Gods and Generals

Gods and Generals

Director: Ronald F. Maxwell Cast: Robert Duvall, Stephen Lang, Jeff Daniels

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Ron Maxwell's civil war epic Gods and Generals comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a scene-specific commentary track recorded by Maxwell as well as Civil War historians Keith Gibson and James I. Robertson Jr., a featurette on the realities of slave life during the time period of the film, a biography on General Stonewall Jackson, and a featurette on the painstaking historical accuracy of the film. A pair of music videos, one from Bob Dylan, and an introduction by Ted Turner rounds out this excellent package from Warner Bros. that is highly recommended to any Civil War enthusiast.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2003
UPC: 0085392341320
Original Release: 2003
Rating: PG-13
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 3:39:00
Sales rank: 5,666

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new introduction by executive producer Ted Turner; Feature-length audio commentary by writer/director Ronald F. Maxwell and 2 of the film's historical advisors, Col. Keith Gibson and James I. Robertson Jr.; 3 insightful making-of documentaries: Journey to the Past, the African-American slave experience in the film's era; The Life of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a closeup look at this complex military man; and The Authenticities of the Film, about the movie's painstaking recreations of actual events; 2 music videos: Bob Dylan's "Cross the Green Mountain" and Mary Fahl's "Going Home"; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Subtitles: English, Français & Español; Enhanced features for you DVD-ROM PC: original website, including extensive production and historical notes, interactive activities, Civil War links and more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Duvall Gen. Robert E. Lee
Stephen Lang Gen. Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson
Jeff Daniels Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Mira Sorvino Fanny Chamberlain
Bruce Boxleitner Lt. General James Longstreet
Kevin Conway Sgt. Buster Kilrain
C. Thomas Howell Tom Chamberlain
Frankie R. Faison Jim Lewis
Matt Letscher Col. Adelbert Ames
Jeremy London Alexander "Sandie" Pendleton
William Sanderson Gen. A. P. Hill
Kali Rocha Anna Morrison Jackson
Brian Mallon Brig. General Winfield Scott Hancock
Mia Dillon Jane Beale
Donzaleigh Abernathy Martha
George Allen Confederate Officer
Bo Brinkman Major Walter H. Taylor
Robert Byrd Confederate General
Bill Campbell Gen. George Pickett
Ryan Cutrona Gen. Marsena Patrick
Robert Easton John Janney
Joseph Fuqua Col. J.E.B. Stuart
Phil Gramm Virginia Delegate
Lydia Jordan Jane Corbin
Edward Markey Irish Brigade Officer
Dana Rohrbacher 20th Maine Officer
R. E. Turner Col. Tazewell Patton
Alex Hyde-White Ambrose Burnside
Malachy McCourt Francis P. Blair
Royce D. Applegate Brig. General James L. Kemper
John Castle Old Penn
David Foster Captain Ricketts
Patrick Gorman Brig. Gen. John Bell Hood
Bo Gray Poague
Conn Horgan Dooley
Rosemary Knower Mary Lincoln
