#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Based on a true story of the American Civil War, culminating at the Battle of New Market, May 1864. A group of teenage cadets sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute must confront the horrors of an adult world when they are called upon to defend the Shenandoah Valley. Leaving behind their youth, these cadets must decide what they are fighting for.
Plot: A group of teenage cadets sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute must confront the horrors of an adult world when they are called upon to defend the Shenandoah Valley.
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US Civil War true tale that is a bit short on historical fact.
This is a film dedicated to the boys of the Virginia Military Institute who in May of 1864 answered the call from Confederate General Breckenridge to go to defend their homeland from the oncoming Union Army of General Ulysses S. Grant.
They were mere cadets of varying age and all went to fight at the Battle of Newmarket Gap. The film follows the plight of seven cadets and incorporates their back stories up to a point and the issues of slavery. The slavery aspect is used as the sole reason for the Civil War and is posted right up front. That kind of myth should really be stopped from any more propagation as the causes were never that simple and it is only with retrospect that the nobler cause of emancipation was ever used to justify the slaughter. Still I digress.
The film itself is rather good; it balances the comradeship and action perfectly and is filmed using real actors / re-enactors for the main battle which is also done very well. It is overly sentimental but then I am a sucker for such and never mind that at all. The title ‘The Field of Lost Shoes’ is in reference to the many that became unshod in the fog and mud of the battle. Noteworthy performances are aplenty – but Jason Isaacs as Breckenridge is extremely good at getting the Southern charm with steely resolution just right. All in all a film that war fans and indeed some history fans will appreciate.
Not as bad as that!
“Field of Lost Shoes” is far from perfect. After all, it’s obvious that the folks making the film had a rather limited budget. In many scenes which should have featured many hundreds, only a few dozen are used. However, I don’t necessarily see this as an awful thing. After all, the Battle of New Market is NOT the sort of thing that Hollywood would ever make a movie about, so of course the film isn’t as fancy or has quite the look of a big production. I can look past this to a certain extent and think considering everything, the film actually looks pretty good.
As for the film apart from the low budget, it’s okay…not great, but okay. Instead of focusing on the battle like a documentary, the filmmakers chose to include a lot of fictional subplots–some of which worked and some of which seemed a bit anachronistic (such as Southern students who believe in equality and hate slavery–not something you would have likely heard ANYONE say in the South at that time) or which just didn’t work (the love story). I see it as a noble attempt and a reasonably good one at that. Worth seeing if you are a Civil War buff or love history. The ending was quite touching as well. Otherwise, there are a few better films about the era, such as “Glory”. Hmmm….now that I think about it, there really AREN’T that many good films about the Civil War and this one is about as good as any…and not nearly as long and ponderous as “Gettysburg”.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 36 min (96 min)
Genre Action, Drama, War
Director Sean McNamara
Writer Thomas Farrell, David M. Kennedy
Actors Michael Krebs, Jake Lawson, Sean Marquette
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination
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