The Driver is carrying an East Asian child who has been chosen for a strange rite. He must drive him through a dark night in the city to get to a monk's house, while eluding several U.S. ... See full summary »
Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts. Women and Blacks have few rights. Jack Bull's dad is killed by Union soldiers, so the young men join the Bushwhackers, irregulars loyal to the South. One is a Black man, Daniel Holt, beholden to the man who bought his freedom. They skirmish then spend long hours hiding. Sue Lee, a young widow, brings them food. She and Jack Bull become lovers, and when he's grievously wounded, Jake escorts her south to a safe farm. The Bushwhackers, led by men set on revenge, make a raid into Kansas. At nineteen, Jake is ill at ease with war. As his friends die one after another, he must decide where honor lies.Written by
The scene in Lawrence during which Jake points a revolver at Pitt Mackeson when Pitt tries to take a father and son out of a home appears in the movie almost exactly as it is seen in the novel. However, the final scene with Pitt Mackeson, during which Jake points rifle at Pitt after chatting with him, is quite different. In the novel, Jake chats not with Pitt but with one of Pitt's associates, and after their talk, when Jake realizes Pitt is coming up the road on horseback, Jake goes to the road and shoots at Pitt, who hides in the trees. As in the film, however, the novel ends without either Jake or Pitt killing each other. In the end, they both go their separate ways. See more »
When Jake complains of losing the upper-half of his pinky finger, the brace holding down the top joints of the actor's finger is briefly shown as the camera pulls in on his hand. See more »
On the western frontier of Missouri, the American Civil War was fought not by armies, but by neighbors. Informal gangs of local southern Bushwhackers fought a bloody and desperate guerrilla war against the occupying Union Army and pro-Union Jayhawkers.
Allegiance to either side was dangerous. But it was more dangerous still to find oneself caught in the middle.
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Although the title to this film is pretty awful, the rest of it truly impressed me. I was pleasantly surprised by the deftly written dialogue, powerful acting, beautiful camera work, and interesting perspective. I usually pass on war films, but was drawn to see Ang Lee's take on the Civil War. It's well done and worth seeing.
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