Watch: Gods and Generals 2003 123movies, Full Movie Online – The rise and fall of confederate general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, as he meets with military success against the Union from 1861 to 1863, when he is accidentally killed by his own soldiers..
Plot: The film centers mostly around the personal and professional life of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, a brilliant if eccentric Confederate general, from the outbreak of the American Civil War until its halfway point.
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|6.2/10 Votes: 16,537|
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|30/100 | MetaCritic|
|N/A Votes: 146 Popularity: 8.067 | TMDB|
It is too afraid of reality to depict truths. Rather it hides behind a facade of being artistically ‘old filmy’ in styling; as too paint the whole in the romanticised vision (whitewash) held by those that love the idea of the Civil War. It was rather unbearable to say the least.
***Way better than “Gettysburg”***
Even though I love the Civil War I waited a full six and a half years before catching the prequel “Gods and Generals” (2003). Why? Because 1993’s “Gettysburg” was so unimpressive. While “Gettysburg” has some worthwhile scenes it was merely okay on a whole, and sometimes downright tedious. How the filmmakers made the Civil War’s biggest battle boring (generally speaking) is beyond me.
Gods and Generals” is the prequel detailing the battles of First Bull Run, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, which are largely viewed through the lens of Stonewall Jackson (Stephan Lang) on the Confederate side and the Chamberlain brothers (Jeff Daniels and C. Thomas Howell) of Maine on the Union side. Also on hand is, of course, Robert E. Lee, played by Robert Duvall, who does a more engaging portrayal than Martin Sheen in “Gettysburg.” The film starts off slow and builds momentum. By contrast, “Gettysburg” started off slower and never became engaging with the exception of Little Round Top and Pickett’s Charge.
Where “Gods and Generals” really pulled me in was the battle scenes of Fredericksburg and the aftermath. It showed how Civil War troops were required to march, shoot & reload in formation while rifles and friggin’ cannons are blasting their way. The Chamberlain brothers had to sleep on the battlefield that night. Imagine sleeping amongst all those dead bodies and dying, moaning soldiers! This was very well done.
There are quite a few other great scenes, like the Yankee and Reb soldiers meeting in the middle of the river to exchange coffee for tobacco; the execution of three deserters; and the “perfect battle” for the Confederates at Chancellorsville where General Lee, with a much smaller force, takes the risk of dividing his army and executing a surprise attack. Unfortunately for the Confederates they won at a huge cost as General Jackson loses his “right arm” to friendly fire.
The story ends on a slow, melancholy note.
I was impressed with the battle in the town scene. The town looked so authentic. Watching the documentary afterward I learned how they accomplished this: they filmed it at Harpers Ferry, WV.
Some have complained that the Southern viewpoint is shown in a more positive light than the Northern, but I disagree. While it seems more time is spent with Jackson & Lee’s story, considerable time is certainly given to the North as well; the film does an excellent job of taking the middle road between the two positions.
The film was shot on location in Virginia, Maryland and Harpers Ferry, WV and runs 3 hours and 39 minutes. The Director’s Cut (which I haven’t seen) runs a full hour longer and features the bloody battle of Antietam and a subplot with John Wilkes Booth.
FINAL WORD: If you thought “Gettysburg” was boring don’t let that prevent you from checking out “Gods and Generals.” Yes, you have to be ready for a long movie and it does have some slow, dramatic parts but it builds momentum and it’s one of best Civil War films in helping the viewer visualize the battles and many other aspects.
WARNING: Believe it or not, the film shows overt depictions of Bible reading, citation and prayer!! It also dares to show Christianity and marriage (between a man and woman) in a positive light!! Oh my God!!!
A first-rate historical movie
The film “Gods and Generals” is essentially a biographical film about General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson of the CSA. Those who have no idea, or interest, as to who this man was should probably stick to such heavyweight box-office competition such as “Agent Cody Banks,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” or “Daredevil” instead. “Gods and Generals” is well-made, old-fashioned film that gives an absorbing view of the U.S. Civil War and one of its leading figures. The portrait of Jackson is accurate from the big issues (his profound religious faith) down to the trivial (his fondness for lemonade). Characters both Northern and Southern are portrayed even-handedly, and the historical and social aspects of the film are authentic. Characters quote poetry from memory and sometimes speak in almost biblical cadences, in the same way that Lincoln’s speeches were deeply influenced by the language of the King James Bible. It is a beautiful film to look at, with great feeling for the often-wild landscape of the era; in this respect, it gains immeasurably from being seen on a full-scale theatrical screen. Two criticisms of the movie have been made repeatedly: (1) it’s “too long”; and (2) it doesn’t accurately portray the horrors of war. On the first score — too long for what? It is the right length for its subject matter. It’s the right length to give an earnest and thoughtful account of a great general’s life and a turning point in American history, even world history. (Many believe the Civil War might have gone differently had Jackson survived.) It IS too long if you have Attention Deficit Disorder or have been raised upon television sitcoms and the constant jump-cuts & meritricious visual razzle-dazzle of TV commercials and music videos. On the second score — no one will ever walk away from this film eager to see war in real life. Men line up with their rifles (in a mode of combat no longer practiced), blast away at each other nearly face-to-face, and drop en masse like bags of bloody meat. In one memorable scene, Col. Chamberlain [Jeff Daniels] sleeps on the nighttime battlefield using his fellow soldiers’ corpses as bedding; come daylight, he uses those same corpses to absorb flying enemy bullets once the battle resumes anew. Apparently what some critics actually desire are cool special effects, with exploding bodies and mangled limbs flying across the screen. “Gods and Generals” is a movie of great integrity and power — one made by adults for adults.
Original Language en
Runtime 3 hr 39 min (219 min), 4 hr 40 min (280 min) (director’s cut) (USA)
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Director Ron Maxwell
Writer Jeff Shaara, Ron Maxwell
Actors Stephen Lang, Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 4 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Mitchell Camera, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panavision C- and E-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision Primo, C- and E-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision C- and E-Series Lenses, Arriflex 435, Panavision C- and E-Series Lenses
Laboratory Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), Hollywood (CA), USA (processing) (prints), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color) (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 200T 5274, Vision 500T 5279)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Panavision (anamorphic) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383), Digital (Texas Instruments DLP 1280 x 1024, 1.9 : 1 anamorphic)