Gettysburg (1993)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 8, 1993
DVD Release Date: December 5, 2000
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Gettysburg's reverent approach to history is balanced with the committed work of a talented cast - and the hard-hitting dramatization of a bloody turning point in the Civil War.

Tom Tunney
Sight & Sound

The movie's made-for-TV status militates against a convincingly brutal presentation of the battle scenes...

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Luke Parker
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More frenetic than a re-enactment, less assuming than a lecture, and even less sentimental than a Hollywood drama.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's a movie that parades authenticity, but never settles on its own point of view.

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Ken Ringle
Washington Post

While sincerity obviously can't guarantee quality, it's still a refreshing step up from the blatant commercialism of most West Coast media projects.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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Daniel M. Kimmel

Gettysburg succeeds as a motion picture event, and as a re-creation of a pivotal chapter of American history.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I began watching with comparative indifference, and slowly got caught up in the majestic advance of the enterprise; by the end, I had a completely new idea of the reality of war in the 19th century.

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Steve Crum

Awesome telling of Civil War battle with stellar cast, set pieces.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
Really a terrible film. Though it gets points for historical accuracy there is no heart in this overly long mess. Scenes that should take 30 seconds drag on for… More
Bobby Hobbs
Im a major Civil War buff, and Gettysburg too me, was the greatest. I bought it as soon as I watched it and I've probably seen it about 20-times. But, as I… More
Alex roy
Gettysberg directed by Ronald F. Maxwell and financed by Ted Turner is an epic war film. The film recreates the battle of Gettysberg during the American civil… More
Cameron Johnson
Hey kids, it's time for a fun fact: Gettysburg ran for a whopping "three" days. I know, that's really crazy, but enough about the… More
Derek Daniels
Now, moving onto a completely different war Gettysburg is Ted Turner's Civil ar epic about the major turning point in the war when the Confederacy… More
Mark K
Ted Turner is a Civil War nut, and so it?s no surprise that he helped fund this sprawling, re-enactor-laden production of the famous battle of the American… More

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