The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara becomes this sprawling historical epic. As in Shaara's novel, director Ronald Maxwell focuses on a handful of major players to dramatize the events of July 1863, when the armies of the Union and Confederacy clash at the small Pennsylvania town of the title. Among them are Martin Sheen as General Robert E. Lee, who disagrees with his top advisor, General James Longstreet (Tom Berenger) over battle strategy, and Jeff Daniels as Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a college professor whose unorthodox techniques save the day (and possibly the war) for his beleaguered army. Other cast standouts include Richard Jordan in his final film appearance as the ill-fated General Lewis Armistead, and cameo roles for Civil War buff Ken Burns and media mogul producer Ted Turner. Filmed on-location at Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg was shot as a television miniseries for Turner's TNT cable channel, but earned a limited theatrical release.~Karl Williams
Commentary by Director/Screenwriter Ronald F. Maxwell, Cinematographer Kees Von Oostrum, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author James M. McPherson and Military Historian Craig Symonds
Ronald F. Maxwell
Ronald F. Maxwell
Martin SheenRobert E. Lee
Jeff DanielsColonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Tom BerengerLieutenant General James Longstreet
Stephen LangMaj.Gen.George E. Pickett
Richard JordanBrigadier General Lewis A.Armistead
Maxwell CaulfieldColonel Strong Vincent
Kevin ConwaySergeant "Buster" Kilrain
C. Thomas HowellLieutenant Thomas D. Chamberlain
James LancasterLieutenant Colonel Arthur Fremantle
Andrew PrineBrigadier General Richard B.Garnett
Sam ElliottBrigadier General John Buford
Royce D. ApplegateBrigadier General James L.Kemper
Brian MallonMajor General Winfield Scott Hancock
James Patrick StuartColonel E. Porter Alexander
Ted TurnerLieutenant Colonel W.T. Patton
Cooper HuckabeeHenry T.Harrison
Patrick GormanMajor General John Bell Hood
Bo BrinkmanMajor Walter H.Taylor
Ivan KaneCaptain Thomas J.Goree
Warren BurtonMajor General Henry Heth
MacIntyre DixonMajor General Jubal A.Early
Timothy ScottLieutenant General Richard S Ewell
George LazenbyBrigadier General J.Johnston Pettigrew
I loved this movie, it is so awesome, the civil war has always been a time in history, that a lot of my ancestors were effected. I loved this movies, it made me feel like I knew what my GGG grand father went through
If you are a history buff, you will probably enjoy the movie. I did. I have viewed it several times. I. It focuses on both sides of this major battle of the Civil War and the depictions seem fairly accurate. It is long, 3 hours or so. But the battle did last 3 days. It does a good job of pointing out how the officers on both sides had known, liked, and respected each other before the war. I couldn't help but be saddened by the needless loss of life this war created. It happened because people on both sides stopped listening to each other and trying to resolve differences.
Read the list of actors involved and you’ll have a better understanding why I say this is the best war movie ever made. It’s factual and accurate as a documentary, but it’s simply an epic movie. You’ll need a lot of popcorn!
After reading books on the civil war, this is one of my favorite movies on the Getttysburg battle
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Accurate historical content.
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Being a serious Civil War history fan, this film is the best thing to actually being there. All of the actors have the look of all of the real people that were there at the time. The Director's cut with the extras is worth purchasing.