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Gods and Generals (2003)

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The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863.

Director:

Ron Maxwell (as Ronald F. Maxwell)

Writers:

Jeff Shaara (book) (as Jeffrey M. Shaara), Ron Maxwell (screenplay) (as Ronald F. Maxwell)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donzaleigh Abernathy ... Martha
Mark Aldrich ... Adjutant
George Allen George Allen ... Confederate Officer
Keith Allison ... Capt. James J. White
Royce D. Applegate ... Gen. James Kemper (as Royce Applegate)
Bruce Boxleitner ... Gen. James Longstreet
Bo Brinkman ... Major Walter Taylor
Mac Butler Mac Butler ... Gen. Joseph Hooker
Robert Byrd ... Confederate General (as Robert C. Byrd)
Shane Callahan ... Bowdoin Student
Billy Campbell ... Gen. George Pickett
David Carpenter ... Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy
John Castle ... Old Penn
Jim Choate Jim Choate ... Gen. Bernard Bee
Martin Clark ... Dr. George Junkin
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The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The nation's heart was touched by.... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sustained battle sequences | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dioses y generales See more »

Filming Locations:

Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$56,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,675,246, 23 February 2003

Gross USA:

$12,882,934

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,923,936
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Duvall and William Sanderson appeared in Lonesome Dove (1989), along with Timothy Scott, who appeared in Gettysburg (1993). Kevin Conroy appeared in Streets of Laredo (1995), along with Stephen Spacek's aunt, Sissy Spacek. See more »

Goofs

After the Battle of Chancellorsville it began to rain; General Jackson wore a raincoat on the evening ride, this is shown in the film. After the General is struck and falls from his horse, dirt and dust fly from the ground. After Jackson was put onto the stretcher he was indeed dropped, but this was because the soldiers carrying him slipped in the mud, not because of gunfire. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: A human life, I think, should be well rooted in some spot of a native land, where it may get the love of tender kinship for the face of the earth, for the labors men go forth to, for the sounds and accents that haunt it, for whatever will give that early home a familiar unmistakable difference amidst the future widening of knowledge. The best introduction to astronomy is to think of the nightly heavens as a little lot of stars belonging to one's own homestead. - George Eliot
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Crazy Credits

The movie was dedicated to the memory of John F. Maxwell and Royce D. Applegate. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Director's Cut of the film includes additional action scenes from the Battle of Antietam. The battle scenes are shown from the perspectives of Jackson and Chamberlain, and mostly focus on the fighting in Miller's Cornfield which was a major deciding point of the battle. See more »

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Song for the Irish Brigade (aka
Martinmas Time")"
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User Reviews

"Gods" and "Gettysburg"
10 May 2004 | by campdscSee all my reviews

Although Duvall resembles R.E. Lee much more than Martin Sheen in "Gods", Sheen gives a much more personified performance as Lee in "Gettysburg".

I find it interesting how almost no emphasis is put on any commanding Union general in either film, with only about 2 minutes of dialouge between Hancock and Burnside before the disaster at Fredericksberg. It should always be noted that Lee's early victories can be credited equally on the Union commanders utter incompotence as well as Lee's exeptional stratigic ability.

I'm sure "The last full measure" (the final film of the trilogy) will put a fair amount of emphasis on General Grant as he assumes command for the Army of the Potamac in 1864. I just hope we dont have another 10-year interval between films.

They are both great films. They have not been the box-office hits because of their legnth and a lack of hard-core history lovers to pay up at the theatre. I'm sure that "Gods" will be aired on TBS soon in a 2 part "mini-series" format to very good ratings as "Gettysberg" did.


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