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The TNT original GETTYSBURG is a sweeping production depicting the events that led up to the Battle of Gettysburg and the three-day battle itself, which claimed tens of thousa...Read more
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Outstanding Movie about a pivotal moment in American History. This is a subject / movie that should be required viewing by every school aged child in America. Excellent photog...Read more
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As a retired U.S. Army Colonel and amateur military historian, I felt this movie was an excellent portrayal of one of the most tragic and defining moments in American history....Read more

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The TNT original GETTYSBURG is a sweeping production depicting the events that led up to the Battle of Gettysburg and the three-day battle itself, which claimed tens of thousands of lives, turned the tide of the Civil War, and eventually put an end to slavery in the United States. An excellent production illuminating the horrors and heroes of this uniquely idealistic war, the film boasts terrific performances from Jeff Daniels, Tom Berenger, and Martin Sheen. The screenplay was based on the best-selling novel THE KILLER ANGELS by Michael Shaara.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • Features: Letterboxed
  • Sound: Stereo Sound, Surround Sound
  • UPC: 053939613926

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Genre:Action/Adventure
Format:DVD

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Director:Ronald F. Maxwell
Leading Role:Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels
eBay Product ID: EPID3351629

Editorial reviews

"...Gere's showy but intense performance is the film's real focus, and it commands attention..."
New York Times - Stephen Holden (10/08/1993)

"...There are real virtues in almost all the performances..."
Sight and Sound - Tom Tunney (10/01/1994)

"...GETTYSBURG succeeds as a motion picture event, and as a recreation of a pivotal chapter of American history..."
Variety - Daniel M. Kimmel (10/04/1993)

"...This is a film that Civil War buffs will find indispensable..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (10/08/1993)

"...This epic does catch viewers up in the Civil War's three-day turning point -- both on tactical and humanistic levels, and from the viewpoint of both sides..."
USA Today - Mike Clark (03/25/1994)

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GETTYSBURG - DVD

Created: 13/04/10
Outstanding Movie about a pivotal moment in American History. This is a subject / movie that should be required viewing by every school aged child in America. Excellent photography, acting & cast, and the screenplay is well written so as not to be tedious for such a long movie. The actual battle hinged on several moments that could have gone the other way towards yet another Southern Victory and the film does a good job showing these moments. The movie is based on the Pulitzer Prize novel, "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara (1975)

The followup pre-quel "Gods & Generals" (based on the novel by Shaara's son Jeffrey) has a superb cast as well but is not quite as good as Gettysburg. My opinion for what it's worth. HOWEVER, it too is neccessary viewing background to understand the events at the beginning of the Civil War.

"Gettysburg" covers all of the major players who were important to this event on both sides. Well worth the $$$$$$. There is another DVD that combines both Gods & Generals + Gettysburg on one disc. The 3rd movie of the book trilogy by Michael & Jefferey Shaara "The Last Full Measure" remains to be made and no current plans exist to pursue it due to costs, locations and the lack of monetary & critical success of G&G (Ted Turner). The lack of this 3rd movie is bemoaned by Civil War buffs & historians alike. Maybe it will eventually be made.

I already have God's & Generals DVD (given to my dad Cmas 09) and the combo DVD which has both movies. This single copy was purchased as a Father's Day gift for my dad. Both available DVD's have extensive features of cast, crew, making of, and so much more to assist a novice in their understanding of this important event in American History.

I am a Civil War buff, serious student of history and have written one local book about the St. Louis & Hannibal RR (short line). I plan to write several more. Thanx for reading my 2¢ worth on this awesome movie. Ebay is an excellent, safe place to purchase these kinds of items and RedTagMarket is an outstanding, reliable seller.
k. allen ballard
April 13, 2010
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Gettysburg

Created: 06/03/11
As a retired U.S. Army Colonel and amateur military historian, I felt this movie was an excellent portrayal of one of the most tragic and defining moments in American history.

Jeff Daniels did a stellar job portraying Lt. Colonel Joshua Chamberlain the Regimental Commander of the 20th Maine. A former college professor, Chamberlain's actions at Gettysburg is one of the best 'lead by example' stories in U.S. military history. A story that is discussed at the U.S. Army War college to this day. Against all odds he and his men saved the exposed right flank of little round top which was the Achilles Heel of the Union battle position. When his unit ran out of ammunition he quickly rallied his troops to conduct a cleaver pivot maneuver followed by a bayonet charge that surprised and broke the Confederate line. Had the men from Maine retreated when they ran out of ammunition or had not trusted Chamberlain's steadfast example, the battle could have had a much different outcome.

