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Field of Lost Shoes (2015)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, War | 20 March 2015 (USA)
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Based on a true story of the American Civil War, culminating at the Battle of New Market, May 1864. A group of teenage cadets sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute must ... See full summary »

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Sean McNamara
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Michael Krebs ... Abraham Lincoln
Jake Lawson ... Armisted
Sean Marquette ... Benjamin 'Duck' Colonna
David Arquette ... Captain Henry A. DuPont
Courtney Gains ... Captain Chinook
Steve Lebens ... Confederate Soldier #1
Coby Batty Coby Batty ... Confederate Soldier #2
William Flaman ... Doctor
Dutch Hofstetter Dutch Hofstetter ... DuPont Aide de Camp
Parker Croft ... Garland Jefferson
Jason Isaacs ... General John C. Breckinridge
Werner Daehn ... General Franz Sigel
Tom Skerritt ... General Ulysses S. Grant
Joe Inscoe ... General Wharton
Alexa Yeames ... Girl from the Dance
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Based on a true story of the American Civil War, culminating at the Battle of New Market, May 1864. A group of teenage cadets sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute must confront the horrors of an adult world when they are called upon to defend the Shenandoah Valley. Leaving behind their youth, these cadets must decide what they are fighting for. Written by Anonymous

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Send the boys in...and may God forgive me.

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Action | Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for war violence and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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20 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Battlefield of Lost Souls See more »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,000,000, 31 December 2015
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Wilhelm scream: after Gen. Breckinridge says, "Go get 'em, boys." See more »

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As the cadets are on the attack around the barns/sheds,you can see two crew members just disappearing round the side of one of the barns/sheds.Just before the cadet picks up the flag.One is in blue and the other is in a biscuit coloured coat. See more »

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Reb cadets fighting in the Civil War
17 December 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

RELEASED IN 2015 and directed by Sean McNamara, "Field of Lost Shoes" (aka "Battlefield of Lost Souls") chronicles the Civil War Battle of New Market wherein the Confederates were forced to enlist the aid of cadets from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) to stave off Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley. While the story properly focuses on the young'uns, notable actors like Jason Isaacs, David Arquette, Keith David, Lauren Holly and Tom Skerritt are also on hand.

This particular occasion in history is pretty famous and I even remember reading about it in war comics when I was a kid, so it's interesting to finally see a cinematic depiction of it. The no-name youths are up to the challenge and, thankfully, they throw in some females to keep things interesting (e.g. Mary Mouser). Practically all the main characters are based on real-life people, including David as "Old Judge," who continued working for the VMI after attaining his freedom. Speaking of the VMI, the institute is still in use today and the movie was partially shot there.

One of the worst things about slavery is that it broke up families when a buyer would purchase one member of a family, but not the others. This is powerfully depicted in the opening.

"Field of Lost Shoes" is mostly a drama about the preparations for war during the Civil War, but when the action comes at almost the hour mark it's pretty effective and thrilling. The biggest downside of Civil War combat was that officers on both sides used outdated military tactics, which they learned from West Point & other academies. These tactics hailed from the Napoleonic wars of the early 1800s. Yet technological advances produced rifles with superior aim, which resulted in ridiculously long casualty lists. Soldiers had no recourse but to stoically march in formation right into friggin rifle and canon fire. Sure, I'd be willing to do this, but only if the Presidents, politicians, generals and colonels marched ahead of me. You get my drift.

So the movie's well done, as far as cast, costumes, locations and battle scenes go (despite a couple of clichés, like one guy utterly stopping to blow precious time emoting over a wounded comrade. Why Sure!). The CGI is less effective, but it gets the job done. The story, however, needed some kinks worked out to make it more compelling in the manner of the great "Glory" (1989). Still, I'd watch "Field of Lost Shoes" any day above the relatively dull, sappy and laboriously overlong "Gettysburg" (1993). To offer balance, I love the prequel "Gods and Generals" (2003).

THE FILM RUNS 95 minutes and was shot entirely in Virginia (Lexington, Charles City, Powhatan & Richmond). WRITERS: Thomas Farrell & David M. Kennedy.

GRADE: B/B- (6.5/10)


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