History Film / Gettysburg

17th Feb '17 6:01:44 PM Stonewall9177
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* BadassBookworm: Three words: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
30th Jan '17 9:53:36 AM Ohio9
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** Of course this is essentially TruthInTelevision because Meade didn't arrive at the battle until the night before Picket's Charge.

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** Of course this is essentially TruthInTelevision because Meade didn't arrive at the battle until the night before Picket's Charge.of the first day.
25th Jan '17 10:06:01 PM TheLearnedSoldier
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* SoundtrackDissonance: "Fife and Gun," a catchy and energetic theme played over scenes of men being slaughtered by rifle and cannon fire. It's actually the tune the Union band was playing as the infantry marched towards the battle on the first day, and the soundtrack picks up the tune and amplifies it.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: "Fife and Gun," a catchy and energetic theme played over scenes of men being slaughtered by rifle and cannon fire. It's actually the tune the Union band was playing playing[[note]]Called 'Hell on the Wabash' if you're interested.[[/note]] as the infantry marched towards the battle on the first day, and the soundtrack picks up the tune and amplifies it.



* TearJerker: In-universe example. Longstreet is so certain that Pickett's Charge will fail that he is too choked up to order the assault. When Pickett asks him if he should begin the attack, the best the heartbroken Longstreet can manage is a nod. Made worse by how eager and elated Pickett is to carry out the order.

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* TearJerker: In-universe example. Longstreet is so certain that Pickett's Charge will fail that he is too choked up to order the assault. When Pickett asks him if he should begin the attack, the best the heartbroken Longstreet can manage is a nod. Made worse by how eager and elated Pickett is to carry out the order.[[note]]This is actually how Longstreet issued the order in reality, according to his memoirs(which the novel The Killer Angels took heavily from).[[/note]]
25th Jan '17 9:33:48 PM TheLearnedSoldier
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* FauxlosophicNarration: Lee, but also to a lesser extent by Col. Chamberlain.
25th Jan '17 9:42:37 AM TheLearnedSoldier
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* ColonelBadass: (Lieutenant) Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. The badass comes out when he thinks he's been shot (the shot really bounced off his sword, but it clearly left him in shock and he has a limp for the rest of the movie). As they're dragging him back he sits up and shoots a charging man with his revolver. Just... wow. The historical Chamberlain was also a badass in that he was wounded six times during the war and survived in an era when just one was usually enough to kill you[[note]]While those wounds did eventually kill him, it took until '''1914''' for them to do so, possibly making him the last Civil War veteran to die of battle wounds[[/note]]. He started the war as a college professor, not an army officer. Which also qualifies him for BadassBookworm. He later became Governor of Maine and Ambassador to France.

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* ColonelBadass: (Lieutenant) Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. The badass comes out when he thinks he's been shot (the shot really bounced off his sword, but it clearly left him in shock and he has a limp for the rest of the movie). As they're dragging him back he sits up and shoots a charging man with his revolver. Just... wow. The historical Chamberlain was also a badass in that he was wounded six times during the war and survived in an era when just one was usually enough to kill you[[note]]While those wounds did eventually kill him, it took until '''1914''' for them to do so, possibly making him the last Civil War veteran to die of battle wounds[[/note]]. In fact, his penchant for not only surviving wounds that would kill or cripple other men but continuing to fight led to his earning the nickname(on both sides) of 'Bloody Chamberlain'--literally, as he was often covered in his own blood. He started the war as a college professor, not an army officer. Which also qualifies him for BadassBookworm. He later became Governor of Maine and Ambassador to France.
7th Jan '17 3:25:29 PM Ambaryerno
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
** The film skips over a key part of the Battle of Little Round Top. Specifically, Company B of the 20th Maine went missing and was thought lost at the start of the battle. They had actually been cut off and remained unengaged for most of the fight, until the bayonet charge gave them an opportunity to hook back up with their unit without getting slaughtered. The sudden appearance of fresh troops with plenty of ammunition charging the Confederate flank tricked the Rebels into thinking that the Federal troops were bringing up new units, contributing to their decision to surrender. This detail was in the original book.
** The film gives the impression that Confederate general James Kemper's wound he suffered in Picket's Charge is fatal, since it is stated to be so and he is not mentioned in the ending credits. However, Kemper actually survived his wound and went on to become governor of Virginia after the war.

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ArtisticLicenseHistory: The film skips over a key part of the Battle of Little Round Top. Specifically, Company B of the 20th Maine went missing and was thought lost at the start of the battle. They had actually been cut off and remained unengaged for most of the fight, until the bayonet charge gave them an opportunity to hook back up with their unit without getting slaughtered. The sudden appearance of fresh troops with plenty of ammunition charging the Confederate flank tricked the Rebels into thinking that the Federal troops were bringing up new units, contributing to their decision to surrender. This detail was in the original book.
** The film gives the impression that Confederate general James Kemper's wound he suffered in Picket's Charge is fatal, since it is stated to be so and he is not mentioned in the ending credits. However, Kemper actually survived his wound and went on to become governor of Virginia after the war.
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7th Jan '17 11:52:03 AM Ohio9
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The film skips over a key part of the Battle of Little Round Top. Specifically, Company B of the 20th Maine went missing and was thought lost at the start of the battle. They had actually been cut off and remained unengaged for most of the fight, until the bayonet charge gave them an opportunity to hook back up with their unit without getting slaughtered. The sudden appearance of fresh troops with plenty of ammunition charging the Confederate flank tricked the Rebels into thinking that the Federal troops were bringing up new units, contributing to their decision to surrender. This detail was in the original book.

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The film skips over a key part of the Battle of Little Round Top. Specifically, Company B of the 20th Maine went missing and was thought lost at the start of the battle. They had actually been cut off and remained unengaged for most of the fight, until the bayonet charge gave them an opportunity to hook back up with their unit without getting slaughtered. The sudden appearance of fresh troops with plenty of ammunition charging the Confederate flank tricked the Rebels into thinking that the Federal troops were bringing up new units, contributing to their decision to surrender. This detail was in the original book.book.
** The film gives the impression that Confederate general James Kemper's wound he suffered in Picket's Charge is fatal, since it is stated to be so and he is not mentioned in the ending credits. However, Kemper actually survived his wound and went on to become governor of Virginia after the war.
7th Jan '17 11:38:31 AM Ohio9
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** Both sides had generals who were killed in action during this battle, most notably general John Reynolds of the Union and Lewis Armistead of the Confederacy.

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** Both sides had several generals who were killed or wounded in action during this battle, most notably general John Reynolds of the Union and Lewis Armistead of the Confederacy.
6th Jan '17 4:15:26 PM Ambaryerno
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*** Even more poignantly, the producers learned of Jordan's death ''while editing that very scene''.
6th Jan '17 4:10:34 PM Ambaryerno
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* RankUp: It's not called out and is a FreezeFrameBonus, but Chamberlain begins the film wearing the rank of lieutenant colonel, with oak leaves on his shoulder boards. By the Little Round Top scene he is wearing the eagle of a full colonel.
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