James Patrick Stuart Col. E. Porter Alexander
Dechen Thurman Actor
Trent Walker McClintock
Mark Aldrich Adjutant
Keith Allison Capt. James J. White
Mac Butler Gen. Joseph Hooker
Shane Callahan Bowdoin Student
David Carpenter Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy
Jim Choate Gen. Bernard Bee
Martin Clark Dr. George Junkin
Chris Clawson Charles Beale
Scott Allen Cooper Lt. Joseph Morrison
Devon Cromwell Caset Charlie Norris
Scott Davidson Sam Beale
Justin Dray George Jenkins
Miles Fisher John Beale
Keith Flippen Maj. Gilmore
Bourke Floyd Longstreet's Courier
Dennis Frye Griffin's Aide
James Garrett Gen. John Curtis Caldwell
Karen Goberman Lucy Beale
Alexander Gordon Martha's Older Son
Bo Greigh Pvt. Pogue
Fred Griffith Gen. Robert Rodes
Karen Hochstetter Roberta Corbin
James Horan Col. Cummings
Ben Hulan Lieutenant
Sam Hulsey Julian Beale
Les Kinsolving Gen. William Barksdale
Damon Kirsche Harry McCarthy
Lew Knopp Jackson's Courier
James Thomas Lawler Another Looter
Matt Lindquist Johann Heros Von Borcke
Doug Lory 2nd Irishman
Daniel J. Jesus Manning Maj. John Harman
Tom Mason Old Man in Fredericksburg
Jonathan Maxwell Capt. Ellis Spear
Terry McCrea Captain
Andrew McOmber Young Corporal
Rosemary Meacham Hattie
Marquis Moody Martha's Younger Son
Peter Neofotis Wounded Maine Man
Mark Nichols Surgeon in Fredericksburg
Carsten Norgaard Gen. Darius Nash Couch
Tim O'Hare Lt. Col. Clair Mulholland
Sean Pratt Dr. Hunter Holmes McGuire
Jasmyn Proctor Martha's Daughter
John Prosky Gen. Lewis Armistead
Kyle Prue Wounded Maine Soldier
W. Joseph Quam 1st Irishman
Ted Rebich Looter #3
Tim Ruddy Pvt. McMillan
Noel Schwab Colston's Officer
Morgan Sheppard Gen. Isaac Trimble
Christie Lynn Smith Catherine Corbin
Michael Sorvino Federal Soldier
Stephen Spacek Capt. James Power Smith
Dana Stackpole Lottie Estelle
Matthew Staley Lieutenant Boswell
David Stifel Rev. David S. Jenkins
Stephen Leonard Sullivan Federal Soldier
Buck Taylor Gen. Maxcy Gregg
Chris Conner John Wilkes Booth
Tyler Trumbo Young Wellford
Christopher Crutchfield Walker Looter
Scott Watkins Gen. Raleigh Colston

Technical Credits
Ronald F. Maxwell Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Suzanne Arden Associate Producer
Gregory W.M. Bolton Art Director
Donald P.H. Eaton Asst. Director
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Corky Ehlers Editor
Moctesuma Esparza Executive Producer
David Franco Musical Direction/Supervision
John Frizzell Score Composer
Dennis Frye Associate Producer
Nick Grillo Co-producer
Stephen Halbert Sound/Sound Designer
Casey Hallenbeck Set Decoration/Design
Michael Z. Hanan Production Designer
Martin G. Hubbard Set Decoration/Design
Robert Katz Executive Producer
Patricia Klawonn Set Decoration/Design
Richard La Motte Costumes/Costume Designer
Mace Neufeld Executive Producer
Kees Von Oostrum Cinematographer
Robert G. Rehme Executive Producer
Jeff Shaara Associate Producer
Jonathan J. Short Set Decoration/Design
Ronald G. Smith Executive Producer
Joy Todd Casting
Stan Tropp Set Decoration/Design
Ted Turner Executive Producer
Kees Van Oostrum Cinematographer
Robert J. Wussler Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Foreword and Credits
