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The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara becomes this sprawling historical epic. As in Shaara's novel, director Ronald Maxwell focuses on a handful of major players to dramatize the events of July 1863, when the armies of the Union and Confederacy clash at the small Pennsylvania town of the title. Among them are Martin Sheen as General Robert E. Lee, who disagrees with his top advisor, General James Longstreet (Tom Berenger) over battle strategy, and Jeff Daniels as Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a college professor whose unorthodox techniques save the day… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a movie that parades authenticity, but never settles on its own point of view."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"While sincerity obviously can't guarantee quality, it's still a refreshing step up from the blatant commercialism of most West Coast media projects."
‑ Ken Ringle, Washington Post
"Ought to be seen for Jeff Daniels' performance alone."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Gettysburg succeeds as a motion picture event, and as a re-creation of a pivotal chapter of American history."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Variety
"Wins the day by giving a detailed account of the three-day battle (for the first time in a feature film), shot on the actual locations where the events took place. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The result is not without interest, but the sheer length is a ridiculous indulgence."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Mr. Daniels's luminous performance as the heroic colonel dominates ... half of the film. And when the actor all but disappears in Part 2, he is sorely missed."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Awesome telling of Civil War battle with stellar cast, set pieces."
‑ Steve Crum,
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