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by RYAN C. TUCK | July 30, 2004
ryant@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Despite the box office failure of Ted Turner's "Gods and Generals," director/screenwriter Ron Maxwell said he "fully intends" to adapt "The Last Full Measure," the final book in the series that includes the films "Gettysburg" and its prequel, "Gods and Generals. " "The Last Full Measure" is the third and final book in the series of novels by Michael Shaara and his son Jeff Shaara. It follows the action after Gettysburg to the Battle of the Wilderness, the siege of Petersburg and ends with the surrender at Appomattox Court House.
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by MARLO BARNHART | February 7, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com Hagerstown resident Chris Utterback opened up his copy of the newly released soundtrack from the movie "Gods and Generals" Tuesday and was shocked to see his own picture looking back at him from the inside cover. "At least I thought it was me but I wanted to be sure," Utterback said from his South Pointe home Thursday, two days after Warner Bros. released the soundtrack. The Civil War movie, which was directed by Ron Maxwell, will have its Washington County premiere Tuesday at The Maryland Theatre, and is scheduled for wide release Feb. 21. Utterback checked all the details of the picture to be sure it was him. "I had volunteered to carry a flag in a couple of scenes and I was also carrying a white haversack like in the picture," he said.
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March 25, 2003
G&G was great To the editor: Self-appointed film critics have been unfair to both Ron Maxwell and "Gods and Generals. " Each critic has fallen into the common abyss of "Compared to what?" Sure, "Gone With the Wind" had a defined love story. More characters emerge in "The Great Escape," while "The Dirty Dozen" was funnier . . . But if you want to understand the Civil War - from both Union and Confederate sides, see this film. If you want to "feel" what a Civil War battlefield was really like, see this film.
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by TIM ROWLAND | March 11, 2003
Last weekend, I broke down and went to see "Gods and Generals," the epic film that takes four hours to answer the question: Who was more annoying, Stonewall Jackson or his wife? The answer probably being his wife, since he had the good manners to die at film's end, leaving the woman to inflict her looney grin on society for an unspecified number of years hence. Or at least that is what I would be writing if I were one of these smart, suave city reviewers who almost universally hated the movie, much of which was made in our own back yard.
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by TARA REILLY | January 12, 2006
HAGERSTOWN tarar@herald-mail.com Washington County plans to ask director Ron Maxwell to repay $300,000 the County Commissioners loaned him to shoot a Civil War movie in the county, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said Wednesday. Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell, who opposed loaning the money to Maxwell, doubted the county would be paid back. "I think it'll be a bad debt write-off," Wivell said by phone Wednesday. "I don't think we're going to get anything out of it. " Snook and Maryland Film Office Director Jack Gerbes said they didn't know whether "The Last Full Measure" would be made.
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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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by TIM ROWLAND | March 4, 2003
I'll be honest with you, I'm not real big on epic movies, so as of this writing I have yet to see "Gone With the Generals," the Civil War film that opened Feb. 21 and is still running in area theaters. And when I say "still running," I'm talking about the first showing, which, counting intermissions, isn't expected to end until roughly the time Pioneer 10 flies past the Crab Nebula. Look, four hours isn't a movie, four hours is a deep-sea fishing trip. I want to look at the bright side.
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by KEVIN CLAPP | February 11, 2003
kevinc@herald-mail.com Under an overcast sky, a slight wind growing more fierce as time passes, Austin Flook, his son Dwayne and Dennis Frye pile into an old, dirty blue truck and head for the interior of Flook's farm along Dogstreet Road outside of Keedysville. They follow a gravel road up one side of a hill and down the other, fields littered with the remnants of cornstalks. Spring wheat has been planted in its place. It is quiet, the gentle rhythm of nature interrupted only by the truck's engine as it chugs across the rolling landscape.
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November 30, 1999
Washington County plans to ask director Ron Maxwell to repay $300,000 the County Commissioners loaned him to shoot a Civil War movie in the county, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said Wednesday. Read the full story in Thursday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 11, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Director Ron Maxwell has stopped repaying a $300,000 loan from Washington County for a movie project that never materialized. Maxwell paid almost $40,000 but missed other payment deadlines, Budget and Finance Director Debra Murray said. County Attorney John Martirano said the county is working out how to collect the money. Unless Maxwell responds soon, the county might file a lawsuit, Martirano said. The county loaned Maxwell the money in 2002 on the condition that he begin producing "The Last Full Measure," a Civil War movie, by December 2005.
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