Tuesday, May 08, 2007

May 8, 2007 Bonus Bonus Blog
Watched the rest of Gettysburg last night (it's four hours and fourteen minutes long). Found the scene where Jim Hatzell rides up on the circus horse (the white one, at left). I can't tell he's nervous at all, can you?

I believe it's General Hancock and staff riding up to an Irish prayer meeting before the battle. Here's a close-up, with Jim second from left, again. Good job Jim. Mighty fine military bearing.

They filmed parts of the movie on the actual Gettysburg battlefield, with supplement scenes nearby, also in Pennsylvania. I thought Jeff Daniels was extraordinary, as was Sam Elliott. Our good friend Buck Taylor as usual is a joy to watch ride (I met a woman at Festival of the West who gushed, "I'd pay nine dollars just to watch him ride a horse." Yes, Buck is poetry in motion astride any mount). The big disappointment to me, was Martin Sheen as General Robert E. Lee. Who was he channeling, Jimmy Carter? Or was it Jimmy Carter's brother, Billy? Man, that was embarrassing. It was like a Saturday Night Live skit, only weaker. And unfortunately, Tom Berringer wore a big ol' fake beard and, he was good, but I couldn't get past that. The film, done in 1993, is based on Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Killer Angels. If you haven't seen it, it's worth the time to check it out.

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