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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons


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Gettysburg

Found Gettysburg at Sunrise today for only $27, quite a steal when you consider it's three hours long with two hours of extras. Ted Turner had this film version of the Battle of Gettysburg made back in 1993, but for reasons I'm unsure of it was never released in theatres, only on TV. I watch it whenever it turns up on the History Channel, so I jumped at the chance to grab it.

Turner recruited 5,000 Civil War buffs to re-create the battle scenes (and he used them all for Pickett's Charge),and generally did an amazing job. The only real problem with the production is Martin Sheen's turn as Robert E. Lee, who he portrays as either being drunk or more than slightly nuts.

It's interesting that they just started running trailers for Gods and Generals, also being made by Ted, with many of the actors from Gettysburg reprising their roles. It's going to be about Stonewall Jackson. Apparently they tried to get Sheen as Lee again, but he couldn't do it because of his West Wing commitments, so they got Robert Duvall instead. I'm not going to complain.

Also, the music they use during the TV ads for Gangs of New York was originally written for Gettysburg. It bugs me somewhat when they steal music from movies to promote other movies.

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