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  • Acting for Two: W. Morgan Sheppard provides the Opening Narration in addition to portraying Gen. Isaac Trimble.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget: $20 million. Box office: $12 million. As a result of its massive length, the film was only able to be released in 248 theaters, often only playing twice in a day. Nonetheless, the film still managed to gross a surprising amount of money considering its release, and it more than made back its money in home video sales.
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  • California Doubling: In microcosm, since while most of the filming actually took place at Gettysburg National Park, the Little Round Top sequences were actually filmed on neighboring Big Round Top because the actual location was too small to fit both the actors and the production crew.
  • Fake American: Englishman W. Morgan Sheppard as General Trimble, and Australian George Lazenby as General Pettigrew.
  • In Memoriam: A dedication of Michael Shaara (author of The Killer Angels) and Richard Jordan (Lewis Armistead's actor) appears at the end of the film.
  • Posthumous Credit: Richard Jordan still received a credit as Lewis Armistead, having completed all of his scenes before dying of brain cancer on August 30, 1993.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Some sources claim the scene where General Lee gets mobbed by cheering Confederate soldiers was unscripted. The reenactors enjoyed working with Martin Sheen so much that they showed their appreciation in this manner, while Ron Maxwell filmed it. A similar scene occurs in The Killer Angels, however, so this story may be apocryphal.
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    • Stephen Lang (Pickett) was actually thrown from his horse during the filming of Pickett's Charge. The fall is used in the movie as the point where Pickett realizes how badly things are with his men.
  • What Could Have Been: The project was originally intended as a Mini Series for ABC (which had already aired North and South (U.S.)), but they dropped it when another miniseries about George Armstrong Custer didn't do so hot ratings-wise. That's when Ted Turner came in. This explains why it's so long as a movie- it was intended as a mini-series.
  • Written-In Infirmity: Inverted. The real General Ewell only had one leg. In his one scene, the General is always shown from the waist up, so the audience can't tell that his actor isn't missing a leg.


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