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Gettysburg (1993)

PG | | Drama, History, War | 8 October 1993 (USA)
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.


Ron Maxwell (as Ronald F. Maxwell)


Michael Shaara (novel), Ron Maxwell (screenplay) (as Ronald F. Maxwell)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet
Martin Sheen ... Gen. Robert E. Lee
Stephen Lang ... Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett
Richard Jordan ... Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead
Andrew Prine ... Brig. Gen. Richard B. Garnett
Cooper Huckabee ... Henry T. Harrison
Patrick Gorman ... Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood
Bo Brinkman ... Maj. Walter H. Taylor
James Lancaster ... Lieut. Col. Arthur Fremantle
William Morgan Sheppard ... Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble / Narrator (as Morgan Sheppard)
Kieran Mulroney ... Maj. G. Moxley Sorrel
James Patrick Stuart ... Col. E. Porter Alexander (as Patrick Stuart)
Tim Ruddy Tim Ruddy ... Maj. Charles Marshall
Royce D. Applegate ... Brig. Gen. James L. Kemper
Ivan Kane ... Cap. Thomas J. Goree


The four and 1/4 hour depiction of the historical and personal events surrounding and including the decisive American civil war battle features thousands of civil war re-enactors marching over the exact ground that the federal army and the army of North Virginia fought on. The defense of the Little Round Top and Pickett's Charge are highlighted in the actual three day battle which is surrounded by the speeches of the commanding officers and the personal reflections of the fighting men. Based upon the novel 'The Killer Angels'. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Fate made them soldiers. Courage made them heroes. See more »


Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and epic battle scenes | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


As per their agreement with the Civil War re-enactors who gave their time and expertise to the production, Turner Pictures donated $100,000 towards Civil War battlefield preservation after filming wrapped: $40,000 went to the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites (APCWS) to buy 39 acres of the principal site of the Battle of Tom's Brook in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, $50,000 went to The Friends of the National Park at Gettysburg for physical improvements at the battlefield and $10,000 went to the preservation of various other battlefields. See more »


During the up-close battle of Little Round Top, when the 20th Maine fight the Confederate Alabamians down the summit, Union Sergeant "Buster" Kilrain shoots a bearded Confederate Sergeant. Later in the battle, the same Confederate Sgt. is unhurt and charging up the hill just right before the main battle scene. See more »


Col. Arthur Freemantle: You call yourselves Americans, but you're really just transplanted Englishmen. Look at your names: Lee, Hood, Longstreet, Jackson, Stuart...
Lieutenant General James Longstreet: My people were Dutch...
Col. Arthur Freemantle: And the same for your adversaries: Meade, Hooker, Hancock, and - shall I say - Lincoln! The same God, same language, same culture and history, same songs, stories, legends, myths - different dreams. Different dreams. So very sad.
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Alternate Versions

Laserdisc Collector's Box Set is 271 min. Contains many scenes not in the standard release. The standard VHS release does not include these scenes, as the theatrical release did not. See more »


Followed by Gods and Generals (2003) See more »


Bonnie Blue Flag
Traditional Irish tune
Lyrics by Harry McCarthy
[Played at army camp]
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My favorite movie of all time!
9 October 2002 | by SnugglySoftSee all my reviews

This is undoubtedly my favorite movie of all time. Martin Sheen and Jeff Daniels give, in my opinion, the greatest performances of their careers. The music and cinematography is also excellent.

I have heard of complaints that this movie is too long. But to fully understand the story, it takes this much footage to make the movie complete.

I think that Ronald F. Maxwell did an excellent job in taking "The Killer Angels" (the book that the movie is based on) and turning it into a movie. The trilogy of novels surrounding this story i.e. "Gods and Generals", "The Killer Angels", and "The Full Measure" are excellent reads for any war or history buff and I would strongly recommend them.

The battle scenes are also very realistic. This movie was a dream for every civil war reenactor alive. Thousands came from across the country to be in this movie. They were not paid with money, but paid with the chance to reenact their passion for history on the same fields where their ancestors spilled there blood over 100 years ago. That is a feat in itself.

In conclusion, this movie is a 10. It makes me cry every time I watch it. The acting, cinematography, and music, make history come to life. Go and see it! Can't wait till "Gods and Generals" comes out!

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Release Date:

8 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killer Angels See more »

Filming Locations:

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$913,617, 10 October 1993

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)| DTS (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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