Actors: James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, Rosemary Forsyth, Phillip Alford, Katharine Ross
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Shenandoah|
|Charlie Anderson (Stewart) is a farmer in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. He regards the Civil War as "not his battle" -- he's against the war but also opposed to slavery -- and hopes to keep himself and his family out of it. But his daughter Jennie (Forsyth) marries a Confederate lieutenant (McClure), and the armies eventually tear through the valley. Worse, Charlie's youngest son gets captured by federal troops because he's wearing a Confederate cap, and Charlie (already mourning the recent death of his wife) must marshal the family to go find the boy, with tragic results. This 1965 film, the collaboration of director Andrew McLaglen and writer James Lee Barrett (who together would also do the equally solid "The Undefeated" with John Wayne and Rock Hudson a few years later) is an old-fashioned, BIG-lump-in-the-throat family epic that hints slightly of the era -- between the height of the civil rights movement and the growing war in Vietnam -- during which it was made. Stewart towers among an otherwise undistinguished cast and so-so script. Familiar faces Tim McIntire, George Kennedy, and Strother Martin turn up among the large supporting cast.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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Time/era of movie:
- 19th century
War impact on civilians/veterans
Story of city/rural life?
- Small Town
Culture of surrounding area:
- American South
Kind of conflict:
- war (general)
- war, Civil
- long lived adults
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- (man) very skinny
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- (man) average build
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- general circumstances
- moving train
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
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