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The Making of Gods and Generals

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  • Ollie
    Believe it or not the show was on HBO and not any of Turner s atations. In it they bring out some of the reasons why the Antietam scenes were deleted. G & G is
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 9, 2003
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      Believe it or not the show was on HBO and not any of Turner's atations. In
      it they bring out some of the reasons why the Antietam scenes were deleted.

      G & G is NOT Gettysburg redone. It is being billed as "A TRUE Story of the
      Civil War" so it can't have the myths and plain errors which were prevelant
      in Gettysburg. G & G focuses on two people and how they and their families
      were affected by the war. You can tell who by the star billing. Jeff Daniels
      and Stephen Lang. This movie is about Joshua and Fanny Chamberlain and
      Thomas and Anna Jackson.

      From "The making of.." it seems that there are three major battles depicted,
      First Manassas (Jackson), Fredericksburg (Chanberlain) and Chancellorsville
      (Jackson). Antietam would be out of the movie stream because Joshua wasn't
      there or if he was he didn't do much.

      Robert Duvall does get special billing and much of the movie deals with his
      character. But then how can anyone make a Civil War Movie without Lee? On
      thing he said in ".The making of..." was that he is proud to be playing Lee
      and describes him as an honorable man. His line is "Some people North of the
      Mason Dixon Line might not like that but I am proud to play him"

      The make up is much better, the beards actually look real and Lang looks
      enough like Jackson to be his descendent. The scene where Jackson is wounded
      is rather forcefull. But the death scene is marred by the set not being a
      direct replica of the room where Jackson died.

      In case you were wondering, Buster Killrain is back. How they justify a
      ficticious character in a true story is to say he represents "the common
      soldier. He is the conscience of the film."

      If you subscribe to HBO look for this 15 minute program. I would also
      reccomend the Soundtrack CD. It comes with a DVD which has Dylan's "Cross
      The Green Mountain" and Mary Fahl's haunting "Going Home" along with some
      scenes that are not in the theactrical release. (None of which deal with
      Antietam, though).

      You can also see the music videos at the Sony Classical web site.

      O.G.
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