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Gods and Generals

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Gods and Generals

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
215 minutes
Wide Release Date:
02/21/03
performer:
Kevin Conway, Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall, C. Thomas Howell, Stephen Lang, Billy Campbell, Mira Sorvino
director:
Ronald F. Maxwell
distributor:
Warner Bros.
author:
Ronald F. Maxwell
genre:
Historical, War, ActionAdventure

We gave it a D+

Producer Ted Turner’s pet movie project is noble, earnest, and handsomely mounted — but also stilted, lumbering, and interminably long-winded. General Lee (Duvall) drags out strategy sessions, ”Stonewall” Jackson (Stephen Lang) breaks out in frequent prayer, a Yankee colonel (Daniels) pontificates on the evils of slavery, even a Dixie mother gets to speechify while sending her sons off to war. Occasionally, battles erupt: Men march, bullets fly, men fall. It’s all so tragically boring.

EXTRAS The commentary featuring two Civil War experts is more useful (and interesting) as history lesson than as making-of info; three docs tiresomely discuss the film’s authenticity and importance; further filler includes a video for the end-credit Bob Dylan song.