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Plot: 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. Runtime: 219 mins Release Date: 21 Feb 2003
Highly recommended; don't listen to the critics. Great film. (by Tom-406)
Gods and Generals despite the ravages of many critics is a very good film. The acting, writing, cinematography are all of top quality. Billy Crystal once said, "We know where we would be without the critics, but where would they be without us?" This film is historically accurate, deeply moving, and with outstanding acting by all concerned. Stephen Lang's performance of Stonewall Jackson should be remembered at Oscar time. Some critics condemn it as being sympathetic with the Southern cause. Jeff Daniels and others give their side in eloquent dialogue for their feelings on the <more>
conflict. I suppose Gone With the Wind would be criticized the same if released today. Since the story revolves around Stonewall Jackson it will obviously give his point of view on the subject also. The religious overtones given by the characters of both sides conformed with the religious feelings of the times that is lacking today and as such it gives the critics something else to condemn. And the moving scene with human emotions between Jackson and the little Corbin girl brings the human touch to the character. What is wrong with the critics....they must have slept through most the film. They say it is pro-slavery. There are at least three fine speeches by Martha, Jim Lewis and Lawrence Chamberlain bringing out the wrongness of that issue. Even Jackson says that slavery should be abandoned. Such is a great movie trashed by the critics and they miss the whole reason for this masterpiece. I give it ten stars. See it, and decide for yourself about this film. Every minute of it's close to four hours is worth it. Yep. Yep. And Yep.
Great Civil War film that DOES NOT WHITEWASH slavery. One of the best things about this film is that it does not follow the PC slime that is so prevalent in society. Don't take my word for it but this movie followed the lives of these people with great attention to historic detail. I think the biggest mistake that people make when watching something like this is that they are thinking with 21st century minds. When you see this you have to understand that this country, both northern and southern states, was very different. I've read other reviews for this and have noticed that people <more>
have'nt read their history. This movie accurately shows the events leading up to the war. Yes slavery was a cause, but not THE cause. Most of these people like Lee and Jackson loved the Union Army and were not seccesionists. Lee himself said "I believe that seccesion is unconstitutional and I believe that slavery is an immoral and political evil in any society". These men were fighting for their homes and what they believed in. When you watch the film, try and keep that in mind and don't listen to these doorknobs who claim that everybody in the northern states were all righteous and pure and wanted to liberate the black slaves in the south and that all southerners were racist traitors, dry that out and you could fertilize Central Park in New York. You be the judge, but honestly if history and the Civil War are not your thing then don't see the movie. However for those who love history and have an open mind then this is the movie for you. The acting is top notch, most noteably Stephen Lang as Stonewall Jackson. Also Jeff Daniels and Robert Duvall as General Lee. The costumes and sets were very believeable and historically accurate. The sound and special effects were well done, and it gives you the feel that you are there in 1863. Wonderful classic 9/10 stars.
For the first time, I am very disapointed with the vast majority of reviews on a movie on IMDB. Actually, I was shocked that the movie I just saw was in no way, the movie that so many people called out right disapointing. Though this movie does have it's flaws, it is one of the most moving war pictures I have ever seen. Actually, it is more of a character study than a war film, and appeals to many different audiences. Many have commented on the long running time, and the lengthy, and I'll admit, at times superfluously long speeches, but to tell you the truth, I was so engaged with the <more>
performances of Steven Lang, Jeff Daniels and Robert Duvall, that the close to 4 hour running time felt like a regular 2 hour movie. It was definitely nice to see more of the aspects of the war for the Confederate and Union people that you don't read in your regular high school history book. I won't make this a political commentary because frankly, one thing everyone can agree on is that this was without a doubt, our nation's darkest time, and both sides lost far too many brave young souls, that were robbed of their chance at life. Both sides were full of young people, many of which did not fully understand their cause, nor why they were thrust into this horrible war, but both sides knew one thing...that they were fighting to preserve their very livelihood. But, I will say that the film did depict a more truthful nature of both sides, especially with the issue of how slaves were treated, and the ideologies that are sometimes conflicting on the same side, as we see in a scene between Daniels and C. Thomas Howell between both sides. To be honest, what you read in the history books in school is only partly true, and is in fact biased. And the film does portray the fact of the matter that it