2 comments on “Can There be Such a Thing as a “Family” Civil War Movie?

  1. Excellent post, Greg! Kind of reminds me of a funny story. I rented a VHS copy of “Gettysburg” about 1996 or 97 to watch with my Grandfather. After we finished watching the first half, he looked at me and said: “I can’t believe that your parents let you watch such a violent movie.” Granted, for a PG film, “Gettysburg” is pretty violent. But still, when most critics lampoon it for little or no bloody violence, my Grandfather felt differently.

    It’s good to know that filmmakers actually try to get films, even those with darker subject matters, lower ratings so that families can go and see the films together. One of the best historical dramas to come out in the past decade was “Amazing Grace,” which told the story of William Wilberforce and the abolitionist movement in Great Britain between 1782-1807. Despite its thematic material, it received a PG rating (The film mostly dealt with the political dealings to get slavery abolished; many of the more graphic depictions of slavery were omitted, or only alluded to), making it possible for families to see it, meaning that there could be discussions between parents and children after seeing the film. Plus, it’s good to see a film with a Christian hero for a change.

    I’m so looking forward to seeing this film. My Dad and I always plan to go and see these types of movies together. I know it’s going to be playing in theaters around historic sites in June. If there’s a theater playing it around Gettysburg in late June, I’ll see if Dad and Uncle want to go and see it before we do the battle reenactment.

  2. Thanks for the continuing discussion of the Copperhead movie. The topic of family viewing and family discussion of movies is interesting. In recent decades we have seen a proliferation of cable channels and the range of other entertainment choices. Moms and dads and kids have options that cater to their particular interests. It is really awesome when a movie can touch on a historical theme (which kids will study in school) and make the story relatable. When the story connects with all members of the family you have a unique opportunity for discussion. When the story has significance – as in Copperhead – we should say “Thank You” to those who produced, directed and acted in the story.

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