Not only is the battle scene accurate it was filmed very close to the spot in which the fight actually occured. Robert Duval portrayed Robert E Lee who was took personal responsibility for the Confederate defeat and enormous loss of life. In just a few short days in July of 1863, both sides lost over 50,000 soldiers, 90% of what the U.S. military lost in the 10 years of the Vietnam War.

The movie also showed how hard it was for the senior leaders to fight former comrades from pre-war military service. Many of the Colonels and Generals had been Lieutenants or Captains who served together in the Mexican War or Modoc Indian Wars in California. Although they were all mortal enemies in this war, they had fond memories of their service together as soldiers always do and deeply regreted having to be on opposing sides in this conflict.

This is a very moving movie and a story that all students of American History should see. Soldiers on both sides made a tremendous sacrifice and showed what quality leadership can do when faced with a very difficult and costly mission.
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Created: 02/06/10
Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniel and Richard Jordan were superb in their parts, Martin Sheen not so much. Kevin Conway was very good, Sam Elliot not so much.

One of the most moving scenes in any movie I've ever watched was Armistead's visit with Longstreet on the night before Pickett's charge; thankfully, the orchestra shut up long enough to get through the scene without overloud and tedious music wrecking that, too. It's worth buying the movie for that scene alone. This production is another in which the superb period costuming, dialogue and infantry evolutions were completely subsumed in a tsunami of orchestra music, played as though louder is better, and too much is never enough. What should have been a platinum award, eternal classic docudrama comes out as pretty okay at best, over all, and masterpiece performances by most of the primary cast can't save the movie from the music. What a shame.

Again, artistic license was used to insert as dialogue the eternal drivel about fighting to free the slaves, and I don't believe that there is any contemporary account that puts this stuff in the mouths of the principals, my own family's diaries and journals of the time don't take much notice of 'coloreds' or 'negroes' until late in the war when Union forces were occupying considerable areas of the Confederacy; slaves encountered in occupied areas were made free by executive order (the Emancipation Proclomation), as property to be confiscated, since slaves were of of material value to the Confederacy; the freed slaves were no longer in a position in which they were provided food, clothing and shelter, and there was no cash in the south for the hire of labour. Work for the Union army was haphazard at best, and consisted mostly of burial details after battles. Slavery is, admittedly, bad but is not forced abandonment even worse? The subject is never touched upon here, and would certainly not fall into the PC pidgeon hole that an unseemly amount of the dialoge in this movie does.

The depiction of the battle, the various troop movements and the combat are, so far as I know, very well welded to historical fact and accounts, and had the orchestra been abesent the disciplined advances of the infantry into hopeless combat would have been so stirring as to choke up almost anyone, but again the orders, direction and field music, exhortations of the sergeants and file closers are overwhelmed by the damned orchestra.

Overall opinion of the movie? Pretty good downgraded from stellar because of the Orchestra.
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Epic flick- if you haven't seen it, buy it on the 'Bay!

Created: 21/03/09
Gettysburg, Ronald F. Maxwell's re-telling of four hot days during the summer of 1863 (based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara), is a spectacle that gathers power and momentum with every scene. Originally slated as a TNT mini-series, Gettysburg received the go-ahead for a theatrical run when Ted Turner realized the quality of the material he had on his hands. Those who are not daunted by the running time (two-hundred thirty-four minutes, easily the longest general release motion picture in a long while) and decide to see the film on the big-screen will find their choice well rewarded.

See it to believe it!

The film is divided into two parts, with an intermission in between (the length of the intermission varies from ten minutes to twenty-five minutes, depending on theater management). The first section, which begins on June 30, 1863 (the day before the start of the battle of Gettysburg) and ends during the day of July 2 with Col. Joshua Chamberlain's legendary defense of Little Round Top, is approximately two hours and twenty minutes long. The second part, which takes up the remaining 1:55, concentrates primarily on July 3 and the disastrous charge of Maj. Gen. George Pickett and 15,000 members of the Confederate Army against the entrenched Union position atop Cemetery Ridge.
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The real story of American Independance-July 1863

Created: 09/08/10
You've probably heard about the Battle of Gettysburg. You may have even studied it in school, but until you see this movie, you don't know the real story. I visited Gettysburg National Military Battlefield in 2007 and came to understand the place, and a little about the battles. Our guide recommended that we see this movie so we could understand the men.

If you don't see this movie, you're doing yourself a great dishonor. Lincoln was right, "we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract." As Americans, its important that we understand why 52,000 men gave their lives during those 3 horrific days in July, 1863. The battle ended on the 4th of July.

Tom Berrenger as James Longstreet, Martin Sheen as Robert E. Lee, Jeff Daniels as Joshua Chamberlain, and Kevin Conway as his faithful First Sergeant give performances that will rip your heart out...and make you know what this war was about.
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