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rfm| Gettysburg
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1993
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Director: Ronald F. Maxwell
Screenplay: Ronald F. Maxwell, Michael Shaara
Producer: Moctesuma Esparza, Nick Lombardo, Robert Katz, Sandy Martin
Cast: Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen, Stephen Lang, Jeff Daniels, Richard Jordan
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 261
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
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Studio:  Turner Home Ent DVD Region:  1 PG
DVD Release:  Feb 2004 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$14.98]
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Reviews:  Three days in the summer of 1863, at a place called Gettysburg. Although it received a theatrical release, this four-hour depiction of the bloody Civil War battle was shot as a made-for-television film. But no taint of cheapness or shortcuts should stick to this magnificent picture (well, except maybe for those phony-looking mustaches). Based on Michael Shaara's book "The Killer Angels", this film takes a refreshingly slow, thorough approach to the intricacies of battle. In ordinary circumstances, those intricacies might seem of importance only to fans of military strategy or Civil War enthusiasts, yet in "Gettysburg" they come across as the very stuff of life, death, and unexpected heroism. If the film has a problem, it's that it climaxes too early: the first long segment, detailing the struggle of a "civilian soldier," Union Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels), to hold his ground against long odds, is an enthralling piece of moviemaking. Daniels, in a heartbreaking performance, does his best film work. Other cast members include Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott, and Martin Sheen as Robert E. Lee. Richard Jordan, in his final role, gives a powerhouse performance as Confederate general Lewis A. Armistead. Oh, and you can also try to spot Ted Turner, whose company produced the film, as a Confederate soldier. Writer-director Ronald F. Maxwell seems inspired by the gravity of the battle; long as it is, every moment of "Gettysburg" is informed by a nobility of purpose. "--Robert Horton"


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