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The Andersonville Trial (1970)

A dramatization of the 1865 war-crimes trial of Henry Wirz, commandant of the notorious Confederate POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia.

Director:

George C. Scott

Writer:

Saul Levitt (play)
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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Mitchell ... General Wallace
William Shatner ... Col. Chipman
Jack Cassidy ... Otis Baker
Wright King ... Major Hosmer
Woodrow Parfrey ... Louis Schade
Martin Sheen ... Captain Williams
Richard Basehart ... Henry Wirz
Whit Bissell ... Doctor Ford
Harry Townes ... Col. Chandler
Buddy Ebsen ... Dr. John Bates
John Anderson ... Ambrose Spencer
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Jasper Culver
Michael Burns ... James Davidson
Albert Salmi ... James Gray
Dal McKennon ... First Guard (as Dallas McKennon)
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Storyline

Lt. Col. N.P Chipman is the Army prosecutor, Otis Baker the defense attorney and Gen. Lew Wallace the judge in the trial of Henry Wirz, the Confederate officer who ran a prisoner of war camp in Andersonville, which saw 14,000 Union prisoners die from cruel neglect. Witnesses include Lt. Col. Chandler, who was assigned to inspect the Andersonville prison; Dr. John C. Bates, the physician at the camp horrified by his experience; Ambrose Spencer, a plantation owner who can testify that food offered to the camp by nearby residents was refused; James Davidson, a haunted 19-year-old prisoner who claims a fellow was torn apart by dogs; Jasper Culver, another prisoner who has a story about a man named Chickamauga; Sgt. James Gray, who testifies that Wirtz killed a man with his own hands; and Dr. Ford, the one witness for the defense. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1970 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lou Frizzell, who plays Jasper Culver in this production of "The Andersonville Trial", played a Union Soldier in the original 1959 Broadway stage production. He is the only one of the original Broadway cast to appear in this production. He played a non-speaking role as a Union soldier and understudied the role of Jasper Culver, which he plays here. See more »

Goofs

The character of Henry Wirz was referred to as Captain Wirz several times during the film. In reality, Wirz had been promoted to Major about two months before the end of the Civil War, and Major was his final commission. Wirz should have been referred to as Major throughout. See more »

Connections

Version of Het proces van Andersonville (1962) See more »

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Impossible to forget
8 May 2000 | by diggers-2See all my reviews

This is one of those rare presentations that one remembers, not only the content, but also the feelings and thoughts that it evoked, even decades after viewing. This is the very best courtroom drama I have ever seen. The captains of the Enterprise and whatever the name of the sub was on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Shatner and Basehart) show what they were capable of doing with first-rate material and direction. Set aside some uninterrupted time to see this one.


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