The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War, and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news.
The four and 1/4 hour depiction of the historical and personal events surrounding and including the decisive American civil war battle features thousands of civil war re-enactors marching over the exact ground that the federal army and the army of North Virginia fought on. The defense of the Little Round Top and Pickett's Charge are highlighted in the actual three day battle which is surrounded by the speeches of the commanding officers and the personal reflections of the fighting men. Based upon the novel 'The Killer Angels'.Written by
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Many scenes were filmed, or were in the daily shooting script, but not used in the final print. One such scene is the body of General Reynolds on a stretcher being carried back through the Union lines past a stunned General Buford on horseback. Buford pauses to watch the body pass before turning back to the front lines. This was filmed, but eventually deleted. The raw footage can be found on the original DVD release. See more »
Fifty-five-year-old Ted Turner plays a clean-shaven Col. Waller T. Patton. On July 3, 1863, Patton was 28 years old and sported a full beard. At the climax of the charge, Patton is mortally wounded by a rifleman's bullet. In real life, his only wound was from artillery shrapnel to his face, which eventually killed him on July 21st. See more »
Utterly superb dramatization of the turning point battle of the Civil War. A clash so enormous in scale that whoever won, was destined to win the war. Brilliantly directed and screenwritten with top notch moving performances by all. Almost makes you understand why so many people are into those reenactment things.
I think to fully appreciate the more intelligent war films, you almost have to know the battle in detail going in. The movie uses dialogue to try and explain whats happening, but its extremely hard to conceptualize without the aid of graphics. I'm not saying you won't enjoy this film without a firm grasp of the battle details, only that you will enjoy it much more if you are able to do a little reading beforehand. Either way, see it. I am truly amazed by the depth of feeling all these guys were able to put into this project. Daniels and Berenger, in particular, give Oscar caliber performances. A total home run.
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