Authentic Civil War Era Songs Complete With Regimental Band Music
GETTYSBURG is a sweeping historical drama that befits the greatest epic battle ever
fought on American soil. The film stars a host of noted actors, all accurately portraying
their characters. Based on the late Michael Shaara's acclaimed novel "The Killer Angels",
the actors are completely believable. Martin Sheen (Lee), Tom Berenger (Longstreet), Jeff
Daniels (Chamberlain), and Sam Elliott (Buford) are all first rate, just to name a few.
It is historically correct throughout the story, and all the major characters are real.
They really did, and for the most part said, what is depicted on the screen. There is none
of the usual "improved upon by Hollywood" here. This film tells it like the actual participants
say it went. Even the geography and the extras are real. The location shooting was at
Gettysburg National Military Park. And the extras are accurate down to the insignia and
buttons on the uniforms. Thousands of Civil War "re-enactors" were used for the battle scenes.
The film is divided into two parts, with an intermission. The first section, which begins on
June 30, 1863 (the day before the start of the battle of Gettysburg) and ends during the day
of July 2 with Col. Joshua Chamberlain's legendary defense of Little Round Top. The second part
concentrates primarily on July 3 and the disastrous charge of Maj. Gen. George Pickett and
15,000 members of the Confederate Army against the entrenched Union position atop Cemetery Ridge.
Over 50,000 were killed or wounded during this pivotal battle of the Civil War, and Gettysburg
takes pains to breathe life and logic into the reasons for this. Yet it does far more than that.
Rather than functioning as a text book come to life, the film uses its actors to flesh out
characters from history, giving not only personalities to those on both sides of the struggle,
but believable causes as well. We are presented with the rare opportunity to see not only the
clash of arms on the field of battle, but the clash of wills beforehand.
Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, Sam Elliott, |
Stephen Lang, C. Thomas Howell, Cooper Huckabee,
Richard Jordan, Kevin Conway, Brian Mallon
Director: Ronald F. Maxwell
Producers: Moctesuma Esparza & Robert Katz
Year Released - Feb. 1993
Length - 254 minutes
Music Composers: Randy Edelman
Movie Distributed by New Line Cinema
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