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Shenandoah
ID:
1965
Comments:
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Screenplay: James Lee Barrett
Producer: Robert Arthur
Cast: James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, Rosemary Forsyth
Genre: Drama

Running Time: 105
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: English
Features:
Studio:  Universal Studios DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  May 2003 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$14.98]
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Reviews:  "Shenandoah", a film well-liked in its day, recalls "Friendly Persuasion" and foreshadows "The Patriot" as it tells of an American clan traumatized by war on native soil. Virginia farmer James Stewart has never owned slaves, owes allegiance to no one beyond his own kin, and adamantly disregards the North-South strife rumbling just over the hill: "This war is not mine and I take no note of it." That changes when youngest son Philip Alford ("To Kill a Mockingbird"'s Jem) is carried off by Yankees, and the family must ride out to reclaim him. "Shenandoah" has several affecting moments--notably a homefront atrocity--but much of it is lit and played like a television show. Script and direction are formulaic, Stewart falls back on cozy shtick, and the supporting cast is a collection of bland studio contract players. As the closing credit says: "filmed entirely at Universal City." "--Richard T. Jameson"


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