2. An Offer Declined
3. Virginia Responds
4. Answering the Call
5. A Son's Choice
6. Train With the Bayonet
7. Only the Black Flag
8. Ol' Tom Fool
9. Thy Will Be Done
10. Manassas: A Stone Wall
11. Yell Like Fury
12. We Must Never Forget
13. The Chamberlains
14. The Jacksons
15. 20th Regiment
16. No Shortage of Enemies
17. First Brigade
18. Burnside's Decision
19. All That We Are
20. Open Hearts
21. From His Daughter
22. Good Soldiers
23. Fredericksburg Erupts
24. Mistress of the House
25. We Who Are About to Die
26. Fellow Irishmen
Side #2 -- Special Features
27. Not Yet Our Time
28. Line of Battle
29. Hell at the Front
30. Battlefield Silence
31. Wanting to Die Free
32. How Horrible Is War
33. Orders and Signs
34. Compared to What?
35. All the Daddies
36. Well With Us
37. Trading
38. The General's Lady
39. The Bonnie Blue Flag
40. Duty and Consequences
41. No Excuse for Slavery
42. Crying for Them All
43. Family Reunion
44. Jackson's Next Mission
45. Sneaking Up on the Enemy
46. Surprise at Chancellorsville
47. Night Ambush
48. Lost Arms
49. Lemonade and Love
50. Commander's Prayer
51. Crossing Over
52. Coda and End Credits

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Gods and Generals 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Combining historical facts with heatfelt acting, Gods and Generals poignantly depicts the first few years of the Civil War. A must have for any history buff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great insite on the generals and important ppl of the civil war...see this before gettysburg
melong More than 1 year ago
This movie and the book on which it is based offers an insight into the difference in civil war leaders. Some are great soldiers and leaders. The rest are Political appointments and pretenders. When faced with great deciaions, many are indecisive and even cowardly. Offers lessons about military leaders from every era.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After having read the excellant book 'Gods and Generals', I eagerly anticipated the release of this movie. To my great discontent, I found the movie utterly disapointing. Instead of portraying the four main characters equally, the movie concentrated on General Jackson and his personal quarkiness. The story barely touched on the other characters. Had I not read the book first, I may have liked the movie better. I also read the 'Killer Angels' and thought the movie 'Gettysburg' was much trurer to Shaara's version. Although I am a great admirer of General Jackson, I was looking forward to a more in depth portrayal of Generals Lee and Hancock and LtCol Chamberlain. To me it was not a matter of favoring one side or the other's version of the war, it was a matter of sticking to the version the author wrote. In that the movie was sorely lacking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for family viewing. It shows the Godly character of the Confederate generals. Normal battle scenes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I saw Gettysburg in a cinema en 1995,in Mexico City, and I enjoyed the movie, I am no exactly an anti-gringo guy, and I know that thanks the Civil War was over, the American government ( Mr. Grant ) pushed the French Emperator Napoleon III and forced him to command French troops to evacuate my country in 1866, leaving alone Maximiximilian , the austrian Emperor, Now you can realize how the end of the Civil War affected Mexico in somehow. Some datys ago I bought Gods and Generals, it's a long long movie, I miss Tom Berenger by the way....I wander if the movie ' The last full measure' was already released, I tried to find it in the net, but so far I ain't find nothing at all, so I will looking for it
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie Gods & Generals is based on a novel by some person (can't remember). The movie follows the life and beliefs of Gen Jackson, Gen Lee, and Colonel Chamberlain through the battles of the Bull Run, Fredicksburg, and Chancellorville. Wait, wasn't the novel really about Fredicksburg? Anyways, through the movie you hear a lot of long pointless speeches, awkard acting, and what about the personal beliefs. Then you will probably say "when will the fighting start." Just wait and you will get what you want. The movie also shows the errors generals have made. For the battle re-an-acted the director does a great job on it. You first see the battle of the Bull Run which only last about ten minutes. I know that the real fight was longer. The fight does get intense though you might already know who wins if you got an A on a Civil War test. Then you more talking, speeches, the life of the generals, and the movie skips Antietam and goes straight to Fredicksburg. This is when it gets really good. Gen Lee makes Jackson and Longstreet to set up the army on the hill. Meanwhile, 2 of Gen Burnsides officers requested that they and their troops go cross the river to take over Fredicksburg. Thanks to recon, they discover that the city is barely defended. Their plan was to go and secure the city so a big Union army can go in the city without a fight, but it is denied. Burnside's plan was to get the big army to join them and on morning engineers will use pontoons (whatever they are) to help the army cross. Then the big army will go to Fredicksburg for frontal assault on the hill. Though Burnside doesn't know that gives the Confederates enough time to go in the city, set up a defense, and put sharpshooters to the defend the city. After the fight Gen Lee and Gen Jackson find out that Gen "Fighting Joe" Hooker is leading a huge army to destroy them. So Lee and Jackson decide to attack them by morning. Who will win the battle? Can Burnside be able to crush Lee? Can Jackson defeat Fighting Joe's bigger army? The answers are in the books and in the movie, because you will suprised.