was a hard time for everyone, and the U.S., even the world, had a much different view on life, liberty and even the horrible slavery of others. It was a time of the birth of a new nation and the death of its people, a coming of age for this great country, and is a theme that is portrayed wonderfully throughout.This film also depicts the role of prayer, and shows how God's Will, to those who search for it, can work wonders. Now, whether you are a Christian or not, the very morals derived from the prayers ought to be an inspiration to everyone, and if anything, was an accurate representation of the men portrayed. Chamberlain, Jackson and Lee were all, indeed, devoted followers of God, and it is almost poetic how Gods and Generals shows how their devotion enabled them to have the insane bravery that they did. I found it very moving, and I know many others will too.All in all, there have been few films that have touched me as much as this movie did. The dialogue is incredible and the battle scenes are very well choreographed. I do have to agree though with another viewer that at times, the music seems a bit out of place...for instance we hear a thundering choir similar to the famous charge of Fort Wagner in the movie Glory, but, though a great piece, it seems almost tacked on in a way. There are other instances of a sad love theme throughout that are not needed, but all in all, that is my only major complaint. The film is long, and I really thought I'd be bored as hell throughout. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how the movie flows. Yes, there are jingoistic, drawn out speeches, but they all are moving, are performed masterfully, and flow nicely. There were very few moments of 'dead time' where the movie just stopped at a stand still. I would recommend this movie to anyone, considering it isn't just a war movie junkie or Civil War buff movie. It has appealing elements for everyone, and is one of the most realistic portrayals of such a sad time in our history that I have ever seen. Like Schindler's List, this movie should definitely be seen by everyone so we do not forget the horror of a country at war with itself, and take the extra steps in order to ensure that it never happens again. I had low expectations going into this movie, and honestly thought I would get bored during the non-war scenes, but I was wrong, this movie was a very pleasant surprise, and probably got a bad rap from the same people that teach the history that all Southerners mistreated their slaves and that the only Union cause was to free said slaves. Both sides had a cause willing to die for, and both sides are sympathized for equally. Gods and Generals shows that there are no heroes in war, and that through all of the madness, humanity will always survive. Highly recommended. I rarely give this, but this movie deserves it, and it was truly touching...10/10 stars.
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 <more>
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.
The film "Gods and Generals" is essentially a biographical film about General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson of the CSA. Those who have no idea, or interest, as to who this man was should probably stick to such heavyweight box-office competition such as "Agent Cody Banks," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," or "Daredevil" instead. "Gods and Generals" is well-made, old-fashioned film that gives an absorbing view of the U.S. Civil War and one of its leading figures. The portrait of Jackson is accurate from the big issues his profound <more>
religious faith down to the trivial his fondness for lemonade . Characters both Northern and Southern are portrayed even-handedly, and the historical and social aspects of the film are authentic. Characters quote poetry from memory and sometimes speak in almost biblical cadences, in the same way that Lincoln's speeches were deeply influenced by the language of the King James Bible. It is a beautiful film to look at, with great feeling for the often-wild landscape of the era; in this respect, it gains immeasurably from being seen on a full-scale theatrical screen. Two criticisms of the movie have been made repeatedly: 1 it's "too long"; and 2 it doesn't accurately portray the horrors of war. On the first score -- too long for what? It is the right length for its subject matter. It's the right length to give an earnest and thoughtful account of a great general's life and a turning point in American history, even world history. Many believe the Civil War might have gone differently had Jackson survived. It IS too long if you have Attention Deficit Disorder or have been raised upon television sitcoms and the constant jump-cuts & meritricious visual razzle-dazzle of TV commercials and music videos. On the second score -- no one will ever walk away from this film eager to see war in real life. Men line up with their rifles in a mode of combat no longer practiced , blast away at each other nearly face-to-face, and drop en masse like bags of bloody meat. In one memorable scene, Col. Chamberlain [Jeff Daniels] sleeps on the nighttime battlefield using his fellow soldiers' corpses as bedding; come daylight, he uses those same corpses to absorb flying enemy bullets once the battle resumes anew. Apparently what some critics actually desire are cool special effects, with exploding bodies and mangled limbs flying across the screen. "Gods and Generals" is a movie of great integrity and power -- one made by adults for adults.
