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You are 110% correct about how this movie is elevated in overall quality by the numerous scene-stealing supporting roles,
But you forgot Robert Jordan. Armistead's Gesthemane scene with Longstreet the night before Pickett's charge almost steals the entire movie. I get a chill every time I watch it, which is often.

The long friendship and understanding between the two generals is so artfully conveyed that Berenger's Longstreet hardly says a word in the whole scene while Armistead pours his heart out.

Also excellent in support is Kevin Conway as Buster Kilraine.
Even C Thomas Howell does OK as young Tom Chamberlain. He isnt asked to do much, and he doesnt overdo it.

The only obvious whiff was James Lancaster as Col. Freemantle.
Another minor foul is the 50-something Patrick Gorman playing
a 32-year old General JB Hood.

Youre quite correct that the makeup is horrendous which is why my brother and I...both huge fans of the movie....dubbed it "Gettysbeard" pretty much from the first time we saw it almost 20 years ago.


Oh, and the greatest moment in film history might be when Daniels/Chamberlain yells out "Bayo-nets!!!" during the height of the crisis on LRT.

We use that phrase around the office now and again when circumstances require it.

Gordon Cameron

Agreed, Jordan's very good. As for the "bayonets" moment, it's wonderfully rousing -- Daniels's line delivery, the score, it all comes together. One of my favorite shots in the movie comes at that moment, when we see the soldiers in foreground fixing their bayonets as the camera tracks past them. That illustrates a principle I was taught in film school -- "screen displacement." A shot tends to have more kinetic energy when objects or forms are moving rapidly across the frame, and foreground action tends to enhance this.


The problem with giwrong a natural one is that it would take at least a year, probably eighteen months, to get there. A working actor can't do that.Read a description of Longstreet last night in Budiansky's Bloody Red Shirt (and about the only thing to smile about in that book):He was a messy bear of a man, six foot two with unkempt beard and hair and a big chest,- and he was technically an Edgefield man, born there in South Carolina though reared in Augusta and backwoods Alabama. He could ride better than anyone who better looked the part of the model Southern cavalier. He was the best fence jumper in the whole Confederate army. When he was accidentally shot through the neck byhis own men while aligning the troops for an attack in heavy underbrush and spent weeks convalescing, Lee sent him a fine horse from Virginia. Longstreet named his son Robert Lee Longstreet.That's about the most vivid description of Longstreet as a man (as opposed to a solider) I've seen in a long while. I really dislike that statue, as well. It's too stylized to be considered realistic, and too realistic to be considered stylized.


Both Beringer's beard and that midget suatte that looks out of sync in the national park are rediculous Yes Beringer should have grown a natural one, and did the artist that made that dwarf horse and longstreet, actually visit the other monuments.Before I was an Infantry Captain, I was cavalry and I had to vault to get on the horse,,,that suatte looks like they went over to the miniture horse show for a model I just shake my head..and move along

Tom Hercel

The scout Harrison emphasizing that theres federal cavalry just an angry mule's kick away and Longstreet puffing on his cigar digesting what he's been told and relaying to R.E. Lee the info...and showing his gratitude with a tent and cee-gar....well acted
The dirty sweaty Buford with matted hair at the front of the cavalry vanguard...well done scene

Gordon Cameron


Interesting observation about the horses! Being ignorant of equestrian matters I never noticed.


I love the way the film opens from Harrison's perspective as he glimpses the distant Federal cavalry. It captures a sense of two armies groping in the dark, and the almost random quality of the battle's ultimate location.


This movie has definitely gotten its due on the
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