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Gettysburg (1993)

PG | | Drama, History, War | 8 October 1993 (USA)
In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.

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(as Ronald F. Maxwell)

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(novel), (screenplay) (as Ronald F. Maxwell)
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Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble / Narrator (as Morgan Sheppard)
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Col. E. Porter Alexander (as Patrick Stuart)
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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 Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Same Land. Same God. Different Dreams. See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Rated PG for language and epic battle scenes | See all certifications »

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8 October 1993 (USA)  »

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The Killer Angels  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,769,960 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Emile O. Schmidt: The actor who played General Gibbon (who speaks to General Buford outdoors at dusk following the first day of battle) was a professor and head of the theatre department at nearby Gettysburg College. See more »

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During the first sequences of shots of General John Buford arriving at Gettysburg, his pipe shifts from his mouth between shots. More specifically, he removes his pipe to speak; then the pipe is back in his mouth; and finally he replaces his pipe in his mouth. Comments have also been made about smoke appearing from below Buford's pipe in this scene. While this does happen, that smoke is coming from behind him and is clearly not associated with his pipe. See more »

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Lieutenant Thomas D. Chamberlain: I don't mean no disrespect to you fighting men, but sometimes I can't help but figure... why you fightin' this war?
Rebel Prisoner: Why are you?
Lieutenant Thomas D. Chamberlain: To free the slaves, of course. And preserve the Union.
Rebel Prisoner: I don't know about other folk, but I ain't fighting for no darkies one way or the other. I'm fightin' for my rights. All of us here, that's what we're fighting for rights.
[pronounces it 'rahts']
Lieutenant Thomas D. Chamberlain: Your what?
Rebel Prisoner: For our rights. The right to live my life like I see fit. Why can't you just live the way you want to live, ...
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Referenced in Sweet Home Alabama (2002) See more »

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The Minstrel Boy
Words by written by Thomas Moore, tune traditional
Played at the Union church service on the morning of the second day
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Learn more about the Civil War than you ever knew.
7 May 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

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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