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Gods and Generals

Gods and Generals is an epic (meaning long) film from Ronald Maxwell, who also directed the 1993 sequel (and even longer movie), Gettysburg. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 231
Theater Release: 21 Feb 2003
Video Release: 24 May 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Questionable stratagem can lead to unnecessary deaths in battle. How could the carnage at the Battle of Fredericksburg have been lessened? What responsibilities do officers in charge have to protect their fighting soldiers from needless danger? For more historical information on this battle go to: www.collectorsnet.com/cwtimes/frederic.htm

In the Smithsonian Magazine, Ted Turner is quoted as saying, 0x201CWe are making a war movie to try and get people not to like war.0x201D At the same time an officially licensed PC game of Gods and Generals is being released where the player assumes the role of a company captain on the front lines as a first player shooter. Do you feel there a conflict between Turner’s statement and the promotion of a war game? What lessons would you like society to learn from the reenacted events of the Civil War?

Visit www.ronmaxwell.com/beyondmyths.html to get Director Ronald Maxwell’s comments on the making of Gods and Generals.

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