Michael Sauter
July 18, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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.

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