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Andersonville (1996)
Studio: Warner Home Video
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Editorial Reviews:

They left the nightmare...and entered Hell. Captured Union soilders cope with life inside the Civil War's most notorious prisoner-of-war camp. A powerful, compeling tale of war and will, with Emmy Award-winning direction by John Frankenheimer and a cast including Frederic Forrest (Apocalypse Now) and William H. Macy (ER, Fargo) Year: 1996 Director: John Frankenheimer Starring: Jarrod Emick, Frederic Forrest, Ted Marcoux

Product Details
  • Director: John Frankenheimer
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2023
  • Running Time: 168
  • Language: English (Dubbed), French (Dubbed), English (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled), French (Subtitled)
  • ASIN: B00009AV9W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 Based on 34 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 4185

Customer Reviews

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

This movie shows the real life hell that was Andersonville. A prison camp that turned into a death camp. Not enough food,water or shelter for all the prisoners sent there. The south was losing the war so they had no provisions or men to assist in the detainment of these captured soldiers. Basically letting them rot slowly inside the walls that confinded them. A well acted movie which shows the hell that can come from war

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful:

4Reply to the southern demagogue, Dec 3, 2022
The film is great. That's that. Now, I was waiting for reviews to clutter up my screen by the pens of disgruntled southerners who make a few valid points (a film on Elmira should be done), criticize the movie's authenticity and then eagerly let a few less chivalrous rebel tactics slide. Grant did indeed deny prisoners exchange. Because he was hard? Yes. That's all? Well, no. Since more than 100,000 blacks had joined the Union Army since 1863, prisonerexchange became a bit of a nuisance, you see. By verdict of the Confederate congress, all blacks captured in arms against the Confederate states were to be reverted to slave-status; all blacks in blue uniforms fighting Dixie were to be shot, and likewise, their white commanders were to be summarily executed. Now, keep this in mind. How can u negotiate a prisonerexchange when one side kills a good portion of it or sends it off into slavery? What did the CSA expect? A whites-only prisonerexchange? THAT is why Grant didn't exchange men. THAT's the main reason. And THAT is real authentic history.

I'm not delving into Ft. Pillow, but let's not forget Olustee. Plain fact is that black Union soldiers wre not seen as soldiers, let alone equal men. True, the North didn't view them as such enthusiastically either. But then again, the US government didn't come up with sordid decrees like the CSA as mentioned in this post.

But don't get me started on these numerous so-called 'Black Confederates'.. that's a whole 'nutter thang.. Another bastion of lies and, ironically, Political Correctness, to make American and in this case confederate history 'colorblind'.

9 of 38 people found the following review helpful:

1A good ole Rebel, New Orleans, Aug 13, 2023
I will not watch the movie "Andersonville" until they make a movie called "Elmira"(the camp in Elmira, N.Y., the worst of the Union prison camps had 35% death rate).

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful:

4Worst of the Worst......., Jul 17, 2023
After watching most movies, you absorb it and a day later it is more or less forgotten. NOT ANDERSONVILLE! This movie stuck with me for a solid week after viewing. Very similar to the way I felt after watching Schindlers List......

However, I think this movie should be viewed as a look into what all of the Civil War camps were like. The Union obviously had prison war camps also. Such as Fort Jefferson, Fort Delaware & Camp Chase to name a few. Many of the conditions in these camps were just as bad.......

However, Andersonville was the worst of the worst of all prison camps North & South. And this movie depicts the conditions extremely well. Great movie!!!!!!

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:

5Excellent Civil War Drama, Jul 12, 2023
This fine movie focuses on one aspect of the war; namely, prisoners of war, and, therefore has considerably more substance than most Civil War dramas. The fact that I've viewed this more than once should speak for itself. The fine ensemble cast makes it work with support from hundreds of civil war re-enactors. As with any historical drama, it sometimes is loose with the facts as pointed out by other reviewers. If you want accuracy, you should consult as many sources as possible to negate bias. I do take issue with the idea that conditions at Andersonville were related to the southern war shortages. This same excuse has been used to explain away the treatment of allied POWs by the Japanese and also the holocaust. That part of Georgia had an abundance of corn and rice so there was no excuse for the starvation. As for Ted Turner's "yankee bias", in "Gettysburg" he was wearing a Confederate uniform.


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