History Film / Gettysburg

16th Sep '17 4:21:43 PM nombretomado
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** Both the book and the film have Fremantle going on about how the Southerners are so like the English and being descended from them due to their names, and bringing up Longstreet as an example. Turns out Longstreet is actually of Dutch descent, and Longstreet then reminds him that the U.S. [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution beat the British]], [[WarOf1812 twice]].[[note]]Let's be fair, the WarOf1812 was really a draw, mostly due to lack of enthusiasm on both sides[[/note]]

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** Both the book and the film have Fremantle going on about how the Southerners are so like the English and being descended from them due to their names, and bringing up Longstreet as an example. Turns out Longstreet is actually of Dutch descent, and Longstreet then reminds him that the U.S. [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution beat the British]], [[WarOf1812 [[UsefulNotes/WarOf1812 twice]].[[note]]Let's be fair, the WarOf1812 UsefulNotes/WarOf1812 was really a draw, mostly due to lack of enthusiasm on both sides[[/note]]
18th Aug '17 1:04:02 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** The raiding parties kidnapping and enslaving every black person they could find in Pennsylvania (more than a thousand) are conspicuously never mentioned.
18th Aug '17 1:02:59 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** The raiding parties kidnapping and enslaving every black person they could find in Pennsylvania (more than a thousand) are conspicuously never mentioned.
30th Jul '17 9:49:37 PM Ohio9
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** Actor Richard Jordan plays Confederate General Lewis Armistead, who is mortally wounded during Pickett's charge and dies shortly after the battle. Jordan was suffering the from cancer at the time, and he died shortly after the movie was released.

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** Actor Richard Jordan plays Confederate General Lewis Armistead, who is mortally wounded during Pickett's charge and dies shortly after the battle. Jordan was suffering the from cancer at the time, and he died shortly after filming for the movie was released.completed.
30th Jul '17 4:04:33 PM Ohio9
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* BloodlessCarnage: Most people who get shot on camera just clutch a part of their body and fall over (if from a gun), or get tossed in the air (if from a cannon - even if it's from a range that should have reduced them to chunky salsa on the spot). People who are injured offscreen often sport bloody bandages when they next appear, however.

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* BloodlessCarnage: Most people who get shot on camera just clutch a part of their body and fall over (if from a gun), or get tossed in the air (if from a cannon - even if it's from a range that should have reduced them to chunky salsa on the spot). This is probably because the film was originally intended to be a tv movie and thus could not show the more gory aspects of war on mainstream television. People who are injured offscreen often sport bloody bandages when they next appear, however.
30th Jul '17 4:02:28 PM 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.
** In real life, Joshua Chamberlain's 20th Maine Regiment was not deployed on Cemetery Ridge on the 3rd day of battle, and did not take part in the defense against Pickett's Charge as the movie depicted. As such, in real life it was not Thomas Chamberlain who found the wounded Confederate General Lewis Armistead after the battle and informed him of General Hancock's injury, but a different officer, Captain Henry H. Bingham.
30th Jul '17 6:38:09 AM Morgenthaler
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The movie focuses on four main actors in the battle: Generals Robert E. Lee (Martin Sheen) and James Longstreet (Tom Berenger) on the Confederate side and Gen. John Buford (Sam Elliot) and Lt. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Creator/JeffDaniels) on the Union side, though Buford's part ended about a third of the way through the movie. All of the characters in the movie are (based on) real-life people with the exception of Sgt. Buster Kilrain.

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The movie focuses on four main actors in the battle: Generals Robert E. Lee (Martin Sheen) (Creator/MartinSheen) and James Longstreet (Tom Berenger) (Creator/TomBerenger) on the Confederate side and Gen. John Buford (Sam Elliot) (Creator/SamElliot) and Lt. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Creator/JeffDaniels) on the Union side, though Buford's part ended about a third of the way through the movie. All of the characters in the movie are (based on) real-life people with the exception of Sgt. Buster Kilrain.
4th Jul '17 6:47:22 PM Bissek
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* ExactWords: On the third day, Lee tells Longstreet that "With my old war horse in command, attacking on ground of his own choosing, we cannot fail." Unfortunately, Pickett's Charge is ''not'' an attack on ground of Longstreet's choosing, but an attack on ground of ''Lee's'' choosing over Longstreet's objections. The attack fails miserably.
4th Jul '17 4:51:06 PM Bissek
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* ChromosomeCasting: It's a war film. The only female cast members are essentially part of the scenery as the army marches towards Gettysburg, and none of them get more than a single line.

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* ChromosomeCasting: It's a war film. The only female cast members are essentially part of the scenery as the army marches towards Gettysburg, and none of them get more than a single line.two lines.
4th Jul '17 4:49:19 PM Bissek
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** Lee insists on fighting the three-day battle despite the fact that the only reason they needed to take Gettysburg at all was for the shoe factories, which they took the first day, because military convention of the day was that the army that commanded the battlefield when the fighting was over was the winner. Thus to avoid the appearance of defeat by surrendering control of a town he had no use for so he could fight and win another battle on terms of his choosing later on, he stayed and ended up suffering a real defeat.
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