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Thursday’s film: Shenandoah — one of the great Civil War films

Posted on: August 29, 2011

In honor of Heritage Day and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War the Murphy Library is showing the moving and unforgettable Shenandoah,  made fifty years ago on the 100th anniversary of the end of the war. It is one of the great Civil War films.

Screenings are at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 105 minutes. Rated PG.

 It stars James Stewart as a farmer who only wants to be left alone with his family on his 500 acres  in the Shenandoah Valley.  But he is caught between the North and the South.  He doesn’t own slaves, his sons and daughter and daughter-in-law plow the fields and feed the animals.  The war is not his war.  Not until some Union soldiers capture his 16-year-old son.

The dialogue is right on and so is Stewart.  The story may make you cry.  It did me.

Call 837-2417 for details.

2 Responses to "Thursday’s film: Shenandoah — one of the great Civil War films"

Hello Julie,
This is a long shot — We are a threater up in Asheville and are in need of renting a sarcophagus for a musical review. I saw the post of the auction or a few summers ago, and wondering if you know who won that bid and if it is still in around town? Please give me a call to let me know either way.. -Thank you, Jayne

Hi Jayne,
Unfortunately, the people who bought the sarcophagus sold it to someone else (a traveling commedian?) about one year ago. So we don’t know where it is.
Sorry we couldn’t help.

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