Picks and Pans Review: Andersonville
updated 02/26/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/26/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST
John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate) directs a two-night, 4-hour epic about the infamous Confederate prison camp, where almost 13,000 Union soldiers died of exposure, starvation and disease. The story, one of potentially overwhelming power, merely sprawls. One minute it's about a breakout; then it's about Captain Wirz, the barbarian who ran the place; then it's about riots. This is gruel, not history.