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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The movie was conceived and filmed as a miniseries for cable network TNT. Ted Turner saw portions in post-production, realized he had something bigger than a television miniseries, and decided to release it theatrically before editing was completed. New Line Cinema became the distributor. See more »
James Longstreet says to Arthur Fremantle "You English had your own civil war, didn't you?" Southern policy saw the war as being between two distinct nations, and preferred to call it The War Between the States or The War of Secession. They remained the preferred terms in Southern printed sources for about 100 years, until social changes caused the South to be a little more accepting of the term Civil War. Longstreet, who seems to be very well-read, could have heard what the "damnyankees" called their war, and used it to make a rhetorical point. See more »
Sergeant 'Buster' Kilrain:
What I'm fighting for is to prove I'm a better man than the others. There's many a man worse than me, and some better. But I don't think race or country matters a damn. What matters is justice. And that's why I'm here. I'll be treated as I deserve, not as my father deserved.
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Originally filmed as a cable-tv miniseries but briefly released theatrically at 248 minutes. Some video versions add another 30 minutes of new footage. 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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