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"Ride With the Devil" is the first Civil War film I can recall that is not told with the benefit of hindsight. It's about characters who don't know the North will win--and sometimes don't much seem to care. It's said that all politics are local; this movie argues that some wars are local, too.
This film, RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, is one of the truly great American films, and the only one that even begins to get close to the feeling of the border wars, the bushwacking, the betrayals, and the split families. In Missouri, the Civil War was hell on earth, breaking every family apart at least once.
A well-acted, eccentric Civil War film, Ang Lee's Ride With the Devil is often more visually striking than it is emotionally engaging.
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Lacking the charisma of a truly great film... Ride with the Devil manages to succeed more in principle than it does in the moment.
Ride with the Devil Review "Coming-of-age" film, as Tobey Maguire defies his father he joins up with the guerrilla gangs of the South (known as the Bushwhackers) with his best pal, Skeet Ulrich. by...
Apr 10, 2021 · Ride with the Devil is a forgotten film in Ang Lee's career, but there's many reasons as to why that is: while not a bad film, this is an overlong, not particularly engaging, and weirdly casted film. The direction is solid and the cinematography and music beautiful, and performances are generally fine, but there is something very odd seeing Maguire and Rhys Meyes in this setting, while Wright and Ulrich fit the…
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Ride with the Devil (United States, 1999) A movie review by James Berardinelli. Most Civil War films - and there have been quite a few over the years - have a tendency to skew their perspective towards the Northern viewpoint. It's not hard to understand why - the old South may have been North America's final refuge for a genteel people with courtly manners, but it was also the Western world's last major bastion of slavery.
- Ang Lee
- Tobey Maguire
Nov 05, 1999 · One is a Black man, Daniel Holt, beholden to the man who bought his freedom. They skirmish then spend long hours hiding. Sue Lee, a young widow, brings them food. She and Jack Bull become lovers, and when he's grievously wounded, Jake escorts her south to a safe farm.
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