Duvall is more convincing playing Robert E. Lee than Martin
Sheen was in the same role for the movie, "Gettysburg,"
not least because Duvall is a better horseman. As a reviewer
for the Dallas Morning News noticed, Martin Sheen bounced
all over his horse while playing Lee ten years ago. Duvall,
like his famous ancestor, actually knows how to ride a horse.
box office numbers will give writer/director Ron Maxwell the
leverage he needs to secure funding to complete the film trilogy
of which this is one part.
critics would rather you watched something else.
McCarthy wrote recently for this site, "Gods and Generals
is more or less explicitly Christian, Southern, and even libertarian."
like accents, this is a feast: both regional dialects and the
Bible-soaked patterns of nineteenth-century American speech
are faithfully reproduced.
Lang as Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.
haven't been to a movie with an intermission since "Lawrence
of Arabia," you're overdue.
as Fanny Chamberlain.
as Union Sergeant "Buster" Kilrain.
Faison as the loyal but conflicted cook, Jim Lewis.
of the battlefield clash between northern and southern Irishmen.
meeting of Johnny Reb and Billy Yank on Christmas Day.
of the song, "Bonnie Blue Flag."
(read: state) flags under the opening credits, which offer silent
but eloquent testimony to Confederate notions of patriotism.
take philosophy or religion as seriously as this one does.
War" mini-series needs company.
passion, and fair-mindedness on the big screen is a good thing.
O'Hannigan [send him mail]
is a technical writer in California.