The US Civil War was bloody and long. This Ted Turner-backed movie, set between 1861 and 1863, is bloody long, fearsomely dull and, worse still, objectionable.
The subject of slavery is largely sidelined in favour of the gentlemanly South's struggle against the North, particularly that of the God-fearing General ""Stonewall"" Jackson (Stephen Lang). Meanwhile, producer/writer/director Ron Maxwell seems to prioritise pernickety periodisms such as facial hair, clothes and strategy over everything else - - certainly over narrative momentum. It's a mutton-chopped, messianic mess of history and no mistake.