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to add on to the review John Hardin did. The movie IS historically accurate and for every one movie that is 'biased' toward the South, there are 50 movies that rework the facts in favor of the North. I too had ancestors who fought and didn't own slaves and I had one who was killed on his way home after the war by a band of Yankee soldiers. With that aside, I'm am finally elated to hear someone's opinion and finally a movie about the South that is actually close to the way true Southerners really are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the stunning triumph that was ''Gettysburg,'' it took them a decade to mount a production of ''Gods and Generals,'' based on Jeff Shaara's prequel to his father Michael's award-winning novel. While Jeff's novel wasn't much of a worthy successor to his father's work, it was certainly better than this travesty. None of the things that made ''Gettysburg'' great were in evidence here. The film seems so wrapped up in its own self-importance that it forgets to be entertaining. While Martin Sheen was a bit of flawed casting as Lee in ''Gettysburg,'' he's still a far sight better than Robert Duvall, whose performance can at best be described as somnambulant. The scenes with Jackson and the little girl are ridiculous, and even the big speeches, which were so riveting in ''Gettysburg,'' fall apart here. Do yourself a favor and just don't bother.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the film does have some Southern leanings, they did not offend me at all. I personally have always been more impressed with the Confederates anyway. The Union won because they were bigger and stronger and because they had greater resources. The South lost because they didn't have the resources, manpower, and because of the Union navy. They did, however, make an amazing attempt with what they had available to them, and if they had had the resources they would have simply out-generaled the Yankees even without the manpower. Both sides fought heroically, but I can see why the makers focused on the South. They have the romantisim and heriosm of one of the last great Lost Causes. The Union had many bright lights, including Generals Hancock, Reynolds, and Chamberlain, as well as the common heroic infantryman. The commanding generals were pathetic; however, and that should have lost the war. I've lived my whole life in Pennsylvania. I welcome any debate on this subject in the form of email.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is only one thing worse than a four-hour movie---that is a four-hour movie that is bad!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the few movies about the Civil War that presents the Southern side from a Southern viewpoint. It's good to see this viewpoint amidst today's politically-correct revisionist view that the War between the States was fought over slavery. From the Southern viewpoint, the federal government didn't represent their interests anymore, so they decided to secede, the right of which is protected under the 9th and 10th amendments in our Bill of Rights. Remember, at one time, we were British subjects, and we seceded from England. Beyond all that, the movie is a very long 4+ hours. It's important to realize that this is a movie made more for historians and civil war reenactors than for the general public. The movie got terrible reviews by all the major critics, probably because there aren't boobs flashing or lots of swearing. If you can't sit for so long in a theater, then rent it and watch it at home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gods and Generals is a refreshing departure from the flashy, IQ challenged war movies so many studios like to release these days. Rather than giving us close-ups of flying body parts and slow-motion shots of bodies riddled with hundreds of bullets, Gods and Generals chooses to focus on the men who fought and their reasons for doing so. Men brought to vivid life by unanimously excellent preformences. It is definately worth noting that the Confederates are not portrayed as the traitors to the union that school textbooks would have our children believe they were. It is said that history is written by the victors, but thanks to Jeff Sharra and Ron Maxwell, people will finally begin to understand what truly happened during the most tragic American war, not the politically correct myth that has been spoon fed to us for so long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having watched this film and the follow up of Gettysburg you wonder what the result might have been if Jackson had survived to be at Gettysburg instead of Euel who refused to take Cemetary Ridge. Jackson would have charged in and possibly denied the Union forces the high ground. I have also read the books on which the films were based and the production is excellent. Accuracy when it count.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, the motion picture industry has levelled the playing field by presenting the War for Southern Independence from the Southern perspective. If you have ever wondered why southerners can't ''forget'' the War, do yourself a favor and see this one! Its the most accurate history yet, especially if you have ever read the original source materials and not focused on the Harvard revisionists' view.