Picks and Pans Review: Gods and Generals

updated 03/10/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/10/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

Robert Duvall, Stephen Lang

Nearly a full 10 years after the Civil War epic Gettysburg comes this prequel, an equally massive, monotonous history of the Confederate victories at Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg. Four hours long (with intermission), Gods and Generals is a two-pronged drama that alternates between indifferently filmed battlefield scenes and stiffly declaimed speeches about God and states' rights. Hundreds upon thousands of those words seem to emanate from somewhere in the thick beard of Stonewall Jackson (Lang). (PG-13)

BOTTOM LINE: War is hell to sit through

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