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Bruce Boxleitner, Billy Campbell, Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall, C. Thomas Howell

Directed by: Ron Maxwelll
Written by: Ron Maxwell
Produced by: Ron Maxwell
Distributor: Warner Brothers

US: 02/21/03
UK: 04/07/03

Sweeping epic charting the early years of the Civil War and how the campaigns unfolded from Manassas to the Battle of Fredericksburg, this prequel to the film Gettysburg explores the motivations of the combatants and examines the lives of those who waited at home.
This looks like the sort of old-fashioned epic movie that hardly ever gets made these days. That means there's probably none of the post-Vietnam cynicism and corrosion of patriotism that has marked war movies in the 1980-90s. Black Hawk Down has changed that barren Oliver Stone landscape with an unabashed return to simpler values such as honour, courage and self-sacrifice. Still... can't see it really burning up the Box Ofice though it is part of a trend for Civil War inspired movies in the US this year.

Jan12/New York Daily News: Why movies are returning to the American Civil War

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