If You Don't Know Who Sandy Pendleton Is, Stay Away (by ark30inf)
Seriously, if you have no idea who Sandy Pendleton is then you have no business seeing this movie. If you are clueless about the Civil War and the 1860-65 period then it will seem downright weird and you won't like it.Some of the reviews of this picture are hilarious. The person who couldn't believe the soldiers WALKING or STANDING UP during battle needs a good history lesson. Those who think the dialogue was stilted need to read a few hundred Civil War letters.Those who don't like the portrayal of Confederate victories for modern political reasons need to stay away from movies <more>
about Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, and Mannassas at all times because GASP! the north lost those battles.Ted Turner, as much as I dislike him, put together a straightforward movie that describes the period and the leaders on the Confederate side during this period of Confederate success in Northern Virginia. This is a gift for future generations of Civil War buffs. I am sure that some would love to see a movie made where Joshua Chamberlain wins the Battle of Chancellorsville singlehandedly but unfortunately THAT AIN'T WHAT HAPPENED. The closeup shots of battle at Fredricksburg were extremely well done. The flank attack at Chancellorsville was extremely well done. The Manassas battle was okay. But the overview shots of Fredricksburg and the long range shots of the battlefield were TERRIBLE. The cannon bursts were the fakest I have seen in a while. They attempted to make the fuzzy, poorly drawn, aerial views of the city more realistic by having fake birds fly below your position EVERY TIME.If you are a Civil War buff you will find it interesting. If you are a politically correct "southerners were all devils" type then you are going to detest it. If you are just a movie-goer who really cares nothing about history then you will be bored.
movie masterpiece of epic proportion. (by Andrew661130)
As a historian i found the film amazing, it contained some facts i did not know. i was overwhelmed even though in truth i would have fought for the northerners had i been born before the American civil war.i cried during the movie not once but twice .it moved me to see how human the southerners were their beliefs in god touched me.i wish the war could have ended sooner and so many lives could have been spared.The price paid by the Americans for a UNITED STATES was to high.Even if the slavers prospered i wish there was another way they could have gained freedom.and i myself being of black <more>
origins...i have watched North and South,The blues and the grey's and many others i can't even remember the titles. This movie ranks among them easily. I saw it as a real eye opener.
I found this movie to be very enjoyable from a historical point of view, and the acting and action scenes were also very good. An excellent movie (by wilsons-4)
I enjoyed the movie very much. Yes it was slow at times but war doesn't take place everywhere at the same time. This was an excellent film that shows that yes even Generals are human at time. They also have families and when they get a chance to show real emotions, they can and will. It is unfortunate for some veterans that it may take 20 years before they can say goodbye to their comrades in arms and their best friends. Sometimes you do not have the luxury to show feelings about loss, grief and guilt from the past memories of horrific events in our past. A great Civil War flick. And yes <more>
the South did have several victories before the Union Forces got their stuff together. The past historical facts show that the Union forces were poorly led and trained. From a tactical point of view both sides suffered terrible losses due the antiquated tactics used from our European counties. Marching in straight line into cannon and rifle fire is a example of stupidity and failure to study past history,
Gods and Generals is a full fledged epic film casting viewpoints from both sides of the Civil War prior to the battle of Gettysburg. Within the movie itself, the subplots that include the lives of the wives of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and the yet unsung Lawrence Joshua Chamberlain who a short time later would gain fame while holding the Little Round Top at Gettysburg guarantees that this is not just another Civil War picture. The women bring both heart and emotion to the silver screen. The depiction of soldiers with equal fervor in their religious and political beliefs reveals <more>
the human nature of warriors and adds greatly to the historical accuracy of the movie. Careful attention was given to the most minute details allowing the film to come alive on the screen. This history is not an easy story to tell but the Gods and Generals screenplay carefully follows the the book by Jeff Shaara making it a masterpiece in its own right. While very long in terms of the average Hollywood movie, excellent acting, insights into the personal lives of the key players and splendid detail in costume, mannerisms and attitudes of that time period make Gods and Generals a mus see for those not only those interested in being entertained but actually learning about this tragic time in American History. Gods and Generals is a must see for those who enjoy realism and action.