The two greatest Civil War films!
Steven Hancock | 08/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You can't go wrong with this 2 pack edition. These are by far the most accurate historical films made to date. Jeff Daniels does a great job portraying Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain! These two films won't let you down!"
CALLING ALL CIVIL WAR BUFFS...
Lawyeraau | Balmoral Castle | 05/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an outstanding film. Based upon Michael Shaara's Pulitzer prize winning book, "The Killer Angels", it tells the story of the battle at Gettysburg, which took place over the first three days of July in 1863. For the most part, the film examines that pivotal battle, one of the bloodiest of the war, from the perspective of the commanders who were calling the shots (no pun intended).
The viewer will be enthralled by the film's recreation of the battle at Gettysburg, which examines some of the militairy stratagems employed and the reasons for them. It attempts to explain how it was that over fifty thousand (50,000) men lay dead or injured at its conclusion. It also recreates one of the most amazing routs in history, when Union Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, defying the odds, held off the Confederates at Little Round Top, part of the high ground that the Union needed to retain at Gettysburg. Chamberlain, who was not a professional soldier but a professor at Bowdoin College in Maine, ultimately received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor and success in holding the Confederacy at bay at Little Round Top. Jeff Daniels, who plays the role of Chamberlain, is superlative.
The rest of the star studded cast is likewise marvelous. Tom Berenger as General Longstreet, Martin Sheen as General Robert E. Lee, Richard Jordan as General Lewis Armistead, and Stephen Lang as General Pickett, in particular, all deserve a standing ovation, as does Jeff Daniels. This is a film that attempts to be historically accurate, and it succeeds brilliantly. It does not glamorize war, but shows it in all its heartbreaking reality. It even depicts General Pickett's audacious charge, which saw the loss of an entire division of Confederate soldiers. This is a film entirely about the men who took part in the battle at Gettysburg and the outcome that set the course for the country we know today. Kudos to director Robert F. Maxwell, who directed this film. It is simply a magnificent movie. Bravo!"
Mary Tate Staples | Minnesota | 01/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I loved the movie "Gettysburg". I had tried to watch "Gods and Generals" before, and found it boring. However, if you watch Gettysburg FIRST, "Gods and Generals" makes a lot more sense. These are both great movies (and books!)"