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 production team received the news of Richard Jordan's death while they were editing his character's death scene. See more »
The opening scene is dated Tuesday, June 30, 1863. It appears to be first light on Monday, June 29. Harrison would've spent all day gathering information on Union troop strength and movement, then reported to Longstreet that evening. Longstreet and Lee would confer all that night, making plans based on Harrison's information. The scene in which Longstreet says "Let the boys sleep a little longer" would've been just before dawn on the 30th. That was also when Buster Kilrain woke Colonel Chamberlain with news of the arriving troops. See more »
Col. Porter E. Alexander:
We've been firing for a good while now, sir. It's apparent now that the Federals nor we will gain a clear advantage in this business. If we continue to expel our ammunition at this rate, we might endanger our ability to support the advance.
Lt. Gen. James Longstreet:
Did you not have enough ordnance when this was begun?
Col. Porter E. Alexander:
Federal fire compelled us to move the artillery train farther to the rear, sir. It's taken us longer to refill the capsules. Sir, we must slow down our fire now, or we will have to cut back on the guns ...
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Laserdisc Collector's Box Set is 271 min. Contains many scenes not in the standard release. The standard VHS release does not include these scenes, as the theatrical release did not. See more »
Learn more about the Civil War than you ever knew.
Wonderful depiction of the events leading to a pivotal battle of the Civil War, the battle of Gettysburg, with a focus on 3 key individuals: Confederate General Robert E. Lee (played brilliantly by Martin Sheen), Lee's second, Lt. General James Longstreet (Tom Berenger), and Union Col Joshua Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels).
Truly classic storytelling beautifully presented. Each key event is intelligently and gently depicted leaving little of the battles, the personalities, and the actions to be misunderstood. I felt much closer to the unfortunate events that were our Civil War than I ever imagined. I don't consider myself ignorant as a rule, but to tell the truth I never envisioned that the battles were basically fought hand-to-hand, face-to-face, long lines of fighting men falling, almost randomly, on both sides.
This movie, along with John Frankenheimer's "Andersonville" jump-started a serious interest for me in these historical docudramas, and the Civil War in particular. Thank you Mr. Frankenheimer, and Mr. Ronald Maxwell (director of "Gettysburg").
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