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Gods and Generals (2003)



Critic Consensus: Filled with two-dimensional characters and pompous self-righteousness, Gods and Generals is a long, tedious sit. Some may also take offense at the pro-Confederate slant.

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Director Ron Maxwell and producer Ted Turner return to the glory and tragedy of the Civil War in this historical drama, a prequel to Gettysburg, which examines the early days of the conflict through the experiences of three men. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) left behind a quiet life and a career as a college professor to become one of the Union's greatest military minds. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (Stephen Lang) was, like Chamberlain, a man of great religious faith who served in the defense of the Confederacy. And Gen. Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall), who led the Confederate army, was a man who was forced to choose between his loyalty to the United States and his love of the Southern states where he was born and raised. As Chamberlain, Jackson, and Lee are followed through the declaration of war and the battles at Manassas, Antietam, Frederickburg, and Chancellorsville, the film also introduces us to the many supporting players in the epic tale of the war between the States, among them the women these men left behind, among them Fanny Chamberlain (Mira Sorvino) and Anna Jackson (Kali Rocha). Based on a novel by Jeff Shaara, Gods and Generals also features a new song written and performed by Bob Dylan. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Jeff Daniels
as Lt. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Stephen Lang
as Gen. Thomas `Stonewall' Jackson
Robert Duvall
as Gen. Robert E. Lee
Mira Sorvino
as Fanny Chamberlain
Kevin Conway
as Sgt. Buster Kilrain
C. Thomas Howell
as Sgt. Thomas Chamberlain
Frankie Faison
as Jim Lewis
Patrick Gorman
as Gen. John Bell Hood
Brian Mallon
as Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Kali Rocha
as Anna Morrison Jackson
Mia Dillon
as Jane Beale
Bruce Boxleitner
as Gen. James Longstreet
Jeremy London
as Alexander `Sandie' Pendleton
Billy Campbell
as Gen. George Pickett
Stephen Spacek
as Capt. James Power Smith
William Sanderson
as Gen. A.P. Hill
Robert Byrd
as Confederate General
Bo Brinkman
as Major Walter Taylor
Mark Aldrich
as Adjutant
George Allen
as Confederate Officer
Allison Keith
as James J. White
Royce D. Applegate
as General James Kemper
Dana Rohrbacher
as 20th Maine Officer
Mac Butler
as General Joseph Hooker
David Carpenter
as Reverend Beverly Tucker Lacy
John Castle
as Old Penn
Jim Choate
as General Bernard Bee
Martin Clark
as Dr. George Junkin
Chris Conner
as John Wilkes Booth
Scott Cooper
as Lt. Joseph Morrison
Devon Cromwell
as Cadet Charlie Norris
Ryan Cutrona
as General Marsena Patrick
Justin Dray
as George Jenkins
Miles Fisher
as John Beale
Keith Flippen
as Major Gilmore
Rosemary Knower
as Mary Lincoln
Joseph Fuqua
as Col. J.E.B. Stuart
James Garrett
as General John Curtis Caldwell
Robert C. Byrd
as Confederate General
Shane Callahan
as Bowdoin Student
Chris Clawson
as Charles Beale
Scott Davidson
as Sam Beale
Robert Easton
as John Janney
Bourke Floyd
as Longstreet's Courier
David Foster
as Captain Ricketts
Dennis E. Frye
as Griffin's Aide
Karen Goberman
as Lucy Beale
Scott Allen Cooper
as Lt. Joseph Morrison
Alexander Gordon (V)
as Martha's Older Son
Phil Gramm
as Virginia Delegate
Bo Greigh
as Private Pogue
Fred Griffith
as General Robert Rodes
Karen Hochstetter
as Roberta Corbin
James Horan
as Colonel Cummings
Con Horgan
as Private Dooley
Ben Hulan
as A Lieutenant
Dennis Frye
as Griffin's Aide
Sam Hulsey
as Julian Beale
Alex Hyde-White
as General Ambrose E. Burnside
Lydia Jordan
as Jane Corbin
Les Kinsolving
as General William Barksdale
Damon Kirsche
as Harry McCarthy
Lew Knopp
as Jackson's Courier
James Thomas Lawler
as Another Looter
Matt Letscher
as Colonel Adelbert Ames
Matt Lindquist
as Johann Heros Von Borcke
Doug Lory
as Second Irishman
Dan Manning
as Major John Harman
Edward Markey
as Irish Brigade Officer
Tom Mason
as Old Man in Fredericksburg
Jonathan Maxwell
as Captain Ellis Spear
Malachy McCourt
as Francis P. Blair
Terry McCrea
as A Captain
Daniel J. Jesus Manning
as Maj. John Harman
Andrew McOmber II
as Young Corporal
Marquis Moody
as Martha's Younger Son
Peter Neofotis
as Wounded Main Man
Carsten Norgaard
as General Darius Nash Couch
Tim O'Hare
as Lt. Col. Clair Mulholland
Sean Pratt
as Dr. Hunter Holmes McGuire
Jasmyn Proctor
as Martha's Daughter
Mark J. Nichols
as Surgeon in Fredericksburg
John Prosky
as General Lewis Armistead
Kyle Prue
as Wounded Maine Soldier
W. Joseph Quam
as First Irishman
Ted Rebich
as Looter No. 3
Dana Rohrabacher
as 20th Maine Officer
Tim Ruddy
as Private McMillan
Noel Schwab
as Colston's Officer
William Morgan Sheppard
as General Isaac Trimble
Christie Lynn Smith
as Catherine Corbin
Dana Stackpole
as Lottie Estelle
Matthew R. Staley
as Lieutenant Boswell
David Stifel
as Reverend David S. Jenkins
Michael Sorvino
as Federal Soldier
James Patrick Stuart
as General Edward Porter Alexander
Stephen Leonard Sullivan
as Federal Soldier
Buck Taylor
as General Maxcy Gregg
Tyler Trumbo
as Young Wellford
R.E. Turner
as Colonel Tazewell Patton
Trent Walker
as Private McClintock
Scott Watkins
as General Raleigh Colston
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Critic Reviews for Gods and Generals

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (40)

Meticulous Civil War story runs a little long.

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Everybody is so good and decent that it's hard to tell where the generals leave off and the gods start.

October 29, 2008 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Maxwell continues his textbook emphasis on military maneuvers, but despite literally thousands of Civil War reenactors recruited for the film, the wide-screen canvas fails to map the tactics or evoke the terror of battle.

February 27, 2007 | Full Review…

The big battles impress, but become somewhat samey. Part Three is threatened.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The procession of monotonous, oddly gore-free battles breaks frequently for bloated speechifying.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Every shot is fired in sorrow, and there are no villains - except, of course, for the politicians, who remain safely out of the frame.

October 17, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gods and Generals

I sat throw the long nearly 6 hour cut of the film drinking Tea and by the end i only asked "WERE THE FUCK DID MY DAY GO?". Gods and Generals is a dry hollow epic thats boring and has woodern acting and camerea work thats nothing short of standered. Some nice music but thats it this movie is crap lol

Keiko  Aya
Keiko Aya

Super Reviewer


A great Civil War Flim, The scenes are as realistic as its going to get, will teach you much about the civil war that wasn't in those high school books? Do they even teach about the civil war anymore, or is it not politacl correct?

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

I do have a problem with this one. IT SUCKS. One of the most boring films in the history of bad boring films.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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