In the summer of 1863, General Lee (Sheen) makes his deep thrust into southern Pennsylvania and clashes with the Northern Army near the village of Gettysburg. This 1993 film, more than four hours in length and originally intended as a TV miniseries, concentrates most of its attention on two parts of what was a larger, three-day-long battle: the defense of Little Round Top under Col. Joshua Chamberlain (Daniels) and Pickett's Charge (with Lang in the role of Maj. Gen. George Pickett). Other notable elements include the disagreement between Lee and Longstreet (Berenger) over tactics, and the bravery of Confederate Brig. Gen. Lewis Armistead (Jordan). Writer-director Ronald Maxwell worked on this project for 15 years, and used 13,000 Civil War re-enactors to film the epic battle scenes. It may seem overlong and unimaginatively traditional, but it's stirring nonetheless.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus
It's 1863 and the South is having trouble keeping the northern army out of Richmond, so they decide to bring the war to the North. On a strict policy not to commit the war crimes the North commited the southern army heads to Washington to present a letter to the president forcing the president to give them their freedom. But, the northern army turns and confronts them at the town of Gettysburg.
Lee sends Lt.Gen. Ewell and Lt.Gen. Hill to take the town and the high ground until Lt. Longstreet arrived. They fail and the north has the high ground. Longstreet suggests to Lee that they go around and take position elsewhere so they would be on the defensive like they intendid. Lee ignores.
The next day Lee sends all three corps on the offensive to the immediate south and north. They fail. On the third day he has Longstreet send his men straight down the middle. He strongly disagrees but there is nothing he can do.
He sends his men including Br.Gen Armistead who is fighting his best friend, northerner Lt.Gen. Hancock.
In the end Lee sees what mistake he has made, but it is to late, half of his army is destroyed.
The review of this Movie prepared by Gerad Blume
The armies of the Union and Confederate powers in the U.S. have met in a small town called Gettysburg. While the Confederates push back the Union Army to a defensive position on hills and ridges, on the third day of the battle, the Confederates try a desperate charge that turns into a semi-massacre. This is the turning point of the Civil War toward the Union (U.S.A.).
The review of this Movie prepared by Eugene Kim
The movie Gettysburg, based on the book by Michael Shaara,
takes a look at war through the eyes of the actual people involved. With impressive special effects and a very talented cast, especially Jeff Daniels in the role of Joshua Chamberlain, this movie takes you through the begining with North and South meeting in the small PA town
to the courageous and heartbreaking Pickett's Charge.
This would have scored a 10, but as a southerner I could not justify Martin Sheen (whom I greatly respect as an actor) playing the role of Robert E. Lee even though he did a fine performance, I just didn't buy it.
The review of this Movie prepared by Teresa McNamara
Thid movie is based on the novel "The Killer Angels," In a bold move, Gen. Robert E. Lee leads his army into Pennsylvania, hoping to find and crush the Federal army. They find each other on the outskirts of Gettysburg. This was the "high water mark" of the Confederacy. The movie follows some of the most important events of the three days of the battle, Gen. Buford's holding action, Col. Chamberlain on Little Round Top, and "Pickett's Charge." We all know how it ends, but the tension is kept up so well, folks were trembling at intermission and exhausted when they left the theater. Fine performances, good examination of the motives of the soldiers, and extremely effective battle scenes make this a "must see" film. Forgive the fake beards.
The review of this Movie prepared by Zorikh Lequidre
Michael Davis on 8/31/2015 9:45:01 AM says: This movie is decent as a source of entertainment. Where it fails is in it's overt pandering to the Southern cause while ignoring that of the Northern. While the movie provides several untruthful lines in an effort to gain sympathy for the South ("We should have freed the slaves and THEN gone to war" - Longstreet never actually said this and if he thought that way he would have fought for the North), there is very little of value that would provide any sympathy for the Northern cause.
Another failure is with the re-enactors. While their efforts are admirable, they are not actors. Too many times we see soldiers dying while other soldiers around them are smiling and laughing. We see soldiers in the heat of battle who do not react in any way to what is going on around them. One soldier is killed by a Rebel bayonet while a Union soldier next to his fallen comrade looks about like "what's going on? Are we being attacked?"
This movie was made in an age before Saving Private Ryan redefined how battles are choreographed and filmed. After viewing the latter film, it is easy to see just how lazy the filmmaking was on Gettysburg. As for battle sequences, where Saving Private Ryan is Baryshnikov, Gettysburg is a five year old's dance recital.