Gods and Generals

Genre: Historical, War, Action/Adventure; Starring: Kevin Conway, Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall, C. Thomas Howell, Stephen Lang, Billy Campbell, Mira Sorvino; Director: Ronald F. Maxwell; Author: Ronald F. Maxwell; Release Date Wide: 02/21/2003; Runtime (in minutes): 215; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Warner Bros.

Producer Ted Turner’s pet movie project is noble, earnest, and handsomely mounted – but also stilted, lumbering, and interminably long-winded. General Lee (Duvall) drags out strategy sessions, ”Stonewall” Jackson (Stephen Lang) breaks out in frequent prayer, a Yankee colonel (Daniels) pontificates on the evils of slavery, even a Dixie mother gets to speechify while sending her sons off to war. Occasionally, battles erupt: Men march, bullets fly, men fall. It’s all so tragically boring.

EXTRAS The commentary featuring two Civil War experts is more useful (and interesting) as history lesson than as making-of info; three docs tiresomely discuss the film’s authenticity and importance; further filler includes a video for the end-credit Bob Dylan song.

Originally posted July 18 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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