Gods and Generals

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Director:
Ronald F. Maxwell
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13

Gods and Generals is a sweeping epic that charts the early years of the Civil War and how campaigns unfolded from Manassas to the Battle of Fredericksburg. This prequel to the film Gettysburg explores the motivations of the combatants and examines the lives of those who waited at home.

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  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Maxwell has populated his film with paragons rather than people. Worse, they talk and talk and talk; this film is in danger of talking itself to death before the Union and the Conf...

  • 40

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Gods and Generals is American history transformed into a museum movie, consistently making the flawed human characters at the heart of the Civil War into flawless figures Olympian ...

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A lumpy three-and-a-half-hour glob of Civil War history.

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