Gods and Generals
Gods and Generals
Gods and Generals, the screen adaptation of Jeff Shaara's heralded best-selling novel and prequel to the acclaimed drama Gettysburg, is an epic and sweeping portrayal of a nation divided at the start of the Civil War.
Beginning in early l861 and continuing through l863, just prior to the Battle of Gettysburg, the film illuminates heroes from both sides of the war, such as Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (JEFF DANIELS), a professor at Maine's Bowdoin College who gave up a promising academic career to enlist in the Union army, then went on to become one of the North's finest military leaders; Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee (ROBERT DUVALL), a distinguished 25-year veteran of the United States Army and native Virginian, forced to choose between allegiance to his country and loyalty to his home; and Thomas "Stonewall"Â Jackson (STEPHEN LANG), a devoutly religious man whose faith and courage made him an outstanding soldier and Lee's most trusted lieutenant.
The tremendous suffering and bravery of the Civil War was not confined to the battlefields.
Gods and Generals vividly brings to life not only the Civil War's legendary leaders, but also the legions of anonymous soldiers and citizens who fought passionately and courageously for their vision of freedom and unity, in a war in which more Americans lost their lives than in any other conflict in the nation's history.
The film tells the story of the wives and families who were forced to assume responsibility at home, often in cities under direct attack from the opposition.
Chamberlain's wife Fanny (MIRA SORVINO), Jackson's wife Anna (KALI ROCHA), and Jane Beale (MIA DILLON), whose family was caught in the Battle of Fredericksburg, reflect the spirit, courage and anxiety of those who were left behind.
"The Civil War was a brutal episode in our history,"Â says Ron Maxwell, the film's writer/director/producer. "More than a million and a half people were killed or wounded. Tens of thousands were made refugees. The suffering was beyond our reckoning. Individual heroism and courage, duty and honor, only make sense in the context of these trials and tribulations. We have not shied away from either in this film. The last thing the world needs is a mindless, glossy entertainment on the Civil War. None of us want that, so it is important to accept the seriousness of this challenge: to keep our eyes wide open, to be relentlessly honest, to refrain from perpetuating myth and folklore "” to get to the truth of the matter. Nothing will be more dramatic and nothing will be more worthwhile."Â
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TED TURNER PICTURES presents, an ANTIETAM FILMWORKS production of a Ron Maxwell film, Gods and Generals, starring JEFF DANIELS, STEPHEN LANG and ROBERT DUVALL as Robert E.
Written and directed for the screen by RONALD F. MAXWELL, based on the book by JEFFREY M. SHAARA. Produced by Ronald F. Maxwell; co-produced by NICK GRILLO; co-executive produced by RONALD G. SMITH; executive produced by TED TURNER, ROBERT KATZ, ROBERT REHME, MOCTESUMA ESPARZA and MACE NEUFELD; associate executive produced by ROBERT J. WUSSLER.
The talented creative team includes director of photography KEES VAN OOSTRUM, A.S.C.; editor CORKY EHLERS; production designer MICHAEL Z. HANAN; visual effects producer THOMAS G. SMITH; music by JOHN FRIZZELL and RANDY EDELMAN; music production and supervision by DAVID FRANCO.
Gods and Generals will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.,
an AOL Time Warner Company.
Gods and Generals has been rated "PG-13"Â by the MPAA for "sustained battle sequences."Â
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