Ride With The Devil

Discussion in 'Movie Reviews' started by Southern Presbyterian, Dec 8, 2007.

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  1. Southern Presbyterian

    Southern Presbyterian Moderator Staff Member

    I LOVE this movie. It has drama, battle scenes, humor, and even a love story.

    There is some language, though none of the "big" words are used, and a couple of love scenes to be aware of, yet nothing graphic is shown and you will plainly know when they are coming up so you can react appropriately by fast forwarding or looking away if you deem it necessary. There is also war related violence (think Braveheart).

    This movie shows a side of the War Against Northern Aggression that is seldom seen today. Pay particular attention to the scene where Mr. Evans is telling Jack Bull and Jake about his business trips to Lawrence, Kansas. This gives great insight to the true reasons behind the war, in my opinion. Also the scenes where they are reading the captured Union mail are particularly powerful as well.
  2. Richard King

    Richard King Puritan Board Senior

    Also a wise discussion of what happens when you let "them" get into your schools.

    This movie has one of the most chillingly impressive bad guys of any movie I have seen.
  3. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    I'll throw this comment in only because "The War" was referred to not as the Civil War or even the War Between the States, but as "The War of Northern Aggression"....

    I particularly thought the Confederate massacre of innocent civilians in Lawrence, Kansas was well portrayed. They descended on the town, shot up a lot of civilians and then fled like rabbits when Union forces pursued....

    The movie did well to make both side look like sinners.
  4. Southern Presbyterian

    Southern Presbyterian Moderator Staff Member

  5. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    P.S. My g-g-great grandfolks came southern Missouri - guerilla center. My wife's town still has cannonball holes in the old courthouse. Stories about the nastiness of Quantrill abound.
  6. Southern Presbyterian

    Southern Presbyterian Moderator Staff Member

    That's why the movie is titled "Ride With The Devil", because of Quantrill and the Lawrence, KS raid. But the movie is based on the book titled "Woe To Live On", and follows the book rather closely.
  7. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    I do admit that I LOVE the movie, even thoughI don't know how to do the review feature (I would give 4 stars all the way across). I love this movie partly due to the Spiderman actor, he's good, and largely due to the scenary of Missouri - how I miss those woods.

    P.S.S. My g-g-great grandfather (plus or minus one g) came from Pennsylvania Cavalry and brought his two slaves from PA (ironic, huh?) and fought for the Union in Southern Missouri against the raiders. After the War him and his newly-freed slaves share-cropped in fields next to each other and settled in Shannon County, Missouri (or rather helped settle that county, rather than merely settle in it).

    I have sympathies both ways and am often torn on the issue of the Civil War/War Between the States. Sometimes I like to challenge Northern revisionism just like I do Southern revisionism on the topic. Plenty of both abound (here on the PB too).
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