Shenandoah (1965)
  • Charlie Anderson's Virginia farm sits in the middle of the escalating battle between North and South during the American Civil War. Anderson, a widower, is determined to keep his family out of the bloody conflict, despite the fact that his daughter Jennie has married a young Confederate officer. When the youngest Anderson is mistaken for a Johnny Reb and taken prisoner, Charlie assembles his brood and launches a personal quest to find the boy.

    James Stewart is at his cantankerous best, playing the earthy, grizzled sodbuster who decides one day that his family can no longer sit out the war on their old Virginny farm. Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, Katharine Ross (in her movie debut), et al., ably complement the veteran "Pa" Stewart.

    Shenandoah teems with a number of memorable scenes: the Andersons fending off a Confederate procurement detail, the burning of a Union transport train, the brutal murder of an Anderson son and his wife by deserters, and the emotional return of the youngest Anderson son.

    Just finished watching this again the other night after last seeing it more than 10 years ago. Just an exceptional movie with one of the most iconic actors ever to grace the silver screen, Jimmy Stewart, who delivers a performance that is unrivaled.