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August 27, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer Hagerstown and Washington County are expected to go Hollywood in a big way when filming of the Civil War movie "Gods and Generals" begins. The movie could bring with it the star-watching of seeing big-name actors like Martin Sheen and Jeff Daniels, as well as providing jobs on both sides of the camera for local people, officials said Wednesday. Of the as many as 200 speaking parts in the movie, some are expected to go local people, said director Ronald F. Maxwell.
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By BRENDAN KIRBY | May 27, 1998
Although they have not yet nailed down financing for a planned prequel to the epic "Gettysburg," the producers of the movie are already looking ahead to the next film. Jeff Shaara, whose new book "Last Full Measure" hit bookstores this week, said Tuesday he and director Ronald F. Maxwell are approaching investors about financing that along with a production of "Gods and Generals. " "I'm looking forward to working the next few years, really, on not only 'Gods and Generals' but also on 'Last Full Measure,'" Maxwell said on a conference call from France, where he is filming a movie about Joan of Arc. Shaara, who wrote both books, said the screenplay for "Gods and Generals" is essentially complete.
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BY TARA REILLY | December 23, 2004
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - It's been about two years since the Washington County Commissioners loaned director Ron Maxwell $300,000 to shoot much of his next Civil War movie in the county, but there's no clear answer as to when or if the film will be made. A Dec. 18 e-mail from Maxwell's production company to The Herald-Mail stated the script for "The Last Full Measure" has not been completed and that preproduction wouldn't begin before 2006. According to a promissory note between Maxwell and the County Commissioners, Maxwell has until December 2005 to begin production of the movie, or he'll be required to repay the loan with interest over five years.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | February 13, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Call it a cruel twist. The West Virginia premiere of the Civil War movie "Gods and Generals" was held Wednesday night before a sold-out crowd of 550 at the Apollo Civic Theatre, but scenes that had been shot inside the building were cut. A block away at the reception in the Gateway Inn, 350 men and women in gowns and ties mingled, ate and asked for autographs. Scenes shot there also were edited out of the movie. Both the theater and Gateway Inn were used to film a subplot involving John Wilkes Booth.
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By LAURA ERNDE | October 2, 1999
After months of speculation, movie maker Ronald F. Maxwell said he's ready to announce details about the local filming of "Gods and Generals" next year. Maxwell said he'll reveal the long-awaited financing package for the Civil War movie, as well as a shooting schedule, after he meets behind closed doors with the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday. "It's really all coming together," Maxwell said. In May, Maxwell said he was within weeks of making an announcement. Nothing came.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 6, 2013
"Gods and Generals" author Jeff Shaara announced Monday he would match up to $5,000 in contributions to help fund a documentary about the Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination. Former Hagerstown resident Michael Wicklein is producing a feature-length documentary about the annual December illumination and the stories behind the luminarias. During the annual December event, volunteers place 23,000 luminarias at Antietam National Battlefield to represent the casualties from the bloodiest single-day battle on American soil.
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August 26, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer A major motion picture about the Civil War could be filmed in Washington County if local financing can be arranged, according to the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites. The project could generate millions of dollars for the local economy, an APCWS official said. Area officials have been working for the past year to make this area the shooting location for the movie "Gods and Generals," a prequel to the 1993 epic "Gettysburg," said Dennis Frye, president of the Hagerstown-based preservation organization.
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by TIM ROWLAND | June 25, 2002
Editor's Note: Tim Rowland is on vacation. While he's away, favorite columns from the past will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays in The Morning Herald. This column first ran Sept. 17, 2001. Talk about poor planning. If I'd started to grow my beard when they announced the making of "Gods and Generals," it would have been down to my waist by now and I'd be a cinch for an "extra" part in the movie. But starting last week, I just couldn't get it done in time for the final tryouts.
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by KEVIN CLAPP | February 24, 2003
Rob Gibson thought he had a short, sweet gig on a movie set. He'd swoop in for a few days, take a handful of pictures and slip out. At least, that was the plan. Instead, he developed a project in lockstep with the "Gods and Generals" 2001 shooting schedule. Of course, Gibson is not an ordinary photographer, forsaking digital gadgetry for 1860s-era authenticity. As such, the "Gods and Generals Photographic Companion" is not an ordinary text. Pairing the photographer's glass plate images with historian Dennis Frye's narration, the result is a ghostly marriage of words and visuals echoing an era silenced by time.
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by TARA REILLY | February 24, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com The New York Post summed up the nearly four-hour movie "Gods and Generals" in two words: "Gods Awful. " The Christian Science Monitor stated, "'Gods' is nothing to worship. " Roger Ebert gave the film a star and a half in his Chicago Sun-Times review. But the verdict of residents living in or near Washington County? According to those asked Friday at Hagerstown's R/C Theatres in Valley Mall, they loved it. "It was wonderful. It didn't seem like it was (almost)
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