Leadership from the least likely of people As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men. "Gettysburg" is one of the best movies showing how leadership is displayed from some of the least likely of people, like a college professor of rhetoric! The movie follows the historical and personal events surrounding and including the decisive American civil war battle. The defense of the Little Round Top by the improbable leader Union Col. Joshua Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels),(who was recently teaching rhetoric), and Pickett's Charge are highlighted in the three day battle that was a turning point in the Civil War. The movie is shown from the perspectives of both sides. Other important leadership emphasis is on Longstreet and Lee's relationship as they have differing strategic opinions. Another great movie showing how one man who leads his men properly can overcome insurmountable odds.
As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men. "Gettysburg" is one of the best movies showing how leadership is displayed from some of the least likely of people, like a college professor of rhetoric! The movie follows the historical and personal events surrounding and including the decisive American civil war battle. The … more
I don't often give movies a 5-star rating. Gettysburg is one of those rare exceptions. This is a movie about the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the most pivotal moments in U.S. history. The movie rises to the occasion. The acting is great, with Martin Sheen as General Robert E. Lee and Jeff Daniels as Colonel Chamberlain. The film has a beautiful cinematography and an incredible soundtrack by Randy Edelman. This is a masterpiece and will remain a classic for decades to come. I wish it had encouraged … more
It is very hard to bash this movie. The shots are great (when else do you get the feeling of 100 cannon firing at once.) The script is fine, the cameos are fun (Ted Turner, Ken Burns) And little round top was clearly Epic. I have watched this movie over and over for the battle scenes, but....It still seems to be missing something, it took several viewings to figure it out, but what it is missing is acting. I have never seen so many bad performances by good actors. Tom Beringer and Martin Sheen were … more
Recently graduated with a Masters in Humanities degree from Old Dominion University reading in philosophy and history. I graduated from the Univ. of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science; specializing … more
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Three days in the summer of 1863, at a place called Gettysburg. Although it received a theatrical release, this four-hour depiction of the bloody Civil War battle was shot as a made-for-television film. But no taint of cheapness or shortcuts should stick to this magnificent picture (well, except maybe for those phony-looking mustaches). Based on Michael Shaara's bookThe Killer Angels, this film takes a refreshingly slow, thorough approach to the intricacies of battle. In ordinary circumstances, those intricacies might seem of importance only to fans of military strategy or Civil War enthusiasts, yet inGettysburgthey come across as the very stuff of life, death, and unexpected heroism. If the film has a problem, it's that it climaxes too early: the first long segment, detailing the struggle of a "civilian soldier," Union Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels), to hold his ground against long odds, is an enthralling piece of moviemaking. Daniels, in a heartbreaking performance, does his best film work. Other cast members include Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott, and Martin Sheen as Robert E. Lee. Richard Jordan, in his final role, gives a powerhouse performance as Confederate general Lewis A. Armistead. Oh, and you can also try to spot Ted Turner, whose company produced the film, as a Confederate soldier. Writer-director Ronald F. Maxwell seems inspired by the gravity of the battle; long as it is, every moment ofGettysburgis informed by a nobility of ...