The rise and fall of confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, as he meets with military success against the Union from 1861 to 1863, when he is accidentally killed by his own soldiers.

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 confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, as he meets with military success against the Union from 1861 to 1863, when he is accidentally killed by his own soldiers.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Mira Sorvino was one of the first members of the cast to sign onto the project. Director Ron Maxwell, a huge fan of hers, had originally cast her as the lead in "Joan of Arc: The Virgin Warrior". When that film was halted in pre-production and postponed (and has not been realized as of 2014), he felt obliged to offer her a role in his next film to be greenlit, "Gods and Generals". See more »

Goofs

During the First Battle of Manassas, Brigadier=General Bee is exhorting his men with his famous 'Stone Wall' speech. While he is doing this, his mouth does not perceivably move. 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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McLeod's Reel
Performed by 2nd Carolina String Band with David Kincaid & John Whelan
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The critics are wrong
3 March 2003 | by mhollandSee all my reviews

I've seen Gods and Generals twice, and I've enjoyed it both times. The critics I've read seem to object to the piety, the length, and lack of political correctness. It seems to have escaped them that the Civil War was fought in Victorian times, and that the Victorians were extremely pious and sentimental, not to mention hypocritical. However, this did not stop them from efficiently making war on their enemies. The movie caught this perfectly, with Jackson's assumption that God's will is his will -- the scene before the battle on Sunday, the contrast between his sentimental love of children and his 'Kill them all' about his enemies, the constant references to Bible verses ripped out of context. Regarding the length of the movie, all I can say is that I wasn't bored at all, or restless, just fascinated with what was happening on screen. I'm sure for MTV critics any movie over 90 minutes is epic.

Regarding the lack of political correctness, which in my opinion is our modern version of hypocrisy (we can do anything we want as long as we call it by another name) I would like to point out that this is an attempt at a historical movie and that the Civil War was NOT fought to free the slaves, nor were many people in the North comfortable with the concept of a franchised Negro. And some slaves in the South were relatively well treated by their owners, not that they probably didn't want freedom, but they didn't particularly wish their masters ill. The system was set up so that everyone involved, slaves and masters, had something to lose by destroying the status quo, and that's a very difficult thing for people to do. It's easy for us now to say 'they should have freed the slaves' but if you knew that to free your slaves would beggar your children, would you be able to do it?

As with Gettysburg, the battle scenes were impressive and awe-inspiring. And they made the strategy and tactics clear to the viewer which is a monumental achievement, not to mention showing the pure courage on both sides, going to probably death or dismemberment without flinching. I would have liked more about the Northern command struggles to balance the picture but I can see how tempting it was to show the Southern victories to balance the horrible defeat at Gettysburg -- and this picture is meant to be one of a trilogy. I can only hope that word of mouth defeats the critics and gets this movie the audience it deserves.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gods and Generals 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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