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- Will Fox
Freedom loving, Nobel Prize earning economists, plus many of their followers around the world, celebrate Jimmy Stewart's "Shenandoah" as one of the finest films, presenting the case for free markets vs. statists' socialism and slavery's sponsors in the 1863 context of the American Civil War. Scene 1 with dialogue features Jimmy Stewart. Charlie Anderson, a farming father of 6 adult sons plus a married daughter, leads the family's Saturday night discussion around the dining room table. This is precedent setting; first film featuring a series of scenes/acts that present moral arguments for American values. In a series of arguments, (similar to Plato's book "Republic"), the family's Founding Father faithfully loves each family member and leads them away from dangerous temptations: The first is vainglory in war, fighting for slavery. No Anderson owns slaves. Slavery is immoral. Scene 2 is a Sunday Church Service with a patriotic-sounding Pastor presenting the case for "Duty," serving the state of Virginia, (implying versus invading Yankees). Scene 3: When federal agents claim the family's private property, it is defended. Scene 4 the wedding eve: Explains humorously the differences between men's and women's personalities, preferences, and priorities. (This prescient, 1965 film challenges 2016's transgender bathrooms and sociologists' sentimentality, denying physiology and psychological realities.) All Andersons are civilians. They are noncombatants until the kidnapping, when government agents jail Anderson's teenage son. Film ends, returning to church for thanksgiving to God.
A Powerful Underrated Film
- David H.
"Shenandoah" is a powerful drama about the impact of war on a family. James Stewart gives the best performance of his later career as the patriarch of a Virginia family drawn into the Civil War. Rosemary Forsyth and Doug McClure are outstanding his daughter and son-in-law while Phillip Alford reprises his fine work from "To Kill A Mockingbird" as his youngest son who becomes a prisoner-of-war. A young Katharine Ross makes her film debut and the rest of the supporting cast is first-rate. Andrew V. McLaglen, son of the actor Victor, apprenticed with Hollywood legends John Ford and William Wellman, and in this film their influence is most definitely there. I think this underrated movie is one of the best anti-war films ever made.
- dan c
when the boy comes limping into the country church at the end i dare the most stoic person to resist a tear
1 of my favorite movies (& I've seen thousands!!)
This movie deeply moved my when I saw it. The whole story & acting touched me. AND JIMMY STEWART!!! My favorite actor... he gave a MARVELOUS performance! All I can say is SEE IT. Simply a wonderful, warm movie that tugs at your heart-strings.