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Theatrical poster by Reynold Brown
Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
Produced by Robert Arthur
Written by James Lee Barrett
Starring James Stewart
Doug McClure
Katharine Ross
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography William H. Clothier
Editing by Otho Lovering
Distributed by Universal
Release date(s) June 3, 1965 (1965-06-03)
Running time 105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Shenandoah is a 1965 American Civil War film starring James Stewart and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. Though set during the American Civil War, the film's strong antiwar and humanitarian themes reflect attitudes at the time of the movie's release, toward the Vietnam War. Upon its release, the film was praised for its message, as well as its technical production. In 1966, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound. Due in part to her performance in Shenandoah, Rosemary Forsyth was nominated for a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer - Female.

James Stewart[]

In view of the decidedly anti-war tone of this film, and that of the character of Charlie Anderson, it is worth noting that James Stewart was a brigadier general in the US Air Force Reserve at the time of its filming, and had been a decorated bomber pilot and squadron commander in World War II; he would fly as an observer and additional pilot on one B-52 mission in Vietnam as part of his reserve duty a year after the film's release.

Stewart's own son Ronald (adopted from his wife's first marriage) would be killed in action in Vietnam as a US Marine Corps officer a few years later. Stewart had four children, including twin daughters Kelly Stewart and Judy Stewart-Murray, who once appeared with their parents on the 1960s television quiz show Password. He adopted his wife Gloria's two sons from a previous marriage — Ronald (5) and Michael (2) — when they married.



DVD cover

  • James Stewart as Charlie Anderson
  • Doug McClure as Sam
  • Glenn Corbett as Jacob Anderson
  • Patrick Wayne as James Anderson
  • Rosemary Forsyth as Jennie Anderson
  • Phillip Alford as Boy Anderson
  • Katharine Ross as Ann Anderson
  • Jim McMullan as John Anderson
  • Tim McIntire as Henry Anderson
  • Eugene Jackson as Gabriel (as Eugene Jackson Jr.)
  • Paul Fix as Dr. Tom Witherspoon
  • Denver Pyle as Pastor Bjoerling
  • George Kennedy as Col. Fairchild
  • James Best as Carter, Rebel Soldier
  • Tom Simcox as Lt. Johnson
  • Berkeley Harris as Capt. Richards
  • Harry Carey, Jr. as Jenkins (rebel soldier)
  • Kevin Hagen as Mule (rebel deserter)
  • Dabbs Greer as Abernathy
  • Strother Martin as Train Engineer
  • Kelly Thordsen as Federal Purchasing Agent Carroll

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