Gods And Generals details
|Starring:||Jeff Daniels, Stephen Lang, Frankie R. Faison, C. Thomas Howell, Mira Sorvino, Robert Duvall, Kevin Conway|
|Directors:||Ronald F. Maxwell, Ronald F. Maxwel|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
Gods And Generals
|Run time:||3 hours 29 minutes|
|Rental release:||05 Jul 2004|
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Thought Provoking !By Mike Salt from Manchester , 06 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]A well crafted and thought provoking film.
Stone Wall Jackson is portrayed as the driving force of the Confederate army, his loss leaving Robert E Lee struggling and uncertain ultimately leading to his suicidal tactics at Gettysburg. This film does concentrate on the Southern perspective but that's due to it being part of a trilogy, 'Gettysburg' being the next film in the series (although made before 'Gods & Generals') which shows events from a more of a Union view point. I felt the battle scenes could have been a touch more realistic, this was the first modern industrial war but the horrific losses and carnage inflicted by mass produced modern weapons doesn't really come across. Visually the film is a treat, almost every scene looks as beautiful as an old masters oil painting. I'd recommend this film to anyone with an interest in history, military or otherwise.
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HistoricalBy Conagher (4 reviews) from Crewe , 27 Dec 2007I have been well into the American West both Cowboy and Civil War read a lot of books on the subject. Gods and Generals was excellent, Gettysburg is as good just waiting foir the final of the Trilogy
Gods and GeneralsBy RuthC23 (8 reviews) from Axbridge , 24 Nov 2007Strictly for Amercian Civil War buffs, this long tale is a biopic of Stonewall Jacksons rise and fall as a hero and general of the Confederate Army duirng the American Civil War. A sympatheic southern view of the tea toltaling pious Jackson is only countered by a small camoe of Joshua Chamberlain the 'Fightening Professor' commanding the 20th Miane
All Jackson's famous victorous battles are highlighted and his tragic demise in a colourful portrayal of the struggle of the southern Amercian states for their independence. Long battle scenes that are clearly well planned and very authentic are interspersed with periods of dry and dull potificating by Jackson as he espouses his view of the world and life in the 1860's. Not as good at the previous similiar historical epic Gettysburg.
Gods and GeneralsBy a customer from London, England , 02 Nov 2007The prequel to Gettysburg, although made after it Gods and generals follows the lives of several people who played an important part in the build to and in the war itself. The main character is played by Stephen Lang - who originally played Gen. G. Pickett in Gettysburg, now playing confederate general Thomas Jonathan (Stonewall) Jackson. As well as Gen R.E.Lee (Duvall), Col. J. Chamberlain (Daniels) and Gen. W. S. Hancock (Mallon). We see the build up to the war and how those that participate in it do so for different reasons. We follow the story through the battles of Manassas, Fredricksburg and eventually Chancellorsville.
We are shown the courage of the men who participated in the war. And we are shown some of Jackson's habits, most notable his religious convictions. It's almost fanactical at times. And as we proceed in the film, we audience find that Jackson makes more sense to us, and is actually a forward thinking man, who was ahead of some of his fellow officers. This film cleverly shows Jackson in two distinct and subtle lights. the private man, who is haunted by loss in his life, and turns to God.It shows his love his his 'esposita'. But also as a General, showing no fear, and as emotionally detached. It actually uses these comparisons to show that his detachedness is actually a front, and that he is affected by what happens and this shown to us later in the film.
Another point of interest is shown in how the characters percieve the war, it's not just about slavery and the subject is brought up by a cook for Jackson and later in the film by Chamberlain. The music is beautiful in parts, and you feel part of the journey. A great film, though long. But well worth the time. A must see if you have time.
okBy a customer from rotherham , 14 Sep 2007it is a good film 2 watch good story
Not my cup of teaBy a customer from Wycombe , 26 Jun 2007Too slow. Too much religion. Just too, too. Not a patch on Gone with the Wind.