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Gods and Generals

Gods and Generals

2003
War
3h 39m
Gods and Generals, the screen adaptation of Jeff Shaara's heralded best-selling novel and prequel to the acclaimed drama "Gettysburg," is and epic and sweeping portrayal of a nation divided at the start of the Civil War. (Warner Bros.)
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Gods and Generals

2003
War
3h 39m
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Rated 17 Mar 2008
5
0th
No one could even pay me $20 to watch this again
Rated 26 Aug 2016
33
9th
While it's admirably to show the Confederates as something honorable, and Duvall is a step up from Sheen in the portrayal of Lee, that's where the good times end. It is so confusingly written, edited, paced and shot that it loses any semblance of being a good film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
19th
Perhaps the 19th century was a boring, slow-moving era. That doesn't mean a movie about the Civil War has to be. Don't waste your time with this tripe.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
35
7th
Great book, boring movie
Rated 05 May 2012
75
48th
A definite step up from GETTYSBURG, the film is far more cinematic and stages its battle scenes impressively, and also dares to contextualise its action, and delve into the private lives of its main characters. Screenplay is still prone to an over reliance on speechiness, (and is a little long winded and pompous at times) but the actors by and large deliver effectively, with Lang standing out especially in a genuinely touching and moving performance.
Rated 10 Aug 2012
15
9th
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Rated 24 Jan 2010
2
37th
Huge disappointment. Well I cannot complain about the battle too much. I was really annoyed about religion in this film. All was like Jihad during American Civil War. I'd understand if there was some prayers in whole film but not (adleast) one every 5 minutes. Secondly here are Yanks shown as baddies whereas that's not the case in Gettysburg with the Confederates. Duvall is far better than Sheen as General Lee. Still decent film with all Gettysburg's faults.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
25
4th
I've never wanted 3 hours of my life back so badly.
Rated 12 Nov 2017
7
6th
F
Rated 28 Nov 2006
10
6th
No movie should ever be this long and slow. I didn't feel any emotions for any of the characters, and they even manage to take a potentially beautiful set and make it bland and dull. Watch Ken Burns Civil War stuff instead.
Rated 17 Apr 2011
40
6th
This really should have been a television mini-series as opposed to a full length motion picture. If you are into the Civil War, then you might like it. Especially if you are from the south. At least Robert Duvall makes for a better Robert E. Lee than the pious portrayal by Martin Sheen in Gettysburg.
Rated 07 Apr 2007
80
68th
Much better than _Gettysburg_. Dishonest portrayal of Stonewall Jackson, but very possibly the only Civil War movie EVER that's almost entirely from the Confederate point of view. A unique, rewarding film despite the flaws
Rated 08 Apr 2011
70
19th
Much too long and slow for my tastes
Rated 28 Feb 2008
40
14th
Why did they try so hard to make this as uninteresting as possible?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
38
24th
Some amazing moments, but everything is ruined by the godawful pace and length. This could have been good if they cut a few hours.
Rated 22 Apr 2017
45
3rd
I felt that this was a bit of a mess of a movie. It was interesting from a history point of view, as they seem to get a good number of details right (even with a sterilized view of the Confederate army), but felt soulless as a movie. It's basically Stonewall Jackson: The Movie, as he's the primary character you follow around. However, the focus isn't completely on him, which creates a weird narrative flow and poor pacing over four hours. It didn't exactly make for a good viewing experience.
Rated 28 Jul 2009
46
20th
Long...so goddamn long. The battle scenes look pretty though.
Rated 14 Feb 2015
70
63rd
I can understand why people dislike this movie. I really can. But I just can't feel that way. This movie is the perfect example of what a politically-correct, pro-Confederacy film can look like. Stonewall Jackson might as well have a halo around his head, all the soldiers quote classical orators before they go into battle, slaves are happy to be slaves. And it's not like the North isn't valorized too. Highly entertaining, though four hours does eventually wear.
Rated 24 Oct 2011
10
9th
"As remote and unyielding as an untouched textbook, often so much so that its academic fanaticism causes it to resemble a spectacular parody of daytime television's breathy, on-the-fly awkwardness." - Chuck Rudolph
Rated 29 Apr 2018
65
73rd
A much higher quality than Gettysburg.
Rated 04 Nov 2007
40
1st
Not even half the film that Gettysburg was.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
75th
Great flick
Rated 04 Jan 2021
30
11th
A decade before this movie was released, Gettysburg achieved lots of fame and glory. Gods and Generals in meanwhile failed in many aspects. Boring movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
96th
Very good adaptation Not as good as gettysburg but damn close
Rated 06 Mar 2022
48
9th
Tedious in the extreme.
Rated 15 Oct 2020
15
9th
Maybe this pro-Confederacy movie is offensive on that front, I am not a historical expert. However, I do enjoy film and this movie is offensive in its boringness.
Rated 15 Aug 2022
0
0th
Incompetent filmmaking, screen stuffed with a bunch of fat reenacting-hobbyists. Lost Cause propaganda.
Rated 31 May 2011
15
7th
"Succumbs to turgidity. And...intentionally or not... conveys the impression that the film uncritically celebrates the Confederacy"

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