Gettysburg Movie Review 1993

Information and Film Reviews for Gettysburg the Movie

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Civil War buff Ted Turner (who has a cameo as a Confederate soldier) originally intended Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Killer Angels" to be adapted as a three-part miniseries for his "TNT" network, but the lure of the big screen prevailed, marking the first time the battle has been committed to film and the first time a film crew has been allowed to film battle scenes on the Gettysburg National Military Park battlefield. The greatest battle of the war and the bloodiest in U.S. history is realistically staged by more than 5,000 Civil War re-enactors. The all-male cast concentrates on presenting the human cost of the war, with Daniels particularly noteworthy as the scholarly Colonel Chamberlain, determined to hold Little Round Top for the Union. Last film role for Jordan, to whom the movie is co-dedicated. The full scale recreation of Pickett's Charge is believed to be the largest period scale motion-picture sequence filmed in North America since D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation."

Distribution

Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., 1 CNN Ctr., Box 105366, Atlanta, GA 30303, Phone: (404)827-1700, Toll-free: 800-523-0823, Fax: (404)827-2000, URL: http://www.turner.com, Remarks: Does not handle retail queries from consumers; contact your local video distributor.

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 254 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Historical Drama, Civil War, Big Battles, Great Death Scenes, Military: Army, American South
Screenplay
Ronald F. Maxwell
Cast
Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott, Richard Jordan, Stephen Lang, Kevin Conway, C. Thomas Howell, Maxwell Caulfield, Andrew Prine, James Lancaster, Royce D. Applegate, Brian Mallon, Cooper Huckabee, Bo Brinkman, Kieran Mulroney, Patrick Gorman, William Morgan Sheppard, James Patrick Stuart, Tim Ruddy, Joseph Fuqua, Ivan Kane, Warren Burton, MacIntyre Dixon, George Lazenby, Alex Harvey, John Diehl, John Rothman, Richard Anderson, Billy Campbell, David Carpenter, Donal Logue, Dwier Brown, Mark Moses, Ken Burns, Ted Turner
Cinematography
Kees Van Oostrum
Director
Ronald F. Maxwell
Music
Randy Edelman
Producer
Robert Katz, Moctesuma Esparza Productions, Turner Pictures, New Line Cinema

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