sam Beale
Justin Dray George Jenkins
Miles Fisher John Beale
Keith Flippen Maj. Gilmore
Bourke Floyd Longstreet's Courier
Dennis Frye Griffin's Aide
James Garrett Gen. John Curtis Caldwell
Karen Goberman Lucy Beale
Alexander Gordon Martha's Older Son
Bo Greigh Pvt. Pogue
Fred Griffith Gen. Robert Rodes
Karen Hochstetter Roberta Corbin
James Horan Col. Cummings
Ben Hulan Lieutenant
Sam Hulsey Julian Beale
Les Kinsolving Gen. William Barksdale
Damon Kirsche Harry McCarthy
Lew Knopp Jackson's Courier
James Thomas Lawler Another Looter
Matt Lindquist Johann Heros Von Borcke
Doug Lory 2nd Irishman
Daniel J. Jesus Manning Maj. John Harman
Tom Mason Old Man in Fredericksburg
Jonathan Maxwell Capt. Ellis Spear
Terry McCrea Captain
Andrew McOmber Young Corporal
Rosemary Meacham Hattie
Marquis Moody Martha's Younger Son
Peter Neofotis Wounded Maine Man
Mark Nichols Surgeon in Fredericksburg
Carsten Norgaard Gen. Darius Nash Couch
Tim O'Hare Lt. Col. Clair Mulholland
Sean Pratt Dr. Hunter Holmes McGuire
Jasmyn Proctor Martha's Daughter
John Prosky Gen. Lewis Armistead
Kyle Prue Wounded Maine Soldier
W. Joseph Quam 1st Irishman
Ted Rebich Looter #3
Tim Ruddy Pvt. McMillan
Noel Schwab Colston's Officer
Morgan Sheppard Gen. Isaac Trimble
Christie Lynn Smith Catherine Corbin
Michael Sorvino Federal Soldier
Stephen Spacek Capt. James Power Smith
Dana Stackpole Lottie Estelle
Matthew Staley Lieutenant Boswell
David Stifel Rev. David S. Jenkins
Stephen Leonard Sullivan Federal Soldier
Buck Taylor Gen. Maxcy Gregg
Chris Conner John Wilkes Booth
Tyler Trumbo Young Wellford
Christopher Crutchfield Walker Looter
Scott Watkins Gen. Raleigh Colston

Technical Credits
Ronald F. Maxwell Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Suzanne Arden Associate Producer
Gregory W.M. Bolton Art Director
Donald P.H. Eaton Asst. Director
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Corky Ehlers Editor
Moctesuma Esparza Executive Producer
David Franco Musical Direction/Supervision
John Frizzell Score Composer
Dennis Frye Associate Producer
Nick Grillo Co-producer
Stephen Halbert Sound/Sound Designer
Casey Hallenbeck Set Decoration/Design
Michael Z. Hanan Production Designer
Martin G. Hubbard Set Decoration/Design
Robert Katz Executive Producer
Patricia Klawonn Set Decoration/Design
Richard La Motte Costumes/Costume Designer
Mace Neufeld Executive Producer
Kees Von Oostrum Cinematographer
Robert G. Rehme Executive Producer
Jeff Shaara Associate Producer
Jonathan J. Short Set Decoration/Design
Ronald G. Smith Executive Producer
Joy Todd Casting
Stan Tropp Set Decoration/Design
Ted Turner Executive Producer
Kees Van Oostrum Cinematographer
Robert J. Wussler Executive Producer

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