Lavishly produced, lovingly detailed, incredibly pious, GETTYSBURG presents a few days of the Civil War during which occurred the biggest battle ever fought on US soil. Yet the film is too focused to succeed as history in context, and too generalized to triumph as personal drama; instead,
it's a made-for-TV miniseries, shown in theaters, which thrusts a new auteur upon the cinema: reverential Civil War buff Ted Turner.
In 1863, Confederate Generals Lee (Martin Sheen) and Longstreet (Tom Berenger) prepare for a decisive battle with the Union at Gettysburg PA. Meanwhile, Northern Col. Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels), an academic by profession, must guard a mutinous t...