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though the perspective is dominated as from the south, it is more a Virginian's perspective and one from its military men. Stonewall Jackson and Lee are both represented with due respect. The movie lays out the mistakes of the North, showing that not all Generals were fit to lead, while others were followed because of their leadership abilities. The character of Jackson was well-developed and portayed as a man that honored his position. It is difficult for me to know the reliability or accuracy of this portrayal, but it was well presented. This movie does not insult either side, but goes about presenting situations and the human perspective. It does not judge, but makes the veiwer realize that there were various reasons for the war. It does place in perspective the issue of slavery and how it was not the only reason the war was fought, as many people today believe. I will find Gettysburg and watch it next, but I hope it is available in something other than wide screen format.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally a Civil War Film that is historically correct.In the B&N review it was stated that the film is Southern Biased and may offend some people. I'm from the South and had many ancestors who fought and died defending their homes and most of them were poor dirt farmers who never owned slaves or had enough money to even consider owning them. It is refreshing to see a film that shows the Southern people as something other than ignorant,cruel and hard hearted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Save yourself the three hours plus that it takes to watch this movie and use the time to study the civil war from an unbiased viewpoint. The fact that the movie was three hours long did not bother me; I have enjoyed many wonderful three hour movies (Lord of the Rings, Pearl Harbor, Gladiator). The problem was that the producers took what should have been an hour and a half long movie and crammed it into three long dreadful hours. Adding to the dullness was a slew of bad acting and an obvious southern bias. I don't personally care who won the war between south and north, being from the west coast myself. However, the movie was clearly slanted to glorify the south and make the north appear to be a bunch of heartless bullies. I do have to admit that a few of the battle scenes were well contructed, but not comparable to other modern war movies. Perhaps if you are one of those people who think that the south won the war you will appreciate this movie. Otherwise, save youself the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though the movie is very slow and the plot on the book was about Fredicksburg, the movie is still good. The movie has some good actors including Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now Redux) and Jeff Daniels, but the acting is awkard. The movie is very slow and boring, but the battles are intense and amazing. If it's one thing anyone should give credit to the movie is the battles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By itself, G&G is a bit much--in time and sentiment. But as a setup for the earlier made but later historical epic Gettysburg, it is just right. As to length of the film, why chop out Antietam--what's another hour or so if you are filling in the transition from glory to reality? Tonally, the film is too ''Southern'' but purposefully. The excesses of that sentiment will be pared away at Gettysburg. One hopes the third segment, Last Full Measure, gets made despite the negative criticism of G&G, so the whole epic of our Civil War gets a worthy treatment ... and here's betting the 3rd piece will find the right balance in points of view and demeanor. Visually, however, this film is 5-star all the way and remarkably displays the awesome foolishness of the union advance at Fredericksburg and something of the brilliance and suddenness of Jackson's end run at Chancellorsville. Take the day and run this one and immediately follow up with Gettysburg--you might even find some ironic brilliance in the transferral of Stephen Lang from his Jackson in G&G to his Pickett in Gettysburg, rather emphasizing further what was lost in Jackson's death. Finally, maybe the unused Antietam material will be the basis for a focused film on that battle--I'd use Moreau's novelization as the basis for the screenplay if so.
djryork More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this movie even though it was very long. Would recommend it to anyone. The motion picture soundtrack to this movie is also very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great prequel to the movie Gettysburg by the same producer. It covers the events from the beginning of the Civil War up until a few months before Gettysburg. The historical accuracy of the movie is amazing, but it is still as exciting as a modern day thriller. The weapons, clothing, charachters, scenery, and battles are all recreated masterfully. Some people may not like how long the movie is, but I personally think that is was way too short to show all the information. I would definitely suggest that you watch this movie, and read the books it is based on, the Civil War Trilogy by Jeff and Michael Shaara. ''Gods and Generals'', ''The Killer Angels'', and ''The Last Full Measure'' They are all great books. I just cant wait until the last movie for the trilogy(The Last Full Measure) comes out.