A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Intense battle violence, bloody surgical scenes
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking, social drinking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has sustained battle violence and bloody scenes of caring for wounded soldiers. Many characters die. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Sometimes, what is best for history is not best for drama -- and here, the filmmaker's relentless even-handedness removes whatever drama the story might have had. He makes every one of the characters endlessly honorable, devoted to God, home, and family, good to the slaves, and able to spout poetry, the classics, or the Bible in the midst of the direst circumstances. Its PG-13 television-ready (it will be expanded to six hours for a miniseries) level of violence may make it suitable for junior high history class field trips, but does not truly convey the tragic carnage of the war. All the soldiers have nice uniforms and enough to eat. Officers at the front get visits from their devoted wives at places that 150 years later will be made into quaint bed and breakfast inns. And everyone is on the right side.
And -- everyone encompasses a lot of people. Hard core Civil War buffs may be able to follow the endless series of characters and their advances and retreats, all identified with brief subtitles, but anyone else will have a hard time.
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