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Review: 'Copperhead' Is A Slow-Moving, Predictable, But Worthy Civil War Drama

  • By Christopher Schobert
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  • July 16, 2013 8:00 PM
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A Civil War movie without a battle scene is like…wait, what? A Civil War movie without a battle scene?! That is “Copperhead,” a sincere, slow-moving, occasionally successful film devoted to one specific homefront story. That, in itself, is noteworthy. After all, as many of the characters in Ron Maxwell’s film point out, in addition to the costs on the battlefield, there were many, many costs at home. Life carried on, uneasily, and as the war raged the number of fathers and sons who would return home upon its conclusion grew smaller and smaller. With such a stunning body count, it is not surprising to hear that there was a vocal minority against the conflict — including some Northerners.

Exclusive: Clip From Civil War Drama 'Copperhead'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2013 9:56 AM
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There are few moments in American history that so unforgettably changed the course of the nation, and the Civil War, over a hundred years on, continues to fascinate filmmakers, authors, scholars, historians and more. For director Ron Maxwell, he's dedicated a good part of his career to the subject, with two films -- "Gettysburg" and "Gods & Generals" -- already under his belt. And now, he's completing his American Civil War anthology with "Copperhead," and we've got a new look at the movie.
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