Every couple years, I break out my copy of Gettysburg. It really is very authentic in a number of areas esp in reviving the legend of Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine. A true national hero, who was forgotton until his autobiography went into the public domain in the 40s.
BUT....and here it the big BUT...Everytime Sheen comes on stage playing Robert E. Lee, I have to laugh. He’s as believeable in that part, as I would be playing Hamlet.
The worst, absolutely worst. THe dialogue is nicely crafted, so it lacked the actor. Did they go by his height? How did they choose him? Awful....absolutely awful. Like William Shatner singing McCarther Park...
As an aside, I graduated from Gettysburg College the year they started filming the movie. My barber was an extra, and is quite obvious in Pickett's charge :-)