PHAROAH'S ARMY, based on a supposedly true Kentucky legend, is a war movie without the war. For those who don't fight the battles but still have to take sides, the inner struggles can be as heartbreaking as the war itself. Director Robby Henson's stark, unsentimental telling of the story
has a powerful emotional impact.
Looking for enemies, a group of five Union soldiers, led by Captain John Abston (Chris Cooper), search a farm owned by Sarah Anders (Patricia Clarkson). As they're about to leave, one unlucky soldier, Newt (Huckleberry Fox), falls off a ladder onto a pitchfork. The men decide to stay at Sarah's
home until Newt heals.
Sarah's husband is away,...