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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long windedBy phil from southampton hants , 18 Jun 2007long winded overlong and too many flowery speeches but generally very good if slightly squeed in the souths favour,ted turner was the boss as i remember the long shots of fredricksburg was amatuer in the highest way
...like a StonewallBy Richard Wagner from London, England , 18 Apr 2007One of my favourite movies of all times. This is an excellent war/drama which accurately portrays the early stages of the War Between the States (Otherwise known as American Civil War) up to the death of Gen. Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson. We really get a good like at the kind of man Stonewall was.
I admit, however, that they were negligent in their portrayal of slavery. Slavery wasn't ignored, but was shown in as nonnegative a light as possible without being inaccurate. That is, they showed only the less bad side of slavery. There was a slave lady who was just a maid and very close to the family, like an aunt. That is accurate, but most of slavery was much worse. With that said, it is true that both Generals Jackson and Lee were against slavery.
None the less, this film is very educational and I think gives a better picture of the Confederacy's side of the story than most such movies. The Union side is shown as well, but I would say this one is slightly slanted towards the Confederacy. I am showing it at my residence hall for Confederate Memorial Day, 26, April (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.)
BloatedBy a customer from Oxford , 04 Feb 2007At 3 hours and 50 minutes, you would have thought that everything that might ever need to be included had been. You would be wrong. Numerous scenes are inserted without background and never referred to again, leading to frustration as you calculate the amount of time a decent editor could have shaved off the film!
The battle scenes, the uniforms and the locations are lovingly recreated. It's a pity that this same attention was not paid to the dialogue (poor!) the acting (patchy) or to balance (almost non-existent). If you really want to hear an over-long paean to Southern nobility, this might be worth a watch. If you'd actually like to enjoy a film about the American Civil War, look elsewhere.
DisappointingBy a customer from Glasgow , 29 Jan 2007The kindest term for this epic is 'worthy'.It isn't as even-handed as 'Gettysburg',mainly because it centres around the domestic as well as military life of 'Stonewell'Jackson,who isn't very likeable.The battle scenes are very good,though not as coherent of as involving as those of 'Gettysburg'.It's too long.
Simply the Best American Civil War Film EVER!By Trevor Cooke from Cornwall, England , 15 Jan 2007Don't take my word for it, just watch it for yourself. But for me and many others, this film series depicting the American Civil War is truly Stunning in every aspect. As it touches the real feelings of what all wars are about, but still has that huge cinematic appeal. It's also as neutral or sympathetic as can be, as I never believed that this war was truly fought over the human rights issue as portrayed by so many. Yes slavery was a very contentious issue, and under the right circumstances as the film portrays I am certain the south knew it was immoral. But the real issue was not about slavery but more about power and control, and with so many good people dying for all the wrong reasons. Well this series certainly makes you feel why the south was so prepared to die trying to protect what was rightfully there's in the first place. Just as the previous American War of Independence proved a justifiable struggle of freedom from tyranny, so was this a fight against oppression. THOUGHT PROVOKING REALISM ON A GRAND CINEMATIC SCALE, and which knocks all before or after back into 2nd place! If Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers were great tales, then this is a great story of epic proportions. I can't recommend this enough, and believe more films of historical importance should be made just like this and not just those based on American history......This is History being told and will stand the test of time!