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    Default Gods and Generals

    Just a passing thought....... how would you make the movie better?
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    Handing out no-doze to all viewers might help.

    It just seemed they couldn't tell where it was good and where it wasn't.

    Too many Jacksonian pontifications!

    Did not like Duvall's Lee either. And the scene where he snaps at the guy who offered him the Union command -didn't happen like that and totally out of character. So much for improving on Martin Sheen.
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    Hire a real director, use many fewer reenactors (and pay the ones you do use) and base it on a good book instead of a Jeff Shaara stream of conciousness. In its present form it is one of the very worst history-based "movies" ever made.
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    More T & A. But not as much as "North and South."

    Also cut the "tableaux vivants" type of scenes with the "great men."

    The sun also shown on Northerners and their wives loved them passionately.

    Get Peter Jackson's crew to do the CGI.
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    Big issue is having Ron Maxwell as the writer, producer and director. I think he had too many hats and couldn't stay focused. I know when I saw it, people were walking out on the movie.
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    Do basic, basic, basic research on women's and children's clothing and hair. Seriously. Gone with the Wind did a better job, and it's farbtastic.

    In this case, the plot, pacing, and acting were not good enough to distract me from the dreadful costuming. I've never been able to make it through the first half of the movie.
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    "Do basic, basic, basic research on women's and children's clothing and hair. Seriously. Gone with the Wind did a better job, and it's farbtastic."

    That whole story of Jackson and the little girl was spoiled for me in part by the 1880s clothing.
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    As for me, I was disappointed in the forced dialogue, and in parts the hammed up Southern accents. Sounded like a bad high school play.
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    I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought the hair and clothes were a little farby! That's what really ruined the movie for me.
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    Default GaG

    To me GaG just drags on. To many long drawn out speeches by Chamberlain and Jackson. I guess the best way to describe it is; when you are watching a musical the actors will say a certain line and you can tell by the background music a song is coming on. Well, a certain event starts to unfold and wham; someone is quoting someone or making a speech.

    Plus (echoing others) the clothes and hair of the ladies Jackson spends Christmas with are right out of the 1880's/'90's. Plus, the acting of the less well known actors is...well...you saw the movie.

    A good poll would be either what is your favorite Civil War based movie OR what is your least favorite Civil War movie?
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