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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Almost all of the extras were Civil War reenactors. They provided period-appropriate uniforms, weapons, clothing, tents, and glasses, at their own expense (over $1,000 per person). As a group, reenactors are very meticulous about what they and others eat, wear, carry, or use, including horse hair toothbrushes and a regiment's proper brass buttons. See more »
On the first day, Heth's Division formed on Herr's ridge and advanced in line of battle toward Buford's troopers, not 50 yards in front of Buford. Filming required the units to be positioned much closer to each other to be seen in the same picture. Long range lenses make things look closer together than they really are. 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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