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The Andersonville Trial (1970)

A dramatization of the 1865 war-crimes trial of Henry Wirz, commandant of the notorious Confederate POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia.

Director:

George C. Scott

Writer:

Saul Levitt (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Mitchell ... General Wallace
William Shatner ... Col. Chipman
Jack Cassidy ... Otis Baker
Wright King ... Major Hosmer
Woodrow Parfrey ... Louis Schade
Martin Sheen ... Captain Williams
Richard Basehart ... Henry Wirz
Whit Bissell ... Doctor Ford
Harry Townes ... Col. Chandler
Buddy Ebsen ... Dr. John Bates
John Anderson ... Ambrose Spencer
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Jasper Culver
Michael Burns ... James Davidson
Albert Salmi ... James Gray
Dal McKennon Dal McKennon ... First Guard (as Dallas McKennon)
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Storyline

Lt. Col. N.P Chipman is the Army prosecutor, Otis Baker the defense attorney and Gen. Lew Wallace the judge in the trial of Henry Wirz, the Confederate officer who ran a prisoner of war camp in Andersonville, which saw 14,000 Union prisoners die from cruel neglect. Witnesses include Lt. Col. Chandler, who was assigned to inspect the Andersonville prison; Dr. John C. Bates, the physician at the camp horrified by his experience; Ambrose Spencer, a plantation owner who can testify that food offered to the camp by nearby residents was refused; James Davidson, a haunted 19-year-old prisoner who claims a fellow was torn apart by dogs; Jasper Culver, another prisoner who has a story about a man named Chickamauga; Sgt. James Gray, who testifies that Wirtz killed a man with his own hands; and Dr. Ford, the one witness for the defense. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1970 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Basehart portrayed Henry Wirz with a relatively light Germanic accent, while in real life, and at the actual trial, Wirz was known to have a heavy, or thick, Germanic accent. This was done to make the character's dialogue clear and intelligible for television audiences. See more »

Goofs

Colonel Norton P. Chipman was actually a full Colonel, he had been promoted to this rank in the aftermath of the battle he alludes to, the Battle of Fort Donelson while in command of the Second Iowa Infantry. In this movie he wears the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, three years after having been promoted. See more »

Connections

Remade as Andersonvil - Logor smrti (1975) See more »

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a great, great film
15 April 2002 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

I only wish they would put this film out on video because it is one that truly deserves to be called a classic. Forget The Caine Mutiny and A Few Good Men. This is the best and most riveting courtroom thriller ever made. I always thought of William Shatner as a blowhard who couldn't act his way out of a paper bag, but here maybe for the only time, he gives an excellent performance as the prosecutor with a heart determined to bring this man to justice. Andersonville really was a hell on earth and the descriptions of it they give here will give you chills. The best scene is the one where Shatner cross examines Richard Basehart and keeps asking him why he didn't disobey orders if it could have saved so many innocent lives. What gets me is that Basehart's character (Captain Wirz) keeps insisting that he was only obeying orders. This is the same excuse that the Nazis and the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials used. You keep wondering if this man really has no soul. George C. Scott played the prosecutor in the Broadway version and does a wonderful job of directing it. This was made at about the same time that he made Patton I believe. This is a great film with a first rate cast. I only wish it could be seen more often.


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